Jan 20, 2023
Avi Goldfarb and Ajay Agrawal visit Google to discuss their book
“Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of AI.”
The idea of artificial intelligence--job-killing robots, self-driving cars, and self-managing organizations--captures the imagination, evoking a combination of wonder and dread for those of us who will have to deal with the consequences. But what if it’s not quite so complicated? The real job of artificial intelligence is to lower the cost of prediction. And once you start talking about costs, you can use some well-established economics to cut through the hype.
The constant challenge for all managers is to make decisions under uncertainty. And AI contributes by making knowing what's coming in the future cheaper and more certain. But decision making has another component: judgment, which is firmly in the realm of humans, not machines. Making prediction cheaper means that we can make more predictions more accurately and then assess them with human judgment. Once managers can separate tasks into components of prediction and judgment, we can begin to understand how to optimize the interface between humans and machines.
More than just an account of AI's powerful capabilities, “Prediction Machines” shows managers how they can most effectively leverage AI, disrupting business as usual only where required, and provides businesses with a toolkit to navigate the coming wave of challenges and opportunities.
Originally published in May of 2018.
Visit http://g.co/TalksAtGoogle/PredictionMachines to watch the video.