A.I. in Louisville

a regional hub for a.i., Iot, and data science

Why A.I.?

Artificial intelligence is the next “big thing” in tech, and along with A.I. and machine learning comes automation. According to the Brookings Institution, five major agendas require attention to mitigate stresses moving into the A.I. period of automation: embrace growth and technology, promote a constant learning mindset, facilitate a smoother adjustment, reduce hardships for struggling workers, and mitigate harsh local impacts.

In Louisville, we’re taking these agendas seriously and working with industry partners to prepare our region for tomorrow’s future.



In partnership with the City of Louisville, Mircosoft announced that Louisville will become a Microsoft regional hub for artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), and data science in June 2019. Louisville will serve as an urban laboratory, and city government will work with education, workforce and business partners to strengthen and diversify the city’s core industries, including health care and manufacturing, which face risk of automation from the progression of AI technology. Through the alliance, Microsoft will create and fund an AI, IoT and data science fellowship program, including providing training and equipment. The fellows will work with nonprofit, education, start-up, and workforce development organizations, and with area businesses to provide training and support aligned with initiatives focused on AI, IoT and data science.



In April 2019, the University of Louisville and IBM announced a partnership to launch the IBM Skills Academy as part of UofL’s Center for Digital Transformation in an effort to move the university, city, and Commonwealth forward in the areas of data science and digital learning. IBM’s announcement, valued up to $5 million, will support students and faculty teaching and research including training across eight areas: artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, cyber security, cloud technology, data science, internet of things, design thinking, and quantum computing.

Louisville’s Automation Risk

In January 2019, the Brookings Institution published its Automation and Artificial Intelligence report in which it found:

  • Automation and A.I. will affect tasks in virtually all occupational groups in the future but the effects will be of varied intensity-and drastic for only some.

    • Approximately 25 percent of U.S. employment (36 million jobs in 2016) will face high exposure to automation.

  • The impacts of automation and A.I. in the coming decades will vary especially across occupations, places, and demographic groups.

    • “Routine,” predictable physical and cognitive tasks will be the most vulnerable to automation in the coming years.

Percentage of jobs at risk of automation.