Reclaim the present in service of a different future
June 25, 2020
I’d had enough!
For too long, pitches on Artificial Intelligence have been either completely alarmist either blessed-yes. They prevent from a real adoption and development of AI. Above all, they take away our sense of responsibility. After more than 10 years of experience in this domain, where I had the chance to carry out projects in the US, Asia and Europe, it was time to share this experience; so that everyone could have their own path. Finally, AI is a major and radical change that no one can ignore. It is therefore essential that we take this subject in hand. Basically, stop thinking, just do it! Only the ones who are doing it are able to really understand the breaths of what is possible and what is not.
Through this book I wanted to put forward ten golden rules (one by chapter), as much pragmatic than very operational. The book deliberately puts the human-being at the heart of the transformation, because they are everything.
I take part in many conferences, both at a university level and professional level (INSEAD, Columbia University, Technion Connected World, CES Unveiled, …). Every people who read this book and know me will be able to tell you that every page, every word, it is me.
Here is an extract from the book that will allow them to understand who they are dealing with:
“Humans: both answer & solution?
My belief is that we are both the problem and… the solution. We are the key.
Technology alone cannot be the answer. Even if we did significant progress in the past years to create open systems able to detect, assess and mitigate biases; the real answer is a combination of humans and machines.
We have to stop talking about trends. The subject of Artificial Intelligence has been placed in the General-purpose Technologies (GPTs) classification. This classification recognizes technologies that have a systemic impact, affecting an entire economy at the global level. For example, steam, electricity or the Internet are among them.
AI is a technology that changes everything for everyone: it will be able to influence our decision-making process at every stage and in any sector.
This is a human revolution, not just a trend. It’s structural, it’s a long cycle. It’s a trap to think that only the high-intellectual professions will be affected. In the United States, for example, I met a chef who used Watson (IBM’s artificial intelligence, editor’s note) to create new, innovative recipes. But it should be pointed out right away that the chef had spent a lot of time training the machine. Because I would also like to shatter another myth: AI is not magic, it is very time-consuming and requires intense collaboration between men, women and machine, particularly in the learning process and system supervision.
In more than 20 years of practice I have never seen such a pervasive topic. AI is similar to a wave, don’t try to stop it, only option is to surf it. The major challenges are adoption and appropriation. These are the keys to success, and it is necessary to understand its codes and implications. So let’s stop talking about trends and focus on the application of AI in all business processes! Because, yes, we are going to live in an augmented world. Shouldn’t the initials AI stand for Augmented Intelligence?
So stop reading this article and do it! Stop believing in Harry Potter, AI is not magic. There is a real work of men and women to train and supervise these systems: no more big speeches, time for action! In doing so, we take ownership of the subject of AI and understand its scope and limitations.
We are at a stage where the complexity of the environment forces us to rethink how we create. The sequential world is behind us: we entered an endless world. This will force us to completely redesign the way we forecast the future. As such, I am currently working with an American expert in the field of Science Fiction. We are currently working on how to combine creation, science fiction and technology to glimpse the future, by combining human capabilities and artificial intelligence. This has never been done before, so let’s make it happen!
Many thanks, Jean-Philippe Desbiolles
Thank you Bertrand