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A.I. in Ireland - Discover an industry with a life of its own



Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that enables computers and machines to learn from experience. It deals with the simulation of intelligent behaviour in computers. Its applications range from game-playing robots to robotic manufacturing to data analysis.

Despite warnings from the late Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk regarding AI threats, the majority of AI development currently uses human reasoning as a guide to provide better services and products, rather than trying to create a duplicate or replica of the human mind.

AI allows machines to sense, reason, and act. The potential benefits are endless and it will affect nearly all industries. AI can be found across a wide number of industries in Ireland such as; Healthcare. Finance, Gaming, Communications, Transportation, Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, Agriculture, FinTech and more.

The above clip is from 2011. To see what AI is capable of today see the clip at the end of this article.


Examples of AI in action

Amazon builds a lot of its business on the machine-learning system, as a subdivision of AI. Machine learning is of high importance to Amazon. “Without ML, Amazon.com couldn’t grow its business, improve its customer experience and selection, and optimize its logistic speed and quality.”

Google have their own AI website (www.ai.google) where they describe their AI mission as the following; "Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and AI is enabling us to do that in incredible new ways - solving problems for our users, our customers, and the world."


Leaders in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Ireland



Nuritas utilises both artificial intelligence and genomics to locate and unlock natural bioactive peptides with astonishing health benefits.

IBM in Ireland has its focus on the AI platform Watson, Cognitive IoT, Interactive Reasoning, integrated health and social care.

Movidius is constructing a 3D voxel-based platform accumulating all of Ireland’s geospatial data.

Accenture has its largest AI R&D hub in Dublin where they focus on machine learning, natural language understanding (NLP), knowledge representation and computer vision.

Veritas empowers businesses through data management. 86 per cent of the Fortune 500 rely on Veritas for multi-cloud data management.

Xilinx is driving advances in the development, training and deployment of highly responsive, reconfigurable machine learning algorithms such as neural networks.

Established AI presence in Ireland* Source IDA Ireland


Interesting facts

  • Orreco & IBM built the world’s first cognitive solution for sports, helping athletes predict injury risk.
  • Companies can test and trial in Ireland. Many companies use Ireland’s numerous testbeds to trial and prove technology and business solutions.
  • Ireland has leading positions and per capita the highest number of EurAI fellows.
  • Ireland is the first country in the world to develop an industry-driven nationwide PostGraduate MSc in Artificial Intelligence.
  • According to ‘Open Data Maturity in Europe 2017’ Ireland is a trendsetter for open data.
  • Ireland is home to a vibrant open AI ecosystem for collaboration and community.


25 Years of Research

ADAPT researchers were recognised for developing a state of the art Neural Machines Translation model through the use of an encoder-decoder attention mechanism.

Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) is the 6th global NVIDIA CUDA research centre.

CeADAR is an acknowledged centre of excellence in the machine and deep learning for business.


Industry-Academic Collaboration

Insight & UTRC

UTRC are a funding industrial partner with The Insight Research Centre which is home to 450 personnel and with key research topics in artificial intelligence, data analytics, machine learning, human-machine interaction and optimisation.

Adapt & Intel

In partnership with Intel, The ADAPT Centre developed a tool that suggests multi-lingual keywords to improve global discoverability.

“We're not only looking to hire some of Ireland's best and brightest technology graduates, but also to help build a new highly skilled industry in the region,” - CEO Dave Elkington. InsideSales.com


Why Ireland?

Track Record

In Ireland, many corporations have established centres of excellence in data analytics, cloud computing, big data and the future internet.


IMD 2017 ranks Ireland 1st in the world for attracting and retaining talent. Ireland has the youngest population in Europe. One third are under 25 years of age and almost half the population are under the age of 34.


The corporate tax rate is 12.5%. Ireland has a 25% R&D tax credit and a 6.25% preferential tax rate on income arising from intellectual property.

Ease of Doing Business

Ireland ranks as the 4th best country in the world for business in 2017 according to Forbes. 


Ireland is the only English speaking country in the Eurozone and provides an ideal hub for organisations seeking a European base.

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