Learning from our AI past

Accenture posted a fascinating article: What we can learn about AI of the 1800s. You read that right—the 1800s. The below is taken directly from their brief, but we highly recommend reading the full ARTICLE to find out more.

  • “Where is AI taking us? What will it enable in the future? How will it change industries and business models?
  • It’s important to think about these questions from a perspective informed by historical patterns in the development and adoption of new technologies.
  • Our central example is the rise of refrigeration technology in the 1800s, which we contrast with the rise of AI from the 1950s to present day.
  • By identifying repeating patterns in technological disruption, we give ourselves a better chance to respond to change and avoid classic mistakes.”