Exploring the future of AI with Khagesh Batra, Head of Data Science, The Adecco Group

Posted by World Summit AI on Sep 27, 2023 4:22:23 PM
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Ahead of World Summit AI (11th-12th October 2023, Taets Art & Event Park, Amsterdam), we asked Khagesh Batra, Head of Data Science, The Adecco Group, his thoughts on the future of AI.

As an expert in the field, what critical challenges do you believe the AI community needs to address to ensure responsible & and ethical AI deployment?

- Data Bias: AI systems can inherit the biases present in their training data. This is problematic when these systems are used for decision-making in critical areas like criminal justice, healthcare, and employment.

- Algorithmic Fairness: Even if training data is balanced and unbiased, the algorithms themselves can introduce bias. Methods for auditing and mitigating algorithmic biases are crucial.

- Explainability: Many advanced AI models, including deep neural networks, are often considered "black boxes" because their operations are not easily interpretable by humans. A lack of explainability can be a serious issue when deploying AI in sensitive areas.

- Audit Trails: There needs to be a reliable way to audit decisions made by AI systems. This is particularly important for systems that might be involved in legal , finance and medical decisions.

How has AI impacted your specific field of expertise, and what transformative changes do you foresee in the near future?
As I'm part of the Data Science community from the early days of my education I would say AI has vastly changed the field over the course of decade.

- Automated Machine Learning (AutoML): Traditional machine learning required considerable expertise in feature selection, model selection, and hyperparameter tuning. AutoML has democratized this by automating many of these tasks, allowing data scientists to focus more on problem-solving.

-Natural Language Processing (NLP): NLP techniques have greatly enhanced text analytics capabilities. Sentiment analysis, topic modeling, and text summarization are now much more sophisticated, thanks to AI.

-Computer Vision: AI algorithms have improved image and video analytics, which has applications in fields ranging from healthcare and manufacturing to social media and security.

-Interdisciplinary Solutions: The fusion of AI with traditional scientific computing methods has led to breakthroughs in almost all domains including material science, genomics, and climate modeling.
For what the future holds is hard to predict or foresee. I'm hoping to see the following topics gaining momentum as we move forward. 

-Explainability and Trust: As AI models are more widely adopted, there will likely be more focus on making these models interpretable to non-experts. This could lead to a new wave of explainable AI tools designed for data science applications.

-Real-time Analytics: With advancements in edge computing and AI algorithms, real-time analytics could become much more efficient and commonplace, leading to immediate actionable insights.

-Data Privacy: As AI becomes better at extracting information, there will likely be new techniques for ensuring data privacy, possibly involving advanced encryption and decentralized data storage.

-Reinforcement Learning: This form of machine learning, which enables models to learn from rewards, has started to mature and may revolutionize optimization problems in various industries.
In your opinion, what opportunities and challenges does AI present for job markets and workforce development worldwide?

-New Job Roles: AI will lead to the creation of new job roles that we haven't even thought of yet, just as the internet did two decades ago. Positions like Prompt Engineer, data annotator and AI system trainers are already emerging.

-Productivity Boost: AI can handle routine tasks efficiently, freeing up workforce to focus on more creative and complex activities.

-Skill Augmentation: AI tools can make existing jobs more accessible by helping people to perform tasks that might otherwise require specialized training. For example, AI-powered device can help automatically schedule health appoitment at required frequency.


-Job Displacement: The most pressing concern is job loss due to automation.

-Skill Gap: High-skill workers who can adapt to AI will likely see increased earnings and job opportunities, whereas low-skill workers could face wage suppression and reduced job security.

-Economic Polarization: As AI can make capital more productive, there's a risk that it will contribute to economic inequality, benefiting capital owners more than laborers.

-Ethical and Societal Concerns: Decisions made by AI can be hard to interpret, leading to concerns about accountability and fairness in automated decision-making.
What measures do you believe should be taken to bridge the AI research gap between developed and developing nations to ensure equitable technological progress?
Bridging the AI research gap between developed and developing nations is a multifaceted challenge that requires concerted efforts from governments, industry, academia, and international organizations. Ensuring equitable technological progress involves addressing disparities in resources, skills, and opportunities. Here are some measures that could be taken to bridge this gap:
-Access to Quality Education: Partner with institutions in developed countries to improve the quality of education and research facilities in developing nations. Initiatives could include faculty and student exchange programs, joint research projects, and curriculum development.
-Grants and Scholarships: Offer financial aid to students and researchers in developing countries to study AI at premier institutions.
-Research Funding: International organizations could set up funds specifically for supporting AI research in developing nations.
-Tax Incentives: Governments in developing countries could offer tax incentives to companies investing in AI research and development.
-Cloud Computing Credits: Companies could provide free or discounted cloud computing resources to academic institutions in developing nations for research purposes.
-Establish Research Centers: Collaboratively establish state-of-the-art AI research centers in developing countries through public-private partnerships.
-Intellectual Property: Simplify IP laws to allow researchers in developing countries easier access to patents and other forms of intellectual property, thereby encouraging innovation.
About Khagesh Batra, Head of Data Science, The Adecco Group 
Khagesh is an accomplished Data Science leader with over 8 years of experience across various industries. Currently, he serves as the Head of Data Science at The Adecco Group, a world-leading HR Services company. Khagesh has experience in using structured & unstructured data to drive insightful decisions. He has developed and led the development of various AI-powered solutions for a variety of business challenges. Khagesh also has helped and led Global Cloud & Digital transformation initiatives. 

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