Reshaping the World with Augmented Intelligence

The world is being reshaped.

In the same way that relational databases enabled us to establish links between formerly siloed data to reveal more than what any single dataset could tell us, Augmented Intelligence has the potential to link today’s siloed domains of expertise to explore relationships, detect causes and effects, and make predictions far beyond what individual humans or AI could possibly conceive.

Still, Augmented Intelligence is just a tool.

It is designed to help humans make decisions, but it is not magic and it does not have all the answers. The world – and the people in it – will always surprise us.

Augmented Intelligence simulations can include a wider breadth of expertise and uncover a broader range of possible outcomes, but humans will still have to make decisions based on those possibilities.

Augmented Intelligence does not replace human intelligence. It supports it.

In this new eBook from Cosmo Tech we offer examples of Augmented Intelligence in action and the potential it has to change the way we view the world and the decisions we make in it.


Chapter 1: The World Will Always Surprise Us

The world is full of complex systems with causes and effects that defy human comprehension or calculation. Even as we understand more and more about the origins of the universe and the inner workings of the atom, complex systems that we encounter every day defy our mastery.

If it is your job to make decisions that will shape a city, ensure product delivery, manage a complex stock portfolio, respond to epidemics, or ensure essential utilities keep working in the face of aging infrastructures and external threats, what tools can help you make the best possible decisions?

Chapter 2: Augmented Intelligence in Practice - Utilities

Augmented Intelligence simulations can provide utility companies with predictable models for determining optimal trade-offs for OPEX & CAPEX spending vs. production and transmission reliability.

The modeling and simulations would include all physical assets and all human resources, financial metrics and constraints, and their interactions over time. This way, Augmented Intelligence can develop a holistic view of the entire investment portfolio, simulating the impact of any decision on budgets, quality of service, and other risks.

Chapter 3: Augmented Intelligence in Practice - Transportation

Today, managing a single transportation system is extraordinarily difficult, and system officials tend to focus just on how to optimize their own offering. How do we manage traffic lights and lanes to keep cars owing? How do we optimize bus timetables so riders can count on getting where they need to be on time? How do we improve metro operations to keep the trains and stations safe?

Chapter 4: Augmented Intelligence Tomorrow - Smart Cities

Ignoring complexity isn’t smart. For a city to be truly smart decision makers must be able to run simulations that can expose possible unexpected consequences of their decisions. Today city officials are accustomed to thinking in silos: traffic, residential development, business infrastructure, health services, emergency response…

The idea is that each group should stay focused on only the most relevant details to avoid being overwhelmed by complexity, thus leading to better decisions. The reality, however, is that this focused thinking leaves them essentially blind to the depth of complexity – and the possible impacts – faced by every other group.

Chapter 5: Augmented Intelligence - Where Will It Go Next?

Which complex systems are the most likely to be approached using Augmented Intelligence in the near future?

Those where the ability to run advanced simulations would offer a significant benefit to humanity or deliver a significant business ROI.

Whatever the field or area, one of the most important benefits of Augmented Intelligence is that it is transparent, that it is easy to see what the simulations and predictions are based on. This will always make it easier for leaders to formulate and explain their decisions.