AI for Mere Mortals

The Coming Productivity Boom: How AI Will Augment Human Workers

September 27, 2023 Kabir Season 1 Episode 17
AI for Mere Mortals
The Coming Productivity Boom: How AI Will Augment Human Workers
Show Notes

Advances in artificial intelligence are poised to unleash a new era of productivity growth by augmenting human capabilities. As AI systems become more adept at tasks like analyzing data, understanding language, and making predictions, they will work alongside people to make them more effective at their jobs.

This coming wave of "augmented intelligence" will enable workers to focus on more creative, strategic, and interpersonal aspects of work while AI handles rote and repetitive tasks. For example, doctors will be able to diagnose conditions faster and more accurately with the help of AI analysis of medical images and records. Lawyers will be able to quickly search for relevant case law precedents without having to dig through piles of documents. Customer service agents will be assisted by bots that have full access to customer histories and can recommend solutions.

The benefits of augmented intelligence apply across occupations and industries. AI scheduling assistants can help workers maximize their time and reduce burnout. AI data analysis can help white collar workers identify trends and opportunities that humans alone might miss. And AI-assisted manufacturing can lead to increased productivity on assembly lines and industrial processes.

Adoption of these AI tools will require change management as workers get comfortable relying on automation. There will also be challenges around issues like data privacy, algorithmic bias, and accountability. But once implemented thoughtfully, augmented intelligence via AI represents an enormous opportunity to drive economic growth and productivity while empowering the human workforce. The coming productivity boom is within reach if we build AI systems and adopt them in ways that enhance humans rather than replace them.

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