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1. The top AI cloud companies:​

  • A leader in AI and data analytics, Google is focused on expanding its artificial intelligence capabilities through acquisitions of AI startups. It offers AI and machine learning services to businesses and has developed the TensorFlow software project and the Tensor AI chip project.

  • IBM is a leader in AI and focuses on its IBM Watson cognitive service, AI software as a service, and cloud-based analytics and AI services. With a strong cloud platform, IBM has made several acquisitions in the AI field.

  • A prominent cloud platform in Asia, Alibaba provides a sophisticated machine learning platform with a visual interface for easy use. It offers pre-built solutions and algorithm components for various AI tasks.

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers AI services that integrate with a company's infrastructure, providing recommendations, contact center modernization, security, and customer engagement solutions. It is accessible even for businesses without prior ML or AI experience.

  • DataRobot is an emerging cloud AI company that provides a platform for building and deploying machine learning models. It caters to both experienced data scientists and business analysts, enabling them to create predictive analytics without programming knowledge.

  • Based in China, Baidu focuses on AI and cloud solutions, providing AI platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and SaaS solutions across various industries. It utilizes AI, machine learning, deep learning, language processing, video, and data analysis.

  • Microsoft offers a range of AI services on its Azure cloud platform, including bot services, machine learning, and cognitive services. The company has recently invested in OpenAI to enhance their partnership and develop new AI technologies, leveraging Azure's architecture for superior performance and scalability

A Look at Productivity and Net Margins

The tech landscape is buzzing with innovation. This AI community consistently outstripping other sectors in terms of productivity and net margins. Productivit expressed as revenue per employee for the tech industry leaders (2023): 

Company      Revenue per Employee (USD)

Alphabet      2.2 million

Amazon        1.8 million

Microsoft      1.7 million

Apple            1.6 million

Facebook     1.5 million

Alibaba         1.3 million

Tencent         1.2 million

Nvidia            1.1 million

Taiwan Semi  1.0 million


These companies showcase very high productivity which generates revenue with a relatively lean workforce. Net margins, reflecting the profit left after covering all costs and expenses, are high in the tech industry. 

Company     Net Margin (%)

Alphabet        29.3%

Amazon          27.4%

Microsoft        24.2%

Apple              22.9%

Facebook       20.9%

Alibaba           19.2%

Tencent           18.6%

Nvidia             17.9%

Taiwan Semi   17.3%

These top  companies produce significant net margins, implying they retain a considerable revenue as profit and offer AI small business opportunities.

Success in the tech sector can be attributed to innovation, scale, network effects, and data accessibility. AI holds potential to significantly boost productivity by automating tasks, enhancing decision-making, and optimizing processes, possibly raising productivity by up to 40% in certain industries, according to Boston Consulting Group.

AI can also inflate margins by personalizing products and services, improving customer engagement, and facilitating cross-selling and upselling. McKinsey research suggests that AI could potentially elevate margins by up to 20% in certain sectors.

Several leading tech companies are already harnessing the power of AI to enhance their performance:

  • Microsoft is already using AI to automate tasks such as customer service, data entry, and software testing. This has helped Microsoft to improve its productivity. In the next three years, Bard estimates that Microsoft could see productivity gains of up to 20% by using AI to automate even more tasks and improve its decision-making processes

  • Google is also using AI to improve its products and services, such as its search engine, advertising platform, and self-driving car technology. This has helped Google to grow its business and become more profitable. In the next three years, Bard estimates that Google could see productivity gains of up to 30% by using AI to further improve its products and services and expand into new markets.

  • Amazon is using AI to automate tasks such as customer service, product recommendations, and fraud detection. This has helped Amazon to improve its productivity and margins. In the next three years, Bard estimates that Amazon could see productivity gains of up to 40% by using AI to automate even more tasks and improve its supply chain management.

