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Federal CIO Suzette Kent, Rep. Will Hurd on AI, STEM Education

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Suzette Kent

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said she believes artificial intelligence could result in the creation of jobs amid concerns regarding its potential impact on the workforce, FCW reported Thursday.

“We know for a fact that we are creating more jobs in the data space, in the computational sciences spaces, and the design spaces,” she said Wednesday at a Bipartisan Policy Council-hosted panel discussion. “We have more gaps than we can fill. There are some roles that will be automated, but not too many people whom I talk to like entering data from one report to the next report.”

Will Hurd

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), a fellow 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, said the U.S. should advance science, technology, mathematics and engineering education and offer reskilling programs to federal employees to help address the skills gap.

“We have to train our kids for 21st century jobs and twenty-second century jobs that don’t even exist today,” Hurd said.