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Why AI careers can start with a degree in linguistics

Sharon Florentine | June 13, 2017
If you are looking to land a career in the artificial intelligence field, studying linguistics is a great place to start.

 

Speak my language

Even without technical skills, certain areas of expertise are invaluable in AI and machine learning fields, says Inbenta's Balcells.

"If you're trying to leverage your skills to land a job in this field, you need to know how languages work, be able to make rules to identify features of a language and also have some interest in working with voice -- right now, most users interact with technology using text, but that's shifting, so voice recognition is increasingly important," she says.

It's an emerging, exciting field and the possibilities are incredible, she says. if you haven't considered a career in AI because you didn't think you had the chops, it's time to reconsider. "In my case, I studied linguistics because that's where my passion was. I had no idea there would be this wonderful opportunity in computational linguistics, and I've had to learn so much on the ground, on the job. But that's what makes this field so exciting and promising," she says.

 

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