TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A seminar discussing trends in industry innovation hosted by the Industrial Technology Research Center (IEK工研院) began in Taipei at the NTUH International Convention Center on Nov. 6.
On the opening day of the event, the topic of discussion was the future of AI, or artificial intelligence, in people's daily affairs. A spokesperson for IBM Taiwan suggests that within the next 5 to 10 years, AI will become an indispensable tool that will help people to make important decisions in their everyday lives.
The director of the global consulting services for IBM Taiwan, Jia Jingguang (賈景光) in his keynote address discussed the internet of things, and how artificial intelligence is already shaping different fields of technology, including finance, and medicine. He suggests that in light of current technological and market trends, that AI will be absolutely necessary to help people navigate a world of big data, and market shifts that will be too rapid for people to manage.
IEK Forum 2017 (Photo courtesy of IEK 工研院)
In his address he highlighted the challenges that IBM has faced in applying the Watson AI to industries and market in Taiwan. Watson is the IBM's own AI creation and was designed specifically to help manage medical data, and assist medical professionals in their diagnosis and treatment of patients.
He noted that Watson was created for very specific purposes and is not simply an experiment in artificial intelligence, but reflects an augmented intelligence intended to provide support for humans. Learning from Watson, he stated, people can better recognize how various industries and big data management in areas like health care, finance, and medicine are all becoming intertwined.
Looking forward to the developing Internet of Things (IoT), and what may are calling the 4th industrial revolution, Jia suggested that for most industries having AI to help manage data and offer advice or solutions, will not simply be desirable, but absolutely necessary. He advised that businesses which have the means should begin investing in AI technologies as soon as possible.
Rob High, IBM Watson Chief Technology Officer (Photo: Central News Agency)
He stressed that humans should not view the development of AI from a fearful or adversarial perspective. Rob High, the Watson chief technology officer for IBM also voiced similar statements at an IBM forum on Nov. 2, also held in Taipei.
High suggested people should not fear that AI will develop consciousness or establish subjective thought with regard to ethics. He said that the more important issue is for people and AI developers themselves to ensure that AI is used in ethical ways.
Stephen Su, the director of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (IEK) commented at the Nov. 6 forum that we are at the advent of the AIoT era (Artificial Intelligence + Internet of Things = AI + IoT). In the coming decade, Su says we should expect our entire society to become integrated into a single online ecosystem, and that artificial intelligence will help power and enhance service capability and overall efficiency within the internet of things.