These are just rough estimates, of course. The actual productivity gains of these companies will depend on a number of factors, such as the pace of technological development, the level of investment in AI, and the effectiveness of the companies' AI strategies. However, I believe that these companies are well-positioned to achieve significant productivity gains in the next three years by using AI.

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2. The top AI healthcare companies
  • Tempus utilizes AI to analyze vast amounts of medical data and provide personalized precision medicine for improved patient outcomes in areas like neurology, psychiatry, and oncology.

  • Suki's AI-powered software assists doctors by learning over time, adapting to users' needs and becoming a time-saving tool, offering efficiency boosts for physicians. It also provided COVID-19 data and templates to speed up vaccination and health tracking processes.

  • Nanox uses deep learning techniques and AI algorithms to predict diseases with better accuracy than humans, leveraging a large library of medical images and specialized examination technology. It has moved its AI algorithms to Google Cloud for scalability and cost-effective medical scans.

  • Freenome: tests and specific biomarkers to detect signs of cancer earlier than traditional methods.

  • Neurala's Neurala Brain is a deep learning neural network software that enhances devices like cameras, phones, and drones, making them more intelligent using low-power audio and visual input.

  • iCarbonX, a Chinese biotech startup, leverages AI to provide personalized health analyses and health index predictions by analyzing genomic, physiological, and behavioral data gathered through an alliance with technology companies worldwide.

  • Flatiron Health employs machine learning to mine health data for cancer research in near real-time, gathering information from various sources. It was acquired by Roche after raising substantial funding.

  • Deep 6 uses AI to accelerate the process of finding appropriate participants for clinical trials by scanning through medical records and identifying relevant patterns in human health, helping researchers find patients more efficiently.

  • Butterfly Network utilizes AI to make healthcare more accessible and affordable, offering a handheld medical diagnostic device that connects to a smartphone for ultrasound examinations at a lower cost compared to traditional systems.

  • K Health operates in the gray area between seeking medical attention and acquiring simple information by providing an AI solution that allows users to consult with doctors via text or find similar cases near them based on an extensive store of anonymous health records.

  • Insitro combines human biology and machine learning, using AI to build disease models and uncover previously unknown solutions for drug discovery and development, going beyond human intuition. It has received investments from various VC and financial firms.

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3. Top transportation companies
  •  Tesla, leveraging cutting-edge artificial intelligence, has pioneered the evolution of the auto industry towards autonomous driving with its self-driving vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems, continually pushing the boundaries of innovation.

  • Co-founded by Palmer Luckey, Anduril creates a threat protection zone using sophisticated sensors, vehicles, and drones, offering products like Sentry Tower, Ghost 4 sUAS, and Anvil sUAS for autonomous awareness, intelligent air support, and precision kinetic intercept.

  • AEye specializes in vision algorithms and LiDAR technology for autonomous vehicles, focusing on crucial information like people and other cars while merging with CF Finance Acquisition Corp. III.

  • develops autonomous vehicle software, operating a self-driving ride-sharing fleet in Guangzhou, China, and receiving $400 million in funding from Toyota.

  • Nauto provides an AI-powered driver behavior learning platform that enhances the safety of commercial and autonomous fleets, analyzing driver interactions to prevent collisions and reduce distracted driving.

  • Nuro designs small self-driving electric delivery trucks for local deliveries, aiming to revolutionize robotics in everyday life.

  • Acquired by Amazon, Zoox is an independent company focused on building a self-driving fleet, specifically targeting the robo-taxi market.

  • DJI, a major player in the drone market, leverages AI and image recognition for landscape tracking and monitoring, with potential involvement in the self-driving car industry through its partnership with Microsoft.

  • Orbital Insight utilizes satellite geospatial imagery and AI to gain insights in industries like agriculture and energy, offering geospatial analytics for hidden answers and observations not visible to the human eye.

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4. The top computer vision companies
  • Founded by ex-Google and Baidu engineers, develops software for autonomous vehicles and operates a self-driving ride-sharing fleet in Guangzhou, China, with a focus on improving the speed of innovation in the autonomous driving space and raising $400 million in funding from Toyota.

