How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Artificial Intelligence

June 6, 2024 — 2:30–3:30 p.m.

The revolution has begun, so what should we expect? Artificial intelligence (AI) is already changing the way we do art, business, finance, science, engineering, news, and social media. Soon it will disrupt the way we interact with one another. It may feel like a tidal wave, but that doesn’t mean it’s unpredictable. After all, this isn’t the first time intelligence has evolved.

From dolphins to humans, cockroaches to cockatoos, every new group of intelligent creatures has appeared thanks to the emergent properties of neural networks — the very same process that spawned AI. And with each new intelligent form of life, predictable, repeatable trends have emerged — selfishness, extinctions, behavioural adaptation, establishment of a stable social structure, and, ultimately, a new kind of harmony with the environment. Although we can’t know exactly what the future holds for AI, these broad themes offer a roadmap of what to expect.

AI won’t steal our jobs…but people using AI effectively might. By understanding the predictable milestones that emerge from evolution, and using them to guide your organization’s AI strategy, you can seize the power of evolutionary change to come out ahead.

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