Project Management

How Do We Train Artificial Intelligence?

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected]. Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

I am sometimes labeled as an “expert” in different aspects of projects. It’s not a label I would choose for myself, but if it has any truth then that expertise is the result of a lot of training, coaching, mentoring and experience. It’s the result of a lot of teams helping me out, a lot of leaders supporting and guiding me, and a lot of lessons learned the hard way.

I’m not special in that regard; that’s how experts get created. They spend a lot of time working, see a lot of different scenarios, and learn from their experiences. It’s why so many global societies respect their elders. But now, along comes artificial intelligence—and suddenly it’s going to let us do all kinds of things that we couldn’t do before.

Well, who suddenly appointed AI as the new expert, and who challenged its credentials?

Sure, it’s a piece of technology and can therefore parse a tremendous amount of data in not a lot of time, but it can’t magically interpret and analyze that data in a way that adds value unless it is trained to do so. How do we do that training? Especially if we want to go beyond simple predictive analytics that is little more than crunching a lot of data

If we want to understand not just what AI “thinks” is happening, but why it thinks that—and how it believes we should respond—…

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