  • Nauto offers an AI-powered platform that improves the safety of commercial and autonomous fleets by assessing driver behavior and interactions with the vehicle and the road, aiming to reduce distracted driving and prevent collisions.

  • Nuro specializes in small self-driving electric delivery trucks designed for local deliveries, such as groceries and takeout, with a mission to enhance the value of robotics in everyday life, founded by individuals who previously worked on Google's Waymo project.

  •  Zoox focuses on building a self-driving fleet, particularly for the robo-taxi market, aiming to revolutionize transportation with their AI-based vehicles.

  • DJI utilizes AI and image recognition technologies to track and monitor landscapes, and it is expected to have a role in the self-driving car industry. DJI has collaborated with Microsoft for a drone initiative.

  • Leveraging satellite geospatial imagery and AI, Orbital Insight provides insights and analytics in sectors such as agriculture and energy, utilizing data from satellites, drones, balloons, and other aircraft to uncover hidden patterns and information not visible to the human eye, positioning itself as a leader in geospatial analytics.

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5. The top security companies
  • CrowdStrike's cloud-based Falcon platform utilizes AI to proactively detect and prevent malicious activity, providing network administrators with real-time actionable intelligence to take necessary actions and enhance endpoint security.

  • Palo Alto Networks is a leading cybersecurity company providing innovative solutions to secure users, applications, and data across clouds, networks, and mobile devices.

  • BlackBerry, after acquiring Cylance, develops security apps that use AI to proactively prevent viruses and malware, leveraging mathematical learning processes to identify threats based on an understanding of hacker behavior rather than relying on blacklists or whitelists.

  • DataVisor employs machine learning to detect fraud and financial crime, utilizing unsupervised machine learning to identify attack campaigns before they cause any harm, safeguarding companies from various types of attacks.

  • Sherpa is a virtual personal assistant that uses AI to infer and predict user needs, working across multiple devices and accessories to anticipate user requirements and provide intelligent solutions, primarily focusing on privacy and cybersecurity.

  • BigPanda leverages AI to prevent or mitigate IT outages and disruptions, employing AIOps to enhance administrative and IT operations, aiming to minimize downtime and ensure smooth business operations.

  • Symphony AyasdiAI, part of the SymphonyAI Group, offers intelligent applications for big data and complex data analytics, helping clients automate processes and derive insights from their unique data, with a particular focus on financial crime detection.

  • Dataminr specializes in real-time information discovery, monitoring news feeds to identify high-impact events and critical breaking news, providing relevant and timely information to specific industries and helping vendors detect early risks from media coverage.

  • Darktrace is a cybersecurity company that utilizes self-learning AI to secure data and infrastructure, focusing on preventing, detecting, responding to, and healing from cyberattacks, providing comprehensive protection against evolving threats.

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6. The top E-commerce companies
  • Algorithmia helps data scientists discover and utilize algorithms, originally starting as an algorithm exchange and now targeting the enterprise market after being acquired by DataRobot.

  • Using AI, The Trade Desk optimizes digital advertising campaigns by analyzing data to target the appropriate audiences, offering performance suggestions while campaigns are live.

  • enables businesses to derive actionable insights from continuously streaming data by utilizing machine learning and an open core platform for data contextualization.

  • Phrasee specializes in natural language generation for marketing copy, generating human-sounding variants to tailor marketing messages and boost customer engagement.

  • Pymetrics uses AI to assess candidates beyond traditional resumes, creating models based on top-performing employees to identify optimal candidates for companies.

  • People.Ai streamlines salespeople's workflows by capturing and organizing relevant information from various sources, coaching sales reps on effective time management.

  • AlphaSense is an AI-powered search engine catering to investment firms, banks, and large companies, providing efficient search capabilities across diverse sources of financial information.

  • Icertis utilizes AI in its contract intelligence platform to automate tasks, scan contract details, and streamline the management of millions of business contracts.

