Artificial intelligence: Fuelling new skills demand

Posted on 13/01/2017 by Jay Banghar


Artificial Intelligence (AI) may perhaps be the most disruptive technology that is eagerly being anticipated. We have all seen the various movies and read the books about the evolution of AI. But how does this affect the Tech job market?​

AI around the world

Top tech companies to the numerous start-ups all over the world have already introduced or created some of form of AI to their workflow and brands. IBM is investing $1b in Watson; Amazon is banking on Alexa and Apple has Siri. Google and Facebook are devoting their research to AI and Salesforce announced last year the AI, named Einstein, to its software. The views on AI are deeply divided. On one end of the spectrum, futurists and economists are considering the possibility of a jobless future. They predict an era where humans no longer have jobs and income as AI will permeate wide segments of daily life. However, AI’s proponents remain hopeful for the future, believing that AI will present an opportunity to stimulate job growth for today and create new skills.

AI fuelling new jobs, new skills

With AI, new jobs will be created in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, such as the very intriguing nanotechnology and robotics. You wouldn’t have AI and robots without a Robotics Engineer for example. Where the new skills of programming and computer science collide with the likes of mechanical and hardware engineering, robotics engineers and technologists build, program and integrate these robots.

For AI to work successfully in companies, massive amounts of data that is generated by Internet of Things (IoT) systems will need to be managed efficiently. Companies will need to invest in big data analytics platforms and this is where skilled data scientists and analysts come in. Skills like being able to draw actionable insights from all the data that comes with AI will definitely be in demand. With overwhelming amount of data comes possible cybersecurity threats. Although the link between AI and cybersecurity is not immediately direct, all of these data need protection and people specialising in cyber security protect networks from attacks, breaches and malice.

AI is also largely becoming the type of technology that can not only improve the existing cloud platform incumbents but power a new generation of cloud computing technologies. The last few years have seen a tremendous level of investment on AI capabilities in cloud platforms. If we analyse the current landscape of cloud AI technologies, the two major groups are Cloud Machine Learning Platforms such as AWS Machine Learning and AI Cloud Services, which include the IBM Watson. The future of AI is definitely one to look for, and we at SearchElect remain excited at the skills demand it will bring and we want to help you find that dream job AI is set to create. Click here to learn more about us. Alternatively, speak to our consultants who come with years of experience and a wealth of expertise, @ +65 6589 8787.