MIT has launched a new project, the MIT Intelligence Quest, whose aim is to "advance the science and engineering of both human and machine intelligence." The goal of this project is to discover the foundations of human intelligence, and how this knowledge can be applied to the burgeoning science and technology of Artificial Intelligence. The idea of Artificial Intelligence as "the simulation of human intelligence as processed by machines," is an idea that has been stored in the collective consciousness of humanity since time immemorial. One needs to look no further than mythology to see how Artificial Intelligence can run the ethical gamut from sinister to benign. Thus, Artificial Intelligence, the ability to give mind to matter, is ingrained in the human psyche.
There's no doubt Artificial Intelligence (AI)–machines that reproduce human thought and actions–is on the rise, both in the scientific community and in the news. And along with AI, there comes "emotional AI," from systems that can detect users' emotions and adjust their responses accordingly, to learning programs that provide emotional analysis, to devices, such as smart speakers and virtual assistants, that mimic human interactions. As the pace of AI development and implementation accelerates–with the potential to change the ways we live and work–the ethics and empathy that guide those designing technology of our future will have far-reaching consequences. It is this moral dimension that concerns me most: do the organizations and software developers creating these programs have an ethical rudder? Long before the concept of AI became commonplace, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced the "Three Laws of Robotics" in his 1942 short story "Runaround" (which was later included in his 1950 collection, I, Robot): Much of Asimov's robot-based fiction hinges upon robots finding loopholes in their interpretations of the laws, which are programmed into them as a safety measure that cannot be bypassed.
It has long been known that AI will affect workforces and markets. Robotic production lines will continue to erode manufacturing jobs. Self-driving vehicles will force drivers of trucks, trains and buses to look for alternative forms of employment that can utilise their skills. As AI improves, which is happening quickly, a much broader set of jobs will be impacted, including those that require certain levels of cognitive ability. Some of these are jobs that, until a few years ago, no one could imagine being done without the participation of a trained human being, such as teaching, medicine, financial advising, marketing and business consulting.
One of the biggest technological revolutions in recent history has been the advent and increased precision of machine learning. Artificial intelligence (AI) is ushering in a new era of the "emotionally intelligent web." Emotional intelligence has never described machines until now – it was a feat scientists believed outside the realm of possibility. Yet as computerized simulations of intelligent behaviors become more advanced, it is reasonable to say emotionally intelligent machines will disrupt industries in the near future. One such industry is web design.
The idea of managing human capacity is fundamental to how firms move forward with their organization strategy. What a sustainable philosophy requires is the open recognition of a changing workforce, and the understanding that even the ability to manage human capacity needs to be supplemented with an open mind and forward thinking. Artificial Intelligence (AI), computerization, and automation, devalue certain human skills, and in time will completely overhaul the job market. At this point it will be our uniquely human potential that is valued in workplace. Working with human strengths and deficiencies in order to get the best out of your company is going to be a defining aspect of keeping up with the pace of innovation and change in the next few decades.