Ajay Agrawal on How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Us

Where AI actually excels.

July 6, 2018 / Podcast # 18-14

Ajay Agrawal

Artificial Intelligence is portrayed in fiction and media as either killer robots or the thing that will save us all. Ajay Agrawal and his coauthors of Prediction Machines take a different view, one of economists. To them, the most important question around any new tech is: what will this reduce the cost of? Listen to find out the one thing AI excel at when it comes to cost reduction.

Ajay Agrawal is Professor of Strategic Management and Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He is also cofounder of The Next 36 and Next AI, cofounder of the AI/robotics company Kindred, and founder of the Creative Destruction Lab. Ajay conducts research on technology strategy, science policy, entrepreneurial finance, and the geography of innovation.

 

H. James Wilson on Work in the Age of AI

Coming to terms with the new normal.

May 11, 2018 / Podcast # 18-06

H James Wilson

No, you are not going to be replaced by a robot but a robot might be your new coworker. While automation is here to stay, research has shown that human and machine collaboration consistently outperforms pure automation. H. James Wilson, author of Human + Machine, joins us to talk about the future of the working world.

H. James Wilson is Managing Director of Information Technology and Business Research at Accenture Research. Prior to joining Accenture, he led research and innovation programs at Babson Executive Education and at Bain & Company. Author of The New Entrepreneurial Leader, and a long-time contributor to Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal, Wilson researches the impact of emerging technologies on worker and organizational performance. He holds a BA from College of the Holy Cross and a MA from Boston College. He is based in San Francisco.

 

Edward Hess on Finding a Role for Humanity

Where will the jobs be for human beings?

March 24, 2017 / Podcast # 17-12

Edward Hess

Automation and robotics are coming to the workforce and they’re poised to be as disruptive as the industrial revolution. Where will humans fit in to this new world of work? Edward Hess, coauthor along with Katherine Ludwig of the new book Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, joins us to talk about job opportunities for a newly automatic world.

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