Q&A: should AI be regulated?

should AI be regulated?

Welcome to this episode of Beautifeye Q&A.

So, the first question that we have today is: are you still coding AI?

Yes, I do! And I always enjoy it. I can’t actually imagine leading an AI startup without having a deep technical understanding of the AI that we’re creating. I think experimentation is really at the core of what we’re doing and it keeps me rooted to reality. There’s a lot of confusion about AI and what it can achieve, so my way to keep in touch is to keep coding, and to keep solving technical problems.

The 2nd question of the day is: should AI be regulated?

I think scientific advances are hard to regulate in a field such as software and Artificial Intelligence. I think access to data should be democratised - that’s for sure. There’s too much concentration in the hands of a few players, like Google, Facebook and Amazon. This can be, quite frankly, dangerous for society. The challenge is that we live in a data economy, and I don’t see how regulators would be able to convince the biggest corporations to give up their data.

 
 

Is AI killing traditional jobs?

I think that today, AI is changing the way people work in traditional jobs. I think that we’ll see at least two distinct phases in the transition of AI in the future workplace. In phase 1, we’ll use machines and AI more and more to speed up complex tasks that we would normally perform manually. So, a machine will help us create headspace to enable greater focus on higher added value tasks. Phase 2, I think, will take place when AI is good enough to do the task on its own. For instance, at the moment, when you’re chatting with a customer service representative, only the first few interactions are automated. When we have enough training data, we’ll be able to carry on entire conversations with the machine. So, in this sense, I think we will be replaced by AI in executing tedious tasks.