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AI Could Be the Engineer’s Friend

June 11, 2019 / Martin Rowe

Engineers may worry that artificial-intelligence and machine-learning algorithms will eventually replace them as circuit designers. A panel session on June 4 at the 2019 IEEE International Microwave Symposium held here tackled that touchy subject. The opinions were generally positive for engineers, but panelists acknowledged that AI/ML will change analog/RF engineering jobs but not necessarily replace engineers. No panelist would go so far to say that your job is 100% safe, but none felt that engineers will be able to totally coast on their expertise and intuition. Why? Because technology has changed many jobs over the years. Yes, technology destroys jobs, but it creates others. Only 2% of the U.S. population are farmers, and we have a population that loves to eat, said Hogan. You could say the same about manufacturing jobs. If you’ve been doing the same job for the last five years, you’re in trouble. AI will start with the bottom jobs. I interpret that to mean manufacturin...