Weekend Leadership Reading: 6/29/18

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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 artificial intelligence.

From SAS: Artificial Intelligence: What it is and why it matters

“Artificial intelligence (AI) makes it possible for machines to learn from experience, adjust to new inputs and perform human-like tasks. Most AI examples that you hear about today – from chess-playing computers to self-driving cars – rely heavily on deep learning and natural language processing. Using these technologies, computers can be trained to accomplish specific tasks by processing large amounts of data and recognizing patterns in the data.”

From Vauhini Vara: Can This Startup Break Big Tech’s Hold on A.I.?

“IN THE MODERN FIELD OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, all roads seem to lead to three researchers with ties to Canadian universities. The first, Geoffrey Hinton, a 70-year-old Brit who teaches at the University of Toronto, pioneered the subfield called deep learning that has become synonymous with A.I. The second, a 57-year-old Frenchman named Yann LeCun, worked in Hinton’s lab in the 1980s and now teaches at New York University. The third, 54-year-old Yoshua Bengio, was born in Paris, raised in Montreal, and now teaches at the University of Montreal. The three men are close friends and collaborators, so much so that people in the A.I. community call them the Canadian Mafia.”

From McKinsey: Five fifty: Real-world AI

“The McKinsey Global Institute found more that 400 real-life examples where AI can improve longstanding business challenges.”

From Adi Gaskell: Do We Need Public Scrutiny Of Automated Decisions?

“As AI continues to develop at a rapid pace, a growing number of conversations turn to how we can ensure it retains its accountability. The broad consensus to date is that five core things are required:”

From Mengqiao Liu: We Replaced Leaders with Artificial Intelligence. Here’s What We Learned.

“Immersed in this AI era, you’ve probably wondered if you should start automating your organization, as well. And, if you do, you may be wondering if there will still be a place for leaders in the workplace in 20 years. We wondered the same. To find evidence-based answers, we started experimenting with AI and applying it to leadership selection and development. Our conclusion? Leaders are not only here to stay but are becoming more important in the era of AI”

Check out these books

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

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