The future of AI
So we know what it is, and a little bit about how it could help already. But where are we headed? Are the sensationalist headlines about AI running rampant really true?
In this report the Board of Innovation make four interesting predictions:
Almost everything will be AI generated
It will eventually become the norm and the default for generating books, films, products, and interfaces. We'll all learn to be less sceptical and to embrace what AI offers. Unprecedented personalisation across all digital services from education to health, gaming to finance.
AI will be autonomous
Now for the robots... currently AI is mainly interacted with through a screen but in the future the prediction is that AI will be embedded into robots that can move around and interact with us in a 'human' way. Setting them to work cleaning or gardening sounds great, but the more advanced they get the more ethical challenges as a society we'll have to address.
The cost of digital products will plummet
AI assistants are already pretty good at powering code, building and designing front-ends, and hooking them up to back-end databases. As they further develop the cost of software development could fall rapidly.
AI will disrupt knowledge work
Right now AI creativity doesn't get anywhere near human creativity, but that doesn't mean it won't in the end. As the Board of Innovation state it's a disruptive innovation in Clayton Christensen’s classical model. So it will typically start at the low-cost knowledge work like basic content and design and gradually evolve to be able to take on high cost, more involved and more strategic knowledge work.
There are undoubtedly challenges and risks around AI – problems around inherent bias, copyright infringement, ethics, and the prospect of job losses. But early adopters are already using AI to deliver new innovations, to challenge accepted practice, and to push personalisation. It offers us the chance to move faster, to get more creative options on the table, to test markets in a click of a button, and to automate lots of the leg work. The robots might not be here (yet) but the age of AI definitely is.