AI (Artificial Intelligence) is heard everywhere and anytime, to say the least. But do you have to fear AI?
First of all, one thing is sure. AI is an exponential technology. Its implementation is made everywhere in anything. This is going to be huge and fast.
What is amazing with AI (and robots) is that systems are interconnected and the learning of one contribute to the learning of all. Autonomous cars will help each other to learn faster and faster how to drive perfectly. The more cars will be on the roads, the safer they will become. Today, Google cars are driving in a way that humans do not understand. Google experts analyzed extensively the patterns followed by the algorithms and concluded that the way the AI drive the car is actually the optimal pattern.
Similarly, when an AI system defeated the best player of game of go, it used patterns that were never done before by any players. After careful analysis, the playing experts concluded that the patterns are the best way to play the game of go.
We are actually seeing a move from narrow (weak) AI, bounds of human ability, to general (strong) AI, which leads to super intelligence.
Thanks to AI, small companies can now compete with large ones. Without AI, these small companies could not service the volume they do. They wouldn’t have the results they do at the scale they need. And they would not have the customers they have.
AI will enter our daily lives. We will have AI personal assistants that know everything about us. They will order what is missing in your fridge, they will arrange your dinner with your friends (of course, by communicating directly with the AI personal assistants of your friends).
The workforce landscape is also going to change rapidly. But will the world move to more fragmentation or to more integration? Will we see more collectivism or more individualism?
Some answers are given into an interesting study made by PWC. The study examine 4 possible worlds of work in 2030:
- In the Yellow World, humans come first. This is a world where social-first and community businesses proper. Crowdfunded capital flows towards ethical and blameless brands. There is a search for meaning and relevance with a social heart. Artisans, makers and ‘New Worker Guilds’ thrive. Humanness is highly valued.
- In the Green World, companies care. Social responsibility and trust dominate the corporate agenda with concerns about demographic changes, climate and sustainability becoming key drivers of business.
- The Red World is ruled by innovation. Organisations and individuals race to give consumers what they want. Innovation outpaces regulation. Digital platforms give outsized reach and influence to those with a winning idea. Specialists and niche profit-makers flourish.
- In the Blue World, corporate is king. Big company capitalism rules as organisations continue to grow bigger and individual preferences trump beliefs about social responsibility.
Which world will prevail? Difficult to say without a crystal ball. But faced to AI and its implications, it’s important to ponder the Amara’s Law:
“We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.”
For leaders and superpreneurs, here are some advises:
- Act now
- Make no-regret moves
- Make a bigger leap
- Own the automation debate
- Focus on people, not jobs
- Build a clear narrative
- Search where the value is, because AI will provide ubiquitious knowledge and expertise
Your job as a superpreneur is then to see how to create value using AI at its best. Don’t try to create products or services just to use AI. But create new products or services which offer extra value thanks to AI.
Do you have to fear AI? Probably not, but don’t overestimate AI in the short run and don’t underestimate AI in the long run.
Build the World You Love!