AI, Automation and the US Economy
JANUARY 10, 2017
AI research has been around since the early days of IT, - having gone through ups and downs over the past several decades. Not so with AI. economy.
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
The June 25 issue of The Economist includes a special report on artificial intelligence. What impact will AI have on jobs? How should we respond?
The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning
JANUARY 31, 2017
A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator.
The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing
DECEMBER 12, 2016
I was recently involved in two different meetings, each convened by an IT research organization focused on providing strategic advice to CIOs.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
Having lived through IBM’s near-death experience in the early 1990s, respect for the forces of the marketplace is edged deep in my psyche.
Automation Technologies and the Future of Work
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
its initial article on the study asked, or “Should we fear threats to jobs, disruptions to organizations, and strains on the social fabric?”.
Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World
AUGUST 29, 2016
From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. What is identity?
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is
The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
“In Retreat: Global companies in the era of protectionism,” reads the cover of the January 28 issue of The Economist. It was a golden age.”.
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
A few weeks ago, the WEF published its 2016 Top Ten list. The technologies on the list are not new. They’ve been worked on for many years.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
Dr. Schwab positions the 4IR within the historical context of three previous industrial revolutions. Let me summarize some recent such efforts.
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution. They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.” .
The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy
OCTOBER 6, 2015
Their initial findings were published in a working paper, The one-trillion dollar global talent gap: What it is and what we can do about it.
Trust and the On-Demand Economy
DECEMBER 22, 2015
However, markets are not perfectly fluid. Firms thus came into being to make it easier to get work done. He illustrates his point with Airbnb.
Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer
JULY 28, 2015
I like to tell people that the key to being and/or sounding smart is to hang out with smart people. asks JSB. “I’d also applies to poetry. The reason?
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.” D]isruption is occurring with increasing frequency in the business world.
The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
Communications have played a major role in my work over the past few decades. It’s a natural way of explaining what the new innovation is all about.
Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems
DECEMBER 29, 2015
This past semester I was involved in an interesting course at MIT’s Sloan School of Management , - Analytics Labs (A-Lab).
Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery
FEBRUARY 27, 2017
After decades of promise and hype, artificial intelligence is finally achieving an inflection point of market success.
Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
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.
Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?
OCTOBER 24, 2016
After many years of promise and hype, AI seems to be finally reaching a tipping point of market acceptance. How might it change our everyday lives?
Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience
OCTOBER 27, 2015
Design has long played a major role in product innovation. A second HBR article explored a different kind of application. The goal is simplicity.
Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?
AUGUST 9, 2016
Is the US facing a critical shortage of STEM skills? Do we have enough STEM workers to meet the demands of the labor market? workforce. level (e.g.,
Why Are We Stuck in a World of Slow Economic Growth? Nobody Seems to Know
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
Over the past few centuries, the natural sciences , - e.g. physics, chemistry, biology, - have developed a variety of principles and models.
Competing Against “Digital Invaders”
OCTOBER 4, 2016
At the other end of the spectrum, 34% of enterprises were identified as Market Followers or laggards in both innovation and financial performance.
Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together
NOVEMBER 28, 2016
A few weeks ago I first learned about a relatively new concept - Digital Twin. These include: .
Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
billion has been invested in blockchain-based startups over the same time span. The WEF correctly warns that this will take time.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Dr. Schwab positions the Fourth Industrial Revolution within the historical context of three previous industrial revolutions. Impact on Business.
The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things
OCTOBER 15, 2014
I recently saw a very interesting presentation , - From Cloud to Fog: The Internet of Things , - by Cisco executive Michael Enescu. Not future-proof.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
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
JANUARY 19, 2016
Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ?
The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions
DECEMBER 11, 2013
Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.
Is FinTech Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point?
APRIL 11, 2016
For the past few decades, digital technologies have been systematically transforming one industry after another. Investments have risen “from $1.8
The Coming Robotics Revolution
MARCH 8, 2016
Hi, Robot: Work and Life in the Age of Automation , reads the Hamlet-inspired cover of the July, 2105 issue of Foreign Affairs.
The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT
JUNE 12, 2013
Last month, the McKinsey Global Institute published Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead. There are few surprises.
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
But, how transformative will blockchain turn out to be? How long is the transformation likely to take? They guide managerial and social action.
Leadership in a Changing World
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? Is the change evolutionary or revolutionary in nature?
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
His 2006 Wikinomics predicted the rise of mass collaboration in what became known a few years later as the On Demand Economy. If we will it.”. Period.
The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution
MAY 2, 2016
This past January, the World Bank issued the Digital Dividends report, a comprehensive study of the state of digital developments around the world.
The Continuing Evolution of the On-Demand Economy
JULY 21, 2015
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.