by David Jonah

Today, we’re fascinated by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and where it may be taking us. Our global economy is in the high-velocity updraft of a coming aerial backflip resulting from the growing capabilities of AI-enabled apps and devices.

Terms such as Machine or Deep Learning and Internet of Things (IoT) stoke a growing wariness of an uncertain future. These emerging terminology-of-change buzzwords are well defined here by Calum McClelland.  Director of Projects @Leverege.

Globally, growing alarm over what tomorrow’s unleashed innovation in AI will bring. Self-replicating, self-healing, self-improving (and self-inventing?) programs can solve problems for good outcomes. The threat of the opposite is also true. An AI programming deployment has the potential for creating an out-of- human-control outcome.

Such potential negative impacts of AI unleashed prompted a who’s-who of experts to issue an open public letter on the possible threat for the future of life.

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What The Sextant Can Tell Us About Innovation 

How we got here today is the never-ending unleashing of our human curiosity from yesterday to explore and expand our search for more and new. To understand Artificial Intelligence’s (AI’s), potential, you may look to the 1731-era’s sextant technology. Wheels, oars, and sails as enablers were all invented before we knew how to get anywhere beyond wandering, and then how to get back.

In infancy, the sextant was two aligned mirrors to calculate direction by the stars. Now, 400 years later, the celestial anchoring principle is embedded in every GPS vehicle map and missile guidance system. Tomorrow, it’s part of every logistics enabled warehouse, enabling voice and AI-enabled e-commerce delivery direct to your door.

The same automated satellite calculus formula currently allows for deadly pinpoint drone bombing. Today’s GPS locator powers precise location rescues of lost or stranded outdoor enthusiasts, or increasingly, package delivery.

AI is set to become the technological center piece of everything, just like the modern sextant principle that’s at the heart of the ubiquitous GPS.

On Transportation: Consider Loomo a personal intelligence mobility scooter and potential valet. “Think Alexa meets R2-D2 combined with your own personal transport”. A domestic robotic valet that learns what you like and fetches what you want when you want it.

In big freight, the driver assisted trucking industry with automated warehouse logistics means lower costs, more delivery efficiency.

On marketing: Reality is that 2,500,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data (2.5 quintilian) are generated every day globally (well, actually that’s soooo 2017; more now). With AI-enabled big-data analytics and predictives, the result is insight from data.

Personalized dynamic content offered on an AI-enabled web presence measures visitor engagement to more accurately predict customer or client interest. (This is what is meant, in part, by Web 3.0, the semantic web.) The rest is data logistics. On tap, right now, are emerging AI-voice-activated commands that auto-link the supply chain to the customer. No humans involved.

Chat bots that are not just informational but actionable are right here, right now; collaborative, conversational commerce. E-Comm on steroids. Currently, SAP and a strategic, multi-component partnership are harnessing AI for personalized shopping.

On manufacturing: Siemens examines every product they manufacture to find efficiencies from processing data. Siemens’ goal is providing smarter product components to their customers and are leading with AI enablement.

On automotive: The auto industry is today’s publicized poster child for innovation impact.  Not only are drivetrain components shrinking vehicle heft, but electric power assist is revolutionary. As a result, design constraints are erasing for interior and exterior designs for vehicles as rolling autonomous computers.

On medicine: Dr. Bertalan Mesko, Ph.D. is the Medical Futurist. Dr. Mesko has coined artificial intelligence in medicine as the stethoscope of the 21st century. He creatively offers a compelling analysis of the impact of AI on the traditional practice of Medicine

On government, HR & career choices: The global execution of AI-applications poses the greatest impact on jobs and employment. Today’s millennials often have jobs that did not exist in their parent’s generation, while millions of jobs will disappear as they are automated through the entire employment stack, top to bottom. No industry sector is immune from AI-enabled automation

AI’s impact on employment is the invisible elephant on the table in every Cabinet policy room. How to maintain an economy based on taxing workers when workers are robots?  Where do humans fit and how do they earn their living is vexing all governments today? What happens when wealth is created without (much) human labour?

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