  • Bizzabo, acquiring, uses AI-powered virtual assistant "Amy" to schedule meetings, employing machine learning and natural language processing to optimize meeting logistics.

  • One Model offers a talent analytics accelerator that consolidates various HR functions, enabling companies to handle employee-related tasks, career planning, recruitment, engagement, and more in a unified and machine learning-powered platform.

  • CopyAI utilizes AI to generate marketing copy for various formats, leveraging the GPT-3 language model to create content such as article outlines, meta descriptions, digital ads, and social media posts.

  • provides a wide range of pre-built applications and a PaaS solution for developing enterprise-level AI, IoT applications, and analytics software, aiming to accelerate digital transformation across different sectors.

  • Accubits specializes in enabling AI integration into existing systems for businesses, offering solutions like intelligent chatbots and predictive health diagnostics across various industries.

  • SS&C Blue Prism: Blue Prism, acquired by SS&C Technologies, utilizes AI-driven automation to handle repetitive software tasks, enhancing operational efficiency and freeing up human staff for more meaningful work.

  • DocuSign utilizes AI in its e-signature technology for digitizing contract processes, offering features like AI-powered contract and risk analysis for efficient negotiations and improved contract management.

  • Tetra Tech uses AI-powered speech recognition technology to automatically transcribe and generate detailed call scripts for call center operations, improving efficiency and customer service.

  • Nvidia is a leader in AI, providing GPUs and CUDA GPU programming language for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

  • ViSenze offers visual recognition technology that recommends visually similar items to online shoppers, assisting businesses in e-commerce, m-commerce, and online advertising.

  • ServiceNow, after acquiring Element AI, offers a platform for building AI-powered solutions, supporting predictive modeling, conversational AI, image recognition, and more to enable digital transformation for companies.

  • Pointr provides indoor positioning and navigation solutions with analytics and messaging features, helping people navigate crowded locations like train stations and airports.

  • Directly offers AI-driven customer support tools, routing questions to chatbots or customer support personnel, providing intelligent automation and personalized support.

  • Rulai aims to improve

  • the conversational capabilities of chatbots by using AI to create multi-round conversations without the need for customer code, addressing a growing need in the industry.

  • TTamr combines machine learning with human expertise to help businesses optimize and integrate valuable datasets, offering enterprise-scale data unification solutions for today's data-driven world.

  • Aurea Software acquired InsideSales, now known as Xant, a sales acceleration platform powered by a self-learning engine that utilizes machine learning to guide salespeople and improve sales outcomes.

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7. The top education companies
  • Riiid is a leading AI education platform to empower global education outside of traditional ways of learning. Based in Mountain View, California, Riiid is a tutoring service based on deep-learning algorithms while replacing traditional textbooks and lectures. Riiid can be more affordable than human tutoring, drawing international success.

  • helps researchers sort through cross-disciplinary research to find relevant information, and as it is used more often, the tool learns how to return better results. Since its launch, many people have tried the service with some becoming regular users. Its release includes the Focus tool, an intelligent mechanism to refine and collate a reading list of research literature, cutting out a huge amount of manual effort.

  • In a world with a vast ocean of podcasts and videos to transcribe, Rev uses AI to find its market. An AI-powered, but human-assisted, transcription provider, the company also sells access to developers, so tech-savvy folks can use its speech recognition technology. But the key part here is the combination of humans with AI, which is a sweet spot in the effective use cases for artificial intelligence. With a growing need for accessibility features in audiovisual production especially, expect more AI competitors to take advantage of a similar business model in the future.

  • Clarifai is an image recognition platform that helps users organize, filter, and search their image database. Images and videos are tagged, teaching the technology to find similarities in images. Its AI solution is offered via mobile, on-premises, or API interfaces. Beyond image recognition, Clarifai also offers solutions in computer vision, natural language processing, and automated machine learning.

  • HyperScience is designed to cut down on the tedium of mundane tasks, like filling out forms or data entry of handwritten forms. It also processes the relevant information from forms rather than requiring that a human read through the whole form. It touts itself as intelligent document processing.

