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The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History

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The concerns surrounding AI’s long term impact may well be in a class by themselves.  What impact will AI have on jobs? How should we respond? 

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Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

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Most jobs involve a number of different tasks or activities. million full time employees and an automation potential of 38%.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

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The technologies on the list are not new. Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Things. The Internet of Things (IoT) has also been long in coming. 

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

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While beyond the scope of their study, the authors speculated that biological ecosystems are likely to shed valuable insights into their findings.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

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The effect is much greater potential for innovation and growth than a single product-oriented firm can generate alone.”. trillion.

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The Datafication of Business and Society

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Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution.  They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.”  .

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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

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This is a particularly interesting project because economic data in emerging markets is often not as reliable as the data in more advanced markets.

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Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

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I like to tell people that the key to being and/or sounding smart is to hang out with smart people.  also applies to poetry. Curiosity On-Demand.

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

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Blockchain Revolution , his 16th book, now explains “How The Blockchain Will Transform Everything From Banking To Government To Our Identities.”.

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

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How are job markets likely to evolve in our 21st century digital economy?  The Summit explored many good ideas , but there were no definitive answers.

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

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Design has long played a major role in product innovation.  How can you apply design principles to help rethink the workplace experience?  .

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Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?

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still struggle to find employment as many companies, including Boeing, IBM , and Symantec , continue to lay off thousands of STEM workers.”. workforce.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

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The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”  But, a company doesn’t have to disappear to have been severely disrupted. 

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Most everyone agrees that there was a major qualitative distinction between the First and Second Industrial Revolutions.  Impact on Business.

Is FinTech Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point?

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First comes the use of IT to improve the productivity and quality of production-oriented, back-end processes. Investments have risen “from $1.8

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The Coming Robotics Revolution

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Hi, Robot: Work and Life in the Age of Automation , reads the Hamlet-inspired cover of the July, 2105 issue of Foreign Affairs. 

The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

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Among the poorest 20 percent of households, nearly 7 out of 10 have a mobile phone…”   But, while t his is great progress, much remains to be done.

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The Smart London Plan

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Urbanization is one of the major forces shaping the 21st century - right up there with the digital technology revolution and globalization. 

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

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As described by IDEO CEO Tim Brown :   “The vertical stroke of the T is a depth of skill that allows them to contribute to the creative process.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

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Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.   But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ? 

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Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

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Early in the 20th century, it was discovered that people’s cognitive abilities tend to be similar across a wide variety of tasks.  Higher empathy.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

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Cisco calls it fog computing , an allusion to what happens to clouds as they get closer to the ground.  . The cost of connectivity.  Not future-proof. 

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Leadership in a Changing World

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What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? Sustaining or disruptive? Ripple Intelligence.

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

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Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. 

The Continuing Evolution of the On-Demand Economy

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The past few years have seen the rise of what’s been variously referred to as the on-demand, collaborative, sharing, or peer-to-peer economy. 

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

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There are few surprises.  Disruptive innovations take time to play out. Its potential for driving business innovation remains untapped.

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Could Blockchain Prove to Be “The Next Big Thing”?

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Last week I discussed some of the highlights of Citi’s excellent FinTech report.  But much, much work remains to be done. 

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Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

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Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? 

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

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The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Today, money is mostly intangible.

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

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But it’s getting harder for our smart machines to truly impress us.  These questions have no easy answers, as we have learned over the years.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

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How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Data Centers → Cloud. Data Analysis → Data Science, Cognitive, AI.

Man, Machine, and Work

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The June, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a spotlight on Man and Machine: Knowledge Work in the Age of the Algorithm. 

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The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

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There is a lot I find appealing about it, in particular, its potential impact on the really critical issue of jobs in the digital economy.  Web 2.0

Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

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People with the necessary skills are scarce, primarily because the discipline is so new.  Change does not come easy, even for brilliant physicists.

“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

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notes the article in its opening paragraph.  Many workers will face “low pay, short contracts, precarious employment, and outright job loss. 

Reflections on Storytelling

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Storytelling has played a central role in human communications since times immemorial.  Storytelling predates writing. 

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The Growing Value of Social Skills

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I recently read a very interesting paper, The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market , by Harvard professor David Deming. 

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

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Prior to joining the SFI in 2003, he was the leader and founder of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Lab. Amazing. 

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

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The movie is famous for its novel plot device.  Near Kyoto, a samurai has been killed, but it’s not clear why or by whom.  where he wrote:  .

STEM Literacy and Jobs

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In the early days of the Industrial Revolution , it’s been estimated that around 12% of the world's population was literate. Every year U.S.