AI (Artificial Intelligence) is entering the workplace and it’s time to get over our fears and start wondering how can we use it in a proper way.
I know, there are tonnes of reasons to worry about letting AI into your workplace, and most of them are true. But, instead of wondering what it should be, start working on what it is.
The Economist, in a magnificent piece, wrote about all of them and concluded that for AI to be successful it needs anonymity, transparency, and access to your own data. AI is here, and some of the biggest companies in the world are starting to use it as a method to control and for surveillance. I don’t agree with this kind of society but those things happen, and you can either work with this scenario or be in endless denial.
If you decide not to deny it, and embrace it as a new tool in your toolkit, you’ll start thinking about ways to take advantage of it, instead of ways of avoiding it. And, since you’ll focus on the strengths of the technology, and not on the weaknesses, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to take control of it and surpass every unintended consequence it may have. For example, avoiding Orwellian controls and not letting it take control of your decisions about people.
But, on a deeper level, you should ask yourself about the convenience of every new technology that arises in your life. And, in this case, ask yourself these four questions if you want to work successfully with new technologies:
- What am I doing today that works?
- What do I need to improve?
- How can I use it in my company?
- And finally, who will be responsible for the implementation?
With the use of any new technology, you should focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. That means that you should never apply new technologies to processes that you are not doing well because technology is a multiplier of everything you do: right or wrong.
© Oriol López Villena 2018
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