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Embracing Responsible AI in Manufacturing

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Industry Today – by Martin Lopatka, Mikhail Grigoryev and Valentyna Iyevlyeva

Embracing Responsible AI in Manufacturing

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues demonstrating its transformative potential, the manufacturing sector stands at the forefront of a full-scale technological revolution. AI’s applications in logistics have streamlined operations, improved efficiency and provided solutions to longstanding industry challenges. Competent utilization of AI can increase productivity, reduce costs and ensure consistent quality assurance. However, as AI-powered solutions grow in complexity, concerns have surfaced, encompassing issues ranging from transparency and auditability to the role of human autonomy in a hybrid decision-making system. Technical and organizational design practices applying responsible AI principles are crucial to ensure that AI technology effectively delivers a positive societal impact.

Implementing Responsible AI in Manufacturing

First and foremost, responsible applications of AI should prioritize augmentation over outright replacement of human labor. High-value applications should identify areas where AI can automate mundane, repetitive and dangerous tasks, facilitate data consistency and enhance overall efficiency, allowing workers to concentrate on higher-value responsibilities using their creativity, empathy and decision-making skills. Likewise, AI assistive systems can play a key role in effective learning and development programs to help organizations grow and maintain critical hard skills and prevent brain-drain.

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