: Tech execs didn’t just start talking about AI — but they are talking about it a lot more

by | Mar 6, 2023 | Stock Market

Do you feel like you’ve been hearing a lot more about artificial intelligence in 2023? A MarketWatch analysis shows you probably have, though mentions of the technology are coming from roughly the same number of sources. The number of AI mentions on corporate earnings calls spiked more than 75% so far this year relative to the same period in 2022, according to a MarketWatch analysis of AlphaSense/Sentieo transcript data for companies worth at least $5 billion.

The topic of AI has come up on roughly 280 of those calls in 2023, comparable to what was seen in the same period a year ago. But executives are getting more breathless in their discussions, with 1,770 mentions of AI or artificial intelligence so far this year, up from 1,006 last year. Those counts also include references from analysts who ask questions about AI. Looking at a broader swath of companies that includes smaller ones, February 2023 saw a record number of earnings calls that discussed artificial intelligence, though that growth still didn’t come close to the increase in the number of mentions. There were 488 transcripts mentioning AI in February, besting the 440 from November 2021 by nearly 11%. Previously: Tech execs can’t sto …

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