Turning to office life, AI can help with complex and fiddly tasks like managing supply chains,
allocating desk space and keeping records of meetings. All this can free up time for people to work on more important strategic decisions.
分配办公空间以及保存会议记录 。所有这些都为人们节省时间去进行更加重要的战略决策 。
The authors also think that AI could help collaboration within companies. One obvious example is the elimination of language barriers.
本专栏作者还认为AI可以帮助公司内部的合作 。一个明显的例子就是消除语言障碍 。
Multinational companies may have employees who lack a common language; AI can handle translation in real time so that dialogue is easier.
And the report argues that AI can produce better decision-making by offering a contrarian opinion so that teams can avoid the danger of groupthink.
A program could analyse e-mails and meeting transcripts and issue alerts when potentially false assumptions are being made
(rather like the boy in the Hans Christian Andersen tale who notices that the Emperor has no clothes).
Or it can warn a team when it is getting distracted from the task in hand.
When a firm is starting a new project, AI can also suggest experts from other parts of the organisation who could contribute.
In recruitment, managers could set criteria for "cognitive diversity" (seeking people with different academic and cultural backgrounds)
when conducting a job search and allow AI to suggest candidates. This could eliminate remaining hiring biases in favour of white males.
并允许AI推荐候选人 。这样可以避免招聘白人应聘者的偏好 。
Helen Poitevin of Gartner, a research company, says that some firms are using AI to suggest training possibilities to existing workers,
based on the career paths of similar staff, as an aid to their career development.
And programs are also being used to analyse individual employees' feedback
so that managers can be aware of specific areas where a lot of people are unhappy.
If they react in the right way, this should make workers' lives better.
All of which is a useful corrective to some of the more alarming predictions about the potential effects of AI.
But as ever, it needs to be remembered that programs are only as good as the data they are given.
If those who input the data have biases, they may show up in the suggestions that it generates.
As Ms Poitevin says, AI can help improve diversity in the workforce "if we want it to".
The best employers should be able to turn AI into a positive for workers.
1.supply chains 供应链
In 21 century, China is facing the growth of global supply chains in China.
2.multinational company 跨国公司
He is now working in a multinational company.
3.distract from 分心
A professor is interested in content, and a frivolous or unusual package only distracts from that essence.
4.free up time 腾出时间
Free up time to do what you love most!