Technology is taking over the world, one smart device at a time. Whether it be millennials staring at their phone screens all day, to self-driving cars, it is fair to say that in 10 years, there will be a great increase in unemployment. In fact, artificial intelligence is already giving us a sneak peak of the future tech run world. Though many are very cautious and frightened by the idea that technology could one day fix a car or even perform surgery, they are not aware of the large role artificial intelligence has already been playing in their everyday life for years.
Hack/Reduce recently hosted John T. Langton, Director of Applied Data Science at Wolters Kluwer, who spoke at its quarterly dinner event for Boston technologists about the application of AI in the enterprise. While we are far from “Strong AI” (walking and talking robots), John acknowledges the “behind the scene” role AI has been playing, mentioning its day to day presence in image searches, elevators, thermostats, Netflix recommendations, and so much more. Artificial Intelligence has continuously been improving, taking on more and more extreme roles as the years pass, but the second something goes wrong, people are so quick to criticize. One very good point Langton brought up was how AI is not a walking talking robot, and should not be treated as such. They are not “human replacements”, the goal is not to program technology to do whatever we want, but rather teach the technology to sense and reason in situations, and ultimately, accomplish a goal, and adapt over time.
AI also functions on all verticals including cybersecurity, finance, and health. Funny enough, Langton told the audience that if any of their children were interested in radiology, to veer them away from that field. Artificial Intelligence is not only more accurate and efficient, but also already FDA approved, therefore limiting jobs in the radiology field.
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