Optimizing Workplace with AI and Generative Bots Optimizing Workplace with AI and Generative Bots
Editor’s note: Tamilla Triantoro and Aleksandra Przegalinska are speakers for ODSC East this April 23-25. Be sure to check out their... Optimizing Workplace with AI and Generative Bots

Editor’s note: Tamilla Triantoro and Aleksandra Przegalinska are speakers for ODSC East this April 23-25. Be sure to check out their combined talk, “Optimizing Workplace with AI and Generative Bots,” as well as Tamilla’s individual talk, “Data Synthesis, Augmentation, and NLP Insights with LLMs,” there!

Collaboration has always been central to productivity. Traditionally, this meant human interaction, pooling collective wisdom, experience, and skills to achieve shared goals. However, the introduction of AI into the workplace is changing the landscape of collaboration. The key question now is how to collaborate with AI effectively. Should AI be treated as a boss, a peer, or an assistant? The answer to this question will determine the approach and strategies used to maximize collaboration.

When AI acts as a boss, it provides direction for projects or tasks based on data-driven insights. It is important to understand this guidance within the context of broader objectives. Humans need to be able to interpret AI’s analytics and apply them judiciously to strategic decision-making. In this scenario, the human role is to ensure that AI’s directives align with ethical standards, company values, and customer needs.

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AI can also be a peer in the workplace. In this scenario, humans and AI work together to innovate and solve problems. Humans bring creativity and emotional intelligence, while AI offers computational power. Effective collaboration requires a deep understanding of AI’s capabilities and limitations. Humans need to be able to program AI to interpret human inputs accurately.

Most often, AI serves as an assistant, automating tasks and processing information to free humans for higher-level strategic work. It is critical to decide which tasks AI can handle efficiently and where human intervention is needed. For instance, automating the generation of reports or analyses allows professionals to focus on interpreting these documents and planning accordingly.

Understanding how to leverage AI capabilities to amplify our own requires a new skillset. Human unicorns are individuals who can master all modalities of human-AI collaboration and can shift between them as needed. For simple tasks, they can delegate to AI as an assistant, automating processes to free up time for more creative or strategic endeavors. In complex scenarios, they can engage AI as a peer or as a supervisor to guide in data-driven direction.

As an example, when writing a comprehensive market analysis, a human unicorn might use AI as an assistant to gather and preliminarily analyze market data. Then, they might collaborate with AI to generate innovative insights and strategies. Finally, they might let AI take the lead in making the final decision, using AI expertise to ensure that the strategies are aligned with future market trends.

There are many opportunities to harness the power of human-AI collaboration in the workplace. By understanding different ways to interact with AI and how to best leverage these interactions, individuals can amplify their abilities and achieve more. Discover more about harnessing the power of human-AI collaboration in our upcoming talk. We will explore different modalities of interaction with AI in the workplace, and how mastering these interactions can amplify our abilities. With real-world use cases and practical strategies, we’ll explore how individuals across industries are leveraging AI to streamline processes and tackle complex challenges. 

About the Authors:

Aleksandra Przegalinska, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Vice-President at Kozminski University, and a Senior Research Associate at the Harvard Labour and Worklife Program. Aleksandra is the head of the Human-Machine Interaction Research Center at Kozminski University, and the Leader of the AI in Management Program. Until recently, she conducted post-doctoral research at the Center for Collective Intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. She graduated from The New School for Social Research in New York. She is the co-author of Collaborative Society (The MIT Press), published together with Dariusz Jemielniak.


Tamilla Triantoro, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School of Business at Quinnipiac University. She has directed graduate and undergraduate programs in Business Analytics at Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut. Her expertise includes Artificial Intelligence, Human-AI Collaboration, and the Future of Work. She has spoken about these topics in various parts of the world. and presented her work on six continents. With a Ph.D. from the City University of New York, where she researched online user behavior, Dr. Triantoro brings a deep understanding of the human element to her work.

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