Artificial intelligence could increase productivity and deliver better public services, but only if workers are involved every step of the way
Earlier this week I heard a robot construct an argument in response to a human being: in San Francisco, IBM's Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted. It made me realise the speed at which artificial intelligence is developing. It is not a case that the robots are coming – they are here, and that means the government and public sector managers need to get into the driving seat and start taking some control.
Members of the Prospect union include some of the most highly qualified scientists and engineers in the country. Many are on the AI frontline: they are developing this new technology, and they are also affected by it.