Todd Hixon, Forbes
It has been a tough decade for tech startups (businesses driven by information and physical technologies) in Boston (1). This seems odd because Boston has enormous core strengths in tech derived from MIT, Harvard, and other universities and a long history of computer science technology development.
The good news for Boston is the surge in innovation in an area where Boston is strong: Intelligent Systems, embodied in both the cloud and physical systems at the edge of the network (i.e., robots). This wave has been building for a long time, going back to the founding of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1959.
- Nara Logics “does recommendations”: they are pushing Intelligent System analytics into practical decisions for business.
- Sentenai is providing data capture APIs for machine learning. Availability of large amounts of machine-readable data on the web is a key reason that machine learning is taking off.
- Neurala is creating software brains for robots: a complete usable system for self-driving vehicles, drones, and sophisticated toys.
- Talla is building Siri for business tasks, initially marketing and HR: ”Siri, what is the maximum HSA deduction in 2016 for a couple both under age 50?”