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Living With Other Intelligence

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Living With Other Intelligence

In the future, your best bet is to work with the machines, not against them. If you stand in their way, you won't last very long.

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We're living in an interesting time.

We've seen dramatic advances in AI, in pervasive computing, and in data analysis and collection over the past five years. Advances that very few predicted. Advances with radical implications.

One of those implications is the development of new, non-human intelligence. Specific intelligence will dramatically impact us all in the next decade without a doubt; we have instances of this today. General intelligence? Who knows. I've seen some predict 2030, some 2050; nobody really knows. Honestly, we don't really know how do approximate this today, so any prediction is really just guesswork. But generalized or not, we'll realistically need to learn how to live in this world, how to make a living, how to feed ourselves and our families, and so on.

Some areas of the economy are likely to be completely rendered obsolete by these changes (I'm looking at you, interstate trucking). Most won't, I expect. But we'll all need to change how we do what we do in order to stay relevant. Some of these changes are obvious — attorneys will need to invest in AI for tracking case law and predicting likely judgment based on the social profile of a given jury, for instance. Doctors will come to rely more and more on AI for diagnosis and complex surgical techniques. Computers will move away from our keyboard/mouse/monitor interfaces to verbal and tactile modes of interaction. They ways we create software systems will change too, as we delegate certain aspects of system development to AI, even those of us who are developing the very AIs that we will use every day.

The key to remaining relevant is to partner with these systems to enable higher productivity. In every previous example, those who are able to develop skills complementary to AI systems will be more productive and more successful. Those who attempt to compete with AI will simply lose. AI, like any software system, has virtually no scalability cost, after all. Any business anywhere who can replace a person with a machine will. Economically, they'll have no choice.

In the future, your best bet is to work with the machines, not against them. If you stand in their way, you won't last very long.

Start coding something amazing with the IBM library of open source AI code patterns.  Content provided by IBM.

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