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DATAx insights: The role of unstructured data in AI

March 14, 2019 / Jayant Lakshmikanthan

The process of making AI systems interact more like humans makes some people uncomfortable, but AI is not about replacing humans. In reality, it is much more about removing the robot from humans. A big part of AI's value lies in automating manual processes and analyzing vast amounts of data quickly so that humans are free to accomplish higher-order tasks that require reason and judgment. To get to this point, however, AI systems must be able to communicate with users and analyze natural forms of data (aka: Unstructured data) all of the free-flowing stuff that is unable to be packaged in a neat way, things like voice, images and text.