That we are on the verge of a massive revolution in technology is the new normal since Artificial Intelligence has rapidly dominated the tech space. How does this affect individuals, businesses and even impact on governance?
I, recently, had a chat with Olusola Amusan, CEO, Coven Works, a software company that is committed to building the future’s technology workforce; this was on Tech Trends, a show on Channels Television, where he gave insights into the impact of artificial intelligence and how it can be leveraged on, in this Post-Covid world.
CFA: Olusola, I’m glad to have you on the show today.
Olusola: It’s a pleasure to be here.
CFA: Amazing! So, tell me. How has AI changed the world?
Olusola: Very first thing I should mention is that the term Artificial Intelligence and its twin term, Machine Learning, actually first came to the fore in 1959 and several researchers over the past decades have been trying to bring the application of Artificial Intelligence into the workspace and industry.
But recent advancement in computational power and devices has brought about massive improvements which are what we’re now seeing.
There is a massive influx of Artificial Intelligence applications in healthcare, finance, transportation, and the industry as a whole is made possible because of this impact of new computational power.
However, because we particularly, in Sub-Sahara Africa, live in a developing economy, we’ve not been able to see impacts as much as we should.
We play a game in AI circles. We say: Can you tell me one area you think AI cannot affect and I will tell you exactly how AI can affect you because anything that produces data or information has the potential to be affected and improved by Artificial Intelligence.
CFA: Okay. Before we dive deeper into the whole AI construct, how do you think it can, specifically in the Post-Covid world, help the world recover particularly in Sub-Sahara Africa as you mentioned earlier?
Olusola: Yeah, so I watched one of your recent episodes about broadband and all of that. And I say that everybody watching should remember that he sits on the backbone of infrastructure. So, this is post covid.
We live in a world where we can’t touch each other as much as we want to, we can’t gather in places that we want to.
We can’t even go to school like we want to. So, normally, in a classroom that would take a thousand students, we’re saying maybe only 50 should be there or they should not bother to come at all. E-learning is going to be transformed seriously.
Traditional computing is able to provide self-paced learning through Coursera and Udemy. But today with Artificial Intelligence, we can actually design individual learning pathways for each student.
It means that if a thousand people are to be lectured or taught by one lecturer, we can create artificial intelligence models and simulations, AI assistance that can teach each student, according to what they know.
A student does not need to attend classes for things he feels he has the acumen to be able to learn really quickly.
And then, someone who has a learning disability or a learning disorder will not need to sit in a class where all the guys feel like they’re far ahead of them. That’s in education. What about in the workplace?
A lot can be done to determine which roles are actually important and which ones are not. And this is not to get into the argument that AI would take away jobs or not, but to be able to say that humanity should be more creative in things that artificial intelligence can’t do yet.
Maybe most of us should be artists, painters, musicians because everything like accounting, financial predictions, investments, banking, all of those things we see as important careers today, can now be done Post-Covid with artificial intelligence.
So, I’m one of those people who study what is called trans-humanism which is: What will humans do after AI actually takes over?
You can watch the full interview here.