Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How Will Covid-19 Transform Urban Life?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Remote Work is Surprisingly Productive, But For Many… Something Is Missing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What If Working From Home Goes on … Forever? asks science and technology journalist Clive Thompson in the title of his June 9 NY Times Magazine article. “The coronavirus crisis is forcing white-collar America to reconsider nearly every aspect of office life.

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The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Following World War II and the onset of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the US undertook a series of measures to strengthen the resilience of the country.

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Building a More Resilient, Data-Driven Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“With each major crisis, be it war, pandemic, or major new technology, there has been a need to reinvent the relationships between individuals, businesses, and government,” wrote MIT professor Alex “Sandy Pentland in the first chapter of Building the New Economy.

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Blockchain and Public Health Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) is a global think tank dedicated to the strategic implications of blockchain technologies to business, government and society.

Getting Through Highly Uncertain Times - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What does it take to get through highly uncertain times, like the ones we’re in the middle of as we confront the Covid-19 pandemic? Like most of us, I’ve lived through times of high uncertainty in both my personal and professional lives.

The Post-Pandemic Enterprise: What Will It Be Like?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the near term, nations have been mostly focused on surviving the massive disruptions caused by Covid-19. But, what about the longer term? What will the post-pandemic new normal be like for societies and economies? More specifically, how will the pandemic impact the world of business?

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Social Distancing Policies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the most interesting projects in the MIT Connection Science group I ’ m affiliated with is The Atlas of Inequality.

The State of AI Adoption - High Performers Show the Way

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, the McKinsey Global Institute has been conducting a yearly survey to assess the state of AI adoption. Its 2017 survey of over 3,000 AI-aware executive found that outside the technology sector, AI adoption was at an early, often experimental stage.

Honest Conversations - The Key to a Winning Transformational Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Post-Pandemic, Is the World Likely to Become Significantly Less Flat?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The golden age of globalisation, in 1990-2010, was something to behold,” wrote The Economist in a January, 2019 article. “Commerce soared as the cost of shifting goods in ships and planes fell, phone calls got cheaper, tariffs were cut and the financial system liberalised.”.

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Conceptualizing AI in Human Terms is Misleading and Potentially Harmful

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“We speak of machines that think , learn , and infer.

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The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI has emerged as the defining technology of our era, as transformative over time as the steam engine, electricity, and the Internet.

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The Pace of Creative Destruction is Accelerating

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“A gale force warning to leaders: at the current churn rate, about half of S&P 500 companies will be replaced over the next ten years,” is one of the key insights from the 2018 Corporate Longevity Forecast.

Why “The Techlash” Is a Threat to Growth and Progress

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) published A Policymaker’s Guide to the “Techlash” - What It Is and Why It’s a Threat to Growth and Progress. “Does information technology (IT) solve problems and make our lives easier, allowing us to do more with less?,”

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What History Tells Us About the Accelerating AI Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks before our lives were turned upside down by Covid-19, I read Technology at Work v4.0 , the fourth report in the Technology at Work Series developed by Citigroup in collaboration with Oxford University.

Even When Plans Are Useless, Planning Is Indispensable

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Looking back upon my long career , it’s frankly sobering how many once powerful IT companies are no longer around or are shadows of their former selves, e,g, Digital , Wang , Sun Microsystems , BlackBerry.

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Dealing with a Highly Unpredictable Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The high degree of uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic is one of its most frustrating qualities. How long will the pandemic last? When will normal life return? When will a vaccine be available?

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The Long-Term Future of Work and Education: Three Potential Scenarios

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Experts differ widely in their predictions about how technological innovation will change the labor market, but they all see a need for changes in education,” write British professors Ewart Keep and Phillip Brown in a recently published article, Rethinking the Race Between Education and Technology.

Why Some AI Efforts Succeed While Many Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Winning with AI , - a 2019 report based on a survey jointly conducted by the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group , - found that 90% of respondents agree that AI represents a business opportunity for their company.

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The Coming Era of Decision Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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The State of AI in the Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, Babson College professor Tom Davenport gave a talk on the state of AI in the enterprise at the annual conference of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy. His talk was based on two recent US surveys conducted by Deloitte, the first one in 2017 followed by a second in 2018.

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Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the waterfall development model , a project is broken down into a set of sequential phases, - e.g., conception, analysis, design, construction, testing, deployment, maintenance, - each dependent on the completion of the previous phase.

Can Democracy and Free Markets Survive in the Coming Age of AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?

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The Current State of Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In January, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published Open Innovation Results : Going Beyond the Hype and Getting Down to Business, his fourth book on innovation in the last two decades.

The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Blockchain matters because no business operates in isolation,” says Blockchain for Business , a recently published book by Jai Arun , Jerry Cuomo , and Nitin Gaur. “Multiple institutions can achieve more together than any single institution can alone.

The Blockchain Value Framework

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In July, 2019, the World Economic Forum and Accenture released Building Value with Blockchain Technology , a white paper aimed at helping organizations evaluate blockchain’s benefits and build an effective business case.

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The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade. Investment and interest rates have remained low, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of workers in the US and other developed economies.

Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2015, the McKinsey Global Institute launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. In the intervening three years, the study has published a number of report on the subject.

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Redefining Work - Leveraging Human Capabilities in a Future of Expanding Automation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How will labor markets evolve in our 21st century digital economy? What’s the likely future of jobs, given that our increasingly smart machines are now being applied to activities requiring intelligence and cognitive capabilities that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans?

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The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The next wave of digital innovation is coming. Countries can welcome it, prepare for it, and ride it to new heights of innovation and prosperity, or they can ignore the changing tide and miss the wave,” writes Robert Atkinson in The Task Ahead of Us.

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The Evolution of the Social Contract in the 21st Century

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The MIT Work of the Future Report

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Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I attended two back-to-back blockchain events in Toronto, - the Blockchain Research Institute All-Member Summit followed by the inaugural Blockchain Revolution Global conference. Both events included a number of excellent talks and panels.

The Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

PwC recently released a report on the potential economic value of AI to different regions and industry sectors around the world.

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The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Identity plays a major role in our everyday life. It’s the key that determines the particular transactions in which we can rightfully participate as well as the information we’re entitled to access.

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How to Transform a “Big, Old” Company into an Agile Digital Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“As consumers, we take digital technologies for granted… We don’t wonder why these things are possible; we simply expect them,” said Designed for Digital a recently published book by Jeanne Ross , Cynthia Beath , and Martin Mocker in its Preface.

The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects,” is the title of the lead article in a comprehensive review of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a r ecent issue of The Economist. Like many technological advances, IoT has been long in coming.

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Free-Market, Free-Trade Capitalism at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The global economy has undergone considerable change over the past few decades. Results have been mixed. On the positive side, t he digital revolution has significantly improved the quality of life of billions around the world.

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The Business Value of Augmented Reality

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently heard a very interesting presentation at the 2019 MIT CIO Symposium , - Why Companies Need an Augmented Reality Strategy , - by Harvard professor Michael Porter and James Heppelmann , CEO of PTC , an industrial consulting company.

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The World is Facing a Period of Digital Disorder

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Geopolitical competition and government regulations are poised to remake the digital economy,” notes the global consulting firm A.T

The Digitalization of the American Workforce

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Over the past half century, wave after wave of digital innovation has ensured that digitalization - the diffusion of digital technologies into nearly every business and workplace and pocket - has been remaking the U.S.

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