Strictly speaking: no. But it does significantly improve your chances of getting through the different steps in the hiring process. Also some places do require CS degrees, but they are a minority.
What about other positions in machine learning for example ... Does the same rule imply?
not really sure. I've never been on the hiring side for anything other than "data scientist". That was PHD required.
reposted from Brandon Rohrer's LinkedIn.
AI is still in the field of "science" rather than "engineering", so the way to find a job right now is to have a PHD in something related. At least in my company, AI people spend more time reading papers than actually building anything useful. ;)
This will change in the next 5 years, as NN and related technologies will become more "mainstream".
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