Ahead of World Summit AI (11th-12th October 2023, Taets Art & Event Park, Amsterdam), we asked Andreas Hauser, CEO Digital Service at TÜV SÜD, his thoughts on the future of AI.
If you could solve any global problem in the world with AI, what would it be and why?
If I could harness AI to address any global challenge, I would focus on ensuring universal access to knowledge. I believe that well-informed societies make the most prudent decisions. By granting everyone access to knowledge, we can empower individuals and communities to effectively combat big challenges, such as climate change, safeguard the planet, and uphold human dignity as an untouchable principle. AI can play a crucial role in this endeavour because it can disseminate information widely. Nevertheless, any AI system must adhere to ethical standards to guarantee the responsible and equitable distribution of knowledge for the greater benefit of humanity.
Secondly, and this goes hand in hand with the first point, we must ensure that AI applications are safe, secure, reliable, and meet ethical principles. With its AI Act, the EU will play a leading role in this. Specific applications should also be simply forbidden, such as mass surveillance or manipulative applications.
Finally, we need to promote AI among the general population. A better understanding of AI empowers people to make better decisions.
I also anticipate a revolution in education. Imagine a teacher can care for many students in a much more personalised way than we see today, using AI as super-intelligent co-pilots for them and the students. And, surely, I anticipate significant results in protecting the planet, given that we then know better how this dynamic system, our earth, works and what we have to do to protect it. Among other shortcomings, however, we probably won’t be that good anymore at reading maps. But this we already face in younger generations.
In terms of business, those that have effectively implemented AI to some extent will likely thrive while others may not survive. In short, success for businesses will likely be linked to their adoption of AI.
What I do appreciate are the two protagonists, Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio with their very different positions on the risks of AI.
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