Assistive Planning – Man Vs Man with Machine

ROB GOSS | 27 JAN 2016


For Christmas my wife bought me a copy of a book entitled the “Master Algorithm” by Pedro Domingos. It’s a cracking read that I thoroughly recommend to anyone interested in learning how AI – in particular machine learning -is going to change our lives in the not-too-distant future.

One of the things that I hear a lot when generally talking about AI is the oft-repeated remark that ‘robots will one day replace us all.’ It’s a knee-jerk reaction to a perceived threat to our current roles and functions as humans. However, the truth is it’s more likely that we’re going to be harnessing the tremendous potential of AI to our own advantage, rather than being rendered useless by it.

For example, one area that our clients are using our own AI platform to optimise their operations is by using our Assistive Planning feature. This powerful tool allows planning teams to quickly create, analyse and assess multiple planning scenarios within just a few minutes, while also influencing each plan with their own human knowledge and experience.

The potential for business for AI features like Assistive Planning (there are also many other examples) is huge and reinforces my point about AI being harnessed to give us an advantage, not the other way around. The author of the Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos sums it up nicely…

“It’s not man versus machine; it’s man with machine versus man without. Data and intuition are like horse and rider, you don’t try to outrun a horse; you ride it..”


– Pedro Domingos, ‘The Master Algorithm’