I've had the opportunity recently to interview Chris O’Neil for the Support Centre for Data Sharing. He's IBM associate general counsel, intellectual property law, specialising in data-related matters and law. We discussed many things, but one stuck in my mind.
My work as a management consultant. My profession is more than one century old, and Arthur D. Little, founded in 1886, is usually recognised to be the first firm in history in this sector. In my job, I support my clients with their issues, solve them, and then go to the next one. Every time, I need to access my clients' confidential information - that I keep secret - but I also learn something from myself. I become more experienced, knowledgeable, skilled, faster.
Well, Chris told me, artificial intelligences do the same. Services like IBM's Watson work on the clients' confidential data, and then go to the next one, and every time they become smarter.
If we learned to accept that for human consultants, if we are ok with the learning "sticking" to them, why should we make a difference for our new friends, the robot consultants? :-)
Are you comfortable with this idea? What do you reckon?