On 27 and 28 March 2019, at PwC’s Risk Summit in Boston, PwC senior leaders and consultants in the risk assurance and consulting practices shared with their clients and over three dozen industry analysts their vision of how digital technologies are transforming both risk management and business performance.
Reading time: 2 minutes 30 seconds Check the news on IBM Watson for Health Care: STAT reports that IBM is halting sales of Watson AI for drug discovery FierceBiotch reports that IBM employees were recently told of this decision and are reassessing Watson’s prospects in the broader biopharma industry. Troubles in IBM’s Watson for Oncology – a clinical advisor project – became visible in 2017. The root of these negative news events is not a failure of technology. It’s a failure to meet the inflated expectations that people had for future versions of the technology. Watson – including Watson AI for drug discovery and other Watson Health initiatives –…
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Could a future application one day help people get along with one another at work? A story about a meeting from the future The time is 8:25 AM on a workday, years from now. We join the weekly global team video-conference underway at a successful consumer-products company. I’ll spare you the busy agenda, but point out some novel highlights from your meeting:
Any way you look at it, whether Boston Dynamics, Sony, or another company leaps into the robotic service dog market, there is a clear need for a Service Robot able to perform the tasks of current service animals.
Reading Time: 5:15 AI is at Peak Hype. Yes, one day we will have autonomous transportation pods and ubiquitous language translation services. Just not yet. For now, focus CRM/AI applications on tactics, not bold strategic moves. AI Hype > AI Reality
The social impact of Artificial Intelligence hinges on the potential it has for both competition and collaboration with the human world. If left to develop unchecked its impact can be far-reaching and deeply destabilising. Maybe we should look before we leap, and consider the consequences of letting these new, more powerful and more autonomous machines loose on our world?
Part 2: The emotional hurdle AI systems lack anything even remotely like our emotional systems. How are they going to successfully co-exist and interact with the humans around them?
For the price of maintaining vegetation, perhaps a garden and some strategically located fruit trees around the property, an AI hive might make an excellent augmentation to a security system…
Is AI ready to compete with humans? The world is complex and unpredictable but our natural intelligence is surprisingly good at coping with reality’s twists and turns. Can AI do the same?
When I first got involved with Artificial Intelligence I was a young and somewhat naive Machine Translation researcher in the early 1980’s. At that time, AI was already going through its second round of big expectations.