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Microsoft’s $1B Investment a Boon for Artificial Intelligence ETFs

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

Software giant Microsoft recently opened its wallet and gave OpenAI, a startup co-founded by Elon Musk, to support the goal of developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology that can outdo human brain functioning. This generous investment could certainly put AI-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in focus for investors looking to capitalize on the growing space of disruptive technologies.

"The creation of AGI will be the most important technological development in human history, with the potential to shape the trajectory of humanity," says Sam Altman, CEO, OpenAI. "Our mission is to ensure that AGI technology benefits all of humanity, and we're working with Microsoft to build the supercomputing foundation on which we'll build AGI. We believe it's crucial that AGI is deployed safely and securely and that its economic benefits are widely distributed. We are excited about how deeply Microsoft shares this vision."

In the investment space, AI is increasingly gaining widespread attention for its ability to be a disruptive technology that spans across a variety of sectors, which makes it a viable alternative for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) opportunities. For one ETF, the AI-Powered International Equity ETF (AIIQ) , it's been a year since inception and has already bested its benchmark by 7 percent.

Under the hood, the fund runs on the EquBot Model: a proprietary algorithm with the use of IBM’s Watson. The model analyzes and compares a multitude of data points and international companies on a daily basis to find and optimize portfolio exposures.

AI continues to disrupt the investment management space, prompting many asset managers and investors to rethink the way they invest, research and develop portfolio construction methodologies. EquBot recognized this need for advancement and broke the mold by pioneering a new method combining AI with ETFs.

Whether society is ready for it or not, robotics, AI, machine learning, or any other type of disruptive technology will be the next wave of innovation. For investors who missed out on the bull market run of FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) stocks, they can look to capitalize on disruptive tech options in 2019 and beyond that.

Another ETF to consider is the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) . ARKK is an actively-managed fund that invests in domestic and foreign equity securities of companies that are relevant to the fund's investment theme of disruptive innovation.

AGI has the “potential to shape the trajectory of humanity,” said Altman. “Our mission is to ensure that AGI technology benefits all of humanity, and we’re working with Microsoft to build the supercomputing foundation on which we’ll build AGI. We believe it’s crucial that AGI is deployed safely and securely and that its economic benefits are widely distributed. We are excited about how deeply Microsoft shares this vision.”

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