What the future could look like at the intersection of art, artificial intelligence, robotics, and the blockchain.

We’ve watched the robotic revolution ramp up over the years, into manufacturing, hospitals, even vending machines, and while there are plenty of barriers, they are being reduced by the day it seems. As more and more platforms grow up, stabilize, and provide support for new robotic-based opportunities to bloom, it seems important to look at is what this means for art, design, and creativity in entrepreneurship; aka robots not only taking a menial job, but a creative one, earning money at it, and then spending it to create more.

Robot Economics + Entrepreneurship

Aleksandr Kapitonov is a “Robot economics”  academic society professor at Airalab. He is also an assistant professor of Control Systems and Computer Science at ITMO University, where he received his Ph.D. in industrial automation in 2014. With a heavy focus on navigation, computer vision, and  communication for multi-agent systems, Kapitonov understands deeply the shifts we are seeing. This entanglement with high-technology led him from drone technologies to associating it all with blockchain, explaining how AI and blockchain solutions make economic freedom for machines a possibility. He seemed to be just the person to ask about this potential dark side of AI and the potential impact we might see in the world of innovation, entrepreneurship, and design.

It’s Not About Replacement

This is not only a blockchain issue, or an AI issue… it’s a social issue, a political issue even. This is something that people are talking about from the World Economic Forum to the oil rig workers off the Gulf Coast who are wondering if a robot will take their job away.  We are seeing the expansion into areas where humans have been for generations and while this might be difficult to some, the real focus should be on growth rather than upset. This high level of technological integration will allow more people, just like Kapitonov, to grow the communication and information exchange between different autonomous systems like smart factories and the Internet of Things. The transparency and ledger we can build into these new systems is astounding… but is there a downside, and if so, what is it?

Automation and Artistry Collide

Read the original INC article published on April 3, 2019.