The amount of data accumulated by 2020 worldwide is predicted to exceed 44 zettabytes (or 44 trillion gigabytes), and the data growth rate is about 1.7 megabytes per second for every human being. To manage and understand it, artificial intelligence (AI) was developed, and its use has been increasing at an rapid rate. We see this in the products that are coming to market.
This new technology is affecting us in many ways:
- How we live (e.g., digital home assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa)
- How information is obtained (e.g., sensors, chatbots, automated data searching)
- How we communicate (e.g., language translation)
- How we react to security and privacy attacks (e.g., network anomaly detection, fraud detection)
- How we get around (e.g., driverless vehicles)
- How we detect and prevent crimes
In my recent Journal article, we look at where the data come from (e.g., sensors, data files, audio and video information), how AI is used, the software technology behind it (e.g., machine learning, virtual agents), the areas of knowledge needed to apply it (e.g., mathematics, computer science principles and techniques, software programming, analytical skills) and where we can get the training (e.g., online, college, universities). Once we have this understanding, we review the current job market, the AI position descriptions (e.g., business intelligence developer, software engineer, data scientist, solution architect) and associated salaries.
The intent of this article is to enlighten the reader about personal AI skills and requirements and additionally to provide guidance on how to go forward with this knowledge if you are interested in becoming someone who molds our future. From the information I have gathered, it has become clear that AI technology can be a benefit to auditors (e.g., when finding internal instances of fraud), aid information security in detecting and responding to cyberattacks, and help privacy professionals look for data breaches.
I encourage you to read the article and share any insights and knowledge you may have on AI as a career path.
Read Larry Wlosinski’s recent Journal article:
“Is Artificial Intelligence a Career Path for You?,” ISACA Journal, volume 6, 2018.