This new issue of our DigiWorld Watch service looks into the Artificial Intelligence trend, from the most recent and visible development of virtual personal assistants (VPA) to the real implications of deep learning technologies. It analyses the key enablers and obstacles for these new technologies, as well as their potential impact on different applications. Drawing on this analysis, the report forecasts the future development of the AI trend in the different industries and which actors are set to benefit most from it.

This issue also includes a synopsis of the 4th edition of our DigiWorld Yearbook dedicated to Africa & the Middle East. This latest edition delivers a detailed snapshot of key events in 2016, and looks ahead to the underlying trends that will shape the region’s market in the years to come.

Table of contents

Artificial Intelligence – Analysing the trend
Executive Summary
1. The Tip of the AI iceberg: the virtual personal assistant
– The rise of the natural language user interface
– More UI than AI?
– A market dominated by Internet giants

2. A new technology paradigm has enabled AI to be so disruptive
– Deep learning: an AI game changer?
– What deep learning will change
– Artificial Intelligence: A rapidly developing field

3. AI will reinforce platfom model
– The keys to AI success
– Market development outlook
– Taking control of a key technology that could be diversified to other applications

Focus : DigiWorld Yearbook Africa & the Middle East

DigiWorld Chronical for June 2017

Latest market reports
– KPIs: Telcos vs OTTs – How Internet giants differ from telcos
– The industrial Internet – Towards the 4th industrial revolution
– Video Content: the new El Dorado? – Competition for content between telecom operators, audiovisual players and the Internet
– TV market outlook for Africa & the Middle East – Growth catalysts, regional dynamics, changing products and services

Latest edition of the DigiWorld Yearbook Africa & the Middle East
DigiWorld Yearbook Africa & the Middle East 2017 – Birth of a digital ecosystem in Africa and the Middle East

Geographic area



  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • GE Digital
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Microsoft Healthcare NExT
  • Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Nuance Communication
  • Nvidia
  • Samsung

Other details

  • Reference: M17606A
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: advanced user interface, Artificial Intelligence, automated consumer service, computer vision, data analytics, deep learning, image recognition, Internet giants, machine-learning, natural language, platform model, Virtual Personal Assistant, voice interface, VPA

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