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Collaborate with industry or lose AI expertise, professor warns

A “global shortage” of professors working in artificial intelligence means that universities must rethink how they recruit and retain experts in this area, one of the UK’s leading computer scientists has said.

Wendy Hall, regius professor at the University of Southampton, warned that unless higher education institutions were able to find a way to pay higher salaries, AI experts would be “bought out” by organisations in the private sector.

“At the moment…we really do have a global shortage of AI professors,” Hall told an event in London on 22 May. “There are not enough of them to go around. The ones that are really at the cutting edge of the current wave of AI are all being bought out by industry all over the world.”

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