Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How Artificial Intelligence is Relevant for a Mobile Apps Company

Charles Fan, Cheetah Mobile CTO, has a marvelous ability to take somewhat abstract ideas and make them concrete. You might wonder, for example, why a mobile apps firm actually thinks about how artificial intelligence and machine learning affects its business. 

The immediate application for Cheetah is a news curation app. But Fan thinks artificial intelligence algorithms, which might today seem to represent value, eventually will be commoditized. When that happens, value will no longer be conferred by access to the algorithms, but to owners of content stores. 

In other words, he wins who has the best data stores. That will be a change from today, when perhaps value is generated by firms able to hire "hundreds of PhDs." In the future, that will not confer value, Fan argues. 

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