MIT says: Artificial Intelligence is here to augment work, not replace us #AI

There is much said about the future of AI in our workplaces, and here is a somewhat balanced view. Yes, let us remove the boring and mind-numbing work and give that to AI. Then let us be uniquely human.

AI and machine learning won’t create massive job losses in the foreseeable future, but some societal issues do come to mind.

Source: AI in the Workplace: Augment, Instead of Replacing Humans – InformationWeek

The revenge of the philosophers: Artificial Intelligence #AI

When I started studying practical philosophy at the university at the age of 18, few others could see the benefits. Real jobs to train for was lawyer, financial experts, or engineer. And here we stand 26 years later, in a world where artificial intelligence will take over much of those people’s work, and where philosophy is crucial. Interesting times, indeed.

Ethics may be the next challenge for artificial intelligence engineers | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com

In shows like HBO’s “Westworld” and AMC’s “Humans,” Hollywood pits robots, with artificial intelligence, against humans.

Source: Ethics may be the next challenge for artificial intelligence engineers | Entertainment/Life | theadvocate.com

Enough with the extreme tech focus on #AI: If people don’t trust it – where are we heading?

Every day, we hear about the technological advancements of AI and people praising these advancements almost as if AI is a God. Meanwhile, the vast majority are not as converted yet. Of course, we can continue the development of AI without taking people’s trust into account. But I for sure don’t recommend it.

 

Also, both the poor and the wealthy, but not the middle class, are the most frequent users of AI devices, says Jurica Dujmović.

Source: What’s holding back artificial intelligence? Americans don’t trust it

The robots are coming. And they might let humanity flourish. #AI

There is much talk and stress about the robots taking our jobs, and for sure they will. But there are still uniquely human traits that the robots cannot replace, if ever. Maybe the robotic revolution will allow us to be even more human than in a long time. The industrial revolution have given us riches, but for sure also sent many people into a mechanic rut. Maybe this is a way back to who we once were.

Losing your job to robots is no longer a sci-fi fantasy. Here are eight skills that can keep your job from being handed off to a robot.

If You Have These Skills, No Robot Will Ever Take Your Job

VR without obstructing goggles opens up big opportunities

So far, using VR goggles makes nearly everyone look rather stupid. No one sees what you sees, and you face is covered. Now, Google has found a way forward which opens up great venues. Just think about it: Soon you can wear VR glasses that look like ordinary glasses, but that feed you the information you need as a layer on top of what we refer to as reality today. Soon we can, just by looking a person, see a summary of their latest Facebook and LinkedIn posts, and see suggestions of questions to ask based on their current lives. Spooky for some, but deeply meaningful for others.

Google has figured out a way to let you see VR headset users’ full faces while they’re immersed in an experience – as if the headsets were invisible.

Source: Google’s new tech turns VR headsets invisible

How companies are preparing to use Artificial Intelligence #AI

Instead of letting artificial intelligence (AI) be something abstract that scientists spend time on, companies can already prepare to use these technologies. When Infosys asked 1600 companies on how they plan to invest in AI, they responded like this:

Interestingly, 53% aim at developing knowledge and skills and 43% aim at using it for building a strong culture (here called “ethos”). This means that already today there are ideas on how to transform work. Meanwhile, for many companies, AI is still a step into the unknown, as reported by ZDNet in “Artificial intelligence: How to build the business case”. In this article, people especially see value from analyzing big data quickly. In order for the data be useful, however, you run into legal and ethical challenges that need to be solved first. And it will for sure involve a big disruption for certain professions when AI enters their domains:

“Peers recognises AI could also help change the way lawyers work, yet he also expects a cultural challenge. Senior partners trust their associates to spend hours considering the details of legal documents. Trusting computers to undertake the same task in seconds presents a different form of dependence. It’s a big shift because the reputation of that lawyer and firm is on the line”.

One way to look at the upcoming opportunities of AI is by reading “5 global problems that AI could help us solve” from World Economic Forum (WEF).

They list five problems AI could solve:

1. Healthcare

2. Making driving safer

3. Transforming how we learn

4. Help us be smarter about energy

5. Helping wildlife

By applying the ideas from the above chart on the practical ideas such as those from WEF, we can set a direction. Therefore, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs could ask questions like: “How could our development of knowledge and skills make driving safer by using AI?”. Let the ideas flow, and then later separate the crazy ones from the revolutionizing ones (there’s a fine line between these two).

Since AI still is quite early in the development, we still have time to answer such big questions. But we should not relax, I believe. AI is developing exponentially, meaning it will look radically different just one or two years from now. Therefore, take the time already now to think about how to make AI work for you.

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