Ronald Schmelzer

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Ronald Schmelzer, columnist, is senior analyst and founder of the Artificial Intelligence-focused analyst and advisory firm Cognilytica, and is also the host of the AI Today podcast, SXSW Innovation Awards Judge, founder and operator of TechBreakfast demo format events, and an expert in AI, Machine Learning, Enterprise Architecture, venture capital, startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and more. Prior to founding Cognilytica, Ron founded and ran ZapThink, an industry analyst firm focused on Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web Services, XML, & Enterprise Architecture, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in August 2011.

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4 months 3 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer |  November 5, 2018  |  Source: CogWorld on FORBES Rethink Robotics shuttered its doors and closed for good on October 4, 2018. For many casual observers the collapse of a much-celebrated company, founded by preeminent artificial intelligence (AI) researcher and minor celebrity Rodney Brooks was a surprise. To others, it’s just the latest indication of the trouble in robotics land. According to the company, Rethink Robotics was forced to shut its doors when it couldn’t find additional…

7 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 27, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Anyone observing the news can see that artificial intelligence and machine learning are getting lots of attention. It goes without saying that startups are playing into this trend and raising more money than ever, as long as they have AI or cognitive technologies in their business plans or marketing material. Not only are startups raising increasingly eye-opening amounts of money, but venture capital (…

7 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 27, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica One of the factors often credited for this latest boom in artificial intelligence (AI) investment, research, and related cognitive technologies, is the emergence of Deep Learning AI algorithms, and the corresponding large volumes of big data and computing power that makes Deep Learning a reality. However, deep learning is just an approach to machine learning (ML), that while having proven much…

7 months 2 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 9, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Even though artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technologies have been around even longer than the electronic computer has been around, AI seems to get stuck in this perpetual trap where AI fantasy doesn’t meet reality. People’s hopes and visions for what AI can be are soon met with the reality of just how tough it is to create any sort of artificial intelligence in machine form. Of course at…

7 months 2 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  August 9, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica One of the challenges for those tracking the artificial intelligence industry is that, surprisingly, there’s no accepted, standard definition of what artificial intelligence really is. As Rodney Brooks puts it starkly in the recently released “This is AI” video, “artificial intelligence doesn’t mean one thing… it’s a collection of practices and pieces that people put together.” Of course, that’s not…

8 months 1 week ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  July 20, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Amongst all this hype and bandwagon jumping on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Cognitive Technologies is also a sense of unease. How is it that a technology that has roots going back as far as the beginnings of computing is suddenly now the hot “must have” technology that’s powering ever-more dramatic amounts of money being pumped into a few skyrocketing startups?  The industry…

8 months 1 week ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  June 23, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica If you have been following the breathless hype of AI and ML over these past few years, you might have noticed the increasing pace at which vendors are scrambling to roll out “platforms” that service the data science and ML communities. The “Data Science Platform” and “Machine Learning Platform” are at the front lines of the battle for the mind share and wallets of data scientists, ML project managers,…

8 months 3 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer, Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica  |  June 30, 2018Member Article Czech writer Karel Čapek first coined the term ‘Robot’ in his 1920 play R.U.R. about a dystopian future in which artificial, manufactured “roboti” act human-like and perform tasks in servitude to their human masters, only to later form a rebellion that leads to the extinction of the human race. Many of the visions and dreams about what intelligent machines can be and the fears associated with them are in this way…

9 months 1 week ago
Real-World, Industry and Adoption focused Market Research and Intelligence on AI.

9 months 2 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  June 5, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica One of the downsides to the recent revival of popularity of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that we see a lot of vendors, professional services firms, and end users jumping on the AI bandwagon labeling their technologies, products, service offerings, and projects as AI projects without necessarily that being the case. On the other hand, there isn’t a well-accepted delineation between what is definitely AI…

10 months 2 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  May 11, 2018Ron is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica The AI Hype Train Has Left the Station You know you’re in the middle of a hype cycle when every industry has products that use some buzzword, regardless of whether or not they have the technical merit or legitimacy to actually use that buzzword. This is where we currently are with regards to the market for Artificial Intelligence (AI) products and services. We participate in literally hundreds of briefing calls a year, at a…

10 months 3 weeks ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  May 4, 2018Columnist Ron Schmelzer is Senior Analyst and Founder at Cognilytica Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not the only technology that’s getting a lot of media and investor attention these days. Blockchain is emerging as a technology in its own right separate from the much-hyped rise in value of cryptocurrencies. Proponents of blockchain claim that it will have fundamental, ground-breaking impact on all industries, changing the way that we transact with one another. Blockchain…

11 months ago
By Ron Schmelzer  |  April 13, 2018  |  Source AI brings mixed emotions and opinions when referenced in the context of jobs.  Here’s something fun you can do at your next business or technology networking event; ask the question “Do you think Artificial Intelligence will be a net job killer or net job creator?” What we would expect you would hear is an interesting and conflicting set of opinions that range from “AI will destroy all jobs as we know it” to “AI will enable us to work better and do new things…