The year 2017 has come to an end, and if I were to go by my timeline on social media, many of my friends and colleagues are heaving a collective sigh of relief.
For us in the field of analytics, this year has been a roller-coaster ride. Analytics is on its way to making itself an integral part of any organisations ecosystem, and automation and artificial intelligence is making a headway in large-scale industries.
From Google acquiring a small four-month old startup — its first in India — to young companies venturing into making smarter chatbots, the year 2017 has been quite fruitful. Who can forget drones delivering Amazon packages, or AI being used to do a variety of things ranging from artwork, literature, fiction writing, music, poems, as well as cooking.
Then of course, there was Sophia.
This charming AI-powered robot became the first humanoid to be granted citizenship in any country. UAE, which welcomed her with open arms showcased itself to be much readier and accepting of newer technologies.
But one of the key things that stands out this year is the open debate between famous personalities on the use of Artificial Intelligence. Yes, the debate has been going on since a very long time, but this year, many of the tech giants — from Stephen Hawking to Elon Musk spoke of misgivings and a darker future if AI was not kept in check. India’s NR Narayana Murthy also called it a “hype” and spoke about how the freshers were losing out on big salaries because of it.
Despite all this, what warms the hearts of Analytics India Magazine team members, is the open discourse and dialogue that has been opened this year regarding these concepts which were considered too “high brow” or “technical” once upon a time.
Now, onto our most popular stories from 2017.
Top 5 most popular Research Stories
AI education is still in its early days. Sifting through some of the programs on Artificial Intelligence from around the world, we found that not many educational organizations are offering AI courses yet. Most universities that are offering AI courses are doing so as a specialty of elective within larger computer science masters programs.
Yet some universities, mostly in europe, have a headstart in this area and are providing dedicated masters programs in AI.
For this year’s ranking, data scientists from various organisations and those working independently, were considered, irrespective of size and nature of work. Like last year, we also got in touch with data scientists that we know personally who might not necessarily be associated with an organisation.
The top 10 names were concluded based on various parameters like pedigree, patents, papers and technical publications authored, competitions participated, pioneering work, knowledge and applicability of tools, ability to convince multiple stakeholders through data insights and many more.
After an extensive research and brainstorming, we bring to you the names of 10 such emerging analytics startups that hold a promising future. And just like last year, the task wasn’t easy, as every startup has a competitive edge to offer over others. Read below to find out 10 emerging analytics startups in India to watch for in 2017.
Today, robotics finds usage beyond manufacturing and more towards areas like ecommerce, logistics, retail, healthcare etc. Robotics also has significant overlap with Artificial Intelligence. Here we list down 10 new age robotics startups in India (in alphabetic order) that are broadening the horizon of what robots are all about.
With a lot of development in AI happening around the globe, India is coming up with equally unique perspectives on the field, as their other developed counterparts. Apparently, in India alone the number of start-ups booming in the space touches 200+, with investments flowing from all major investors.
AIM lists down 10 such emerging startups in the space that are leading the race. From HR, education and other analytics driven industries, these AI startups are making a headway in all the major sectors.
Our education segment caters to in-depth program reviews, like the one we did for Great Lakes on launching 1 year PGP in Big Data Analytics, UpX Academy’s Industry-Backed Big Data and Data Science courses or how Upgrad is preparing professionals for Analytics World. These reviews are found extremely insightful by analytics and data science aspirants who are looking for right institutes to learn analytics.
Other top reviews include PGP in Business Analytics at Praxis Business School & The 10 most promising Data Science Masters programs in US.
Our events section was highlighted by Cypher 2017. We successfully concluded the 3rd edition of this mega analytics summit.
Our learning corner gets the best technical stories around data science and AI. The emphasis is to help developers and aspirants to know more about this field. 5 most popular stories in this section are:
This is the section where we speak about the latest ideas, insightful listicles and opinions about the industry. Most of our contributed articles from guest authors also go here. 5 most popular stories in this section are:
Where we showcase key people behind the industry and how they are changing the landscape and doing awesome work.
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The section where we showcase startups making a mark in analytics & AI.
Best wishes for the new year from the whole AIM team!