Rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) is changing society and culture around the world, according to technology consultant Eric Davis, Capital Rotary’s May 22 guest speaker. Davis (shown with Rotarian Ione Cockrell) said merging AI, robotics and supercomputing leads to machines that are smarter, better and faster than humans. Automation is keeping a lid on wages, with fewer high-salary jobs being created, most requiring very high education levels. Wall Street’s volatility will increase as the labor structure changes. Companies must respond to rapidly changing consumer income and habits. Globally, various nations will adjust to digital economic change at different rates. In smart offices, AI assistants will control a wide range of functions and devices, the same as in smart stores. Personal robots will become commonplace at home. AI also is changing job recruitment via candidate screening, resume analysis and video interviews. An Ohio native and Ohio State graduate, Davis has worked as a programmer, systems analyst, systems administrator and consultant in industries such as engineering, light manufacturing, local government and nuclear power. He’s currently a professional services director for Respect Technology, Inc.