AI Could Be The Moon Landing Of Our Generation

“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots”

— Albert Einstein

Thankfully, us humans are inclined to get swept up in the hype and overstate the pace of change when predicting the future. While the movie ‘Back to the Future’ correctly predicted personal drones, biometrics and smart watches — we have yet to see hoverboards on our streets and self-drying size-adjusting clothing in our shops.

Notes by Stanley Kubrick on AI, 1965 — The Museum of the Moving Image, New York, 2020
Hal9000 begins to make decisions

The Future Holds Endless Potential

Whether or not you believe in the theory of singularity, or buy into the dystopian view of the future, artificial intelligence has much to offer society and the future of work. AI can significantly contribute to tackling some of the world’s most challenging health and societal problems — including

The Call for Trust and Equity

While there is widespread alignment that AI has much to offer humanity, governments and corporates alike are upping the pace on creating a framework that protects our human rights and promotes trust in emerging AI and Big Data projects. In one of the less likely collaborations, Pope Francis, Microsoft and IBM have backed a document that outlines how artificial intelligence, including facial recognition technology, should be regulated. The Rome Call for AI Ethics outlines the ‘six commandments’ for AI.

The Rome Call for Ethics, 2020

Success Lies in Collaboration, Trust and Integrity

In his 1990 book, The Age of Intelligent Machines, Kurzweil also predicted the establishment of a global government, or cosmocracy, by 2020 — driven by the inability of local government to control and track data flows across borders. We may not yet have a cosmocracy in our sights but what is becoming clear is that advances in artificial intelligence depend on team effort. The collaboration of government, business, citizens, NGOs, and academics, is paramount to creating a healthy ecosystem with trust and integrity at its core. The real power of AI lies in the aggregation of large, diverse, clean data sets currently in the hands of separate stakeholders in the ecosystem, for the greater benefit of society. Whether this can be achieved through voluntary, or mandated, collaboration will unfold in the coming years.

Researcher, Writer, Studier of Humans. 💡 I’m a curious mind who explores human behaviour and technology, with an emphasis on the intersection of the two. 🔌

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