Regardless of whether you work in a factory or an office if you carry out a task that is fundamentally predictable and routine your job might be threatened by a machine. Over the years there has always been this threat from various technologies, but with the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI), has anything changed?
Autonomous cars have been in the media spotlight lately, the 2018 Audi A8 offers a glimpse into where the technology is right now and brings level 3 “eyes off” driving automation to the roads. However, this is still a basic level of AI when measured against a cognitive scale.
What if the next step up from the autonomous technology we’re seeing developed today is AI that can learn, react and manage? What jobs could it do? Something as complex and laborious as project management?
It appears so. An example of this is a project management package with an AI named Tara. Tara can learn about a project and automatically hire the appropriate resource required to complete specific tasks. It then learns from the people it hires to managing processes including ID verification. But before you go out and replace all your project managers with Tara, it has its limitations.
As packages like this are refined and redeveloped, they will no doubt be able to complete more advanced tasks in the near future.
Certain interfaces are likely to change completely with ever-increasing capabilities and voice recognition. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri are invading homes at a great pace, but what about businesses? Being able to dictate to something that learns your pronunciation and adapts is nothing new. However, AI could take this to the next level and could be able to offer something that can analyse your output and recommend improvements, rather than call up the required app or a scheduled reminder.
StoryFit is an interesting use of AI for content producers and writers. StoryFit evaluates content and provides a detailed analysis of your work by using storytelling metrics. It’s like having an extremely well-read critic at your fingertips. Audience analytics help identify your target audience and allow you to understand how to engage new markets and grow revenue. Finally, you can understand your market by comparing your content with competitors, identifying top performers.
With tech giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft and the thousands of start-ups investing in AI, it is inevitable that AI will advance and eventually be capable of replicating and enhancing our existing functions. We’re not quite ready for intelligent robots to work for us, but we’re edging closer to a world that is enhanced by the technology.