Gartner: AI to become a top business investment priority

ORLANDO, Fla. — Mention artificial intelligence and a discussion about the robot wipeout of humankind is sure to follow. It’s a technology as strongly associated with creation as it is with destruction. It’s also a technology that businesses will increasingly trust in decision-making, Gartner analysts said Monday at the research firm’s annual Symposium/ITxpo here. In the next three to five years, Gartner predicts that 50 percent of all analytical interactions will be delivered via artificial intelligence, and many of the insights will be gleaned through verbal interactions. People already know and interact with A.I. systems through IBM’s Watson, IPSoft’s Amelia, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Assistant. “We aren’t building human brains or even trying to mimic them now,” said Peter Sondergaard, Gartner senior vice president and global head of…


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