NVIDIA announced Tuesday plans to train 100,000 developers in artificial intelligence (AI) skills through its NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute in 2017, according to an announcement. That’s ten times as many people as the company trained last year.
NVIDIA says it’s also expanding its curriculum to include the applied use of deep learning for self-driving cars, healthcare, web services, robotics, video analytics and financial services.
"There is a real demand for developers who not only understand artificial intelligence, but know how to apply it in commercial applications," said Christian Plagemann, vice president of Content at Udacity, a company that partners with NVIDIA to offer Deep Learning Institute content for developing self-driving cars.
NVIDIA said it plans to expand its instructor-led workshops as well as on-demand access to AI training. Developers in Asia, Europe and the Americas will be able to access the content and classes.
AI market revenues are expected to grow 487% in less than five years, as nearly every industry looks for ways to embed AI technology into all types of enterprise applications and processes, according to a recent IDC study.
But companies need AI talent to make it all happen. A study released by Tech Pro Research last year found more than 40% of respondents said their enterprise IT personnel don’t have the skills required to implement and support artificial intelligence and machine learning.
So while businesses may plan to begin using AI and machine learning technologies in the next few years, doing so could prove difficult without the talent to get them there.