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Dragoș Stănescu: People must be at the center of all technologies

21 June 2023

People must be at the center of all technologies, and a new concept present in the market highlights the fact that the talent and experience of people cannot yet be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI), said Dragoș Stănescu, member of the CIO Council and IT&C Director at Syngenta, at the 9th edition of the Energy Strategy Summit, an event organized by Energynomics.

“The first element of this new concept, KATE, is knowledge. Access to knowledge can increase employee efficiency by 30-40%. The second term is ‘abilities’. Based on faster access to knowledge, certain abilities produce noticeable progress and it is important to improve them faster. The last two words in these concepts are ‘talent’ and ‘experience’. I believe that neither now, nor in 5 or 10 years from now, AI will be able to mimic them because they still belong to us humans. We can take full advantage of improving the first two, and as long as the last two still belong to us, I think it will be good”, said Stănescu.

Technology has always been ahead of people and businesses, and has often failed for that very reason, precisely because it was created out of enthusiasm but was unable to sync with what people wanted or were capable of to use at that time.

Today, from both a human and business perspective, technology provides a competitive edge in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and the only difference between human and artificial intelligence is agility.

“Companies must embrace all elements of technology, whether called AI or otherwise, so that they have a competitive advantage, but do so in an agile way and in sync with employees and customers. Just as the customer should be at the center of any business, so humans should be, paradoxically, at the center of any technology. There is no digitalization and no digital strategy. There is no separation from business. Companies that want to go digital want to work with a digital partner, but it’s wrong. Digital is nothing more than an augmentation of business, an extension that can bring benefits. The recent enthusiasm about AI arises because something that used to belong to the domain of specialists has now reached the layman,” Stănescu said.

Energy Strategy Summit 2023 was organised by Energynomics with the support of ABB, ASTRASUN Solar, BCR, CEZ Romania, Eaton Electric, Electrica Furnizare, Electro Service RB, Elektra Renewable Support, EnergoBit, Enevo Group, E.ON, Finder, Huawei, MET România Energy, OMV Petrom, OX2 România, Phoenix Contact, Photomate, ProCredit Bank, REI Grup, Renomia Gallagher, Romgaz, Schneider Electric, Signify, Transelectrica, Taw Energy, Volt, WIKA, Wiren, Alexandrion Group, Aqua Carpatica, Klarmedia and Mobexpert.

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