Microsoft Vice President Talks Artificial Intelligence and Future Jobs

Prof. Kinyua (right) gifts of Mr. Sakhanov during the visit

The Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Igor Sakhnov has demystified the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its role in future jobs and human interaction.

The lingering questions about the implications of artificial intelligence, not just for the future of technology but the future of jobs and communities, is something Microsoft is investing new energy and resources to answer according to Mr. Sakhnov

Speaking during an engagement forum with students at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on Friday, April 14, 2023, Mr. Sakhnov emphasized that AI is not meant to replace humans, but to augment human intelligence and help individuals and organizations make better decisions.

Mr. Sakhnov gave insights into futuristic jobs while also dispelling common misconceptions surrounding increasing popular use of artificial intelligence.

A student makes a contribution during the engagement forum

“How do you integrate AI to solve problems? You should find a balance and recognize that AI is not a mysterious and complex technology that only experts can understand. At its core, AI is essentially a set of algorithms that can analyze large amounts of data and identify patterns and insights that humans might miss,” said Mr. Sakhnov.

Sakhnov also highlighted the potential for AI to transform various industries, from healthcare, finance to education, noting that AI is going to be very crucial in the coming years.

While welcoming the Microsoft team to the University, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi lauded the Microsoft Africa Development Centre (ADC) for serving the talent development needs of the fast-changing ICT industry.

Students keenly follow proceedings

In a speech read on her behalf by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, Prof. Ngumi said Microsoft has been instrumental in advancing technology in universities through strategic partnerships.

“Microsoft has collaborated with local universities including JKUAT and start-ups to provide training and skills to create job opportunities for thousands of young Kenyans. Empowering individuals, and young people in particular, with the relevant skills for the digital world is key for them to fully participate in today and tomorrow’s economic, social and cultural life,” said Prof. Ngumi.

Microsoft Managing Director, Ms. Catherine Muraga, gave students career tips in the tech industry, as well as on various opportunities at Microsoft. She said that leading technological recruiters look for enthusiasm for technology, ability to solve problems, ability to multitask and an active presence in online professional social spaces such as LinkedIn.

Microsoft and JKUAT teams after holding discussions

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