Yes, AI will be just a tool in the creator’s hands, and humans will still make the big swings.
Founded on a commitment to innovation, Snowflake originated when a pair of database experts at Oracle envisioned creating a distinctive data platform. Benoit Dageville, one of these experts and Snowflake’s President of Product, contends that generative AI is poised to bring about more incremental, iterative innovation. While AI can play a pivotal role in research and prototyping, Dageville emphasizes that profound innovation requires a leap that challenges existing data and prevailing beliefs.
Dageville draws on Snowflake’s own history as an example, highlighting how they diverged from the prevailing belief in Hadoop’s future for big data, ultimately creating something contrary to data-driven expectations. According to him, human-driven innovation and decision-making will persist, with Christian Kleinerman, SVP of Product, emphasizing the collaborative aspect of human-plus-machine use cases. Humans will remain responsible for empathy and qualities challenging to program into machines. For computational or mechanical tasks, AI models prove to be astonishingly effective.
Dageville expresses enthusiasm for the potential of generative AI but firmly asserts that it doesn’t pose a threat to human creativity. While AI excels at analyzing data to identify new customer segments, Dageville believes that true, revolutionary creativity stems from human hands, with AI serving as a valuable tool. He aptly notes, “If you want to create a revolution, that revolution, by definition, does not exist. So there’s no data on it.