Fu­ture proof Ris­ing to chal­lenge of AI

The Irish Times - Business - - ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE -

Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence pro­vides us with an op­por­tu­nity to un­lock our in­tel­li­gent minds from the mun­dane and fo­cus on both the ur­gent and the fu­ture, says Owen Lewis, part­ner in Man­age­ment Con­sult­ing at KPMG.

“It is in­cum­bent on so­ci­ety to build a fu­ture that we can all pros­per in and there­fore there needs to be con­sid­er­a­tion of a num­ber of fac­tors.

“How will we re­ward and en­cour­age in­no­va­tion and open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for hu­man kind to make pos­si­ble what was once im­pos­si­ble?

“How will we distribute the world’s wealth when ev­ery­day jobs have been re­placed by ma­chines? Will there be an “hon­est day’swork”avail­able­forevery­one?

“What new skills do we need to make sure we equip our so­ci­ety with? Is ev­ery­one go­ing to be a coder and come from a STEM back­ground, or do we also need to put more em­pha­sis on hu­man-to-hu­man pro­fes­sions such as car­ers, teach­ers, phys­i­cal ex­er­cise train­ers, and other jobs we have not yet thought of?

“What is be­com­ing clearer is that these dis­cus­sions are be­com­ing much more fo­cused, with most gov­ern­ments plac­ing so­ci­etal im­pact front and cen­tre of emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion.

“Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tasks lead­ers of the mod­ern world – govern­ment, tech gi­ants, fu­tur­ol­o­gists – with the real ques­tion of where will our hu­man in­tel­li­gence evolve us to next. We’ve been here be­fore and I have a sneaky feel­ing the hu­mans will rise to the chal­lenge.”

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