Artificial Intelligence: adoption and barriers

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At the end of March 2019, Holon IQ (link) reported their survey results (377 responses from 25 countries) on the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in education (link).

They noted:

A lack of clear AI strategy was cited as the biggest barrier for adoption, with a lack of talent, data and leadership commitment all noted as challenges in moving from aspiration to adoption. Just under 1 in 3 organizations were not currently building AI capability and of those who are, in-house skills development, partnering and licensing are being used as alternatives for capacity building.

Their visualisation of AI adoption was:

A bar chart of AI adoption by sector: insitutions; ed tech; services and enablers

The report observes:

To take advantage of AI’s enormous potential, most organizations have a long way to go in developing the core practices that enable them to realize the potential value of AI at scale.


Less than 20% of respondents say their organizations have mapped out where all potential AI opportunities lie and only one quarter indicated that their organization has a clear strategy in place for sourcing the data that enables artificial intelligence.

Issues raised in the education sector have a very powerful resonance with sport. One of Sports Wizard®’s commitments is to finds ways to integrate AI initiatives through sensitive intelligence augmentation approaches … and in the process support a new generation of practitioners in sport.

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