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How is Artificial Intelligence driving greater collaboration?

The biggest and most innovative tech firms across the world have invested large amounts of time, money and resources into transforming the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) from a concept to reality. Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook are all introducing different aspects of AI systems as the general public begins to become aware of the sea-change that is already happening in tech interactions. 

One of the most intriguing things about the AI revolution is that it seems to be driving greater collaboration in many different ways. With profound consequences for entire industries a certainty rather than a possibility, many groups, companies and individuals are coming together to bring different areas of expertise to bear on the adoption of AI to the widest possible user base. Tolga Kurtoglu, the CEO of iconic Silicon Valley firm Parc, has even gone one step further by suggesting that humans and AI will work together in nearly every job at some point in the future , such is the level of collaboration that is expected.

Moving towards a more open approach?

Although Open source initiatives are commonplace in the IT sector, in many other cases secrecy has often been the byword. Apple has a reputation for keeping its cards close to its chest for example, so it was all the more surprising when Russ Salakhutdinov, the company’s director of artificial intelligence research, announced that it would being sharing research papers and actively engaging with the wider AI development community. This type of open collaboration has been prohibited by the company in the past but its new goal, according to Salakhutdinov, is to help attract and retain top talent in the industry. 

Collaboration projects

AI actually thrives on open collaboration because of the wide ranging possibilities of its applications. A perfect example is driverless cars, which are in development by most of the major tech players, as well as all the big automotive industry giants. The use of 'learning machine' intelligence is key to the success of these projects but so too is the wealth of experience and knowledge built up by vehicle manufacturers over more than a century. This shows how collaboration between specialists in vastly different fields is required to achieve an effective end result, and it is only one of hundreds of other examples of how AI will transform older established models.

With so many opportunities made possible with the use of AI, collaboration has an increasingly important role to play in ensuring that projects progress as planned. An environment that promotes free-thinking enables AI to thrive and as its usage increases, so too will levels of collaboration on both nationwide and global scales.

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