According to IDC who has been analysing some numbers and cross checking it against Tarot cards this means an increase in spending of 26 per cent over the next four financial years.
Retail and bankers are the most interested in AI and will make up 28 percent, nearly $20 billion, of investments by 2025.
Media and financial trading businesses will spend the most money. AI investments for these markets are projected to grow 30 per cent year over year. Automated claims processing and IT optimisation will be growth areas, increasing 30 and 29.7 percent respectively every year until 2025.
IDC's Customer Insights and Analysis team senior research manager Mike Glennon said that AI is rather good at developing new business and building new business models.
“Existing businesses are hesitant to embrace this potential, leaving the greatest opportunities to new market entrants that have no fear of change and can adapt easily to new ways of conducting business. The future for business is AI and those companies that can seize this opportunity could easily become the new giants," he said.
IDC said most funding will go towards "augmented customer service agents" and "expert shopping advisors and product recommendations", which will account for nearly 40 per cent of AI spending in retail and more than 20 per cent of the total funding in 2025.
Retailers were already using software to automate customer service and advertise products online. Online banking services want AI for fraud analysis or threat intelligence.
The roll-out of AI in industries thus is increasing, though the tech is still considered high risk in healthcare and transportation.