The “Internet of Thinks” era has just begun. AI is slowly taking over and it is coming with a series of challenges. In this conclusion, it is suggested a reflection on artificial vs augmented intelligence.

This is the “Internet of Thinks” era. AI is revolutionizing the world we live in. It is augmenting the human experiences nowadays, and it targets to amplify human intelligence in a future not so distant from today. An artificial intelligence would be faster; more precise; with a greater memory; capable of higher performance; less obsolescent; and with a higher collective capability. These are all characteristics human beings (and minds) should strive to, and they are within our reach. AI is going to be used not only anymore in problem-solving, but rather in problem finding since it will spot problems and needs we are not even able to catch because of our bounded knowledge space.

Although AI can change our lives, it comes also with some responsibilities. We need to start thinking about how to properly design an AI engine for specific purposes, as well as how to control it (and perhaps switch it off if needed). And above all, we need to start trusting our technology, and its ability to reach an effective and smart decision. Few steps ahead have been made recently, as proven by artificial decision makers such as “the AI VC” or the artificial intelligent agents in the board of directors of Deep Knowledge Ventures.

I believe much more has to come, and that emerging markets such as India, Korea, or China will play a fundamental role in AI development. I am also a strong supporter of a centralized funding entity to invest into AI startups: there would be a trade-off between diversification and capital optimal allocation, but I consider the idea of the “AI mega fund” as more attractive and stable to foster and direct all the energies and funding in the right way.

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