The Intelligence in Artificial Intelligence

The Intelligence in Artificial Intelligence

At the Paris Air Show recently, a primary showcase and talking point was the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in the aerospace industry. With a plethora of potential projects that are bringing future aircraft not piloted by humans to the imagination and with the opportunity we see in big data, expertise in AI is in high demand. Who are these people who have the relevant experience in AI, where are they and how do we connect with them? 


“AI is the new electricity,” Andrew Ng, one of the leading thinkers on AI, said at a recent event at Stanford University. “I actually find it hard to name a major industry that I don’t think AI can transform in the next several years.” And aerospace is indeed one where we can benefit from the insight and predictions AI offers. Even without imagining a future of robots piloting our Singapore to London flight, the current business critical challenges of highlighting maintenance issues and improving the safety of aircraft is what AI is enabling today.  


Popular testimony to the rise in AI is in the potential to replace pilots. Boeing are reportedly looking at conducting flight simulations this year and trial flights, all be it without passengers, as early as next year. And Airbus, via its Vahana project, is exploring a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, or ‘taxi service’ that aims to beat the traffic. They looking to fly a full-size prototype before the end of 2017, and to have a productizable demonstrator by 2020.


We see new positions in aerospace requiring IT skills programming and data analytics, as well as AI, being advertised and which will no doubt explode in demand. Roles like ‘Internship – AI technologies applied to aircraft technical data’, ‘AI specialist’, ‘Digitalization agent – Big Data’, are just a few roles currently on the market. On we see more and more requests for expertise in AI, be they in the form of exploratory questions, or for specific missions that require a skill set that is not yet mature in their own companies.


One might argue, the application of AI in aerospace is nothing new, as it’s already imbedded in many factories and aircraft. In trying to keep up though with the pace of development in this area, we need to collaborate, explore together and take advantage of the intelligence AI has to offer. With a cocktail of big data, analytics, automation, robotics, AI, cloud computing, and cyber security, leaning on the right experts will be key to success. Expertise and the intelligence to bring AI to life for your business or network can start with a knock at the door at