People are and always have been the driving force behind innovation. SiliconANGLE discusses why the human element is crucial to the advancement of AI, while tools needed to build AI are now more accessible than ever.
SiliconANGLE voices some opinions about AI we haven't heard much recently:
- AI has the potential to benefit the entire human race - A trend at South by Southwest's Interactive Conference was AI for social good. Technology will play a big role in today's socially conscious world, from potentially curing cancer to improving the quality of life for the visually impaired.
- Humans are central to AI's advancement and success - Consumers are getting smarter; they see through things like fake news, chat bots and websites distanced from the communities they identify with. When it comes to AI, people now just want to know how it will impact them and why they should care.
- Innovation doesn't work without collaboration - Technology needs to react to smarter consumers with innovation spawned from collaboration. Therefore, collaboration should occur during both the post-product and innovation stages. This element will tranform AI into a useful innovation that humans and businesses value.
We echo SiliconANGLE's sentiments about AI and heard some of the same things at SaaStr Annual 2017. Businesses aren't just investing in the product, they are investing in the people behind the product. They also won't buy a product simply because it's powered by AI - they have to understand how it will benefit them like saving them time. Our value proposition since TechStars has been that we are on a mission to solve a $1 trillion problem globally - out-of-stocks and overstocks. AI doesn't get enough credit for having the potential to eliminate waste and help the environment.