By Benjamin Pimentel and Paayal Zaveri

Artificial intelligence — once relegated to academic studies and sci-fi nerds — has become one of the hottest technologies, infiltrating every industry.

AI adoption was already accelerating before the COVID-19 crisis, but experts say that demand for AI tools is now is poised to grow even faster.

“The entire industry of AI is getting a huge boost from this unfortunate crisis,” David Blumberg, founder and managing partner at Blumberg Capital, told Business Insider in May. “There is a silver lining to this dark cloud that we’ve all been living in for over two and a half, three months.”

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