There is AI in Team

Today, with a few minor exceptions, we are all posthuman. If you use a smartphone, Siri, or Alexa, have a pacemaker, hearing aid, or prosthetic limb, or take any number of lifesaving pharmaceuticals, you are posthuman. Whether that means we are "evolving" from Homo Sapiens into something new - like "Homo Gestalt" (Theodore Sturgeon's fictional species formed by the symbiosis of four or more "humans" with advanced capabilities) - or simply augmenting our capabilities through technological and biological improvements. No matter the label, we are witnessing the emergence of a new type of collaborative team. This blog is a companion to my book, "There is AI in Team - How humans, augmented humans, and non-humans  will work together to build the future. " In general, it is a call to action for us all to embrace the convergence of artificial intelligence, human augmentation, robotics, extended reality, the internet of things, and everything that co

Today is the Day!

STRAIGHTTALK with Af Malhotra Interview with, Ken Hubbell, author of "There is AI in Team: The future of human, augmented human, and non-human collaboration"

Announcing the Official Launch of "There is AI in Team"

Hello everyone, Please join me in 6 days for the official release of my new book, "There is AI in Team: The Future of Human, Augmented Human, and Non-human Collaboration." Over the last several years, I have devoted countless hours to researching, writing, and refining this work, aiming to illuminate the exciting—and sometimes intimidating—landscape of our technological future. For those of you who picked up an early release eBook version to enjoy on the beach or inside on a rainy day this past month, thank you. For everyone else, have no FOMO, multiple formats are on their way next Tuesday, August 1st. In the book, I explore the transformative effects of artificial intelligence and human augmentation on the ways we live, work, learn, and play. Drawing on a variety of scenarios involving human, cyborg, and cobot collaborations, I delve into the ethical implications of integrating these advanced technologies into our lives and workplaces. I firmly believe that we must see thes

EX is more than a Fan Club

The closest thing to EX we had were the fans set up to keep us cool in the small furniture shop where I worked during the sweltering Southern summer of 1986. Experience was what we were getting, not an added perk. The closest thing to 'The Employee Experience' we received was an envelope with our week's pay in cash, a bag of Doritos and a six pack of our favorite cheap beer. In fact, it was 30 years later before I recall actually hearing the acronym EX and the term Employee Experience in the context of the environment and associated benefits designed to attract and maintain new hires to an organization. In the design and media world where I existed, I was simply happy to be working. There were at least ten people outside the proverbial door, just waiting for the opportunity to take my position should I fail. The “fans” we have today provide a whole lot more comfort and engagement to the workspace. I wish I could say these basic comforts were universally accessible, but that

Transhuman Resources

"We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster."[1] And, he was, and so were my friends and I as we ran in slow motion down the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida in the summer of 1973. We were bionically enhanced secret agents in the era of Alvin Toffler's Future Shock [2]. Transhumanism was a cult-like philosophical movement[3] focused on human longevity and enhancement. America On Line (AOL) was another dozen years away, and the World Wide Web was a decade beyond that. The closest thing to the cloud was an IBM mainframe computer hard wired or connected by phone lines to dumb terminals (picture Chromebooks with no capabilities on their own). Software was measured in bytes and kilobytes, not gigabytes, and streaming was what water did as it flowed down a mountainside. Human resources had evolved from basic labor mediation to legal compliance, recruiting, hiring, training and assessing workers. Employees had lif