Non-Fiction: Museums and AI: Could Robots Be Your New Coworkers?

I wrote a series of posts about Artificial Intelligence for the American Alliance of Museums blog. Here is the beginning of the first one:

Introduction

Though technology can be confusing to grasp, plagued with alphabet soup syndrome and obfuscating jargon, its ramifications can be transformative. One emerging technology, artificial intelligence (AI), or the use of technology to see patterns, has the potential to vastly improve every aspect of the museum experience. With thought and care, museums can use the technology to implement their greatest promise for society, articulated beautifully by Chris Barr of the Knight Foundation:

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What is a transformational experience? How do you create meaning in people’s lives? At the core of our cultural institutions this is our work. @knightfdn @heychrisbarr

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What is the link between AI and transforming people’s lives? AI analyzes aggregated data. As Kristen Summers, Technical Delivery Lead for Watson implementations in the Public Sector at IBM, puts it:

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The machine has no sense of true in an objective sense. The truth value comes from the people who put in the data. @IBMWatson

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AI helps people solve problems better and faster. Its possibilities can only come to fruition if the data required is saved and aggregated, and if practitioners explore the myriad uses in their work. So, what are the uses of AI in museum work?

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