Enabling Technology

George Veth

Here is an article that upholds the beneficial side of digital personas. The authors lay out guidelines for how to productively leverage the same technologies that create “deepfakes”. It remains to be seen how society will adopt these business “doubles”.

MIT Sloan Management Review ($) - Apr 27, 2021

Creating Valuable (and Trusted) Experiences With Digital Personas

Deepfakes have received much (well-deserved) bad press — but the underlying technology holds plenty of potential for companies to build positive customer experiences.

Read Article By Sanjay Podder, Shalabh Kumar Singh, Neville Dubash, and David Light

Wired ($) - Apr 28, 2021

Ford’s Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

Read Article By Will Knight

George Veth

The term “algorithmic management” has to make some of us shudder – especially in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica – but it’s here, and I think it is here to stay. The question is whether we can harness these behavioral nudges for good. Just quickly – algorithmic management uses AI algorithms to watch, monitor, and process our individual behavior via our data emissions (phones, watches, wifi device usage like vehicle or home appliances, apps, and digital assistants, etc…) in order to prompt us to adjust our behavior. It leverages it’s knowledge of our patterns of behavior and our current context to suggest that we act in a certain way. The author encourages us to think about how we leverage these nudges in a win-win way (with our employees or customers) without crossing ethical and regulatory lines.

HBR.org - Apr 22, 2021

Algorithmic Nudges Don’t Have to Be Unethical

“Nudging” — the strategy of changing users’ behavior based on how apparently free choices are presented to them — has come a long way since the concept was popularized by University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein in 2008. With so much data about individual users and with the AI to process it, companies are increasingly using algorithms to manage and control individuals — and in particular, employees. 

Read Article By Mareike Möhlmann
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strategy+business ($) - Apr 15, 2021

How the need for secure supply chains is propelling blockchain

A PwC study predicts that blockchain’s ability to track provenance will contribute US$962 billion to global GDP over the next decade.

Read Article By Haydn Jones
Source Photo: Photograph by Marcus Chung

George Veth

The idea of a “digital twin” may never cease to amaze me. The term simply makes me smile. Having worked in corporate performance management and strategy execution for many years, the possibility of creating a digital replica of a business, so environmental effects can be varied and business scenarios tested is simply amazing. This article shares the story of a digital twin that has been developed for a BMW assembly line in Regensburg, Bavaria. The simulation allows the team to do detailed planning of the robotic process – and they hope to have the robots actually learn from the simulation over time. My, oh, my.

Wired ($) - Apr 12, 2021

BMW’s Virtual Factory Uses AI to Hone the Assembly Line

The German automaker uses new software from chipmaker Nvidia to simulate train robots and human workers.

Read Article By Will Knight
Source Photo: Courtesy of NVIDIA

George Veth

I’m trying to track alongside the AI technique of reinforcement learning and the business momentum it is gaining. As an aside, I happened to stay up late nights to watch the various stages of the America’s Cup sailing regatta (which is discussed), and I find the evolution of the hydrofoil design of sailboats to be amazing! This article shares how reinforcement learning allowed thousands of hydrofoil designs to be considered by the New Zealand team – and spurred it on to its second consecutive win. Acknowledging my limited acumen in this area, I still believe that reinforcement learning is going to be the future of preparing and running businesses amidst uncertainty. Well worth reading this article if not studying the topic.

McKinsey & Company - Apr 1, 2021

It’s time for businesses to chart a course for reinforcement learning

An advanced artificial intelligence technique is quickly becoming accessible to organizations as a tool for speeding innovation and solving complex business problems.

Read Article By Jacomo Corbo, Oliver Fleming, and Nicolas Hohn

Fast Company ($) - Mar 26, 2021

Chipotle is the latest company to get behind robot cars. Here’s why

Chipotle just invested big in an autonomous delivery company. Their CTO explains why and what the process will look like.

Read Article By Mark Wilson
Source Photo: [Photo: courtesy Chipotle]

Medium ($) - Mar 27, 2021

AI, Digital Twins, and the Future of Product Design Processes

The age of computational design has finally arrived. Incorporating data and artificial intelligence (AI) at every stage of a design process transforms our design tools, and perhaps the very definition of what it means to design and engineer. We have started to tap the enormous opportunity in the data flows and computational capabilities available to us. And as access to data — and our ability to extract knowledge from it — grows, we see opportunities for organizations to rethink design processes at a fundamental level.

