Om Routray

Why are Indian engineers so afraid of ‘artificial intelligence’?

Discussion created by Om Routray on Feb 19, 2017

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"India has over 170 startups focused purely on AI, which have together raised over $36 million. The sector has received validation from marquee investors like Sequoia Capital, Kalaari Capital, and business icon Ratan Tata. But entrepreneurs are struggling to expand due to a shortage of engineers with skills related to robotics, machine learning, analytics, and automation."

 

This was one of the most prominent themes at NILF 2017. Requirement for new skills fast outpacing the supply, the current education system and 4 year degrees etc soon becoming redundant and how reskilling would be one of the major expenses for corporate in coming times.

 

On the positive side, tech majors have already developed curriculum around the skills needed tomorrow and are already providing them for free to schools and colleges to implement. While we did not have time to get into specific examples, it would be great if any of you knew any such initiative.

 

This was one of the most prominent themes at NILF 2017. Requirement for new skills fast outpacing the supply, the current education system and 4 year degrees etc soon becoming redundant and how reskilling would be one of the major expenses for corporate in coming times.

 

On the positive side, tech majors have already developed curriculum around the skills needed tomorrow and are already providing them for free to schools and colleges to implement. While we did not have time to get into specific examples, it would be great if any of you knew any such initiative.

 

This article looks at the problem in more detail and also how a few of the startups are dealing with it.

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