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Almost half of Europe’s AI startups have no actual AI (artificialintelligence-news.com)
A new report highlights many of Europe’s AI startups appear to be cashing in on the hype and have no actual AI to speak of.

The fact you can add ‘AI’, ‘IoT’, or ‘blockchain’ to your company name/description and it will skyrocket your valuation has become something of a running joke in the industry. Shares in Long Island Iced Tea, for example, infamously shot up almost 200 percent after changing its parent company name to ‘Long Blockchain Corp.’

European AI startups have been similarly cashing in, according to research by London-based investment firm MMC Ventures.
MMC Ventures were unable to find any evidence of AI applications at 40 percent of 2,830 AI startups in Europe. Many, of course, do have plans to develop AI in the future.

‘Artificial intelligence’ has been used to define many things including the automation of tasks, machine learning algorithms, and complex neural networks. This has given businesses a broad scope to claim they’re using AI in some respect.

European venture capital groups pay attention when a startup claims to be using AI. Funding is between 15-50 percent higher than a typical software startup, according to MMC Ventures’ research.

However, the number of startups actually using AI is rapidly increasing. One in 12 are now using AI compared to one in 50 six years ago. 12 percent of large companies have started using AI in their business compared to just four percent the prior year.

The UK is the powerhouse of European AI, with a third of the continent’s startups. According to data from Capital IQ, European investors have doubled their UK investment over the past year.


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    Jakobo Gimeno I love how everyone is slapping the words AI onto their companies to get attention these days, I do not blame them AI is considered a major milestone when it comes to technology so claiming to have AI gives companies great exposer, from what I have seen a simple data collecting system is enough to be called AI. Even so investment is AI is interesting to see because a lot of companies in different fields of work are trying their best to get AI technology involved in their work. Last year I read a great article of how an AI system played the extremely difficult game called Dota 2 and after 9million test matches it mastered the game and was able to beat the best human team easily and it was the first time playing against actual humans. I can wait to see the impact AI will have once it becomes common in companies.
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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst AI is already introducing itself around us growing exponentially in the next future. Thus, the hype and the self marketing of some companies using the AI label to get more recognised. Time will put everything in its place, like it is happening in the blockchain and crypto fields.