174. Artificial intelligence: how it is changing the world and our investment options

Chris Ford, manager of Sanlam Artificial Intelligence fund, discusses the ins and outs of AI. He tells us what artificial intelligence is, why the world needs it, and explains why Asian companies are embracing its adoption at a faster rate than those in the West. Chris also talks about the risks and how AI is being regulated differently around the world, and outlines why the UK has “been a disgrace” in respect of its willingness to back AI companies, but how our home market could still benefit from its growth.
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Sanlam Artificial Intelligence fund ‘eats its own cooking’ using an artificial intelligence (AI) system to help find companies whose business models are aligned to benefit from this growing theme. The fund is unconstrained in that it can invest in businesses of almost any size and in more than just technology stalwarts; around half of the portfolio can be found in the healthcare and consume and industrial-related sectors.

What’s covered in this podcast:

  • What artificial intelligence is
  • Why the world needs artificial intelligence
  • The types of company embracing artificial intelligence
  • Why more Asian companies are embracing AI than those in the West
  • Why UK companies have a great opportunity when it comes to AI
  • How far artificial intelligence could develop
  • How the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of AI
  • The risks associated with artificial intelligence
  • How AI is being regulated around the world
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