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73% of developers who don't use AI plan to learn how in 2018

Only 17% of developers worked with artificial intelligence or machine learning in 2017, according to a DigitalOcean report.

Building a slide deck, pitch, or presentation? Here are the big takeaways:
  • 17% of developers worked with AI or machine learning in 2017. Of those who did not, 73% said they plan to learn about these technologies in 2018. —DigitalOcean, 2017
  • 46% of developers reported that they would be likely to look for a new job in 2018. —DigitalOcean, 2017

As artificial intelligence (AI) begins to infiltrate nearly every industry, developers are making plans to learn how to tap the technology and gain business insights. Some 83% of developers did not work with AI or machine learning in 2017, but of those, 73% said they plan to learn about these technologies in 2018, according to a new survey from DigitalOcean.

A number of companies, including Microsoft, have added AI capabilities to their products for developers to more easily integrate data, as reported by our sister site ZDNet, making it key for developers to get familiar with these technologies.

Of the 17% of developers who did use AI this year, many worked with the technology with TensorFlow, sentiment analysis, image recognition, and natural language processing, the survey found.

SEE: Research: Companies lack skills to implement and support AI and machine learning (Tech Pro Research)

Developers also expect AI to cause some issues in the coming year: When asked what big challenges they anticipate for 2018, 63% said automating workflows, and 32% said incorporating AI and machine learning into the business.

The 2,500 developers surveyed overwhelmingly named Linux as their server OS of choice (89%), followed far behind by Windows (8%), MacOS (2%), and BSD (1%).

In terms of programming language of choice, PHP was favored by 27% of respondents, followed by Python (24%), Javascript (15%), and Java (8%). LetsEncrypt was the most popular SSL provider, named by 67% of developers surveyed, followed by Comodo (8%) and GoDaddy (6%).

Developers are among the most in-demand professionals right now, and often have a lot of leverage when it comes to demanding high salaries. Some 46% of developers surveyed said they were likely to look for a new job in 2018, potentially to take advantage of the hot market.

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Also see

Special report: How to implement AI and machine learning (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Will 2018 be the big year for machine learning? (ZDNet)

Machine learning: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic)

Artificial intelligence and machine learning offer new possibilities for improving IoT security (ZDNet)

The top 10 highest-paying AI jobs (TechRepublic)

About Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.

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