There is a major demand for skilled engineers and researchers with a background in artificial intelligence, with Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other companies recruiting. There currently aren't very many commercial uses for AI, but no one wants to be caught out as machines are expected to play a larger role in the future.
"There's a massive battle under way for talent," said Oren Etzioni, head of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, in a statement published by the WSJ. "Virtually every professor at the UW computer-science department has been called many times to work at these companies, and frankly it's a very compelling pitch."
To help foster tomorrow's talent, companies are helping invest in - and create - research labs for universities with strong engineering programs. Even with concerns related to AI one day possibly spiraling out of control, lucrative partnerships and working relationships are being nurtured.