We’ve talked a lot and often about AI and its emergence into the world of work, and how we’ll co-exist with it. This article from TechRadar looks particularly at the idea of using AI to augment our current processes. Fascinatingly, Isaac Asimov imagined this concept in the 1940s, detailed in his novels. With technology’s rapid advance, humans are harnessing our ability to make these imagined futures a reality – and fast!
In his famous Foundation novels, written in the 1940s, Isaac Asimov imagined something called psychohistory, a discipline which used statistical modelling and a detailed understanding of the mind to predict the future. To Asimov, this idea seemed so futuristic that he placed it 20,000 years in the future. Thanks to artificial intelligence (AI), it’s already happening today.
Data scientists are using the latest AI to model and predict the behaviour of crowds and other large groups of people in ways that help authorities plan the provision of services. In Japan, for example, the Kanagawa Prefectural Police is using AI to analyse variables such as weather data, crowd dynamics and even social media activity to predict crime patterns and deploy officers.
This is just one of the ways in which AI is making us smarter. From systems that use thousands of sensors to monitor freight vehicles to predict breakdowns before they happen, to chatbots that help users choose gifts for loved ones, AI is helping us live and work smarter.