The human, the machine and the cyborg

Welcome to Season 3 of Investing for Tomorrow! We’re exploring a hot topic: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology. Computers and cloud technology are crucial in the investment world, and generative AI is…well…generating a lot of buzz. How can AI enhance our strategies? How can human intelligence (HI) collaborate with AI to improve decision-making? Are we on the brink of a cyborg future?

In this episode, we tackle these questions with Michael Sofer, Director of Investment Systems Management at the Future Fund; Mark Beardall, Chief Information Officer at WTW; and Paul Martin, Chief Investments Operating Officer at WTW. Join us as we examine how AI and tech will transform institutional investment and help us address the industry’s most critical issues.

There’s been a bifurcation, in terms of those (investors) that make technology core to their process. Strategically, some are committed. They’re culturally committed. You really see that borne out in their results. And there are others whose application of technology is more skin deep.

Michael Sofer, Director of Investment Systems Management at the Future Fund

I’d be loath to take the human out of the investment process because I think there are parts of investment that need humans. Other humans make up the market and you need to be able to do more than pure pattern recognition to make money.

Mark Beardall, Chief Information Officer at WTW

It’s going to be about: how much do I trust AI to make the right decisions all the time? That’s the challenge. And if you think about data, privacy and regulation, I think the human is always going to have to be the conscience over the machine itself.

Paul Martin, Chief Investments Operating Officer at WTW

Related pages

Book: Louis de Bernieres- Light Over Liskeard

Event: Perspectives+: The human, the machine and the cyborg

Research paper: Better decision-making: a toolkit.
Research paper: How to choose? This paper looks at decision-making in modern investment organisations.
Research paper: Culture – the organisational superpower.
Research paper: The Power of Teams



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