Hi! In this article, let me take you on a walk through all the buzz running around Augmented Intelligence (Acronym is IA, standing for Intelligence Augmentation). You might have related this word to Augmented Reality. Not bad - you are pretty close, but in this blog I’ll break things down to get a better understanding on why this has been a cardinal mention in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Artificial Intelligence, 2019.
What is Augmented Intelligence?
Augmented intelligence is an emerging kind of intelligence paradigm. It aims to connect machines and living beings via neural interfaces, enhancing cognition. Augmented intelligence is presumably a new way to augment living beings with machine intelligence (1). Augmented Intelligence emulates and extends human cognitive function through the pairing of humans and machines. Augmented Intelligence systems find hidden meaning within all data and transform user engagement by providing the right advice, at the right time, with the right evidence across any contact point (2).Augmented Intelligence systems use artificial intelligence techniques such as natural language processing, spatial navigation, machine vision, logical reasoning, machine learning, and pattern recognition in sectors such as Financial Services, Healthcare, or Digital Commerce. Intelligent machines have become the intimate companions of humans, where the interaction and cooperation between a human and an intelligent machine will become integral in the formation of our future society. Although this technology may seem far off, there are already cases that prove its relevance and exponential impact. By its very definition, with more data over time, Augmented Intelligence systems will learn more, adapt quicker, and improve. Which at the current state of development makes a lot of these devices feel more like tools than an extension of our bodies. Human Augmentation is the process of complementing and improving current body processes/mechanisms with respect to the science and biology of a human (3). These improvements are not just related to furthering one’s current capabilities but also to those with reduced abilities and enable them to get back to a more capable and “regular” human condition (4). The technology itself covers a wide area of disciplines from mind controlled artificial limbs and exoskeletons to hearing aid tooth implants and even having better access to dreams (5)(6)(7). These technologies use a wide variety of human interactions and some are much more developed than others. This essay will focus on a few key areas of development in this digital technology and how it has, is and could be implemented into society with the potential impacts.