At its best, AI can become a commanding force that helps to augment that human acumen. Properly employed, it has the power to help us move our civilisation forward in so many positive and ethically sound ways.
The term ‘Artificial Intelligence’ is one that resonates far and wide and encompasses everything and everyone, – from the scientists seeking to reach out beyond the existing limits of our knowledge of the universe to the intelligent digital personal assistants now found on various platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. It includes the self-driving car, which is getting ever-closer to reality and the ubiquitous smartphone that is growing even smarter (e.g. Google’s Allo messenger). Even the way we carry out financial transactions, light and heat our homes and restock our fridges and freezers has AI at its heart.
It is not difficult to see why AI is impacting our lives in such a transformational manner; after all, everything we have of value as human beings, as a civilisation, is deeply entwined with our intellect. At its best, AI can become a commanding force that helps to augment that human acumen. Properly employed, it has the power to help us move our civilisation forward in so many positive and ethically sound ways.
All-Party Parlimentary Group on Artificial Intelligence
All of these reasons are behind why I represented BAE Systems Applied Intelligence recently at the first meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence at the House of Commons. The meeting resulted in a report being produced that will look to answer the question ‘What is AI?’, which is timely in putting AI more firmly on the agenda by looking closely at what it can help us to achieve.
Along with several of my peers, I was able to put forward my understanding on the potential for AI and where it could take us. Specifically, I pointed out how it will provide the ability to augment human resource interaction and decision-making, from citizen enrichment and capability to predictive warfare engagement, and in many cases eliminate the role of the individual or organisation (read the full submission).
We all need to recognise and acknowledge that there is no hiding from AI, as I stated at the parliamentary group hearing, AI is coming and will fundamentally change what and how we do things, like it or not. AI will affect everyone, so the best form of acceptance is awareness. And yet we live and operate in a world of constant change and so it is also a given that AI will, in its turn, become outdated and replaced with yet another technological evolution. Until then, we should do everything possible to enrich, not endanger, our lives through the use of AI.