The advances of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are driving discussions of technology’s threat to humankind into the mainstream. Science Fiction classics like The Terminator and 2001: A Space Odyssey depict rogue, fully sentient AI turning against their inventors. The question on everyone’s mind though, is if these Sci-Fi classics are foreshadowing real, scientific potentials. Recently, the European Union proposed AI regulation aimed at reducing the likelihood of events such as these occurring. The bill would require AI developers and users of “high-risk” AI systems to keep detailed records, increase internal transparency, and comply with data safety regulations. The question, though, is whether regulation like this is necessary and if it will be implemented in the US.
The risks of AI have been widely discussed, with excessive job automation concerning some and the potential risks to human freedoms and safety piquing the interest of others. Keeping in mind, even the most mundane project can experience issues when the time is not taken to determine the intent versus the actual impact. We will continue see jobs automated, but the drastic, sci-fi-esque future of an AI takeover is still that of imagination. As we progress towards a future where more jobs are being automated, we may experience a point where labor is less of an individual necessity.
However, because of how quickly AI technology is advancing, we should be considering the ramifications of this potentially dangerous technology, now. As mentioned in our article about AI bias, machine learning has other potential dangers that need to be managed. As AI is an incredibly impactful technology, even minor biases can have massive real-world impacts. Additionally, as AI does advance to a stage where it becomes a potential threat, we need to have regulations and safety measures in place to be ready for the risk.
The consensus is that AI needs to be regulated, but simultaneously, explored and tested. Being one of the most promising and revolutionary technologies, it could be harmful to heavily hamper its development; even in exchange for regulations that could prove beneficial. The challenge becomes planning for what can’t possibly be imagined. The US is currently discussing what that regulation might look like here; they will need to find a cohesive balance between safety and innovation that will optimally support our country into the future.
Congratulations! You’ve been promoted to team lead. You have demonstrated that you are responsible, motivated, and trustworthy enough to lead. This is the role you’ve worked so hard to achieve, and you want to do it right. Here are three actions you should take immediately to ensure that your leadership is a success.
1) Get to know your team
You may be eager to jump right in to work in your new role, but don’t forget this incredibly important step. Get to know your team and encourage them to get to know each other as well. This will help you get a better feel for each individuals’ goals and work style and will allow you to be not only a more effective, but a more empathetic leader. This might mean planning a retreat, doing team building exercises, hosting virtual happy hours, or simply checking in with your team members to see how they’re doing at the start of meetings. Throughout this process, you should also allow your team members to get to know you and your values, goals, and expectations.
2) Get Organized
As team leader, you will have many new responsibilities – from motivating your team to keeping detailed reports of projects. It is easy to become overwhelmed at first, but you’ve got this! Start by defining the team goals, and from there you can work on delegating responsibilities, developing a timeline and checklist, and setting up a strong communication network. Which brings us to number three…
The importance of communication early in the game cannot be stressed enough. Often when conflicts arise in teams, they could have been avoided by better communication. Take the time to check in with your team members and make sure that everyone is on the same page. When in doubt, over-communicate. Setting up a foundation of open communication will help to avoid misunderstandings and poor outcomes later on.
Being a team leader comes with many responsibilities, but also many opportunities. This role will take your career to an exciting new level, but it’s normal for you to be a little nervous, after all it shows that you care. You’ve worked hard to get to this point and have proven that you’re up for the task. Well done for all your hard work! Taking these three initial steps on becoming team lead will set you up for success.