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How Artificial Intelligence fits into the Tampa business community

Posted at 4:50 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 16:50:09-04

When it comes to technology and artificial intelligence in the future, some businesses get a little worried, so the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce held a panel discussion to set the record straight.

“When people think AI obviously Hollywood goes to the extreme and it’s machines trying to kill us all,” said Stuart Brown of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. “AI is really about using machines to help human’s, artificial intelligence to help our lives get better.”

Brown said Tampa is the perfect hub for the newest AI.

“We have a growing economy, we have really low unemployment, large universities within a 90-minute drive, so we have a lot of talent here, but we have to keep that talent here,” said Brown.

Brown said AI will phase out many task-based jobs, for instance the drive through window, but he said the jobs that it creates will be a lot more gratifying and abundant.

“How do we take those workers and reskill them for the tech wave that we know is coming,” said Brown. “We have more work in America than we have qualified people to do it.”

When it comes to what’s behind the doors in the great big world of artificial intelligence, The Chamber of Commerce wants businesses to know there is nothing to be afraid of.

“Technology is not going away what so ever, and this is a necessity to be having these conversations, because if you are not embracing this technology you are going to be left behind,” said Adam Myers with the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.