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Thomson: Businesses Forecast AI Impact

Business belief in the impact of artificial intelligence is growing rapidly, according to the second annual survey of professionals by Thomson Reuters in its Future of Professionals report.

The survey of 22,000 respondents found 77 percent will have a high or transformational impact on their careers, up from 67 percent in the first study.

Thomson’s report takes consistently optimistic tone about the Impact of AI and at one point noted, “there seemed to be a general ebbing of the initial fears around AI, especially around job loss and the technology’s potential for malicious use.”

Overall, 78 percent of respondents believe AI is a force for good in their profession. Within the tax and accounting and global trading segment, 84 percent see the impact of AI positive. The average was pulled down by the 72 percent of legal professionals who held the same view

North American respondents had the lowest rate of optimism, but still 74 percent had a positive view of AI. The high rate was from the 94 percent of Latin American respondents who voice that opinion.

Bob Scott
Bob Scott has provided information to the tax and accounting community since 1991, first as technology editor of Accounting Today, and from 1997 through 2009 as editor of its sister publication, Accounting Technology. He is known throughout the industry for his depth of knowledge and for his high journalistic standards.  Scott has made frequent appearances as a speaker, moderator and panelist and events serving tax and accounting professionals. He  has a strong background in computer journalism as an editor with two former trade publications, Computer+Software News and MIS Week and spent several years with weekly and daily newspapers in Morris County New Jersey prior to that.  A graduate of Indiana University with a degree in journalism, Bob is a native of Madison, Ind
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