The artificial intelligence (AI) market is in its infancy in Italy with a charge for algorithm development of just 85 million euros in 2018. Only 12% of the enterprises of our country has brought up to speed at least one project in this field, the most popular are virtual assistants.
And questions remain about the impact in the world of work, where is regarded as more an opportunity than a threat: If on the one hand, the 33% of the companies surveyed said they had to recruit new qualified professionals, on the other hand, the 27% had replace staff after the introduction of a solution of artificial intelligence. Are the search results of the Observatory Artificial Intelligence of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano.
"The research highlights a dynamic market but still in its infancy, characterized by a lack of awareness by business opportunities of Artificial Intelligence-say Nicola Gatti, Giovanni Miragliotta and Alessandro Piva, directors Artificial Intelligence-Observatory. All market participants must take place on the starting blocks for a transformation of which do not yet know the full rules and duration, but of which we already include the enormous scope and implications. "
With regard to employment, the survey reveals how artificial intelligence is to be regarded as more an opportunity than a threat: if it is true that 3.6 million jobs will be replaced over the next 15 years by machines during the same period, however, there will be a deficit of about 4.7 million jobs in the country mainly due to demographic reasons.
"Today's needs and the needs of firms are manifold, for this I firmly believe that it is necessary to disseminate the culture on the instruments to which may be adopted. – States Piero Poccianti, President of the Italian Association for artificial intelligence – Without a thorough knowledge of the company, of the data and their meaning and, at least superficially, AI techniques, the business plan is intended to failure. Culture means understanding what the opportunities but also the limits of this large umbrella which is the AI – that inside it contains various areas just like human intelligence. For this reason it is crucial to create a connection, a fruitful synergy between industry and research and also find a common language for communication between these two worlds. "