In this week’s roundup, we look at how the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the speed of adoption for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). We dive into the impacts of AI on financial technology, including improvements in stock market predictions. And, lastly, we gain a better understanding of how to build trust in AI throughout an organization. 

AI and Machine Learning: Powering the Next-Gen Enterprise

By Eric Knorr, Editor in Chief at

A month before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., 18% of IT leaders said their companies were using AI/ML technologies. Just five short months later, almost half of those surveyed said their organizations were more likely to consider implementing AI and ML as a way to decrease costs and/or increase productivity due to economic changes. While the AI revolution has long been expected, COVID-19 has undoubtedly increased the speed of it. 


How AI & Machine Learning Are Infiltrating the Fintech Industry

By Ved Raj, contributing writer for

Fintech—or financial technology—is one of the industries likely to benefit from AI and ML across all functions. Because financial institutions have troves of data dating back decades, they are well-positioned to put that data to work and make better credit and financing predictions and improve the speed and accuracy of financial transactions. 


Improving Online Learning and More with Artificial Intelligence

By Tommy Peterson, contributing writer for

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many higher education institutions were in the process of testing AI technologies in a range of ways across campuses. However, the pandemic caused a sudden switch to remote learning and upended the way classes are taught. Even when the pandemic ends, universities are expected to adopt a blended approach to in-person and online learning—the prospect of which is making leaders reconsider the role of AI in higher education. 


Study: Machine Learning Can Predict Market Behavior

By Melanie Lefkowitz, contributing writer to the Cornell Chronicle

Anticipating moves in the stock market—both short-term and long-term—has historically been a tricky pursuit. And while stock analysts commonly use large datasets to inform their predictions, machine learning is exponentially increasing their ability to make more accurate and faster forecasts. This has deep implications for who has access to and will benefit from ML technologies. 


How Can Data Quality Enhance Trust in Artificial Intelligence?

By Nallen Sriamen, contributing writer for

One of the hurdles leaders face in implementing AI in their organizations is getting buy-in from all areas of the company, and mistrust of the data is a common reason. A key solution to this problem includes implementing a “data lake” of information from a variety of trusted sources—and not just those that confirm what executives want to believe. It is also important that the data and AI algorithms are accessible across the company and are as transparent as possible. 


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