Artificial intelligence is not the future, it's the present.
More than a quarter, or 25.6 percent, of CFOs who responded to this quarter's CNBC Global CFO Council Survey say artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology is "critically important" to their businesses, while another 43.6 percent call it "very important." Only 2.6 percent say it is "not at all important."
The CNBC Global CFO Council represents some of the largest public and private companies in the world, collectively managing more than $4 trillion in market capitalization across a wide variety of sectors. The quarterly CFO Council poll was conducted from June 2–16.
Second to A.I. in "critical importance" is the Internet of Things. In many ways, the two technologies are interdependent, as the Internet of Things depends on software that can identify errors and self-correct. Eighteen percent of CFOs say IoT is "critical" to their business, while another 51 percent say it's "very important."