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The modern hurdles to widespread AI adoption

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Artificial Intelligence is used to inform and shape strategies across a range of industries, but there are still several challenges holding it back from widespread adoption. Ethical considerations must be addressed and operational difficulties, such as building a team with the right skill set, always provide an obstacle. COVID-19 has given organisations across the world the need to expand their digital services. At first glance this would appear to benefit the spread of machine learning. When more people move their financial transactions and activity online, there is more data to tally and learn from.


Stop Experimenting with AI and Machine Learning

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The ability to make fast, data-driven decisions has never been more valuable as businesses grapple with the shift toward hyper-personalisation, driven by rapidly changing customer behaviours and expectations. The pandemic has accelerated the imperative for businesses to invest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) so they can replace guesswork with data-powered certainty to reorient strategy and optimize operations for success in an uncertain future. Nevertheless, enterprises often struggle to integrate these technologies at scale and monetize the benefits. Stumbling blocks typically include challenges associated with cost, lack of investment protection, undefined business outcomes, lengthy timeframes from development to deployment, lack of expertise, and the complexities of the regulatory landscape. Gartner predicts that by 2022, at least 50% of ML projects will not be fully deployed into production.


4 Reasons Why Workers Should Welcome Artificial Intelligence In the Workplace

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In recent months, concerns about the economic impact of the pandemic have been closely tied with a spate of panicked automation headlines like, "Will Robots Take Our Jobs In A Socially Distanced Era??". Already we have seen that incorporating new technologies has led to a dramatic shift in the way industries operate worldwide. We are also witnessing a significant rise in interest for robotic process automation (RPA), intelligent automation and artificial intelligence among business leaders who realize that intelligent automation demonstrates strong transformative potential across all industries. Business leaders are accelerating the adoption of technologies they view as crucial to digital transformation efforts – like intelligent and robotic process automation – to help them thrive in this tumultuous business environment and beyond. Businesses are constantly met with new restrictions and 63% of business decision makers feel they are struggling to meet customer demands.


Budget 2021: Reactions From The Tech Industry

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Marking a significant shift in India's digital journey, the Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has presented the first-ever digital budget for the upcoming fiscal year starting April 2021. Her budget speech touched upon "proliferation of technologies, especially analytics, machine learning, robotics, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence." The budget has come at a time when the country is still struggling with the massive economic slowdown precipitated by COVID pandemic. However, despite this downturn, businesses have seen a significant push towards digitisation, including acknowledging the importance of artificial intelligence across industries. As a matter of fact, India is considered one of the fastest-growing digital markets globally.


Machine Learning Can Help The Insurance Industry Throughout The Process Lifecycle

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Insurance works with large amounts of data, about many individuals, many instances requiring insurance, and many factors involved in solving the claims. To add to the complexity, not all insurance is alike. Life insurance and automobile insurance are not (as far as I know) the same thing. There are many similar processes, but data and numerous flows can be different. Machine learning (ML) is being applied to multiple aspects of insurance practice.


Why Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is Taking Over Your Job - Technext

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There have been predictions that Robots will take over our jobs. As of today, that prediction is rapidly coming to pass. Our imagination may tell us these robots are hardware, machines made of metal or carbon fibre. This is not quite the case, as these Robots are software called bots. Bots are programmed to repetitively automate operational and transactional tasks without the need for human input.


Electronic trading surges with traders eyeing the impact of machine learning - CityAM

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Professional traders are anticipating artificial intelligence and machine learning to be the most influential technology over the next three years. JP Morgan's flagship survey reveals more than half of professional and institutional traders anticipate machine learning to lead technology. Currently a third of client traders predict mobile trading applications to be the most influential this year. Certainly the Reddit Gamestop rally powered by low cost trading platform is already testament to just how quickly the environment has changed. Read more: 'Robots will take our jobs': Eigen boss Lewis Liu on the future of the City worker Electronic trading picked up last year and all surveyed expect to increase electronic volumes this year.


Artificial intelligence and the Gamestonk blowback

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Surrounded by rallies of "power to the people," a rag-tag group of scrappy underdogs recently managed to bring Wall Street to its knees through a dazzling display of disobedient investing that saw Gamestop stocks rocket Moonward. This unprecedented seizure of power by the proletariat has been lauded far and wide as a smack in the mouth for the establishment. Some say it's a warning shot to the financial kings and queens of the Earth. The "Gamestonk" legend will be told for years to come – Hollywood's already making sure of that. But the story is far from done.


A 'new social compact': California commission calls for higher wages, better jobs

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California's high poverty rate, low wages and frayed public safety net require a new "social compact" between workers, business and government, according to a report by a blue-ribbon commission that highlights the state's widening inequality. In a report released Monday, the Future of Work Commission, a 21-member body appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in August 2019, laid out a grim picture of the challenges facing the world's fifth-largest economy, even as it acknowledged the Golden State's technology leadership, its ethnically and culturally diverse workforce and world-class universities. "Too many Californians have not fully participated in or enjoyed the benefits of the state's broader economic success and the extraordinary wealth generated here, especially workers of color who are disproportionately represented in low-wage industries," the report says. California has the highest poverty rate in the country when accounting for the cost of living, 17.2%, according to the report. Since 2012, wages in the state grew by 14% while home prices increased by 68%.


Why So Many Data Science Projects Fail to Deliver

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This article is based on an in-depth study of the data science efforts in three large, private-sector Indian banks with collective assets exceeding $200 million. The study included onsite observations; semistructured interviews with 57 executives, managers, and data scientists; and the examination of archival records. The five obstacles and the solutions for overcoming them emerged from an inductive analytical process based on the qualitative data. More and more companies are embracing data science as a function and a capability. But many of them have not been able to consistently derive business value from their investments in big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.1 Moreover, evidence suggests that the gap is widening between organizations successfully gaining value from data science and those struggling to do so.2