Ask Slashdot: How Can Programmers Move Into AI Jobs?

“I have the seriously growing suspicion that AI is coming for us programmers and IT experts faster than we might want to admit,” writes long-time Slashdot reader Qbertino. So he’s contemplating a career change — and wondering what AI work is out there now, and how can he move into it?
Is anything popping up in the industry and AI hype? (And what are these positions called, what do they precisely do, and what are the skills needed to do them?) I suspect something like an “AI Architect”, planning AI setups and clearly defining the boundaries of what the AI is supposed to do and explore.
Then I presume the requirements for something like an “AI Maintainer” and/or “AI Trainer” which would probably resemble something like an admin of a big data storage, looking at statistics and making educated decisions on which “AI Training Paths” the AI should continue to explore to gain the skill required and deciding when the “AI” is ready to be let go on to the task… And what about Tensor Flow? Should I toy around with it or are we past that stage already and will others do AI setup and installation better than me before I know how this thing really works…?
Is there a degree program, or other paths to skill and knowledge, for a programmer who’s convinced that “AI is today what the web was in 1993”? And if AI of the future ends up tied to specific providers — AI as a service — then are there specific vendors he should be focusing on (besides Google?) Leave your best suggestions in the comments. How can programmers move into AI jobs?


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