  • Narrative Science, a Salesforce company since its acquisition, creates natural language generation technology to translate data from multiple silos into what it calls stories. AI highlights only the most relevant and interesting information, to turn data into easy-to-understand reports, transform statistics into stories, and convert numbers into knowledge. 

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8. The top finance companies
  • Based in San Jose, California, Signifyd is an AI financial company with a goal to provide an end-to-end commerce protection platform for their customers that can leverage its commerce network to maximize conversion, eliminate fraud, and avoid consumer abuse.

  • San Francisco-based Numerai is a financial AI company that manages an institutional grade global equity strategy for investors. Using machine learning to transform and regulate their global network of data scientists. Numberai created the first encrypted data science tournament for stock market predictions.

  • Cleo is a financial AI company that uses an AI assistant to help their customers improve their relationship with money and financial health. Cleo’s AI assistant gives customers deep insights into their money while also helping customers save and budget their finances. Cleo aims to grow and develop with their customers.

  • Fount, an AI investment company based in Seoul, provides AI asset management services for their customers stretching across over 20 global financial institutions. Fount aims to pursue stable returns for their customers by diversifying investments. Fount provides sensitivity to global trends as well.

  • Upstart, based in San Mateo, California, is an AI lending company that partners with banks and credit unions to offer more affordable credit. The banks and credit union customers that work with Upstart are more likely to have higher approval rates and lower loss rates. After being a public company, Upstart plans to leverage domain expertise and change aspects of leading and credit risk evaluation.

  • Brighterion Once a stand-alone company and now a division of MasterCard, Brighterion offers AI for the financial services industry, specifically designed to block fraud rates. The company’s AI Express is a fast-to-market solution, within six to eight weeks, that is custom designed for customer use cases. Its solution is used by a majority of the 100 largest banks.

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 9. The top manufacturing and engineering companies
  • CognitiveScale develops customer service AI apps for industries such as healthcare, insurance, finance, and digital commerce, offering an enterprise-grade AI system through its Cortex-augmented intelligence platform and fostering collaboration through its AI marketplace.

  • Lobster Media is an AI-powered platform that helps brands and media outlets find and license user-generated social media content by scanning major social networks and using AI-tagging and machine learning algorithms to identify relevant content.

  • SenseTime is an Asian company specializing in facial recognition technology, applied in areas such as payment systems and security, with a focus on deep learning, education, and fintech.

  • San Francisco-based Bright Machines leverages advancements in robotics, machine learning, and facial recognition to create an AI platform for digital manufacturing, enabling automation of fine-grain tasks in factories.

  • Graphcore develops the Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU), a specialized processor for machine learning that enables high-performance computing and the acceleration of machine learning models beyond current technologies.

  • Deepmind, acquired by Alphabet, focuses on AI research across various fields, aiming to build "safe" AI systems and advancing solutions in climate change, healthcare, and finance, recruiting talent from leading universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.

  • Domino Data Lab offers a SaaS solution that enables tech and data professionals to program and test AI models, serving as a platform and community for collaboration and data science advancements.

  • OpenAI is a nonprofit research organization that operates under an open-source model, promoting collaboration and making its research and patents accessible to the public, with a focus on addressing existential risks and advancements in artificial general intelligence. ChatGPT is one of OpenAI's notable projects, now a separate for-profit company, allowing users to generate text for various purposes.

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10. The top energy and environment companies
  • SenSat utilizes AI modeling to create digital representations of physical environments, providing valuable insights and statistics for various industries such as infrastructure, with significant investment from Tencent.

  • As a subsidiary of Deere & Co., Blue River Technology combines AI and computer vision to develop smart farm technology, including their See & Spray system that detects individual plants and reduces herbicide usage by up to 90%.

  • Stem, an energy storage company, leverages AI through its platform Athena to automate energy management, optimizing charging and discharging of energy storage systems based on forecasting and automated control.

