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AI and smart clothing: Capable technology augmenting, not taking over our lives

By Alasdair Munn for Box News

Many people still have a fear of Artificial Intelligence (AI). That AI will create a sterile world where our reliance on technology drives us further from nature — creating a world of interfaces removed from reality.

Alex Kass, Labs Fellow at Accenture, feels the opposite is true.

Imagining a more collaborative future

What if we consider how AI and smart materials will allow us to go about our day unburdened by visible or conscious technology? Instead of fear, Alex paints a picture of a collaborative future containing smarter, more capable technology that augments, rather than take over, our lives.

Far from driving us further apart, systems will enable people to connect and collaborate with others whom they would otherwise never have met. In the professional sphere, AI will be able to assemble teams of the best-suited workers for a given project or enterprise from around the world.

Dangerous, menial or time-consuming tasks will be undertaken by automatons, leaving us more time to ‘be human’. In our day-to-day lives, smart materials will become increasingly prominent in the realms of construction and fabric/clothing manufacturing, among others.

Listen to this excerpt taken from a more extended interview with Alex Kass, and let us know your thoughts on Twitter.