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Designing Automated Minds

Posted August 19th, 2018 in Science

WHEN you study artificial intelligence (AI), you will come across terms such as machine learning, deep learning and Internet of Things, among others.

As part of a rapidly evolving industry, it is important for you to understand each aspect of AI and determine which area you want to specialize in. Your options are limitless, as A1 graduates can further their studies in wider areas such as e-commerce, psychology and marketing.

Below are several fields in which AI can bring or has brought about improvements:

In transportation —
Autonomous cars are already a reality. Though we are still in the early stages, these cars have the potential to reduce accidents, global fuel consumption and traffic congestions.
We could also see remote-controlled ships and trucks in future, which will redefine multiple industries and trade routes.

In communication –
Think about the movie The King’s Speech, but imagine King George VI’s speech therapist to be a robot helper that knows exactly how an audience reacts to certain words, tones and gestures.
A machine like this can improve how we communicate on an interpersonal level and would be especially useful for leaders.

In education —
AI development has contributed to new applications that are changing the way schools are run. There are programs that help automate and speed up tedious administrative tasks, allowing educators to spend more time on teaching and less on filling out paperwork.

In finance –
Modern financial fraud detection systems can, thanks to AI, learn and adapt to potential and current security threats instead of depending heavily on preprogrammed rules. While still based on these rides, these detection systems employ machine learning to identify irregularities in a database and alert security teams to the possible threat.

AI-major courses used to be few and far between, but you now have more diverse options. For now, if you are unable to find a suitable course that focuses solely on AI, you can explore programs in computer engineering or computer science that include AI studies as a minor.

No matter what you choose, make sure your options cover the modules listed below.

  • Human-computer interaction Machine learning
  • Autonomous robotic systems
  • Image and language processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Expert systems

You may want to focus on developing certain skills and exploring relevant areas of study to increase your employability as a fresh graduate.

Several in-demand skills in the current job market are:

  • Python
  • R (program for statistical computing)
  • Data science
  • Hadoop
  • Big data
  • Apache Spark
  • SAS analytics
  • Data warehouse design
  • Data mining
  • Knowledge of business intelligence technologies
  • SQL queries
  • SQL Server Reporting Services
  • SQL Server Integration Services

 

 

Your Potential Future

As someone with qualifications in AI technologies and its applications, it is likely that you will be eligible for many jobs in the same field.

Someone with a background in AI is also suited to advocate for ethical measures regarding its growth and management.

While jobs in the field of ethics do not yet exist, it is only a matter of time before the industry needs them as calls for “robo-ethics” have been around since 2004. In the meantime. here are some commonly listed jobs that you can aim for:

  • Knowledge engineer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Data scientist
  • Business intelligence developer
  • Internet of Things architect
  • Robotics designer
  • Blockchain engineer
  • AI ethics researcher


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