The OECD has published a recent study focused on automation and its impact on the workforce.
This is one of the many studies which has offered predictions on automation and how new technologies will impact our lives. A recent article in the MIT Technology Review provides chart of all of the predictions made about the impact of automation on jobs. And, the article concludes, there are about as many opinions as there are experts.
At a time of rapid advances in technology, International Standards provide industry-wide guidelines on such issues as interoperability and cyber security. These are essential for the protection of our data as well as to ensure that all of our ‘smart’ devices can work together seamlessly. Already, we benefit from artificial intelligence which provides us with recommendations on our favourite shopping websites to data intelligence in our factories.
Recognizing the importance of AI, the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1 set up a subcommittee dedicated to AI, JTC 1/SC 42 in 2017. This subcommittee will host its first meeting in mid-April in China.
According to the JTC 1 Chair, Phil Wennblom, “AI holds such promise for industry and society, but at the same time, some aspects of it concern people. It’s changing quickly and there’s so much innovation in this space.
“It would be a shame if regulations were put in place too early, which then reduced the opportunity to benefit from AI. This also means that there’s an opportunity for voluntary standards to help set the norms that we all agree should apply to AI and its applications.”
A full interview with Phil Wennblom was published in the most recent e-tech issue.