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Anthony J. Bradley
13 years at Gartner
30 years in IT

Anthony J. Bradley is a Group Vice President in Gartner Research. In this role he leads global teams of analysts who research the emerging technologies and trends that are changing today's world and shaping the future. Mr. Bradley's group strives to provide technology product and service leaders (Tech CEOs, General Managers, Chief Product Officers, Practice Leads, Product Managers and Product Marketers) with unique, high-value research and indispensable advice on leveraging emerging technologies and trends to create and deliver highly successful products and services. Information technology now impacts pretty much every business function in all companies, all industries, and all geographies. Technology providers are critical to the technology and business innovation that will define the world of tomorrow. Innovation depends on technology providers. By helping them, we help the world.

Brace Yourself for an Explosion of Virtual Assistants

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  August 10, 2020

One of my highly talented analysts, Annette Jump, who covers virtual assistant/cognitive agent technologies recently completed an analysis of Natural Language Processing (NLP) patent submissions and investment activity. She just published “Emerging Technologies: Natural Language Processing Patent Growth Insights” and previously published “Venture Capital Growth Insights: Conversational UI” (both available to Gartner clients). One very […]

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Real AI Threat is Malicious AI, Not Job Losses or the Singularity

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  May 27, 2020

The AI threat is not coming from the singularity and robots who will replace us as the dominant beings on earth. General AI is science fiction. And It isn’t the loss of employment opportunities either. Every major new technology comes with fears of losing the old that are unaccompanied by visions of all the creation […]

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Computer Vision AI Well Positioned for Post-Pandemic Shopping

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  May 7, 2020

Computer vision technology is poised to accelerate new post pandemic shopping experiences. To say that the grocery shopping experience in the US (and other countries) has changed is a gross understatement. The other day I went into a supermarket to pick up a few items and it was eerie to see people walking around in […]

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AI and the Unachievable “Fully Autonomous Vehicle” Use Case 

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  February 24, 2020

Recent articles like this one “30-40% Of Tesla Owners Buy Autopilot (But Full Self Driving Is Three Years Away, Expert Says)” have sparked a debate within a few of the circles I travel (pun intended) on the state of state of “fully autonomous vehicle” technology.  I thought it very interesting that the participants in the […]

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China is Dominating Computer Vision AI Venture Capital Investment

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  January 22, 2020

Our recent research shows that venture capital (VC) investment in computer vision technology firms has increased four-fold from 2016-2018 exceeding a total of $8 billion USD. We analyzed over 1400 deals during this three year period. Our analysis also indicates that Chinese investors investing in Chinese companies are dominating the space accounting for over 56% […]

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4 Stages of Ethical AI: Algorithmic Bias is Not the Problem but Part of the Solution

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  January 15, 2020

Algorithmic bias is often in the news and has become a bit of a hot button in ethical AI. The vilification of algorithmic bias is unwarranted and misplaced. A focus on bias in algorithms in this context is wasted effort.  Recently I have participated in a few long Gartner research threaded discussions on “explainable AI,” […]

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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is Impeding AI Machine Learning Success

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  November 20, 2019

I was at a social gathering a few weeks ago and one of the guests approached me saying, “I understand you know something about artificial intelligence.“ And then he went on to tell me how scary it is that within a few years we will have computers that can replace human beings. He is talking […]

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Only Technology Can Save the US Small Business Sector

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  May 16, 2018

  In 2017, Benny’s department store closed its doors. I was saddened to see this somewhat iconic Southern New England family-owned and run, 31 store chain, go out of business after 93 years of operations. Benny’s store and on-line experience was so out-of-date that it was actually charming. But charming doesn’t pay the bills. Arnold […]

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SMBs Spending Big on IT! Are They Spending Right?

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  November 1, 2017

Sometimes it seems like the prevailing thinking is that small and medium sized businesses don’t have the desire or money to invest in information technology. Perhaps it used to be that way. It isn’t anymore. SMB leaders are more and more recognizing that information technology is either an opportunity for competitive advantage or a threat. […]

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Do Software Vendors Want Your [Small] Business?

by Anthony J. Bradley  |  April 27, 2017

About a month ago I had an interesting conversation with a marketing leader from a software vendor. The company was unhappy with their product’s placement in a FrontRunners quadrant (FRQ). Ok, that part is not unusual. So here comes the interesting part. They were positioned very well in the FRQ. The positioning reflected that their […]

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