• Jamais Cascio BANI framework
    • Applies to AI
  • AI-nxiety
    • Job
      • Career
      • Children
      • Humankind
  • Series: Positive Futures
    • Why I shouldn’t be afraid of it
      • What I need to do to adapt to it


  • AI is often portrayed on screen as scary
  • James Cameron’s 1984 “The Terminator”
  • Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 “Robocop”

The Terminator Source: Gaudencio Garcinuño, Terminator

ED-209 Source: Sam Beckwith, One ED-209 and His Dog

1. Understand it

  • AI as a function
  • Input parameters mapped to output
  • Parameters
    • More parameters
    • Lots more parameters
  • Models


100 trillion parameters in ChatGPT 4

Models (more next time)

  • Statistical
    • Linear and logistic regression
    • Naïve Bayes classifiers
    • K-Nearest Neighbour
  • Support vector machines
  • Artificial neural networks
    • Supervised learning
  • Decision trees
    • Aggregated into Random Forest

Steps for making AI less scary

  1. Use it, understand it, integrate it
    • Embed AI in your day-to-day
      • Pop a tab right now, keep it open
    • Use it
      • Especially when you don’t know what you’re doing
    • It’s there to help you think
      • Augment human ability, not replace it
      • Mobile phones train carriage example
      • Google Calendar example

Evolution of tech jobs

  • My job used to be about
    • Using technology, then
    • Leading teams that use technology, but now
    • I help companies think and organise

Who knows what business transformation will look like in the “AI positive future”, but this is how I’m going to find out.

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