Archive for July, 2015

Manager and machine: The new leadership equation

As artificial intelligence takes hold, what will it take to be an effective executive? In a 1967 McKinsey Quarterly article, “The manager and the moron,” Peter Drucker noted that “the computer makes no decisions; it only carries out orders. It’s a total moron, and therein

Wall Street automating research report using Artificial Intelligence

Leading Wall Street firms are trying out research reports written by artificial intelligence, with a few start-ups offering software to generate company summaries for research database. “The artificial intelligence based programs essentially take data from filings, databases or internal documents, and subsequently use algorithms to

The ethics of AI: how to stop your robot cooking your cat

Great article by John C Havens in The Guardian on how to program ‘human values’ into robots and AI and the complexities of mimicking human scenario’s. “We can’t continue to move forward in an environment where our ethical desires in AI are ignored in the same way we’re tracked

On Future Thinking (guest post by Frank Diana)

I’m struggling with the term disruption and its effectiveness in driving urgency. Most definitions describe a radical change in an industry or business strategy, and most involve the introduction of a new product or service that creates a new market. My struggle is not with

Fossil Fuels are clearly dead

Renewables are today on the verge of being price competitive with fossil fuels – and already are in many situations. So in 10 years, maybe just 5, it is a no-brainer that renewables will be significantly cheaper than fossil fuels in most places and will

An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.

Artificial-intelligence researchers have made vast strides recently in matching various human capabilities. But for the moment, humor looks beyond their reach. In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been thought

Microbes may hold the key to future high-tech meds and materials

When most people think about advanced technology, they imagine robots or hypersonic vehicles or new additions to the Internet of Things. But there is another tool that may have more high-tech potential than anything else: biology. “Biology can do things that no other man-made technology

Cortex: Twitter’s New Artificial Intelligence Group

Twitter is ramping up its artificial intelligence efforts, hunting for experts to fill out a new team called “Cortex.” A couple of recent job postings provide some clues about Twitter’s new Cortex group, which could help the company better personalize its service for its 300

Sustainability, the Soul of Technology

Check out Rudy de Waele’s presentation on “Sustainability, the Soul of Technology” at the Technology Ventures Conference in Cambridge, UK . Sustainability, the Soul of Technology from Rudy De Waele

Japan Using Robots to Fight Demographic Problems

Japan has faced two major challenges: a need for economic growth and a shortage of labour. Having one of the oldest populations in the world, Japan’s lack of workers and consumers are ever growing issues. However, Japanese firms seem to have finally responded to Abe’s