Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash Quarantine Angst What does the jet engine have in common with penicillin, the world’s first antibiotic? Both, as it turns out, were born in 1928, but it took the crisis of the Second World War for either to be brought into the mainstream and deployed. The war’s stresses also…

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By Shomit Ghose | March 31, 2020 Star Wars: mind-candy entertainment or a set of essential teachings for business leaders?  Happily, it’s both.  The sci-fi series is a great illustration of the entrepreneurial journey, while also illustrating (who knew?) academically-proven best practices for achieving business success.  The case for binge-watching Star Wars is particularly apt in today’s corporate…

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Adapt or Die Name a company anywhere in the world – just one! – that won’t be disrupted by Amazon or Google.  These two companies, along with their fellow votaries of Big Data and machine learning, are today entering every industry, to the competitive peril of businesses large and small.  The healthcare and financial industries…

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The World Health Organization reports that 45% of member states have less than one physician per 1,000 population. With the Kaiser Family Foundation reporting 27 million Americans lacking health coverage in 2017, access to healthcare is not just an issue in the developing world. These numbers help highlight healthcare’s two idealized goals: That healthcare be accessible to…

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By Shomit Ghose | June 5, 2019 Iron Man vs Terminator Revisited In the landscape of artificial intelligence, we still find ourselves balanced precariously between the twin outcomes of Iron Man and Terminator.  In the former, we adopt technologies to empower our human selves — as with the Marvel comic book character — to overcome our foremost challenges. …

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“But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” – United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, February 12, 2002 An artificial intelligence strategy is the corporate equivalent of your spleen: everyone has one, but not everyone understands quite what it will accomplish.  There are bold plans afoot everywhere in…

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The AI Century The natural selection of economics has relentlessly pushed businesses and societies toward maximum efficiency.  It’s the principal force that fuels the start-up business models of today as they redefine and make more efficient the economics of tomorrow.  It’s this drive to maximum efficiency that’s given rise to disruptive, AI-driven business models that…

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