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When Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software provider, believes the next five to 10 years will be far more disruptive than the five to 10 we just lived through, it’s time to sit up and pay attention.

The culprits behind this oncoming wave of disruption?  Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality, according to McDermott.

Machine learning, which gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed, is ready to take off. IDC predicts spending on machine learning will hit $47 billion by 2020. It can also help businesses make more informed decisions and create better outcomes for their customers, as McDermott mentioned in his keynote presentation at SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP’s premier customer event.

Let’s take a closer look at what this technology is capable of doing in the three amazing examples below.

Machine Learning In Video Games

There’s a good reason the below machine learning demo has over three million views on YouTube – it’s a brilliant example of how this technology learns and predicts in a classic video game environment. Called “Mar I/O” this program started out “knowing nothing about Super Mario World,” according to its creator Seth Bling.

Machine Learning Revolutionizes Enterprise Applications

“Machine learning has revolutionized consumer applications and the time is now revolutionize enterprise applications,” said Markus Noga, Head of Machine Learning Incubation at SAP, in the below video. Do you agree?

Machine Learning In Social Media

According to this TechTarget primer on machine learning, Facebook uses machine learning to personalize each member’s news feed. Another social media juggernaut, Pinterest, is using machine learning to streamline the shopping experience as the below video reveals.

What excites you most about machine learning?




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