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40% of AI companies in Europe aren’t doing AI at all

March 05, 2019 / DUNCAN RILEY

Buzzwords in the tech scene are often laid on so thick it’s sometimes difficult to ascertain what a company does, and one of the most common buzzwords today is artificial intelligence.Mostly the application of a buzzword has some representation of truth, but as it turns out many companies claimed to be using AI are not doing anything of the sort.A survey released this week by London-based venture capital firm MMC Ventures of 2,830 European companies considered by analytics websites such as Pitchbook and Crunchbase found that two in five companies were not working on or using AI in any fundamental way.“We looked at every company, their materials, their product, the website and product documents,” David Kelnar, head of research for MMC, told Forbes. “In 40 percent of cases we could find no mention of evidence of AI.Kelnar added that “companies that people assume and think are AI companies are probably not.” This particularly refers to the report noting that some of the companies surveyed...