AI: an opportunity or threat?
We must quickly realize the significance of human intervention and the tremendous opportunity of the future: how humans and AI can collaborate. The key challenge of tomorrow lies in mastering the art of cooperation between humans and AI.
AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, a branch of computer science that empowers machines to perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. This includes speech recognition, image processing, and data-driven decision-making. AI enables computers to “learn” from experience and improve their performance in executing tasks. Now, AI is not the superintelligence depicted in science fiction movies. AI lacks consciousness or the ability to develop its own will. It can only operate within the boundaries of its programming and the data it has received. Every technology, including AI, has two sides: the good and the bad.
With these insights, Rik dives into the concept of dual usage in AI. It is vital to acknowledge that AI can be both a tremendous force for good and a potential source of harm – and we must not forget the “ugly” in-between. AI can have profoundly positive effects on society. It can aid in medical diagnoses, enhance traffic management, spur innovation, and increase efficiency across various sectors. However, on the flip side, we must remain aware of its potential for misuse. AI can be exploited for malicious purposes, such as spreading misinformation, orchestrating cyberattacks, influencing elections, or even developing autonomous weapons systems.
And let’s not neglect the “ugly,” as Rik likes to call it – the unintended consequences or side effects of AI usage. Bias in algorithms is a prime example, leading to unintended discriminatory decisions by AI. Job displacement due to automation is another aspect we need to consider.
Given these complexities, it becomes evident that addressing the major challenges facing humanity, society, and businesses requires optimizing numerous interconnected variables in a complicated and dynamic balance. Humans are not naturally adept at this task, which is where AI comes in as an incredible ally in the form of augmented intelligence.
In this keynote “Is AI an opportunity or threat?” Rik will delve into the impact of AI on businesses and demonstrate how companies can embrace AI and prepare for the not-so-distant future. Being ready for augmented intelligence and outpacing the competition is crucial. Rik will reveal actionable steps that businesses can take today to be at the forefront. So, if you wish to be well-prepared for the era of augmented intelligence and gain a substantial competitive advantage, don’t miss this keynote.