Mike Rhodes gave us a brilliant presentation at our recent DMDU Connect 2020 Virtual Conference.   He called it ‘Less Artificial, More Intelligence (How to Play Nice with Machines in 2020).  Here’s an excerpt

Unless you’ve been under a rock – the future is Artificial Intelligence, in fact it’s already here.  It will affect every industry around the world.  Don’t despair, you are not being replaced by a robot.


What is Artificial Intelligence?   It’s the science of making things smart and it’s broad.  From robotics to the natural language, to self driving cars or even Alexa in our homes.

ML = Computers (machines) that learn

Computers that learn on their own without having to be explicitly taught.   Having said that, humans need to feed them the data.  We give them lots of data, not a lot of rules.  Rules is how computers have been programmed over the last 60 years, but that is changing.  There is more data in the world now than ever before.

Forget video, forget self driving cars, imagine you want a computer to recognize a chair.  You would need lots of rules and probably from experts.  It would take a very long time and would be prone to errors.  The whole building this is based on rules, which can often go wrong.  There are so many different styles of chairs, you would have to have many different rules.

Giving the machine thousands of examples of chairs and eventually the machine will be able to figure it out for itself.

But why should we care about this?

Andrew Ng brought Artificial Intelligence to Google and is an absolute genius.  He says Artificial Intelligence is the new electricity.  What does he mean by this?  He means Artificial Intelligence is going to be as universal as electricity is in our lives.  For years we merely flick a switch and the lights come on, we expect them to. Kids have no concept of this thing called electricity.  To them they just know the ipad works, the TV comes on, we just switch a button.  It is everywhere and that is what Artificial Intelligence is going to be like. It is already in far more places than people think.

Only one third of people believe we deal with Artificial Intelligence on a daily basis but it is virtually everywhere already.  It is in every Google product, it’s in our phones, Netflix, Facebook, Youtube etc.. the list goes on and on.  It will eventually effect your business.

So should we go and learn Artificial Intelligence?   There really is no need to jump down that rabbit hole.  You don’t need to learn how to code, you just need to know how to play well with smart machines.   That is the future.   These machines won’t replace us but we will use them to do our jobs better.  We need to learn how to make this happen and what critical skills define this smart person being able to play with these smart machines.

On reading this, if you are going to immediately jump onto Google and search for Ärtificial Intelligence, let me save you some time.   Here is a fantastic course that Google has all their employees complete.

The future is Smart People who can play with Smart Machines.

Blog Post created from Mike Rhodes’ DMDU Connect LIVE 2020 Presentation.

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