Weekend Leadership Reading: 4/19/19

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular work days. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about the development of artificial intelligence (AI)

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Current State of AI Adoption

“Over time, AI could become a transformative, general purpose technology like the steam engine, electricity, and the Internet. AI marketplace adoption will likely follow a typical S curve pattern, – that is, a relatively slow start in the early years, followed by a steep acceleration as the technology matures and firms learn how to best leverage AI for business value.”

From Adi Gaskell: New Research Highlights The Long Road Still Ahead For AI

“A recent study from UCLA highlights just how far there still is to go. The study illustrated a number of quite significant limitations that the researchers believe we have to understand and improve upon before we let ourselves get carried away.”

From Theodoros Evgeniou: The Pivotal Management Challenge of the AI Era

“For most people, artificial intelligence was strictly a sci-fi concept until recent years. Yet, if you go by the above timeline, the AI revolution may actually be running at least two decades late. It has been more than 70 years since the famous 1956 Dartmouth workshop with Newell, Simon, McCarthy and Minsky – the last of them passing away only three years ago (in 2016) – at which the first AI programme was officially unveiled. But statistical learning theory, the foundation of modern AI and machine learning, arrived a little ahead of the 50-year deadline. The field (whose luminaries included Vladimir Vapnik, Tommy Poggio and Steve Smale) cross-pollinated statistics, mathematics and computer science to produce a flowering of breakthroughs, leading directly to today’s AI revolution.”

From the London School of Economics: Bias and belief in meritocracy in AI and engineering

“Female engineering students find evidence that engineering is not an objective meritocracy, but embrace the belief that it is, write Brian Rubineau, Susan Silbey, Erin Cech and Carroll Seron”

From Anand Rao and Ilana Golbin: What is fair when it comes to AI bias?

“It’s not the algorithm behaving badly, but how we define fairness that determines an artificial intelligence system’s impact.”

From Alex Salkever and Vivek Wadhwa: A.I. Bias Isn’t the Problem. Our Society Is

“While A.I. has incredible potential to improve our lives, the truth is that it is only capable of reflecting our societal problems right back at us. And because of that, we can’t trust it to make important decisions that are susceptible to human prejudice.”

Book Suggestions

The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future by Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter

Applied Artificial Intelligence: A Handbook For Business Leaders by Mariya Yao , Adelyn Zhou , et al.

Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, et al.

Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI by Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil

Every week I share some recommendations of business books that I think are worth a look. Follow this link to the most recent list.

Every Monday, I do a blog post about business reading and business books. Follow this link to the most recent post, a review of Turning the Flywheel.

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