AI is real now: A conversation with Sophie Vandebroek

March 19, 2019
Why there will never be another “AI winter,” and what IBM and MIT are doing together to ensure that.

This is one of the latest editions of “Business Lab“, MIT Technology Review’s new podcast helping business leaders make sense of new technologies coming out of the lab and into the marketplace. In this episode:

More times than almost any other field of innovation, AI has weathered recurring cycles of overinflated hope, followed by disappointment, pessimism, and funding cutbacks. But Sophie Vandebroek, IBM’s VP of emerging technology partnerships, thinks the AI winters are truly a thing of the past. 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 healthcare to finance to security.