IBM CEO Ginni Rometty: AI will change '100% of jobs'

Jessica Kim Cohen - Print  | 

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty highlighted how artificial intelligence will reshape business and society during her opening keynote for the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Jan. 8.

Ms. Rometty stressed that AI will both destroy and create jobs. In fact, during her keynote address she said "100 percent of jobs will be different" on account of AI, according to ZDNet.

To address this changing economy, Ms. Rometty announced IBM's participation in the Consumer Technology Association's new Apprenticeship Coalition, a program that aims to close the skills gap for software engineering, data analytics, cybersecurity and other fields. CTA is the trade group that hosts CES, one of the largest consumer technology conferences worldwide.

As part of the CTA Apprenticeship Coalition, IBM has pledged to add at least 450 apprenticeships each year over the next five years.

Ms. Rometty also touched on how advances in AI will change business operations across industries. She said AI will allow companies to utilize "deep data," or granular data that typically goes uncollected. Today, less than 1 percent of data is actually studied, she said.

"Deep data is data that's not yet collected and not yet analyzed," she said, according to TechRepublic. "But if you could, some really wonderful things could be learned."

As an example, she said The Weather Company, which IBM owns, will begin using crowdsourced sensor data to more accurately predict the weather.

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