You’re racing to the airport, unaware there’s a wreck on the highway ahead.
Fortunately, an artificial intelligence-driven system in your vehicle is looking after you. The system automatically checks on your flight – still on schedule – and determines your chances of making it to the gate on time are slim. With your permission, it can proactively book an alternate flight.
“That’s the true virtual assistant in the future,” says Gartner vice president and fellow David Cearley. “Rather than having conversational interfaces respond to discrete things, it understands the context and can respond to (your) intent.”
Much has been said and written about the future of AI, and the role it will play – good and potentially bad – in practically everything consumers and businesses engage in. What pretty much everyone agrees on is that AI will make a profound difference through the next decade and beyond, during which we may see a further blurring between human and machine.
About a year ago, researchers at Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center asked the following: “By 2030, do you think it is most likely that advancing AI and related technology systems will enhance human capacities and empower them?”