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Has AI Crossed the Chasm? [AI Today Podcast]


In the context of technology adoption, “crossing the chasm” refers to the pivotal moment when an emerging technology moves beyond the early adopters and innovators phase to reach the early majority of users. This concept, popularized by Geoffrey A. Moore in his book “Crossing the Chasm,” highlights the gap or “chasm” that exists between the initial acceptance of a technology by enthusiasts and visionaries and its broader acceptance by a more pragmatic, mainstream market. Has AI crossed the chasm? In this episode of the AI Today podcast hosts Kathleen Walch and Ron Schmelzer explore this topic.

Gen AI crossing the chasm

Crossing this chasm is critical for any new technology, as it marks the transition from niche to widespread adoption, ensuring the technology’s commercial viability and long-term success. When it comes to AI, we like to break it down one step further into the seven patterns on AI. When doing that, it appears that generative AI has indeed crossed the chasm, but has the rest of AI?

What about the other 7 patterns of AI?

While Gen AI might have made this significant leap, the rest of the AI landscape remains varied in its adoption stages. Many AI technologies are still in the phase of experimentation and refinement (autonomous vehicles or Autonomous Robotics for example) and are not yet near crossing the chasm. This discrepancy highlights the diverse nature of AI as a field, where different technologies can be at different stages of acceptance and integration into mainstream use. Listen the the full episode to learn more.

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