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New study reveals disparity between AI talk and AI knowledge—where do you fit in?

While artificial intelligence is the buzzword of the moment with everyone talking about its attributes and a future powered by AI, new research from digital transformation firm Orion Business Innovation aimed at testing the industry’s understanding of AI’s context and history reveals that enthusiasm for AI exceeds knowledge of its origins and fundamental mathematical constructs.

The AI quiz, which was completed by 618 IT and data analytics professionals, found that only 2 percent of respondents—a total of just 12 people—got nine or 10 questions correct. The implication is that there’s great interest in AI—but without great knowledge.

“It’s not too surprising that the attention to AI outweighs broad understanding of its origins and principles,” said Raj Patil, Orion CEO, in a news release. “AI appears to be a shiny new object. The reality is that AI is a body of mathematical and operational principles that have evolved over more than 60 years. AI has become more powerful by the confluence of inexpensive big data storage, large data sets, accelerated computing speeds and machine learning algorithms. We hope that the results of this simple quiz will inspire more people to learn more about AI.”

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