The World Economic Forum today announced its list of 56 companies selected as Technology Pioneers, and this year’s class demonstrates the growing embrace of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning across a broad range of sectors.
Of those selected, at least 20 companies say they are using AI or machine learning in some fashion to tackle challenges in fields such as advertising technology, smart cities, clean tech, supply chain, manufacturing, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, and drones.
As members of the Pioneers programs, startups are invited to participate in various WEF events that give them access to international policy makers and larger corporations that represent potential partners or investors. For many, it also represents an important validation of their product or services. AI and Machine Learning technology trend in WEF program is also aligned with Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) for the purpose of promoting ethical norms and practices in the development of AI to serve and strengthen democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.