Some critics fear that artificial intelligence will eventually take jobs away. At the same time, supporters of the development of AI argue that it will create jobs. Be that as it may, according to IBM’s CEO, Ginni Rometty, one hundred percent of the jobs will be different.

That’s what she told us during her keynote at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Rometty told during her keynote that IBM is joining the Consumer Technology Association. Other companies such as Ford, Sprint and Walmart are also part of this partnership. In this way, they want to help people looking for work in an AI-driven economy.

Major changes

The advent of artificial intelligence will eventually bring about major changes, Rometty said. That will come when there is talk of so-called broad AI. Currently, there is only narrow AI, which is good at one task. For example, AI can play chess extremely well, but the AI is unable to perform basic actions.

Broad AI is good at different tasks. This also means that it needs less data to train. It gives us space to go to the market with much less training data, says Rometty. Where general AI seems to lie decades away from us, broad AI is in any case a step in that direction.

According to Rometty, companies can benefit greatly from deep data; that is the data that is often not used. One of the companies that can benefit from this is IBM’s Weather Company, which uses sensor data from people all over the world in order to better predict the weather worldwide.

Other announcements

Rometty also told us that IBM is working with Delta. The company uses data to try to better predict when aircraft maintenance is required and to reduce the number of cancellations. Where cancellations used to be very frequent, Delta had 251 days without cancellation in 2018.

Finally, according to Rometty, quantum computers are coming fast. IBM is launching its own system that is capable of this. Exxonmobile is the first energy company to join the IBM Q Network, with which 42 institutes participate in the research into quantum computers.

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