One of the biggest features touted behind Amazon's Fire Phone was the phone's camera-based identification. The technology is interesting, but Amazon is currently using it mostly for connecting customers with more products to buy.
Microsoft's AI, Adam, is intended to identify more than just products. The company claims that the AI's processing abilities mimic the human brain. Here's an excerpt from the company's press release.
Recent research ... focuses on Project Adam and its object classification, culling a massive dataset of 14 million images from the Web and sites such as Flickr, made up of more than 22,000 categories drawn from user-generated tags. Using 30 times fewer machines than other systems, that data was used to train a neural network made up of more than two billion connections. This scalable infrastructure is twice more accurate in its object recognition and 50 times faster than other systems.
What does that mean for the future of computing?
Well, the obvious usage for computers like Adam is for programmed inference. The best example I could think of involves cheeseburgers. If you teach the system the nutritional differences between cheeseburgers of different sizes, showing it a smaller cheeseburger would make the system think.
It'd compare the cheeseburger data it received in the pass, cross-reference that with the size, and spit out cheeseburger facts that could come from an endless field of data.
Current computers can search for data if you play by their rules. Microsoft's Adam AI might just flip the script in the near future.