Making Education Intelligent

AI is ‘the new black’. In 2016, 26.2 per cent of all newly started companies in the U.S. were companies focused on Artificial Intelligence. In China it was 23.7 per cent and in Europe 15.1 per cent. In short, Europe lags behind when it comes to AI, says Hans Jorgen Skovgaard, VP of R&D at Milestone Systems, a world-leading provider of open platform video surveillance management software.

Why isn’t AI a compulsory part of the curriculum in schools and universities? Imagine, if computer science was even suggested as a compulsory part of the curriculum 60 years ago, who would have taken that seriously? Well, today, we couldn’t imagine it otherwise. The same will happen with AI, and this will bring along significant changes, just as it happened with computers. – Hans Jorgen Skovgaard

Hans Jorgen says that even though some jobs will be replaced by robots or machines in pace with the increasing use of AI, deep learning, machine intelligence, etc., human beings will not be taken over or replaced. They will simply have time to do other, more valuable things.

Software experts must demystify AI and develop tools that make it easier for everybody to understand and work with AI, deep learning, etc. My point is that we need many more people with AI skills – today and in the future – and these skills must be developed in the educational institutions. AI will become a permanent part of our work methodologies, so I encourage all to embrace AI. Most of the things we’ll consider cool in 2050, haven’t been invented yet!


Note: this is a translated excerpt of ‘An Intelligent Future’, one of Hans Jorgen Skovgaard‘s regular blogs in the Danish media Ingenioren (The Engineer). Read the full blog in Danish here.