I saw a press release from Intel yesterday with the headline: “Intel Unveils… oneAPI Software Stack with Unified and Scalable Abstraction for Heterogeneous Architectures.” It doesn’t trip off the tongue, and it’s not even a little bit catchy, but it’s important to you. Quietly, with little fanfare, Intel created a set of libraries that makes it easier and faster to build AI tools. oneAPI not only reduces a pain point for people who already build AI systems, it makes it easier for people who used to rely on others to do their “plumbing” for them.
Think about this… according to most reputable computer scientists, improvements in artificial narrow intelligence (ANI) — the kind of AI we currently enjoy — is progressing at an exponential pace. It is believed that, in time, ANI will lead to artificial general intelligence (AGI), a level of machine intelligence that rivals human capabilities. AGI is believed to be the path to artificial super intelligence (ASI), a level of intelligence that exceeds human comprehension.
What does this have to do with Intel’s oneAPI?
You will probably never use oneAPI, but the engineers who work for your AI consultants will. oneAPI will not change the world by itself. In fact, it may be replaced in a few months with something better, but that’s the point. oneAPI is an incremental change that gets us one step closer to the next level in AI.
While you may think that tomorrow is going to be very similar to today — eat breakfast, go to work, attend a meeting or two, etc. — take a moment to remember that tomorrow will be nothing like today. Tomorrow, thousands of AI engineers will build something quicker and easier than they could have today. Progress is incremental, but the pace is exponential. The future will be here faster than you think.
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