Today we are joined by data scientist and astrophysicist, Dr. Kirk Borne to discuss the importance of equipping people of all backgrounds and qualifications with AI literacy and fluency. Dr. Borne has a vast background in both the astronomy and tech spaces and is currently fulfilling his passion for making complex topics accessible through DataPrime’s blue-collar AI course.
In this episode, we learn the benefits of blue-collar AI education and the role of company culture in employee empowerment.
Dr. Borne shares the history of data collection and analysis in astronomy and the evolution of cookies on the internet and explains the concept of Web3 and the future of data ownership. Dr. Borne is of the opinion that AI serves to amplify and assist people in their jobs rather than replace them and in our conversation, we discover how everyone can benefit if adequately informed.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Data scientist and astrophysicist, Dr. Kirk Borne’s vast background.
- The history of data collection and analysis in astronomy.
- How Dr. Borne fulfills his passion for educating others.
- DataPrime’s blue-collar AI education course.
- How AI amplifies your work without replacing it.
- The difference between efficiency and effectiveness.
- The difference between educating blue-collar students and graduate students.
- The goal of the blue-collar AI course.
- The ways in which automation and digital transformation are changing jobs.
- Comparison between the AI revolution (the fourth industrial revolution) and previous industrial revolutions.
- The role of company culture in employee empowerment.
- Dr. Borne’s approach to teaching AI education.
- Dr. Borne shares a humorous Richard Feynman anecdote.
- The concept of Web3 and the future of data ownership.
- The history and evolution of cookies on the internet.
- The ethical concerns of AI.
“[AI] amplifies and assists you in your work. It helps automate certain aspects of your work but it’s not really taking your work away. It’s just making it more efficient, or more effective.” — @KirkDBorne [0:11:18]
“There’s a difference between efficiency and effectiveness … Efficiency is the speed at which you get something done and effective means the amount that you can get done.” — @KirkDBorne [0:11:29]
“There are different ways that automation and digital transformation are changing a lot of jobs. Not just the high-end professional jobs, so to speak, but the blue-collar gentlemen.” — @KirkDBorne [0:18:06]
“What we’re trying to achieve with this blue-collar AI is for people to feel confident with it and to see where it can bring benefits to their business.” — @KirkDBorne [0:24:08]
“I have yet to see an auto-complete come over your phone and take over the world.” — @KirkDBorne [0:26:56]