The Director’s Chair: September 2023

A headshot of an old white man with white hair on the sides of his head wearing glasses, a black suit jacket, and a blue and white checkered shirt on the Director's Chair announcement.

IN OBSERVANCE OF “The Year of the Machines,” I wanted to emphasize the need for our state’s workers to learn as much as they can about AI. To make the point of how effective AI can be in your working life, I asked our AI friend Bard, from Google, to help me say a few words:

“As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly important for workers in all areas to learn more about AI tools and how they impact their jobs. AI is already being used in a variety of ways, from automating tasks to making predictions. In the future, AI is likely to have an even greater impact on the workplace, changing the way we work and the skills we need.

“There are a number of reasons workers need to learn about AI. First, AI can automate many tasks that are currently done by humans. This means that some jobs may be lost to automation, but it also means that new jobs will be created that require new skills. Second, AI can be used to make predictions about the future. This can be used to improve decision-making in a variety of areas, such as finance, healthcare, and manufacturing. Third, AI can be used to create new products and services. In all of these cases, workers who are familiar with AI will be better positioned to find new jobs in the growing AI industry.

“As a nonprofit director here at ACDS, I believe it’s important to provide workers with the opportunity to learn about AI. We can do this by offering training programs, workshops, and other resources. We can also work with employers to create a culture of learning and innovation. By taking these steps, we can help workers prepare for the future of work and ensure that they have the skills they need to succeed.”

Thanks, Bard—well said!

–Bill Yoder, Executive Director