Bill Hoffman, president of the Industrial Internet Consortium has been working with AI for decades. He’s been with the IIC since its inception, and worked with IIC executive director Richard Soley at various AI firms for years before that. Hoffman recently sat down with Network World‘s Jon Gold for a chat about IoT and the role of automation and AI.
NWW: So is this what you guys expected to be working on 20-30 years ago?
BF: For us it’s fascinating to see, three decades later, that the term AI actually has a good connotation. It’s funny, but a lot of the systems that we were involved with, which were primarily renamed “decision support systems” – for liability reasons, they didn’t want to call them “expert” systems – a lot of those are still functioning today. So it never really went away, it just went somewhat underground, and people said “OK, that works.”