Businesses in nearly every industry have come to rely on contingent talent as specialists and flexible experts rather than temps who fill vacant seats during absences, seasonal demands or personnel transitions. With increasing frequency, we’re integrating these skilled contractors into our primary workforces. Yet, we still haven’t integrated them into our internal knowledge systems. And that’s a missed opportunity to tap into their intelligence and ideas, especially as the sharing economy’s[...]
At the beginning of April, I discussed the dawning of a cobot workforce: an alliance between machines, like AI and physical robots, and their human counterparts. Because our industry has latched onto the idea of “ecosystems,” it only makes sense that we embrace cobots. Why? Well, different organisms working together for the benefit of an entire system speaks to the nature of symbiotic relationships -- you know, the kind that power highly efficient ecosystems. In this case, those organisms happen to be organic and inorganic intelligence. We’ve touted the advantages of machines in countless articles, but worries about a hostile robot takeover persist. Maybe the best way to dispel the myth of this digital coup is to look at how people (even the detractors) rely on this technology today, without realizing it.
AI is shrouded in mystery, or so it seems. One side of the internet is touting it as a life-changing fix for all the world’s problems, while the other lives in fear of the singularity looming on the horizon. It’s to be expected, I guess. There’s a sharp learning curve that comes with all new technology – and most people fear what they don’t understand. The apprehension will only intensify as AI evolves. The solution? A solid rebranding.
Quick – think of your favorite cautionary tale about robots. Is it the Matrix? Blade Runner? Ex Machina? Why are there so many?! The answer is pretty simple: we fear what we don’t know. And we don’t really know what the future of AI holds…yet.