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Seven years ago, Microsoft’s Bill Gates stated that a liberal arts degree would limit the income that college graduates could receive in today’s economy. Seven years later, Microsoft has changed its tune, with its president and executive vice president now claiming that liberal arts majors will be critical to the future of technology.

In a new book titled “The Future Computed,” president Brad Smith and EVP of AI and research Harry Shum say that the liberal arts will be critical to unleashing the full potential of artificial intelligence

Microsoft, which previously dismissed liberal arts majors, now endorses them as crucial to the future of technology.

“Skilling-up for an AI-powered world involves more than science, technology, engineering, and math,” write Smith and Shum. “As computers behave more like humans, the social sciences and humanities will become even more important. Languages, art, history, economics, ethics, philosophy, psychology and human development courses can teach critical, philosophical and ethics-based skills that will be instrumental in the development and management of AI solutions.”

This reversal on Microsoft’s part falls in line with current thinking on the liberal arts and its essential connection to the future of technology. The Wall Street Journal said as much in an article in 2016, as did the former CEO of Twitter.

Christendom’s Catholic liberal arts education prepares students for any career field, as proven by the alumni currently working as engineers, IT specialists, digital marketers, CEOs, and more.

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