Your Fears About The Coming Robot Revolution Might Be Overblown

CAMBRIDGE — The robots are coming! The robots are coming! But maybe that’s OK. Rob High, IBM’s chief technology officer for Watson, urged an audience of industry elites, academics and press to consider how artificial technology should improve — rather than replace — the human experience during a keynote speech at the MIT Tech Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts Saturday. Artificial Intelligence can help people became more efficient, creative and informed, High suggested. “It’s not about answering the question, it’s about helping you come up with the questions you’re not thinking to ask,” High said. Take Watson, for example. It’s a technology platform geared toward using a vast amount of data to produce intelligent responses to some of the biggest human problems, like cancer treatment. No one human could possibly read every medical journal…


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