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Why and how your students should focus their studies to AI

Emily Jones explains why it's important students prepare for the rise of AI in all fields

Posted by Rob Bertels | December 13, 2017 | Higher education

While it is true that there is a growing concern over the rise of AI technology and the dangers posed to human employment opportunities in the near future, it is also true that there is a high demand for skilled workers in multiple areas within the AI/IT/Cloud fields. Thousands of new jobs have been created by AI technology and are waiting to be filled, but the demand exceeds the supply due to a lack of skilled professionals. This of course is a major reason why students as well as professionals should learn about and stay up-to-date with the many developments in AI that are entering the market at a progressive rate. If you are looking to begin a career in tech, then learning as much as you can about artificial intelligence and the significant developments being made in this field is a very wise move- as this is the direction that many tech careers are moving towards.

AI smart technology is quickly transforming modern society and the world faster than could ever have been imagined. It is revolutionizing every industry from health, transport, education, agriculture, government and more. Indeed, even in our every day lives we may be interacting with artificial intelligence software more than we realise. As you scroll through Netflix you are offered suggested series based on your previous viewing, and when you ask Siri for the answer to a question that’s been bugging you for the past hour- these are both possible because of AI technology.  AI virtual assistants and algorithms can imitate the neural pathways of the human brain and utilize several processes (Machine Learning, Cognitive/Emotional Intelligence, Semantics technology and many more…) to deliver personalized solutions to users, businesses and customers. Businesses can use AI Text Mining to search through all the information on the World Wide Web including the entire search history of social media users and potential or current customers. This process helps companies anticipate any changes in consumer trends and future crises before they occur. AI provides businesses with the solution of how to rearrange their supply chain cycle according to consumer demand to maximize productivity and lower costs, while reducing bureaucracy and the amount of energy spent.

Thousands of new jobs have been created by AI technology and are waiting to be filled, but the demand exceeds the supply due to a lack of skilled professionals.

AI can help with marketing strategies via social media tools too. Programmed to follow the behaviour of consumers and target the appropriate audiences for specific campaigns companies are now able to create promotional offers and suggested products for specific users at specific times. More importantly, AI can discover new business strategies from alternative sources through OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) where algorithms are able to access and gather business intelligence, which is used by Government and intelligence agencies to prevent and respond to crises and disasters in real time. This process filters through all the content online including Virtual libraries, business and Academic journals, news media sites, social media accounts, and monitors the entire content in real time.

Audio, facial and speech recognition is helping AI understand more about human emotion and how to recognize human behaviour, while AI robots connected to online servers on the cloud continue to learn more about themselves and their relationship to humans—like Sophia (the first robot citizen), as well as chat bots like Alice and virtual assistants such as Alexa or Siri. This is why as innovative AI technology is evolving at an accelerating rate- companies need to manage the new ways that give AI the ability to learn, think and adapt. And as AI is introduced into almost every sector of human activity, there is a high demand for almost every type of career imaginable. Architects and engineers will still be involved in the design of 3D-printed megacities and orbital space stations.There is also a dire need for software programmers, IT/Data engineers, Consultants, Lawyers, Cloud Computing and cyber security experts that can monitor threats like hacks and also adapt cloud applications to the existing internal IT infrastructure. Biologists and doctors in the medical field are also learning to use AI tech processes in the lab or the operating room. In short, every industry is being impacted as we move towards a full AI automated and interlinked society. For this reason it is extremely important for everyone—no matter what career or job path—to incorporate AI into their skill sets.

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