The non-tech companies snapping up PhDs from America’s elite AI programs

Big tech isn’t the only sector hiring top artificial intelligence talent from the US’s most prestigious PhD programs. Competing alongside digital giants like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft are carmakers, big box retailers, and magazine publishers, according to data from Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology.

To be sure, a majority of the 1,126 workers we looked at wound up in software and internet-focused industries, which include unsurprising names like Apple, Alphabet, and IBM. They represent 62.5% of the students who graduated from the top 20 American AI PhD programs since 2014 and then went to work at a publicly traded company.

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