Tech researchers, specifically artificial intelligence ‘researchers’, better spend a little time researching SPORTS. Why? Because just like a prized football (American type) quarterback, a stellar basketball point guard or a football (world type) striker they are being recruited like crazy. Conferences are turning into “draft days” and the competition for “talent” is fierce. Firms like Intel Corp. are going all out to recruit/draft the brightest AI researchers around. So, you bright researchers, learn words like “free agent’, bidding wars and “holdout”. Gosh, soon we may look at a “Fantasy AI Researcher” league. But they will already know their own outcome.
“Actors in robot costumes stood in the lobby of the Westin hotel in Long Beach, California on Sunday night, “Intel Inside” stickers displayed on their foam torsos. People posed for selfies before heading to an upstairs ballroom, decorated with neon purple lighting and plush white leather furniture, for an event that was more party than technology panel discussion.
This was one of many attempts by Intel Corp. and other giant corporations to curry favor with artificial-intelligence researchers attending one of the world’s biggest AI conferences, turning what was once an academic event into a recruiting frenzy more akin to the National Football League’s draft day.
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