Publicado em Feb. 6, 2024

The Age of Artificial Intelligence and the disruption in the workday

We are going through a period of extraordinary transformation in the workplace, driven by the continuous evolution of artificial intelligence (AI)

Yuval Harari, renowned historian and best-selling author of 'Sapiens' and 'Homo Deus', offers a crucial perspective in this context. He notes that AI represents more than an advanced technological tool; it is a transformative agent in the way we interact with language and knowledge. This major disruption, highlighted by Harari, is reshaping the future of work and requiring new skills to excel. AI now acts as a vector of innovation, with its advanced Deep Learning algorithms, with its layers of artificial neurons in a deep learning process and autonomous systems that reshape our professional interactions, extending and complementing the capacity of human intelligence.

One of the most notable advances in artificial intelligence is its ability to 'hack' human language, an achievement that transcends a mere technical feat. Language, as the central pillar of human knowledge, is now accessible to AI, which, with its ability to “understand”, “interpret” in its own way, and manipulate language, penetrates the vast reserves of wisdom accumulated by humanity. Essential in this evolution are large language models, such as ChatGPTs and Bards, equipped with trillions of parameters, which encapsulate and manipulate a significant portion of human knowledge. These models not only decipher information and its deeper connections, but use it in innovative ways, providing accurate and contextually relevant answers. This transformative capacity of AI marks a leap in the way we interact with information, opening new horizons for the application of knowledge in different spheres.

Today's AI technologies have a profound impact, transcending the role of mere tools to become intellectual companions on our journey of exploration and innovation. With a remarkable ability to identify patterns, extract insights from large data sets, and interact intuitively with humans, AI is reshaping access to humanity's accumulated knowledge. This transformation is palpable in a myriad of fields: in medicine, it personalizes treatments, in art, it inspires new forms of creative expression, and in the corporate world, it optimizes processes with unprecedented precision and efficiency.

In each of these areas, AI transcends the position of a mere helper and emerges as an active and critical participant. Not only does it have the ability to perform tasks with performance that rivals or exceeds that of humans, but it also offers a window into an almost limitless repository of human knowledge and wisdom. This easy and accessible availability of complex information and analytics opens up new dimensions for the application of AI across a wide range of departments and functions, transforming the way we work, create and think.

The real disruption in work lies not in replacing humans with machines, but rather in distinguishing between those who integrate AI into their practices and those who do not. AI tools act as extensions of human intellect, expanding our capabilities and elevating our performance to new levels. Those who adopt these tools not only position themselves at the forefront of efficiency, creativity and innovation, but also excel in their ability to navigate a world increasingly driven by data and automation.

In this scenario, it becomes crucial to develop a new range of skills, especially the ability to discern the capabilities and limitations of different types of AI. Understanding when and how to apply these technologies is critical to extracting their maximum value. This involves not only technical knowledge, but also strategic acumen to identify opportunities where AI can be most effective. Therefore, the professional of the future is not just a user of AI tools; He is a strategist who knows how to leverage the potential of these technologies to solve complex problems, generate valuable insights and create innovative solutions that were previously beyond human reach.

Therefore, the discussion about the future of work transcends mere technological adaptation; it is a deep reflection on continuous improvement and learning. The central issue is not simply avoiding being replaced by machines, but learning to coexist, collaborate and, most crucially, evolve alongside them. As we move into this new era, marked by increasingly frequent and profound disruptions, the ability to integrate and maximize the potential of AI is not just a differentiator, but an imperative necessity.

In this context, the concept of 'Life Long Learning' assumes a central role. Great workplace disruption is not a one-time event, but an ongoing process that requires a mindset of constant learning and adaptation. It's an opportunity to redefine what it means to be productive, creative and innovative. By embracing continuous learning, we not only elevate our human potential to new frontiers, but we also prepare ourselves to thrive in a world where the only constant is change.

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Alexandre Del Rey
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Alexandre Del Rey

Conselheiro & Founder I2AI

Conselheiro fundador da I2AI – Associação Internacional de Inteligência Artificial. Também é sócio-fundador da Engrama, sócio da Startup Egronn, e na consultoria Advance e investidor na startup Agrointeli . Tem mais de 20 anos de experiência em multinacionais como Siemens, Eaton e Voith, com vivência em países e culturas tão diversas como Estados Unidos, Alemanha e China.
Palestrante internacional, professor, pesquisador, autor, empreendedor serial, e amante de tecnologia. É apaixonado pelo os temas de Estratégia, Inteligência Competitiva e Inovação.
É Doutor em Gestão da Inovação e Mestre em Redes Bayesianas (abordagem de IA) pela FEA-USP. É pós-graduado em Administração pela FGV e graduado em Engenharia Mecânica pela Unicamp.

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