In association with

AI is real now: A conversation with Sophie Vandebroek

March 8, 2019
Why there will never be another “AI winter,” and what IBM and MIT are doing together to ensure that.

This is an episode of “Business Lab,” MIT Technology Review’s new podcast that helps business leaders make sense of new technologies coming out of the lab and into the marketplace. 

More times than almost any other field of innovation, artificial intelligence has weathered recurring cycles of overinflated hope, followed by disappointment, pessimism, and funding cutbacks. But Sophie Vandebroek, IBM’s vice president of emerging technology partnerships, thinks the AI winters are truly a thing of the past, thanks to the huge amounts of computing power and data now available to train neural networks.

In this episode, Vandebroek shares examples of real-world applications enabled by this shift, from image recognition to chatbots. And she describes the mission of the new MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a $240 million, 10-year collaboration between IBM researchers and MIT faculty and students to focus on the core advances that will make AI more useful and reliable across industries from health care to finance to security.

Top image credit: Michal Bednarek/123RF