Microsoft President says we need the Liberal Arts

How do you program a driverless car to choose between a pedestrian and a passenger in an unavoidable accident? Developers of artificial intelligence are currently facing this type of ethical dilemma, and Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, thinks an education strong in liberal arts may be the answer.

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Google finds STEM skills not the most important

In its early days, Google based its hiring decisions on algorithms weighted heavily towards applicants majoring in computer science at top universities. In 2013, they decided to crunch some numbers to see if this model was working for them. What they found surprised them: of the eight most important qualities of successful Google employees,

STEM expertise comes in dead last. The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.¹

If many of these characteristics sound more like the result of a liberal arts education, it is because they are. To find out more about Google’s study, click here.


¹Strauss, Valerie. “The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students.” Washington Post. Web. December 20, 2017. [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/12/20/the-surprising-thing-google-learned-about-its-employees-and-what-it-means-for-todays-students/?utm_term=.c87d9d2313eb]