Artificial intelligence, a term for technologies that make gadgets and software smart, is expected to become a bigger part of lives thanks to advances in computing power, data storage and high-speed networks such as 5G.
(TNS) — Artificial intelligence, an enigmatic term for technologies that make gadgets and software "smart," is expected to become a bigger part of our lives thanks to advances in computing power, data storage and high-speed networks such as 5G.
While the study did not pinpoint a specific number of artificial intelligence jobs in the region, it did highlight industries with above-average employment in AI fields.
They include telecommunications, information technology, software and transportation. Large companies with operations in
These industries support an estimated 175,680 local jobs, or roughly 10 percent of total employment in the region. The average salary in this cluster is $127,960, which is 3.9 percent above the national average for these industries and more than 70 percent above
Based on a survey of local firms, 62 percent expect to see the number of employees engaged in AI-related work grow over the next 12 months, according to the report.
"Our biggest takeaway from the study is AI adoption is creating more jobs in the region rather than eliminating them," said
For most people, artificial intelligence isn't easy to define. It is generally thought of in futuristic terms around things such as self-driving cars. A recent survey by the Center of the Governance of Artificial Intelligence found that 60 percent of Americans were either neutral, opposed or unsure about AI, while 40 percent support it.
"Automation in general tends to be cast in a pretty dim light," said
Artificial intelligence is already more common than it might appear, however. Smartphones rely on it to power things like voice assistants, or to enhance photo quality or deliver directions in navigation apps. Qualcomm has included AI engines in its smartphone processors for several years. One of the first pattern-recognition algorithms used by banks to spot credit card fraud came out of
According to the survey,
But local firms also are developing AI tools in image, speech or video recognition (46 percent,) natural language processing (46 percent,) robotics (24 percent) and autonomous vehicles (21 percent.)
"The proliferation of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies promises to be a transformative force for businesses worldwide," said
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