IBM, Salesforce call for new skills to run AI technologies

Artificial intelligence, which equips machines with humanlike thought processes, will remake entire industries, said IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty — and, yes, it will likely lead to at least some people losing their jobs to robots. But the solution, she said, is cultivating the skills needed to run these new systems. “These technologies — they will have impact on how people live and how they work, and they will have some impact on jobs,” Rometty said at the IBM InterConnect conference in Las Vegas last week. “But they will also solve many more problems than they will create — and like any new technology, it does lead then back to skills, because you’ve got to prepare for a new era.”

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