Artificial intelligence has wide-reaching implications across all aspects of the business, and now some leaders in the field advocate for this technology to be represented in the C-suite by a chief artificial intelligence officer (CAIO).\nAndrew Ng, a renowned A.I. researcher and thought leader, recently made that argument in Harvard Business Review article titled \u201cHiring Your First Chief A.I. Officer.\u201d Summarizing his case, Ng wrote, \u201cThe benefit of a chief\u00a0A.I. officer is having someone who can make sure\u00a0A.I. gets applied across silos.\u201d Since every aspect of a business involves the collection and use of data for competitive advantage, a CAIO could look across an organization and assess how different business units can work together to create new competitive advantages.\nMatthew Buskell,\u00a0head of sales and business development at Rainbird Technologies, makes a similar case about the cross-functional impact of A.I. in a post on the Rainbird blog titled "Should There be a Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer?" He argues that A.I. not only \u201cpresents opportunities in strategic innovation like digital transformation and Industry 4.0\u201d but also \u201cdramatically impacts process improvement projects found across the business.\u201d Buskell says the CAIO role can't be simply an extension of the CIO's job, since CIOs are more concerned with the bottom line and delivery of IT services.\nThe CAIO job description\nThe CAIO would most likely be a seasoned businessperson with direct experience working on data analytics, cloud computing and machine learning technologies. Like most C-level hires, the individual should have at least 10 years of experience in a related industry with a history of success (and failure!) working with teams in the appropriate industry. Here\u2019s a detailed job description you could use as you hunt for the right individual:\nJob summary\nThe CAIO will work closely with the CTO and CIO to spearhead new innovative solutions or enhancements to existing products by applying machine learning or deep learning technologies across all aspects of the business. This executive position will oversee major strategic initiatives, including:\n\nIdentifying opportunities internally to improve our customer experience across our products and solutions with machine learning.\nEvangelizing our A.I.-first approach to clients, cultivating new business partnerships within our machine learning initiatives.\nReducing capital expenditures throughout the business by locating cost centers and minimizing their impact with machine learning.\nBuilding a cohesive data strategy that lacks silos and enables deep learning technologies to create new competitive insights.\nLocating\/acquiring and cultivating strong data science and A.I.-specialized talent in the industry.\n\nPersonal qualifications and attributes\nThe CAIO should have demonstrated leadership and proven experience as a business executive. The ideal candidate will have worked with several technologies related to machine learning, including cloud computing, data analytics and security\/threat intelligence. Additional qualifications vital to this position include:\n\nExperience leading major strategic, cross-functional initiatives within large organizations.\nAbility to attract and grow talent internally and externally within a company.\nEstablished success with implementing emerging technologies into solutions shipped to customers.\nDirect understanding of the machine learning landscape, including experience delivering capabilities that leverage deep learning technologies.\nStrong technical expertise within a data science, cloud computing or other technology-centric role.\nExperience delivering cloud-based solutions at scale. Understanding of security and compliance constraints is a plus.\n\nKnowledge and skills\nThe CAIO should have vast experience with several technologies across multiple job functions.\n\n5-10 years of experience in the machine learning field, working with or building A.I.-based products\/platforms\/solutions.\n5-10 years of experience with cloud computing technologies, including both public or private clouds.\n5-10 years of experience working in a product-oriented role, where data-driven decisions are standard practice.\nExtensive background in IT disciplines, working with a wide variety of tools and solutions. Contribution to open-source projects a plus.\nResearch or academic contributions in the artificial intelligence community a plus, particularly within labs with demonstrated leadership in the space.\nExperience as both a startup entrepreneur and working within a large organization.\n\nThe long-term outlook for the CAIO role\nWhile CAIOs could play an important role in organizations for the next few years, the long-term viability of such an office will depend on continued, sustained innovation in the field. With the increased activity in A.I., a separate role focused on making sense of the rapid change in machine learning capabilities has merit. A majority of the CAIO\u2019s time would require having a pulse on the discipline and uncovering opportunities to exploit advances in the field within your organization.\nAfter a few ML-focused innovations have been fully researched, implemented and delivered, the CAIO's role could expand to that of overall evangelist for the company, and the individual could work with clients to ensure their success with your new capabilities. Anticipating even more advancement in the A.I. field, CAIOs will have enough work on their hands for to provide at least a decade\u2019s worth of value to their organizations.\nIn the long term, as\u00a0A.I. becomes a mainstream part of any business, the role might be subsumed into the CTO function, whose primary role is to ensure the continued evolution of technology as it relates to the advancement of a business. CTOs of the future will need to have an understanding of machine learning as a minimal job requirement, but today\u2019s CTOs are already juggling a lot of responsibilities, so creating a separate job for a\u00a0CAIO is warranted.