The developer of the future

From Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to IoT and blockchain, the pace of technology change is both exciting and daunting, especially for those tasked with enticing new talent to the industry. Companies have claimed for years that computer science and software engineering degrees do not deliver ‘work ready’ employees; with acceleration in technology innovation, what are the options for the developers for the future? In fact, as Alexis Shirtliff, Technical Director, DCSL Software, explains, there is no need for developers to focus on any one specific toolset or technology area; instead they need versatility, communication skills and an ability to see the big picture – all underpinned by a strong foundation in IT process and methodology.

Bridge the IT skills gap, Hal

Artificial intelligence (AI) hasn’t always had favourable representation in pop culture. In Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), homicidal supercomputer Hal demonstrated how AI could surpass the intelligence of a human — and for humans, the results weren’t so great. In reality, AI threatens our jobs more than our lives. Here, Graham Smith, head of marketing at Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent, explains why IT workers needn’t worry about the AI takeover.

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