How Humans Are Starting to “Curate” Intelligence in Partnership with AI

Added: 8th April 2019 by Autodesk

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a perception problem, as many people think of the technology primarily as a job killer. However, collaboration between humans and AI opens the opportunity of putting the design and manufacturing of goods of all kinds on a new, better foundation by curating intelligence. That’s why we should rethink our expectations for machine intelligence and how it will affect our future.

The role of a human as the most intelligent creature on earth may not last much longer. Technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning are taking on operations that could previously only be conducted with human intelligence – and in some cases they’re doing even better than we do. In the field of creativity, machine intelligence technologies are already being put to good use. One example is the painting “Portrait of Edmond de Belamy” by the French artist collective Obvious. It was auctioned in autumn 2018 in New York for more than $432,000, but “the artist” is unlikely to get anything out of it. The creator of the masterpiece is the AI-algorithm: min G max D Ex[log(D(x))]+Ez[log(1-D(G(z)))].

The Obvious algorithm can easily be put down as a gimmick, but AI-systems have long since established themselves in industries such as automotive, mechanical engineering, construction and architecture, and consumer goods. Assistance from machine intelligence is increasingly welcome in these areas as companies are confronted with a growing list of challenges. They are under constant pressure to deliver products more quickly, more efficiently and more sustainably, while dealing with ever shorter product cycles and greater demand for customised, tailor-made goods.

Compounding all of this is that as the world’s population grows, not only do more and more people need to be supplied with consumer goods, we also need to support our exploding population with the necessary infrastructure and systems to produce energy, drinking water and food. In addition, products need to improve in quality, because an outmoded throw-away society is not acceptable in the long term.

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