As machines “learn” to do more on their own, translating society’s big data into value and bringing speedy precision to traditionally human tasks, it is easy imagine all of the lifechanging applications that could come. It is also easy to forget that these new breakthroughs will only arrive if the AI field gets what it needs to thrive: professionals with AI skills.

Building AI Expertise in Luxembourg

In an effort to build a workforce that can feed AI and strengthen society, Microsoft, along with Devoteam Luxembourg, Digital Luxembourg and the ministry for the Civil Service, partnered to launch Luxembourg’s first AI Academy. The initiative will offer three training modules: a business program for decision makers and two others for technical professionals. The business portion helps those in leadership roles master AI enough to implement an effective AI strategy in their own organizations.

The Race for the Right Skills

These experts from all industries will ultimately be responsible for bringing artificial intelligence from the lab into organizations, service packages and products, in short, into the real world. All of Europe, while advanced in AI technology is racing to evolve the skills of its workforce. The regions that manage to do so quickly and smoothly set themselves up to grow and strengthen with the arrival of AI, taking it in new directions for the benefit of all citizens.