Why AI, ML and Data Talent is More Valuable Than Ever

on 08 | 10 | 2023

In the bustling ecosystem of the tech industry, one thing is for sure: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer just a buzzword. It has evolved into a foundational technology that is reshaping industries and creating new frontiers for innovation that will transform the way we live, work, and interact.

My daily interactions with the visionary executives and investors propelling the AI revolution forward have exposed me to unique insights and opinions. These theses, which underpin critical decisions about the future of technology and business, have similar underlying themes.


AI Strategy and Data Strategy are Inseparable

The heartbeat of any successful AI model is data. Quality data, in abundant quantities, paves the way for effective and efficient algorithms. Without a solid foundation of data, even the most sophisticated AI would be like a car without fuel.

It’s essential to understand that there is no AI strategy without a data strategy. Companies that have realized this are investing heavily not just in AI talent but also in data scientists, data engineers, and the required infrastructure to handle vast amounts of data.


The Challenges Ahead: ML Data Management

It might seem that once you have the data, the primary challenge is to ensure that you have the computational power to process it. But a closer look reveals a different story. Over the next decade, Machine Learning (ML) data management will pose more significant challenges than solving for ML compute.

This is because as AI reasoning systems become more intricate, following the trail from training data to user experience becomes incredibly complex. Take this simplified journey as an example:

– What data was used to train the foundational model?
– What data was used to finetune the foundational model for a particular use case?
– Which products are deploying which versions of that model?
– Where is the user (consumer or enterprise) geographically sitting when using the product?
– What are the regulations in the user’s local jurisdiction around how data may be used?

Handling, cleaning, and ensuring the quality of data is a massive undertaking. Tracking data lineage, data provenance, and data copyrights through the full journey of an AI product experience is driving up demand for the already scare resources of professionals able to help organizations navigate their ML data management needs.


The Rise of GenAI

As we tread further into the AI era, we’re on the cusp of witnessing the dawn of GenAI. This new generation of AI will bring about fundamental changes in two major areas:

1. Natural Language Interfaces Everywhere

The days when users had to adapt to technology are numbered. Instead, technology is now adapting to us. With GenAI, all interfaces will transition to natural language interfaces. Imagine a world where you communicate with your gadgets, appliances, and even your business software just like you would with another human. This transformation will make technology more accessible, intuitive, and user-friendly for people from all walks of life.

2. Large Language Models as the Backbone

Large Language Models (LLMs) are set to transform entire information systems. They will be utilized as reasoning engines, powering various applications, from customer support bots to decision-making aids for executives. The sheer ability of these models to process, understand, and generate human-like text will revolutionize how we extract and deliver information.


The AI renaissance is upon us, and it’s reshaping the landscape of tech and business. The individuals who can leverage these technologies are proving to be more valuable than ever. Their ability to transform abstract AI models into practical solutions capable of driving business value is a sought-after commodity. As a result, AI talent is becoming a new currency, a benchmark of value and capability within organizations. As we look to the future, this trend is only set to accelerate, underlining the urgent need for education and training to develop more AI talent, and thereby contribute to the continued growth and evolution of AI technologies.