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October 10, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Revolution

We are currently experiencing a revolution in Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is helping doctors diagnose diseases, allows banks to better assess customer loan risks, helps farmers to predict crop yields, helps marketers target and retain customers, and encourages manufacturers to improve quality control.

If we look through these latest advancements in technology and AI in particular, we can say for sure that we’re going to have a completely digital future very soon. Computers and software will become very powerful and they will solve many of the big problems that humans can’t solve. This future will come in Kosovo very soon too and when it comes we will need experts in Artificial Intelligence that will be able to solve the technical challenges. And here is the part where professionals in Machine Learning, will have a huge impact on our country’s economic growth.

There are many problems that require machine learning, two of which are the most important: health and finance. We need to advance more information to clinicians so they can make better decisions about patient diagnoses and treatment options while understanding the possible outcomes and cost for each one. The value of machine learning in healthcare is its ability to process huge datasets beyond the scope of human capability, and then reliably convert analysis of that data into clinical insights that aid physicians in planning and providing care, ultimately leading to better outcomes, lower costs of care, and increased patient satisfaction. Being a country that is currently underdeveloped, we can benefit a vast amount from machine learning in economic sectors, specifically in finance. There are many applications of machine learning in the financial sector, like algorithmic trading, fraud detection, sentiment/news analysis, recommendations of financial products etc.

We need to start teaching machine learning to our future generations as soon as possible. Technology has progressed very fast lately, so we need to embrace it as a country, to be more prepared for a digital future. Thankfully, with the development of technology, it has become much easier to learn anything new, whenever and wherever you want. One major contribution in education has been online courses, which let you listen to lectures from the best professors around the world, from your own home. With the help of sponsorships, like the one IPKO Foundation provides, you can start immediately to attend and complete a certified online course, and become a Machine Learning Engineer in roughly six months. It doesn’t matter where you live or what your background is, all you need is your will and discipline to learn. After completing the course you will be ready to implement artificial intelligence for solving a variety of problems, in different sectors. I’m very thankful to IPKO Foundation for the opportunity that it provides, and I encourage every student to apply for sponsorships and start attending serious courses online, to step up their career and gain knowledge from the best experts in the world.