A computer science degree may no longer be necessary if you want to get a job in tech, says IBM’s AI chief.
IBM’s global managing partner for generative AI, Matthew Candy, told Fortune that AI would make it much easier for people without technical skills to build products.
“The speed at which people will be able to come up with an idea, to test the idea, to make something, it’s going to be so accelerated,” Candy said in a story published Saturday.
” “You do not need a computer science degree to be able to make something,” Candy said.
According to Candy, the rise of AI would instead put a premium on soft skills like critical and creative thinking.
“Questioning, creativity skills, and innovation are going to be hugely important because I think AI’s going to free up more capacity for creative thought processes,” he told Fortune earlier.
It’s not just jobs in tech, though. Candy stated that AI-generated image technology may also impact those in the arts.
“You’re going to be able to take on the role of a designer. You don’t need to be a graphic designer and have an art degree to do these things,” Candy told the outlet.
Raman said to Molly Wood, the host of “Worklab” podcast by Microsoft in November that he expected AI to put a stronger emphasis on soft skills than technical ones.
“The shelf-life of a college degree has shrunk dramatically,” Raman stated.
In March, Goldman Sachs published a report saying that over 300 million jobs could be disrupted by AI. Candy’s employer, IBM, said in May that it would be pausing hiring in roles that AI could replace.
“I could easily see 30% of that getting replaced by AI and automation over a five-year period,” IBM CEO Arvind Krishna told Bloomberg, referencing the company’s back-office roles.
Representatives for IBM did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider sent outside regular business hours.
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