Staffordshire University prepares students for age of Artificial Intelligence

"AI will create a host of new jobs that we haven't even thought of yet and as a digital university we are already preparing our students for the future."

Craig Weightman, Lecturer in Computer Games Programming

Staffordshire University is helping students prepare for future jobs in the age of Artificial Intelligence.

This week, the Bank of England's chief economist Andy Haldane highlighted the threat that AI poses to thousands of jobs and called for a skills revolution to avoid mass unemployment.

Craig Weightman, Lecturer in Computer Games Programming at Staffordshire University, commented: “As software and AI become more sophisticated there is a threat to existing jobs and we have already seen this happening.

“Robots have replaced workers in car manufacturing, a Japanese insurance company recently replaced workers with intelligent software and we will soon see self-driving vehicles used by haulage companies or even replace taxi drivers.”

Although some traditional jobs may become obsolete, Craig believes that there will also be exciting new opportunities for graduates in the future.

”AI will create a host of new jobs that we haven't even thought of yet and as a digital university we are already preparing our students for the future. There will still be a need to train the people behind AI and we are in a strong position to provide those digital skills.”

Recognised as one of the top computer games universities in the UK, Staffordshire University has invested in multimillion-pound facilities at its Stoke-on-Trent campus.

Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are already integrated into the Computer Games Programming course and the University works closely with industry to adapt and develop the curriculum.

Craig added: “I believe there will be opportunities across a range subjects from Computing to Engineering and even Psychology. We are entering a new technological age and Staffordshire University is ready to make the most of it.”

To apply or find out more about BSc (Hons) Computer Games Programming visit http://www.staffs.ac.uk/clearing/ or call our Clearing hotline on 0800 590 830.

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