However, scientists are a long way from building machines that have human-like, multi-purpose intelligence, and instead, the most common form of AI that we encounter today is predictive intelligence.
From several blocks away, the sidewalks were crowded with people dangling conference passes round their necks, long lines snaking out of central San Francisco's many independent salad bars and coffee shops with names like "Proper Food" and "Whole Cakes".
Consumer desire for apps is certainly there, but I fear an emerging 'app gap' between demand and supply. With the current dearth of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) skills - the EU predicts 900,000 IT-related job vacancies by next year - how will we meet the potential of the app economy, if we don't have the skills available to write those apps?
Recently David Cameron announced that the UK government will invest a further £45 million in the Internet of Things, sparking renewed interest in a topic that has captured the imaginations of gadget-fiends worldwide.
The staggering $19 billion Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp last week is not only an indication of the enormous value of social media, but also a reminder of the massive opportunity to play for in the growing app economy.
We now shop across a variety of channels and our loyalty to a retailer is more and more difficult to retain. These changes in both behaviour and technology beg the question - do retailers even understand loyalty anymore?
There is a lot that London and the UK can offer. London in particular is the mothership of global finance. The media industry is based here along with government and great universities and business schools. Also, English is the native language of the technology industry, so the UK has the advantage over other countries.
The rise of London's tech scene brings up an age old question: is Silicon Valley unique, and can its success be repeated elsewhere? At one point, Boston was the next Silicon Valley. And then Seattle.