IBM at VivaTech: AI, a force for good


Whether you’re a start-up, a large company, a developer, a head of a huge conglomerate, or even a country’s president, we’re all approaching an era of change that we must understand, a moment of reinvention like no other: it’s the era of exponential learning. 

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” Marie Curie’s words are as relevant now, at the dawn of artificial intelligence, as when she spoke them long ago. 

AI has matured; it’s now about exponential impact. The ability for a company to learn exponentially would be their greatest source of competitive advantage. But to achieve exponential impact we need to apply AI to exponential data. 

Data is not only the greatest opportunity and challenge of our time, it’s forcing technology and business to reorder itself; it’s driving the transformation. However, to truly reap the benefits of exponential learning, we need to have an ecosystem in which we can adopt principles for trust and transparency: 

  1. The purpose of AI is to augment human intelligence 
  1. Data and insights belong to their creators 
  1. AI systems must be transparent and explainable 

With incredible opportunities to drive widespread progress, both economically and socially, IBM, the International Red Cross and the United Nations together announced Call for Code, a global initiative inviting developers to apply today’s technologies to society’s toughest challenges. 

But it’s not solely about an annual challenge, AI will go way beyond, transforming every job, profession, industry and country, augmenting human expertise. However, it’s also essential that we understand AI, don’t fear it, and use it wisely. 

Watch Ginni Rometty’s keynote at VivaTech 2018 for the full details. 

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