A paradigm shift in how we interact with computers

At the moment we are a still a few years away until we reach an artificial general intelligence. But for the time being this term covers a lot of machine learning models that use “self-guided” algorithms in a variety of different models.

Artificial intelligence can do a lot of useful things for us. For example, Amazon is researching into providing a system for older people that is not only intended to search for things on the Internet like Amazon Echo or Alexa, but above all to monitor people and their surroundings. Not in a negative sense. It is designed to help in everyday life, for example to see if my grandmother has forgotten to lock the door to the garage or the door to the garden. As a relative I can react to this by either calling my grandmother and telling her that I will be driving past in a moment or by setting the device up in such a way that it helps her to remember to lock the door.

There are also many useful areas - the question is, of course, how do we manage these areas? Yes, how do we manage to separate these areas from the big commercialisation machines like Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

It is crucial to avoid that these machines leak information to the outside world but to enable them to be still useful. This is not an easy task because of the billions of parameters that are collected. It it is not too late to think that maybe one day an artificial intelligence could be helpful in the kitchen or benevolent like the board computer in Star Trek. That it helps us instead of spying on us.

The impact of Artificial Intelligence

The biggest change1 our society is facing right now is the advent of generative AI and AI on a broader spectrum which are signalling a huge shift in the way we conduct our working lives. It is one of the biggest changes society has to face, because the first time in history we humans have created another entity that can make decisions and act on it’s own behalf.


  1. For thoughts on how to deal with change in itself see my article [[organise-for-change]] on that topic.