Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI is being successfully applied to tasks that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans, matching or surpassing human level performance in more and more domains.

Blockchain and the Music Industry: Turning Pennies into Dollars

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just about every industry has been significantly transformed in the past few decades. But few have been as disrupted as the music industry. Everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits.

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The Rise of Winner-Take-All Urbanism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Richard Florida published Why America’s Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer in The Atlantic. Florida is a leading urban studies author and researcher, professor at the University of Toronto and Director of Cities at its Martin Prosperity Institute.

AI and The Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month I attended AI and the Future of Work , a conference hosted by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and its Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE).

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past few years, Industry 4.0, - aka the 4th Industrial Revolution, - has been the subject of several articles, studies, and surveys, as well as a book published earlier this year by Klaus Schwab , founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read The Human Strategy , a very interesting article on Human-AI decision systems by MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland. Pentland is the faculty director of MIT Connection Science , - with which I’m associated as a Fellow, - as well as director of the Human Dynamics Lab.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 20, the White House released Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy , a new report that investigates how AI will likely transform job markets over time, and recommends policy responses to address AI’s impact on the US economy.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , an article in McKinsey Quarterly by W. Brian Arthur , - External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute , Visiting Researcher at PARC , and former faculty member at Stanford University.

Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every four years since 1997, the US National Intelligence Council has been publishing a Global Trends report on the key trends that will shape the world over the following twenty years.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The June 25 issue of The Economist includes a special report on artificial intelligence. AI has been making extraordinary progress in the past few years.

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The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Economist’ s May 6 issue referred to data in its cover as the world’s most valuable resource.

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The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) was organized in 2013 by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee to examine the impact of digital technologies on the world. Understanding the future of work and jobs is one of the major areas of research being address by IDE.

A Novel Approach for Measuring the True Impact of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain. The study interviewed almost 3,000 C-Suite executives from over 80 countries and 20 industries to learn about their company’s blockchain plans.

The True State of Globalization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The July-August issue of the Harvard Business Review features an article by NYU and IESE professor Pankaj Ghemawat , - Globalization in the Age of Trump : Protectionism Will Change How Companies Do Business - But Not in the Ways You Think.

Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I wrote about Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future , a recently published book by MIT’s Andy McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? These are questions that have long been discussed.

Minds and Machines

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Jobs, Skills and Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“In primitive economies, people traded mostly with members of their village and community,” wrote David Brooks in a June, 2014 NY Times OpEd, - The Evolution of Trust. “Trust was face to face.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI is now seemingly everywhere. In the past few years, the necessary ingredients have come together to propel AI beyond the research labs into the marketplace: powerful, inexpensive computer technologies; advanced algorithms and models; and most important, oceans and oceans of data.

What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, - The Error at the Heart of Corporate Leadership , - Harvard Business School professors Joseph Bower and Lynn Paine raised a number of important questions.

Automation Anxieties - We’ve Been Here Before

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The rise of artificial intelligence is the great story of our time,” notes What to Do When Machines Do Everything in its Preface.

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Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

Globalization at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year I wrote about the future of global firms , based on two recent articles on the subject, - The retreat of the global company in The Economist , and The Global Enterprise: Where to Now? in Foreign Affairs by IBM’s former CEO Sam Palmisano.

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Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. It’s frankly sobering how many once powerful IT companies are no longer around or are shadows of their former selves.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two years ago, a group of leading CEOs from around the world met in China to discuss the major issues facing their companies in the global marketplace.

On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Rise of the Platform Economy

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What do we mean by a platform ?

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The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship.

Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the Fall of 1995, IBM made the decision to embrace the Internet and make it the centerpiece of its strategic directions. As the general manager of the newly formed IBM Internet Division , I spent a lot of time thinking how to best articulate the promise of the Internet.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years.

Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

McKinsey recently published an article on the long-term trends that are reshaping the business environment. T he article reminds us that the trend is your friend is an old adage that applies to business strategy as well as to investing.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I first encountered the term datafication in The Rise of Big Data: How It’s Changing the Way We Think About the World , by Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

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Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,”

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The recent New Yorker article, - The Disruption Machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong , - by Harvard history professor Jill Lepore , has led to a flurry of opinions on disruptive innovation. The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”

The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few days ago I read an excellent article in the Harvard Business Review , - Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most , - by Ernest Wilson , Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC).

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Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

From time immemorial, our identity systems have been based on face-to-face interactions and on physical documents and processes. But, the transition to a digital economy requires radically different identity systems.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, McKinsey published The age of analytics: Competing in a data-driven world , a comprehensive report on the state of big data, and in particular, on the challenges and opportunities a company faces as it strives to become a data-driven business.

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