State of AI Report
October 1, 2020
About the authors
the General Partner of Air Street
Capital, a venture capital firm investing in AI-first
technology and life science companies. He founded
practitioners from large companies, startups and
academia, and the RAAIS Foundation that funds
open-source AI projects. He studied biology at
Williams College and earned a PhD
Cambridge in cancer research.
Ian is an angel investor in 60+ startups. He is a
Visiting Professor at UCL working with Professor
Mariana Mazzucato. Ian was co-founder and CEO
of Songkick, the concert service used by 17M music
fans each month. He studied engineering at
Cambridge where his Masters project was a
computer vision system to classify breast cancer
biopsy images. He is the Chair of Phasecraft, a
quantum software company.
Introduction | Research | Talent | Industry | Politics | Predictions
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a multidisciplinary field of science and engineering whose goal is to create intelligent
We believe that AI will be a force multiplier on technological progress in our increasingly digital, data-driven world. This
is because everything around us today, ranging from culture to consumer products, is a product of intelligence.
The State of AI Report is now in its third year. New to the 2020 edition are several invited content contributions from a
range of well-known and up-and-coming companies and research groups. Consider this Report as a compilation of the
most interesting things we’ve seen with a goal of triggering an informed conversation about the state of AI and its
implication for the future.
We consider the following key dimensions in our report:
- Research: Technology breakthroughs and their capabilities.
Talent: Supply, demand and concentration of talent working in the field.
Industry: Areas of commercial application for AI and its business impact