Is Artificial Intelligence a Career Path for You?

Is the world changing too fast? Can society continue to do the best it can? The population is currently more than 7.6 billion. The amount of data accumulated is predicted to exceed 44 zettabytes (or 44 trillion gigabytes) by 2020, with a growth rate of 1.7 megabytes per second for every human being. The number and types of data-gathering devices, sensors and mechanisms are growing to feed the need to obtain, process and manage the data. So how can an individual help?

What has been happening in industries where artificial intelligence (AI) is used is examined herein. Also reviewed are the AI software industry requirements, the skill sets and job requirements for AI, the marketplace and job options available for entering the field of AI, and the earning potential.

AI Definition

First, it is important to know the definition of AI. There are many, including:

  • “The study and design of intelligent agents’ where an intelligent agent is a system that perceives its environment and takes actions which maximizes its chances of success.”
  • “Simply put, artificial intelligence is a sub-field of computer science. Its goal is to enable the development of computers that are able to do things normally done by people—in particular, things associated with people acting intelligently.”
  • “The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.”
  • “The ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings. The term is frequently applied to the project of developing systems endowed with the intellectual processes characteristic of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalize, or learn from past experience.”
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