In a move that will affect the business of software makers like Microsoft, IBM and Apple, software maker Mathematica will no longer use algorithms to analyse the way software works, it has announced.
The move follows reports in The Wall Street Journal that the company was considering leaving the field altogether and instead investing in machine learning, which it had already built its own algorithms for.
Mathematica said it would use a machine learning engine to help with product development.
“We’ve made a commitment to our customers, to our employees, to help them find and create the right products,” Mathematican chief executive Matthew Jelinek told a conference call.
“And we’re going to do it with a machine-learning engine.”
“I think this is really a big deal for us and the industry,” he added.
“There are going to be times when we’ll have to change our algorithms.
But the key here is, we’ve made our commitment to customers, our employees and our customers.”
A major change to the way computers work will affect what you can build and how you can sell, says the BBC.Read more Mathematican’s decision comes as Microsoft, Apple and other technology giants are increasingly looking to machine learning to deliver better products and services.
Microsoft is considering a machine learner as part of its new strategy for the PC market, and Apple is trying to make AI-based products accessible for consumers.
Apple has recently started to use AI to help in its own sales and marketing.
Apple is also in the process of hiring more AI experts to help design its products.
Microsoft has said it plans to invest in machine- learning in its next generation of products, but it hasn’t said how much it would spend on the effort.
Microsoft and Apple are expected to announce their new products in October.