AI, With a Dash of Humanity: Three Ways That High Tech and People Partner for Smart Business Strategy
We live at the dawn of some very technologically compelling times. Businesses around the globe have supplanted humans with artificial equivalents, in a bid to meet customer demand for greater efficiencies. Indeed, some of this Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been integrated into business processes so smoothly, that we barely notice anymore.
As an example, someone was recently texting me, and in their query asked me where I was. My iPhone picked up on the context queues in the message and prompted me with my current location – I just tapped and sent.
In fact, AI, and automated machines in general, are very, very good at particular types of work. Monitoring, for example. People are horrible at monitoring – it’s boring and repetitive, and by our nature, we can easily become distracted. In some cases, in fact, extended monitoring is essential to life itself – in places like the intensive care unit at your hospital, or aloft at 41,000 feet, keeping an airplane with 300 passengers stable and safe. By 2022, one survey says that companies will dump a whopping $79 billion into such cognitive and AI systems designed to save money, build efficiency, and foster profitability.