My links of the week (weekly)


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My links of the week (weekly)


  • “Many countries with aging workers also have growing economic productivity. What’s behind this counterintuitive finding?”

  • “By creating user interfaces which let us work with the representations inside machine learning models, we can give people new tools for reasoning.”

    tags: artificial_intelligence

  • A year ago in Oslo Airport I checked in to an SAS flight. One airline kiosk issued a boarding pass, another punched out a luggage tag, then a computer screen showed me how to attach it and another where I should set the luggage on a conveyor. I encountered no single human being. The incident wasn’t important but it left me feeling oddly that I was out of human care, that something in our world had shifted.”

    tags: Digital_transformation

  • “When science and technology meet social and economic systems, you tend to see something akin to what the late Stephen Jay Gould called “punctuated equilibrium” in his description of evolutionary biology. Something that has been stable for a long period is suddenly disrupted radically—and then settles into a new equilibrium.1 Analogues across social and economic history include the discovery of fire, the domestication of dogs, the emergence of agricultural techniques, and, in more recent times, the Gutenberg printing press, the Jacquard loom, urban electrification, the automobile, the microprocessor, and the Internet. Each of these innovations collided with a society that had been in a period of relative stasis—followed by massive disruption.”

    tags: Digital_transformation

  • “Ferrero triplica i dipendenti in smart working. Dopo poco più di 6 mesi di progetto pilota l’azienda ha deciso di estendere dal 29 gennaio 2018 lo smart working a 350 dipendenti dai 100 inizialmente interessati, questo «alla luce dei risultati e dei riscontri positivi delle persone coinvolte», fa sapere l’azienda. Numeri alla mano su oltre 12mila ore lavorate in modalità smart, ne sono state risparmiate quasi 5.000 ore di viaggio.”

    tags: Smart_Work

  • “The Microsoft Cognitive Services offerings are broken into the following categories: Vision, Speech, Language, Knowledge and Search. How could a business make use of the Language, Knowledge and Search offerings in particular in the context of conversational platforms like Yammer and Teams? “

  • “Don’t worry about supersmart AI eliminating all the jobs. That’s just a distraction from the problems even relatively dumb computers are causing.”

  • tags: artificial_intelligence

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My links of the week (weekly)


  • “In this interview with BCG, McAfee focuses on “machine,” the rise of artificial intelligence. McAfee is a big booster of most things digital, but he’s also a realist. He cautions, for example, that an AI engine is only as good as the data fed into it. Machines are still a long way from mastering many human tasks, and the biggest impediment to machine learning and other AI tools may be the imagination of business leaders. But he’s not worried about tech giants cornering the AI market, and he’s relatively sanguine about an automated economy in which many forms of work have disappeared.”

    tags: artificial_intelligence

  • “Neural networks, which learn to perform computational tasks by analyzing huge sets of training data, have been responsible for the most impressive recent advances in artificial intelligence, including speech-recognition and automatic-translation systems.”

  • “Myths aside, artificial intelligence is as prone to bias as the human kind. The good news is that the biases in algorithms can also be diagnosed and treate”

    tags: artificial_intelligence

  • A few months ago, the magazine strategy+business (s+b) published a roundtable discussion between s+b editor-in-chief Art Kleiner, economic historian Carlota Perez, and PwC UK partner Leo Johnson. The discussion was centered on Perez’s theory of technology revolutions and economic cycles. In her 2002 influential book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages and in several other publications, Perez framed the digital economy of the past few decades from a historical perspective. If we examine the long term historical big picture, patterns emerge which can help guide our understanding and planning for the future.

  • Sunspring debuted at the SCI-FI LONDON film festival in 2016. Set in a dystopian world with mass unemployment, the movie attracted many fans, with one viewer describing it as amusing but strange. But the most notable aspect of the film involves its creation: an artificial-intelligence (AI) bot wrote Sunspring’s screenplay.”

    tags: artificial_intelligence

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  • “David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow, wrote that promises of artificial intelligence (AI) magically performing intellectual tasks that humans do and dynamically learning as much as humans is “speculative at best.” However with 2018 rapidly approaching, AI is clearly on the minds of many businesses. Where are businesses practically applying AI in their digital workplaces?”

    tags: artificial_intelligence

  • “For years now, hand-wringing executives in the retail sector, nervously eyeing Amazon, have been able to point to their own retail stores as potential strategic weapons. For all the well-documented challenges and economic pressures of managing brick-and-mortar locations, shopping trends and consumer spend still favored the store. After all, some 80 percent of purchases are expected to still happen in stores in 2020.”

    tags: mckinsey

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My links of the week (weekly)


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My links of the week (weekly)


  • “We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.”

    tags: Industry_4.0

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  • “Digital technologies such as analytics, mobility, social networks, cloud computing and the Internet of Things are making old ways of working redundant and forcing companies to transform. According to Raman Sapra, global head of Dell’s digital business services, the best way to leverage digital is to take a comprehensive rather than a piecemeal approach. And a key tool to achieve this is customer journey mapping, where powerful new data collection and analytics tools are helping to provide deeper insights to fuel performance. In this paper, experts from Wharton and Dell examine how this mapping is at the heart of digital transformation.”

    tags: Digital_transformation

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