Artificial Intelligence - Thematic Research

Artificial Intelligence - Thematic Research


Nearly 70 years since Alan Turing posed the question “Can machines think?”, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is finally beginning to have an impact on the global economy. Proponents of AI believe that it has the potential to transform the world as we know it, with Google’s CEO SundarPichai having described AI as “more profound than…electricity or fire”.

This kind of hype may not be entirely helpful, particularly as AI technology continues to experience growing pains, but it should not obscure the fact that, within five years, AI will be essential to the survival of businesses of all types. In order to succeed, companies must make AI a core competency, as the alternative will be either stagnation or elimination.

AI is still in its infancy, despite the R&D effort that has been expended on it over the years, and in a decade’s time today’s “state of the art” will seem rudimentary and simplistic. Therefore, when looking at potential winners in this theme, it is as important to gauge their ability to innovate over the long-term as it is to evaluate the current state of their AI offerings.

Leading the way with the development of AI technologies are the global technology giants - Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM. Their strength is derived from a combination of factors, including access to huge datasets, essential for training AI systems, and significant amounts of computing power. Over the next few years, these US-headquartered companies will face increasing competition from China’s tech powerhouses, including Baidu and Alibaba.

Companies Mentioned: Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Facebook, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia,, Samsung Electronics, Darktrace, Lemonade, Megvii, Mobvoi, SenseTime, SoundHound.


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Seven key AI technologies
Technology trends
Macroeconomic trends
Regulatory trends
Machine learning
Data science
Conversational platforms
Computer vision
AI chips
Smart robots
Context-aware computing
AI and ethics
Mergers and acquisitions
The tech giants have all made significant AI acquisitions
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