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Decision Support and AI Augmentation to surpass all types of AI initiatives

August 5, 2019 • Artificial Intelligence, Top Stories

According to Gartner, Artificial Intelligence (AI) augmentation will create $2.9 trillion of business value and 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity globally in 2021.

“Augmented intelligence is all about people taking advantage of AI,” said Svetlana Sicular, research vice president at Gartner. “As AI technology evolves, the combined human and AI capabilities that augmented intelligence allows will deliver the greatest benefits to organisations.”

Business Value of Augmented Intelligence

Gartner’s AI business value forecast highlights decision support/augmentation as the largest type of AI by business value-add with the fewest early barriers to adoption. By 2030, decision support/augmentation will surpass all other types of AI initiatives to account for 44 per cent of the global AI-derived business value.

Decision Support and AI Augmentation to surpass all types of AI initiatives

(Image Source: Gartner August 2019)

Augmented Intelligence Enhances Customer Experience

Customer experience is the primary source of AI-derived business value, according to the Gartner AI business value forecast. Augmented intelligence reduces mistakes while delivering customer convenience and personalisation at scale, democratising what was previously available to the select few. “The goal is to be more efficient with automation, while complementing it with a human touch and common sense to manage the risks of decision automation,” said Ms Sicular.

“The excitement about AI tools, services and algorithms misses a crucial point: The goal of AI should be to empower humans to be better, smarter and happier, not to create a ‘machine world’ for its own sake,” said Ms Sicular. “Augmented intelligence is a design approach to winning with AI, and it assists machines and people alike to perform at their best.”

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