Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that enables machines and robots to perform tasks such as speech and visual recognition, translation of the languages and virtual decision-making on behalf of the human being. Today, the use of artificial intelligence is not restricted to gaming and data management. Its ambit has encompassed a variety of applications in almost every industry, be it automobile, health, education or hospitality. People are desperately awaiting the driverless cars of Google and Apple based on autonomous vehicle technology, and robots have already made their entry into the health and medicine sector.
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The U.S., Japan, the U.K. and France are the countries which are spending billions of dollars on the research and development of AI goods and services. Though, it is a relatively new concept in India, both the government and research institutes are working aggressively at using this revolutionary technology in the defence, investigation, banking and education sectors. Innefu Labs, a Delhi-based IT and information security firm, has developed a multifactor authentication device for the security of government agencies and corporate firms. The face and speech recognition system developed by Innefu is shielding the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) against various security threats.
CAREER PROSPECTS

Various studies have confirmed that from 2015 to 2017, the global estimated growth of robot installations is expected to increase by 12 per cent annually on CAGR basis. The artificial intelligence industry geared up a greater pace and the demand for AI engineers, architects, developers and data scientists is increasing everyday. In fact, these are the AI engineers who are the architects of the future and the pilots of tomorrow's energy, space, defense, pharmaceuticals, automotive, textile, health and medicine, hospitality, entertainment and other prominent industries.

In India, there are many reputed institutions which provide courses in artificial intelligence. Some of the prominent engineering colleges are — IITs in Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Chennai and Kharagpur; Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru; National Institute of Technology, New Delhi; University of Technology and Management, Kolkata; University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad and Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad.
THE ROAD AHEAD

Like Google, there are dozens of firms in the mobility and IT sector, which are keen to enter into the AI/robotics engineering sector. They are ready to unleash a plethora of business and employment opportunities across the globe because AI is the next big change after the Internet and mobile technology.

Therefore, engineers with specialisation in AI have ample of job opportunities across the world. In India, too, the future of AI professionals is rather bright because the government, policy-makers and business leaders are keen to promote indigenous brands and technology under the ‘Make In India’ and ‘Digital India’ campaign.

The writer is CEO and MD, Yoma Multinational

Solutions LLP.
 
 
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