AI: Friend or Foe?

Kevin Coleman is a highly skilled senior level project and program manager/advisor with experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries.

Artificial intelligence is a popular topic these days. Clearly there is a fair amount of ongoing research—and even more products and services development underway. If you do a Google search on artificial intelligence, you will get about 3.5 million results. A number of well-known organizations have published articles about the top AI applications and current products. While AI is getting a lot of attention, not all of it is positive. In fact, discussions about the near-term capabilities of AI is resulting in a fair amount of discomfort and concern.

Artificial intelligence is defined as the science, practice and development of computerized equipment and computer systems to perform activities and tasks that typically require some level of human intelligence. This includes visual analysis, speech recognition, speech generation and decision making. It is the capacity of a computerized equipment to emulate intelligent human behavior or be human intelligence-like.

AI refers to the ability of a computer system to receive input by signal, keyboard or even voice and then have the ability to understand and interpret that input—basically, what you’re asking—and then make a determination as to the best possible answer from all the available evidence you gave it (and it collected).

Some advanced systems today observe human work activity (including decisions)…

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