If you have used a voice assistant on your PC, you have used Artificial Intelligence (AI). If you were served ads on a website based on your preferences, you have used it. If you have interacted with a chatbot who made you product suggestions, you have used it. If you were given product recommendations on an ecommerce website, you have used it. While you have taken advantage of the features offered by various companies, you might have just overlooked the Artificial Intelligence at work.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial Intelligence is an application of computer science where a software programme is built to assist or replace human decision making.
We are at a time in history where we are dealing with a glut of data, both structured and unstructured. With computing power having advanced in parallel, this opens up an ocean of possibilities for Artificial Intelligence. AI requires that the software program in question is fed data sets and counted upon to improve its learning. Then, mastering the patterns observed, it would take appropriate decisions.
Pointers to a career in AI:
Since it involves identifying patterns, a career in AI needs a good foundation in math and engineering. To work on applications in Robotics, it needs that the student has a foundation in mechatronics and computer science. They need to be able to build algorithms that can actually get better with more amounts of data being fed into them.
It is expected that there would be a huge wave of companies rushing to adopt Artificial Intelligence into their products and services. So, this is the right time to pull up your socks for a career in AI, if you are yet to graduate.
While there would be companies, government institutions and non-profits of all sizes counting on your skills, the spotlight is on startups. Nimble and agile, they tend to weave the latest and greatest in technologies into their fold. They also scale rapidly, ensuring you will see growth early in your career, if you perform.
In fact, though MNCs are the most favoured destinations, a lot of Indian companies will jump into market to unleash the power of AI in various sectors like healthcare, finance, insurance, banking, media and retail in India.
Since Artificial Intelligence involves usage of software programs that are self-learning, how you train the machine will have not only practical but ethical implications, too.
Complementing your engineering degree with one in machine learning, cognitive science and ethics will add further value to your profile.
A rewarding future awaits!
We have barely explored the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the applications of Artificial Intelligence. But, definitely, a full-fledged application of AI is where the world is heading. Whether it is in India or abroad, a rich and meaningful career awaits in the domain of Artificial Intelligence. Now, get down to work!
Next week, we will explore careers in Internet of Things…