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A Strategist's Guide to Artificial Intelligence

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Jeff Heepke knows where to plant corn on his 4,500-acre farm in Illinois because of artificial intelligence (AI). He uses a smartphone app called Climate Basic, which divides Heepke's farmland (and, in fact, the entire continental U.S.) into plots that are 10 meters square. The app draws on local temperature and erosion records, expected precipitation, soil quality, and other agricultural data to determine how to maximize yields for each plot. If a rainy cold front is expected to pass by, Heepke knows which areas to avoid watering or irrigating that afternoon. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted, this use of artificial intelligence across the industry has produced the largest crops in the country's history. Climate Corporation, the Silicon Valley–based developer of Climate Basic, also offers a more advanced AI app that operates autonomously. If a storm hits a region, or a drought occurs, it adjusts local yield numbers downward.


Why your next chatbot should be human-augmented, not AI-augmented

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Chatbots hit a hot streak in 2016. It seemed like every week there was a new bot. Many of these bots faded as fast as they came on the scene. Most likely, they weren't backed up with a proper business model, and many in the industry overestimated the capacity of chatbot and AI to tackle problems. Early on, we realized that a pure AI chatbot would never be able to replace a physician or benefits expert.


Why your next chatbot should be human-augmented, not AI-augmented

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Chatbots hit a hot streak in 2016. It seemed like every week there was a new bot. Many of these bots faded as fast as they came on the scene. Most likely they weren't backed up with a proper business model, and many of them overestimated the capacity of chatbot and AI to tackle problems. We quickly realized that a pure AI chatbot would never be able to replace a physician or benefits expert.


There is No Intelligence in AI - Tom Austin

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Amazing Innovations that do what we thought technology couldn't do. After a while they are no longer "amazing." We become blaze as amazingness just becomes part of the background, taken for granted, no longer enthused about. AI (amazing innovations) cease to be amazing and are replaced by new, more amazing innovations. How many are bored by air travel?)


Strategist's Guide to Artificial Intelligence - Insurance Thought Leadership

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As you contemplate the introduction of artificial intelligence, you should articulate what mix of three approaches works best for you. Jeff Heepke knows where to plant corn on his 4,500-acre farm in Illinois because of artificial intelligence (AI). He uses a smartphone app called Climate Basic, which divides Heepke's farmland (and, in fact, the entire continental U.S.) into plots that are 10 meters square. The app draws on local temperature and erosion records, expected precipitation, soil quality and other agricultural data to determine how to maximize yields for each plot. If a rainy cold front is expected to pass by, Heepke knows which areas to avoid watering or irrigating that afternoon. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture noted, this use of artificial intelligence across the industry has produced the largest crops in the country's history. Climate Corp., the Silicon Valley–based developer of Climate Basic, also offers a more advanced AI app that operates autonomously.