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I will talk about myself just to add some context that perhaps helps to direct someone to the basement. I worked in IA from 1989 including it I have presented a paper that was taken as a basement to create what today is called "blockchain" and I am still working now using the relation between IA and quantum computing. All these stuff includes a master degree on knwoledge engineering. With all that said I have to mention that is sad for me to see IA has become a buzzword. We are surrounded from IA devices (software and non software) from long time ago from refrigerators to cel phones. Which is the impact on project mangement? After working in lot of initiatives which includes IA I have said: none. Is like any other type of project/program you will lead.
I completely agree that the term is misused, and to most, the impact to the PM is limited at this time. Part of that however is most don't envision how they would use AI as a PM tool.
I do however see some very powerful tools used in high tech areas that have a lot of potential. Credit card companies can quickly detect fraud patterns. Map programs can find the fastest route even taking traffic conditions into account. Health monitoring systems can predict equipment failures before they occur based on usage. Genetic algorithms can very rapidly optimize solutions and this is already applied to organizations.
I can see applications of these same types of AI solutions that could be applied to projects. I don't think they will replace highly abstract thinking, but computers are much more capable than people at objectively weighing many variables to find a best-fit solution.
AIs can process vast amounts of data to produce a logical answer or best course of action, but that doesn't mean people will accept it. AIs will never replace Project Managers so long as human beings continue to be selfish, dishonest, lazy, etc. Until AIs can see through human lies and negotiate with multiple stubborn stakeholders, Project Managers' jobs aren't threatened.
I remember graduating from high school in the late 70s and looking at studying "cybernetics". Even back then, you could get a university degree in AI.
AI is real and it will take over most of the repetitive tasks a PM do currently!
It can never replace a PM. ( On a lighter note, I need to revisit my statement by 2050 )
Agree with Keith
I accept the fact that the use of the word "Intelligence" (e.g., AI/IA) is here to stay in these realms of study/engineering, however, their portrayal is misleading. This opinion should not be taken in a way that lessens the value of these fields, as I have had a stake in this realm for nearly two decades, through the design of systems that manage the state of knowledge (e.g., adaptive object models) and the processing of it (e.g., rules engines). Although I categorize my work differently, I could practically say using todays lenient categories that my contributions flow into AI via the following: Knowledge Engineering – Expert Systems – AI.
I’m excited about the advancements being made, so let’s contribute but also recognize that the words "Intelligence" and "learning" are primarily theory-based terms and that no matter how we slice it up, we are still dealing with knowledge, patterns and algorithms.
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