CASE #! : Emma Williams. PhD in Skandinavian Mythology. Silicon Valley, Microsoft, Bing Studios.
“Along the way, Williams developed a career philosophy about the connection between humanities degrees and jobs in tech. “You become very skilled in new subject areas and understanding them deeply,” she explains. Humanities graduates have learned to ask the right questions and home in on the right answers in any given situation. ”
CASE #2: Kristin Peterson. BA in French Literature. Speech writer for the executive vice president AI and Research Division at Microsoft.
“Quantum computing, Peterson contends, opens up a whole new economy. In order to get ready for that world, workers need critical thinking, analytical ability, reasoning, and writing. For her part, Peterson relies on metaphors to connect what exists today with the glimmers of potential that AI has in health care, education, and other industries.
Another thing that helps her construct explanations for new technologies is the fact that she, like Williams, not only studied a different language in school, but “lived in a different language” while she resided in France. Communicating in a non-native language–even when your command of that language is good–often requires some mental gymnastics to translate some of the more complicated concepts in your head into a somewhat more limited vocabulary. It works the same way when “translating” complicated AI concepts.”
CASE #3 Kelli Stuckart. B.A in Engish. Content Strategist at Microsoft.
“We are trying to think about skills or patterns we can add to chatbot to mimic human behavior,” Stuckart explains, to make the conversations as real as possible. For example, a new chat skill Stuckart and her team are working prompted by Memorial Day on is how the bot is going to talk about a holiday weekend. “What does a bot think about the weekend, and all of the different ways users might trigger this conversation,” Stuckart muses.
“With the rise of AI, Williams observes that a device has a societal responsibility and needs to behave in an ethical way. This opens up a world of possibilities for liberal arts graduates to be able to get jobs at tech companies without a computer science degree.”
Getting the Conversation Right: Literature Degrees for Jobs in Artificial Intelligence
June 18, 2017 | 0 Comments