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Should your next big hire be a chief A.I. officer?

As companies increasingly turn to artificial intelligence to communicate with customers, make sense of big data and find answers to vexing questions, some say it’s time to think about hiring a chief A.I. officer.

A chief artificial intelligence Officer – or CAIO — could round out your C-level execs, sitting at the big table with your CIO, CFO, CTO and CEO.

“A.I. is going to be really important to some companies – enough to have top officers who will focus on just that,” said Steve Chien, head of the artificial intelligence group for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “And beyond that, you’ll want every employee thinking about how A.I. can improve what they do and you’ll want a chief A.I. officer overseeing all of that. They should be constantly thinking about how A.I. can improve things.”

steve chien jplJPL/NASA

Steve Chien is the head of artificial intelligence for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

Chien said there’s growing interest in seating CAIOs at large companies. He’s noticed this firsthand because he’s been getting calls from head hunters looking to recruit him for the jobs.

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