When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI), the dominant media narratives often end up taking one of two opposing stances: AI is the saviour or the villain. Whether it is presented as the technology responsible for killer robots and mass job displacement or the one curing all disease and halting the climate crisis, it seems clear that AI will be a defining feature of our future society. However, these visions leave little room for nuance and informed public debate. They also help propel the typical trajectory followed by emerging technologies; with inevitable regularity we observe the ascent of new technologies to the peak of inflated expectations they will not be able to fulfil, before dooming them to a period languishing in the trough of disillusionment. There is an alternative vision for the future of AI development.
The ruling Monday by District Court Chief Arthur Gamble concludes the law's new classification for public safety workers is rational. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Iowa Council 61 argued in its lawsuit that the classification -- which allowed some workers to keep bargaining over working conditions taken away for others -- violated the state constitution.
Which is better at predicting performance or job success? Collective intelligence may be a better way to assess people and their capabilities but A.I. offers the advantages of pulling insights from large amounts of data. A.I. finds relevant patterns, while people (C.I.) add context and understanding.