Did you watch Hidden Figures?
If you have, you'll remember the moment when they roll in the IBM supercomputers to NASA and the head of the team of "human computers" realizes that if they don't learn to collaborate with the machine, her team will go extinct. So they learn the machine's language and become its indispensable operators.
Something similar went through my mind when I saw Hidden Portraits, the collaboration between Watson, IBM's Supercomputer, and a team of artists--Artificial Intelligence is here and we need to learn to collaborate with it.
The project, Hidden Portraits, is about artists', such as Mark Knowles (Creative Director, Taylor James) and Sean Freeman (Typographer and Ilustrator) and Eve Steben (Creative Producer, of There Is), interpretation of Watson's insights about iconic figures, after analyzing vast amounts of data about them.
Based on Watson's research, the fabulous Josephine Baker was an introvert (Watson found her to be only 9.6% extroverted) in contrast to her image. Marie Curie, the scientist, saw her family as her priority even though the public's perception of her is that of a detached mother. Eleanor Roosevelt's speeches had a lot in common with Love songs of 2007-2008(with 95% relevancy). Nikola Tesla was 1/2 inventor, 1/2 artist (his writings revealed 93% artistic interest). Paul Rand, the designer of the IBM logo, was angrier than his work suggests.
We as humans can only get to these often counterintuitive insights and unexpected associations if we have the capacity to go through mountains of data (or a unique, hidden super power!).
Watson can do this vast and wide analysis, quickly.
So what do you do?
You learn to collaborate with Watson.
This is the vision of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.
"It is man and machine. This is all about extending your expertise. A teacher. A doctor. A lawyer. It doesn't matter what you do. We will extend it."
Doctors are already collaborating with Watson for cancer treatment, to personalize gene therapy. Soon it will help with your personal commute, according to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.
As for me, walking out of the exhibit, I was very intrigued by Watson's insights on the lives of past famous people. What about present lives of everyday people?
Watson can provide you with unique insights, even things you might not know about yourself, based on its ability to read vast and diverse information. You can then take Watson's insights to design your life. Your work life, your health, even your love life.
What are different ways you'd imagine your life with Watson? I would love to hear from you.