A recent report by MIT Technology Review Insights labels the current rate of AI adoption as “The Great Acceleration“. The study, based on in-depth interviews with technology leaders including the CIOs of Adobe, Shell, and DuPont and drawing from a larger global survey of over 600 leaders, finds that scaling AI successfully is a top priority for a majority of technology leaders.
According to the study, it is apparent that generative AI tools possess the capability to effectively accomplish intricate and diverse tasks. However, these experts do not anticipate significant concerns regarding automation on a large scale. Instead, they hold the view that such tools will emancipate the wider workforce from laborious endeavors, enabling them to dedicate their efforts towards more valuable endeavors encompassing discernment, strategic thinking, and the creation of business value.
Cynthia Stoddard, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Adobe offered her perspective on the emerging technology, “We internally view AI/ML as being a helper, truly helping our people, and then allowing them to spend more time on other value-added activities.”
The report does advocate for strong governance to protect commercially sensitive IP. “By establishing unified and consistent governance frameworks, organizations can navigate the potential risks and maximize the benefits of generative AI adoption.” stressed Laurel Ruma, with MIT Technology Review.
While risks remain, technology leaders are encouraged not to take a wait and see approach on this latest technology phenomenon. Those that do, might not make it around the curve.