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Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence(HCAI) – The other side of the coin

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January 9,2024 – The debate about whether AI is a boon or a bane is going on. When, on one side, AI systems have truly made tasks easier, on the other side there is a potential chance of AI systems being built for destructive purposes.  Amidst this ongoing debate, steps in HCAI, or Human Centered Artificial Intelligence, an emerging field, where AI and its possibilities are used, to complement humans rather than replace them. Think of it as a collaboration between AI and Humans, something like  “AI + Humans.” The latest news in this space is about Pepsico which has collaborated with Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

As always, “The People Weekly” believes in keeping abreast of the latest developments and trends in technology, and sharing it with our valued readers. So, in this edition, we will discuss HCAI and the opportunities in HCAI. Please note that this is an emerging field.

What is HCAI?

HCAI or Human Centered Artificial Intelligence is a discipline, where AI systems augment and complement humans rather than displace them. Thus, HCAI places humans at the core of AI development and usage. The central idea behind HCAI is to ensure that AI technologies are aligned with human values, are beneficial and are used ethically. The aim is to strike a delicate, but much-needed balance between the capabilities of AI and the preservation of human control and dignity.

Key Principles of HCAI

Some of the key principles of HCAI  are

Transparency: AI systems should be built in such a way that their decision-making process is understandable by humans. Many AI models are considered to be “black boxes” since they are difficult to understand. So an element of explainability and interpretability in AI systems will bring accountability among AI developers fostering trust among humans towards technology.

Privacy and Data Protection: Respecting user privacy and safeguarding their personal data is paramount in HCAI. AI systems should adhere to stringent data protection measures, ensuring that individuals have control over their information and consent to its use.

Human-AI collaboration: AI systems should be built in such a way that there is a collaboration between AI and Humans rather than displacing humans. This collaboration will certainly achieve a more meaningful and effective outcome.

Ethical and Responsible: AI technology is a double-edged sword. The purposes for which AI systems are built will decide if the system is a boon or a bane. Ensuring AI systems are built ethically and responsibly is very important. This will prevent biased decision-making, ensure privacy and data security, and be transparent about AI’s capabilities and limitations.

Career Opportunities in HCAI

Now more than ever, possibilities for using AI have become numerous. And so the career opportunities in this emerging field of HCAI are also opening up. Some of the roles in HCAI are,

  • AI Ethics Specialist
  • Human-Computer Interaction Researcher
  • Human-AI Teaming Specialist
  • AI User Researcher
  • AI Accessibility Specialist
  • AI Interaction Designer
  • UX/UI designer
  • AI Data Scientist

Why HCAI awareness?

As AI and machine learning technologies continue to advance, there is an increasing demand for professionals skilled in AI which is now moving towards HCAI.  HR Managers need to stay informed about the growing career opportunities in HCAI to identify and attract top talent for their organizations. Understanding the trends and growth in HCAI careers allows HR Managers to anticipate future workforce needs. They can assess the existing skills and competencies within their organization and plan for upskilling or hiring new employees with AI expertise when required.

PeopleLogic Opinion

Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence represents a pivotal step in the responsible development and deployment of AI technology. By placing human needs, values, and ethics at the forefront, we can harness AI’s transformative power for society’s betterment. Embracing HCAI principles ensures that AI technology serves as a supportive and empowering force, helping us tackle global challenges and build a more inclusive and equitable world for all.

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