Magnifying the human-AI relationship
Artificial intelligence (AI) gradually improves as it learns many "human" tasks, especially repetitive ones, such as medical diagnosis, language translation, or customer service. There are legitimate concerns that AI will eventually supplant human jobs across the economy, but it’s not a near-horizon consequence.
AI has fundamentally changed how a task will be accomplished and who will do it. And while technologies that can automate processes and increase efficiency have received much attention, perhaps the more powerful facet of AI - humans and machines that complement and magnify each other's talents - hasn’t been as much the focus of scrutiny and scholarship.
Creating a collaborative relationship
Understanding the "and" between humans and computers, along with automation and augmentation will encourag one another to perform at higher levels.
Businesses are starting to adapt their operational procedures to benefit from human-machine collaboration teams. C-suite professionals globally have weighed in across numerous surveys and most are operating with a strong conviction that AI will enable humans and machines to collaborate while maximizing individual strengths.
Symbiotic partnership between machines and people is key to creating a collaborative relationship.
Playing to strengths
The nexus of collaborative intelligence
"The recent attention in AI is about how we can automate various tasks and how we can use machines to accomplish things much quicker than average humans, or even replace them if needed," says Professor Jon Whittle, a software engineering expert specializing in human-computer communications. He is also the director of CSIRO Data61. "But we expect that there's more to be experienced from incorporating machines and humans to work cohesively by sticking to their relevant strengths."
The nexus of collaborative intelligence lies in playing to a delineated suite of specialties: human leadership, teamwork, creativity; and AI’s speed, scalability, and quantitative capabilities. For machines, what comes easily to people can be challenging; for humans, what comes easily to machines is nearly impossible. The use cases and possibilities are countless.
The hopeful outcome?
Enhancing decision-making with applied intelligence
Prototypes of human-machine collaborations for enhanced judgment and decision-making have existed for decades. In the same way that machines depend on humans to advance, humans can accomplish more with machines than they can on their own – it’s applied intelligence.
The hopeful outcome? Enterprise and initiatives where humans and machines coexist peacefully in a long-lasting, meaningful relationship. In the end, creating and integrating AI companions seems remarkably, well, human.