Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning give companies the option of scalability. This is in contrast to humans as AI and machine learning can work around the clock with the sole focus on a given project. This is where the long-time fear and resentment of technology comes from. This interesting information came to us from IoT For All in their article, “Prioritizing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in a Pandemic.”

What those naysayers forget is the same benefits come with their own challenges. In a recent survey, Deloitte found that 69% of respondents said the skills gap for AI implementation ranged from moderate to major to extreme. Simultaneously, many companies overlook the investment it takes to build the processes and infrastructure needed for successfully training, testing, deploying, and maintaining AI and machine learning in their enterprises.

These challenges often cause companies to de-prioritize AI and machine learning projects, especially in times of uncertainty, e.g. the COVID-19 pandemic. We will no doubt start seeing more movement towards these technologies as the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel is near.

Melody K. Smith

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