You don't have to look far to find statistics and predictions on the future impact of artificial intelligence (AI). But while self-driving cars and augmented reality headsets have excited consumers, enterprise headlines have focused more on the risk that it poses to workers. Analyst giant Forrester have claimed that 16% of jobs in the U.S. will be lost to artificial intelligence by 2025. Meanwhile, a recent report from PwC stated 30% of jobs in the UK were under threat from AI breakthroughs, putting 10 million British workers at risk of being'replaced by robots' in the next 15 years. We shouldn't expect a wide-scale revolution of robot workers across the entire workplace, of course.
News concerning Artificial Intelligence (AI) abounds again. The progress with Deep Learning techniques are quite remarkable with such demonstrations of self-driving cars, Watson on Jeopardy, and beating human Go players. This rate of progress has led some notable scientists and business people to warn about the potential dangers of AI as it approaches a human level. Exascale computers are being considered that would approach what many believe is this level. However, there are many questions yet unanswered on how the human brain works, and specifically the hard problem of consciousness with its integrated subjective experiences.
The year 2016 was one dominated by disruption -- from society to politics, the economy to technology -- in India, and around the world. The year 2017 is shaping up to be one where some of the dust of disruption begins to settle, and we find a new way forward. As the consequences of a customer-led and digital-centric market start to take shape, businesses in particular have had to come to grips with the stark reality that slow, calculated change won't cut it in this new environment. In the race to disrupt or be disrupted, and as organisations face fierce competition both at home and abroad, emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) are seeping into the mainstream enterprise. While self-driving cars and virtual assistants continue to dominate headlines and capture the imagination of consumers, enterprises in India are quietly grappling with how they too can effectively leverage AI as they seek the holy grail of deeper contextual insights.
Like me, I'm sure that many of you nerds have read the book "I, Robot." "I, Robot" is the seminal book written by Isaac Asimov (actually it was a series of books, but I only read the one) that explores the moral and ethical challenges posed by a world dominated by robots. But I read that book like 50 years ago, so the movie "I, Robot" with Will Smith is actually more relevant to me today. The movie does a nice job of discussing the ethical and moral challenges associated with a society where robots play such a dominant and crucial role in everyday life. Both the book and the movie revolve around the "Three Laws of Robotics," which are: It's like the "3 Commandments" of being a robot; adhere to these three laws and everything will be just fine.
Artificial intelligence is one of the those wonky topics that tech geeks salivate over but spend little time dissecting. Its usually referenced as a simple programming tool called deep learning, which trains robots in a given task by introducing voluminous amounts of data, or as a scary, existential threat to mankind. In our second episode of Season 3, "Who's Afraid of AI?" we explore this technology that's affecting nearly every aspect of the auto industry and beyond. Host Shiraz Ahmed interviews Maya Pindeus, the 27-year-old CEO of Humanizing Autonomy, an AI startup focused on human-machine interactions with autonomous cars. Pindeus met a Daimler executive at Ars Electronica, a conference that focuses on the nexus of arts and technology, in Austria, and later began collobarating on a project.