AI trends have really picked up steam this year, and will continue to progress with commercial applications over the next five years. Everyone is in agreement that Intelligent Things will produce dramatic growth. One area that is easy to understand and that will have a high degree of impact is automation of actions based on predictive results of an AI model. “6 Applications of Artificial Intelligence for your Supply Chain” by Sam Jenks provides a good overview of the application of AI to business problems.
There are so many potential applications for action automation and machine learning. One of the most exciting areas to play around is the TensorFlow project. Everything you need to get started is at http://www.tensorflow.org, and you can watch this intro to the high-level apis to see what is possible.