You can tell that AI is going mainstream when there’s a need to create benchmarks to compare performance between competing systems.

Industry-standard benchmarks that compare compute elements against specific workloads are far more useful. For example, an image classification engineer could identify multiple options that meet their performance requirements, then whittle them down based on power consumption, cost, etc. Voice recognition designers could use benchmark results to analyze various processor and memory combinations, then decide whether to synthesize speech locally or in the cloud.