IBM Watson General Manager David Kenny and Julia Ross from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County discuss new and developing technologies in Artificial Intelligence that are leaving the lab and entering the consumer market. (Washington Post Live)

Julia Ross spoke at The Post’s 2016 Transformers live journalism event May 18 in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

“How do we teach people to innovate? How do we teach people to be creative? How do we teach people to learn on their own and be critical thinkers? Those types of skill sets never go out of vogue.

“I can go to Google and I can look up any piece of information that I want but how do I put those pieces together or how do I create knowledge from that? Those types of skill sets are the ones that we really have to focus on for the future in making sure that we’re doing things in our classrooms to develop those skill sets in our students.

“Do you know how to interact with people that have very, very different backgrounds that you do around problem solving? Can you approach really ill-defined open-ended questions that are really messy and figure out a path productively through that problem? Those types of skills are always going to be important. Whether or not a student can recall a specific equation probably isn’t going to be very important, might not be important now and it’s really not going to be important in 10 years.”

Julia Ross
Dean, College of Engineering and Information Technology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County