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AI Talent in Asia Will Exceed That in the US by 2025 Says UBS' Sundeep Gantori

by Ed Lauder
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According to UBS' Global IT Analyst, Sundeep Gantori, Asia will have more AI talent than the US by 2025.

When it comes to AI talent and start-ups, there's no question that the US is currently leading the pack. However, other countries have pinpointed the new technology as something worth investing in. Canada and the United Kingdom for instance, have both pledged money to AI research, although Canada's $93 million makes the United Kingdom's £17 million seem a bit pitiful. It will take more than just money to lure AI experts and young talent away from Silicon Valley, yet the Canadian government is being quite bullish in their pursuit to make themselves the hotbed for AI research and development.

Strangely enough however, Asia is still lagging behind the United States. During an interview with CNBC, UBS' Global IT Analyst, Sundeep Gantori, revealed that despite the US' head start, he believes that Asia will end up having more AI talent than America by 2025. "By 2025, we think that the talent in India and China together will exceed what we'll have in the U.S. At the same time, the region generates a lot of data, which is very handy in AI," he detailed.

During the interview, the conversation turned to the loss of jobs through automation. However, Gantori made the point that new professions would be created thanks to AI, and that more creative and artistic professions would be safe. "Focus on creativity jobs... entrepreneurship jobs, arts... and maybe sports," he said. "We have to go back to those old days where arts are valued. So maybe that's the future," offered Gantori.

Multiple mainstream media outlets have highlighted the fact that people will lose their jobs to AI, which is inevitable, yet very few have discussed that new ones will be created through the new technology. AI will be responsible for the creation of countless professions, the likes of which we haven't even dreamt of yet. Gantori did state that this wouldn't be on a one to one basis, however, it won't be as devastating as many people have been claiming.


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