There is a huge buzz in the professional world around artificial intelligence: what it is and what it can do. If innovation history and expectation charts teach us anything, it's that imagination can outpace even the exponential growth we've seen in computing potential. Expectations related to job displacement have continued to breed an environment where many people feel threatened by expectations instead of applications. The application of professional and commercial artificial intelligence is the challenge facing the business world. The digitization of information and the empowerment of the knowledge worker are the challenges of the 21st century. The true story of AI will continue to play out, not in the imaginations of those hearing what is possible, but instead in the offices taking these products and applying them to known problems- a point made in this article. Job displacement is never the goal: doing more work with less time is.
We’re definitely at a peak of excitement now,” said Jerry Kaplan, a computer scientist, entrepreneur and author, who was a co-founder of a long-forgotten A.I. start-up in the 1980s. “Expectations are way ahead of reality.” The term A.I. has long been a staple of science fiction — as machines that think for themselves and help humankind or as ungrateful creations that try to wipe us out. Or so the thinking at the movies goes. The reality, however, is a little less dramatic. The automated voice on your smartphone that tries to answer your questions? That’s a type of A.I. So are features of Google’s search engine. The technology is also being applied to complex business problems like finding trends in cancer research.