Call for push on ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence

China Daily (Canada) - - PEOPLE -

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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