The story behind the ‘451’ name

The name of our company was inspired by the science-fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, originally published in 1953. The idea for the company name itself was thought up by Simon Carruthers - one of the four founders of the company, along with John Abbott, William Fellows and myself -  in a pub we used to frequent called Cedar Tavern on University place in Manhattan, just below Union Sq...

AI use cases in four key industries

AI and machine learning should not be an end in itself for organizations; it should be adopted for sound business reasons. And as an omni-use technology, we see that happening in all sorts of industries and use cases - from agriculture to space exploration. But as it begins to be adopted we see the use cases becoming industry-specific very quickly. One reason for that is that AI is driven by ...

The Kurian case for Google & machine learning

Google’s recent Let’s Talk AI event in SanFrancisco looks like being the last major customer event led by Diane Greene, as we recently found out that Google has hired Thomas Kurian, an Oracle veteran that left that company over the summer. He joins Google November 26, before taking the reins from Greene in January. A lot has been made of the upcoming culture clash between Kurian,...

What is the Voice of the Enterprise saying about AI & Machine Learning?

Today marks the official launch of 451 Research's new survey products focused on AI & Machine Learning, called Voice of the Enterprise (VotE) AI & Machine Learning: Adoption, Drivers and Stakeholders 2018. I made a video explaining more about it, which you can see via Twitter here.  I'm very excited about this launch because while it's great to be doing research on a daily basis i...

For Google, the biggest barrier to AI is its biggest opportunity in AI

At the recent Google Cloud Next conference, the company's Google's enterprise division made a plethora of announcements, the details of which are here and there are links to our analysis of it all at the end of this post. One of my key takeaways was that Google sees the biggest barrier to machine learning as its biggest opportunity. What do I mean by that? It's commonly understood that lac...

Microsoft’s need to make its voice louder in conversational AI drives Semantic Machines buy

Microsoft's need to make its voice louder in conversational artificial intelligence (AI) has driven its acquisition of Semantic Machines, announced this week. Semantic Machines focuses on understanding conversations, not just phrases, to support full conversations in voice or text. It has speech recognition technology and natural language generation (NLG) technology to communicate with the user in...

At 451, we’ve got AI & machine learning covered

I started covering machine learning in earnest at 451 Research way back in 2001, focusing initially on machine learning-driven text analytics used for national security applications. Most of the companies I covered back then are gone via acquisition or expiration, but there are now orders of magnitude more to cover. I cannot list all the companies my colleagues and I cover here, but what I c...

The Current & Future State of AI & Machine Learning

My new report from 451 Research - 'The Current and Future State of AI and Machine Learning' brings together the key points about AI & ML I've been writing, speaking to clients and presenting about for the past two years. If you agree that technology adoption - like so many other trends - takes the form of an S curve then I think it's worth asking ourselves, where are we on th...

India’s visible infrastructure – connecting the unconnected

I spent last week in India, first at Nasscom Indian Leadership Forum (ILF), in Hyderabad which was this year combined with the World Congress on IT (WCIT) and then a couple of days in Mumbai including visiting the TiE Global Summit. India is going through massive change while maintaining strong economic growth. Just this week India has overtaken China to become the world's fast...

Where is the AI Capital of the World?

It's common for politicians and business leaders to proclaim that their country is, or is going to be - the market leader in this or that. The US is famous for more or less every city claiming to be 'The [fill in the blank] Capital of the World'. The latest innovation to be the subject of such proclamations, is, of course, AI and machine learning. What does it actually mean to say a cou...