Call for push on artificial intelligence
Chen Yingqun Zhang Xia
expect enhanced safety and risk management.
Artificial intelligence will play a major part in each plan, according to Carrel-Billiard. “AI can help bridge cultures,” he said, suggesting one example would be a system that can perform simultaneous translation during negotiations between executives from different countries. “You could have a German person talking (in German) with a Chinese person (talking Mandarin) and the translation will be done on the fly.”
He also believes that rather than causing unemployment, the mass introduction of AI robots and systems would result in a new industrial revolution that creates jobs while changing the way people work.
Even in an entirely automated factory, thousands of workers will still be needed to maintain, evaluate and program the machinery, he argued, although he acknowledges that training will need to be upgraded along with the technology to ensure the cultivation of high-skilled workers.
He said universities in the United States are already introducing AI in the classroom to aid teachers.
For example, Arizona State University is testing adaptive learning bots that cover introductory elements for select courses, allowing instructors to focus more on student support, and produce analytics that identify students at risk of falling behind. Early indications show pass rates are rising, according to Accenture.
“If you look at one specific industry, AI will reduce jobs, but if you look (at the big picture) you will see that it will create job opportunities,” added Carrel-Billiard.
“We need to train the workers to use AI to help them require the necessary skills faster. We do not want to build superhumans; we want to make humans super (at their job).”
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