The inception of the artificial employee is on the horizon and workplace diversity will soon include artificial intelligence.
The rise of AI in all areas of life is inevitable and it is set to reshape the way we think about consciousness and our personal identity. In our current economic climate it is no longer a futuristic dream where workplaces include artificial intelligence (AI) as part of their workforce. From The Matrix to Black Mirror, we have seen freakishly-smart, artificial intelligent robots bleed into popular media for the last two decades. While terrifying, these films have captivated and inspired our collective consciousness impacting the way we see a future that is influenced by AI.
In a world where we can barely imagine what our lives will look like 5 years time, it is useless to try to predict how exactly robots are going to change the way we live. But taking into account our fascination with technology, it is fair to assume AI is here to create change. With the support and investment of large companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Uber and Microsoft who are committed to the development of AI, the sci-fi future we always saw in films is much closer than we once predicted.
As a creative, an AI enthusiast and a product designer at Solstice, I have had the opportunity to work with emerging technologies across various sectors. Over the last couple of years I have witnessed the exciting, and sometimes scary, landscape of technology change and I believe the realities of AI will not simply impact the products that we build but our entire existence. Living and working with AI in the future will compel us to reassess our ethics as a society as well as our personal morals and sense of self.