  • Based in Canada, Xanadu pioneers quantum hardware and technology using photonic technology instead of electron-based systems, offering advantages such as reduced energy consumption and overheating.

  • Canadian startup Ambyint employs AI-powered management in the oil exploration industry, delivering real-time control and optimization of production through on-site equipment analysis.

  • VIA, a US startup, utilizes AI to connect and analyze data from smart meters, drones, and sensors on energy assets, predicting energy demands, grid loads, outages, and renewable energy generation through machine learning algorithms.

  • Munich-based Siemens is a leader in energy, electrification, digitalization, and automation, developing resource-saving technologies and systems for various sectors including medical diagnosis and power generation, with a touch of "AI at the beer garden."

  • Zymergen, an AI biotech company, specializes in biofacturing and offers bio-based solutions like Hyline, a polyimide film, for applications in pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and industrial sectors, headquartered in Emeryville, California.

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11. The top robotics companies
  • Using AI, Bossa Nova Robotics deploys tall vacuum cleaner-like robots in retailers like Walmart to efficiently spot inventory problems and reduce human employment costs.

  • CloudMinds, an AI cloud robotics company founded in Irvine, California, creates humanoid robots powered by cloud AI, aiming to make affordable robots available internationally by 2025.

  • Backed by tech heavyweights like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg, Vicarious focuses on developing a robot brain that can think like a human, with its AI robots learning as they perform industrial automation tasks.

  • HiSilicon, a chipmaker, manufactured the first AI chip for mobile devices, enabling high-speed language translation and facial recognition tasks.

  • As a leading vendor in robotic process automation, UiPath offers an enterprise software platform that streamlines communication between legacy apps, allowing developers to concentrate on new AI-oriented applications.

  • Affectiva uses AI to help systems understand human emotions through facial expressions and conversations, contributing to the fields of ethics and emotional AI. It was acquired by Smart Eye, a supplier of driver monitoring systems.

  • With its powerful smartphone chips and signal processor for image and sound capabilities, Qualcomm drives the AI revolution and recently acquired NUVIA, enhancing its CPU opportunities for future consumer devices.

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12. The top entertainment companies
  • The gaming chat app company acquired Ubiquity6, an augmented reality startup, enabling users to immerse themselves in fully dimensioned visual worlds and interact with augmented objects in a creative or educational environment.

  • Beyond being a leading social media network, Facebook is leveraging AI to enhance its news feed algorithms and address issues like hate speech, fake news, and illegal content through AI-based screening.

  • As one of China's largest social media companies, Tencent operates an advanced AI lab developing tools for information processing, including natural language processing, news aggregation, facial recognition, and also owns popular platforms like Tencent Music and video streaming services.

  • Originally a song recognition app, SoundHound has evolved into an AI-powered voice assistant that combines voice recognition and language understanding to answer complex voice prompts similar to Siri.

  • AIBrain specializes in building AI solutions for smartphones and robotics, with products like AICoRE, an AI agent, iRSP, an intelligent robot software platform, and Futurable, a future simulation AI game that features fully autonomous AI characters. Their focus is on developing AI with human-like problem-solving, learning, and memory capabilities.

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13. Top Chip Manufacturers
  • Nvidia is a leading provider of graphics processing units (GPUs) and artificial intelligence (AI) chips. Their smallest nanometer chip is the 4nm Hopper.

  • Intel is a leading provider of semiconductor chips and AI accelerators. Their smallest nanometer chip is the 7nm Ponte Vecchio.

  • Google is a leading developer of AI chips for its own use and for sale to other companies. Their smallest nanometer chip is the 5nm TPU v4.

  • Samsung is a leading manufacturer of semiconductor chips and AI accelerators. Their smallest nanometer chip is the 5nm Exynos.

  • AMD is a leading provider of CPU and GPU chips, and is increasingly focusing on AI chips. Their smallest nanometer chip is the 6nm Instinct MI250X.

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