Episode 079 The Integration of Human & Artificial Intelligence

Episode 79

The Integration of Human & Artificial Intelligence

March 29, 2018

In this episode, Angie interviews Assistant Professor at the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) and Visiting Scientist and the MIT Media Lab, Alfredo Morales. Professor Morales works in the areas of complex systems, AI, data science, and human behavior to develop both methods and insights that help solve complex societal problems. During his interview, he shares details from the AI and Beyond Program at NECSI, a five day certificate program where he presented alongside, Stephen Wolfram, Iyad Rahwan, and Yaneer Bar-Yam. He also discusses some unintended consequences that could arise from artificial intelligence and how complexity science can help us integrate AI systems more effectively.


Show Notes

Quotes from this episode:

“I found in complex system science the bridge between both the quantitative side and the social side.” - Alfredo Morales

“Complex systems science is not only the field that bridges across multiple disciples but also it gives you the framework to understand complex social phenomenon.” - Alfredo Morales

“A lot of the failure that you see in economic systems, political systems, social systems, corporations, and so on, come from the fact that the people who are in charge of making decisions don’t understand the complexity of the system they are dealing with and the effects their decisions have in a complex environment.”  - Alfredo Morales

“So in these programs [at NECSI] we train people in understanding the fundamentals of complex systems as well the tools that are available for them to cope with it and AI is a very important piece.”  - Alfredo Morales

“People think these machines [AI] will be able to solve all their problems and the reality is, that’s not the case. You can use these technologies and gain important capabilities, but it’s also important to frame these technologies in the right way so you can make decisions that will actually help you rather than increasing the risk of bigger failures.” - Alfredo Morales

“My contribution in the [AI and Beyond] program is to explain what AI is about so it stops being a black box that just yields good results and in a conceptual way...so you really understand what the machine is doing and why it is behaving the way it does. And I link this with complexity thinking, so you can also frame why the machine is able to learn and what are the limitations as well.” - Alfredo Morales