What Engineers Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence

THOMAS LONGSTAFF | September 16, 2019

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Artificial intelligence systems by their nature are software-intensive. To create viable and trusted AI systems, engineers need technologies and standards, similar to those in software engineering. At the Software Engineering Institute - a federally funded research and development center tasked with advancing the field of software engineering and cybersecurity-we are leading a movement to establish a professional AI Engineering discipline.

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