Read Article By Nikolas Martelaro, Mike Kuniavsky, and Nick Akiona for Autodesk University

strategy+business ($) - Mar 24, 2021

The cyborg behind the sales counter

Equipping employees with wearable or implantable AI devices may improve efficiency, but firms must weigh ethical concerns and prepare customers for the new experience.

Read Article By Matt Palmquist
Source Photo: Illustration by dowell

Bain & Company - Mar 9, 2021

The Virtues of Virtual: How Executives Are Successfully Designing Remote Work and Meetings

The past year has taught us a lot about virtual meeting and collaboration, including four things we should try to continue.

Read Article By Luba Mandzy Herring and Kevin Murphy

McKinsey & Company - Feb 25, 2021

Clearing the air on cloud: How industrial companies can capture cloud technology’s full business value

The industrial application of cloud technology is widely seen as very promising, so we went to the front lines and conducted a large-scale survey to find out what really works.

Read Article By Matthias Kässer, Wolf Richter, Gundbert Scherf, and Christoph Schrey

Forbes ($) - Feb 27, 2021

Building AI Leadership Brain Trust: Why Is Data Analytics Literacy Key To AI Competency Development?

This blog is a continuation of the Building AI Leadership Brain Trust Blog Series which targets board directors and CEO’s to accelerate their duty of care to develop stronger skills and competencies in AI in order to ensure their AI programs achieve sustaining results.

Read Article By Cindy Gordon
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George Veth

Here is a trend that is running rampant in China, and I would suggest is on an uptick in the U.S. Livestreaming is going to be fun to watch! The article is worth reading if this is new territory for you.

New York Times ($) - Mar 14, 2021

Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers

Amazon Live is a prominent example of how interactive video shopping, popularized by TV networks like QVC, has moved online.

Read Article By Jackie Snow

Duke Corporate Education - Mar 1, 2021

The Rise of Digital Leadership

Winning in the digital economy is far more complex. Operations and scale continue to be important, of course, but as digital has revolutionized industries, competition, and business models, a new form of leadership – digital leadership – is necessary to guide organizations through the transition from analog to digital, and to thrive in the digital economy.

Read Article By Ryan McManus

HBR.org ($) - Feb 19, 2021

3 Steps to Better Virtual Meetings

Even as companies welcome back employees to workplaces, virtual meetings will be here to stay, so how do we make them go from a painful necessity to a productive tool?

To shake up the status quo, the authors, borrowing from the behavior change literature, suggest using behavior enablers, artifacts, and nudges (BEANs) to make desired behaviors habitual.

Read Article By Scott D. Anthony, Paul Cobban, Natalie Painchaud, and Andy Parker
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HBR.org ($) - Feb 15, 2021

Research: When New IT Systems Shift the Burden onto Employees

Does investing in new IT systems actually save organizations time? To answer this question, researchers conducted a study to estimate the time cost of implementing new IT products for organizations. The results suggest that while introducing new tech certainly has some benefits, it also displaces work onto unsuspecting workers.

Read Article By Michael A. Campion and Emily D. Campion
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IBM - Feb 7, 2021

Hybrid cloud for accelerating discovery workflows

Hybrid cloud could ultimately enable a new era of discovery, using the best resources available at the right times, no matter the size or complexity of the workload, to maximize performance and speed while maintaining security.

Read Article By Alessandro Curioni, Talia Gershon, and John Smith

Forbes ($) - Feb 12, 2021

Using VR To Step Inside Your Data: VR Or AR-Enabled Analytics

Do you only think virtual reality (VR) is only for gamers? There are a lot of useful applications for VR aside from gaming, but one of the lesser-known, but potentially even more fun, applications for VR and augmented reality (AR) is for data analytics. Yes, data analysis can be fun when you can “step inside your data®” as BadVr.com, one company that provides an immersive analytics platform, encourages you to do!

Read Article By Bernard Marr
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CMR Website - Feb 1, 2021

Ready or Not: Managers’ and Employees’ Different Perceptions of Digital Readiness

Digital transformation is now an essential requirement in the financial sector. It is important to align the perceptions of both managers and employees to ensure a successful transition.

Read Article By Anne Gfrerer, Katja Hutter, Johann Füller, and Thomas Ströhle

E&Y - Feb 8, 2021

How virtual collaboration can help build a better working world

Organizations need to think creatively when using technology to unlock new insights.

Read Article By Liz Fealy
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