HRIntelligencer v1.26

On November 21, 2017, in HR Intelligencer, HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser

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The bidding war for qualified AI practitioners is creating a phenomenal incentive for young people to study the discipline. At the same time, the cost of developing solutions (from a technology perspective) is declining rapidly. It is inexpensive to put tools in the hands of untrained people. The result is that the bulk of AI development is likely to be done by people who do not know what they are doing. This makes it imperative for HR departments to understand the technology and have a grasp of all the projects being done by the organization.

Big Picture
  • The latest project from the founders of SIlkRoad (a widely used onboarding tool). The combination of cheap processing, cheap storage and blockchain archiving makes for a new kind of database. The initial app helps employees become company advocates.
  • Why Artificial Intelligence is Different from Previous Technology Waves. Robbie Allen says that AI’s impact will be powerful because a) anyone can use it (low barriers to entry) and b) it’s decentralized (free from standards). 
  • Without Humans, Artificial Intelligence Is Still Pretty Stupid. (This article may be behind the WSJ paywall).  The best AI-powered systems require humans to play an active role in their creation, tending and operation
HR’s View
  • Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce A.I. Talent. From the New York Times. At the same time that the competition for trained talent is escalating, the cost of access to powerful tools is falling drastically. That means that the AI explosion is going to be created by untrained amateurs. How do we keep the tools in the hands of people who know what they are doing? Do you have the capability to manage the consequences of using well-intentioned but unschooled players?
  • Speech Recognition: a Lazy Dog Primer. There are two elements involved in using voice as an input device: understanding what was said and understanding what was meant. This primer steps you through a high-level view of translating sounds into words.
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This is an outstanding report that takes a deep dive into the leading companies in this space. For buyers looking to understand the landscape of companies in this space, the report is a must-read. Insightful and informative, the report helps you make sense of the highly technical concepts, technologies, and products shaping the future of work and the ethical considerations associated with Artificial Intelligence. However, this report is valuable to not only buyers but also HR product solution providers to identify what their competition is currently offering and how that may influence their own products and future direction.

The questions raised concerning enterprise software product liability are particularly interesting. As the issue develops in the marketplace, I look forward to reading the next edition of this report! from Discussion About The 2018 Index of Predictive Tools in HRTech: The Emergence of Intelligent Software


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