Weekend Leadership Reading: 7/19/19

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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 artificial intelligence and what it portends for society and business.

From the London School of Economics: Friend or foe: five questions outlining the future of artificial intelligence

“What raises fears today is artificial general intelligence, a type of AI as smart and flexible as humans, writes Byron Reese.”

From Euan Cameron and Deborah Unger: Understanding the Potential of Artificial Intelligence

“Daniel Hulme, CEO of the AI solutions startup Satalia, offers other chief executives a primer on the technology that will shape the future of work and business.”

From Edmund Andrews: Artificial Intelligence for the Perplexed Executive

“AI can transform almost every industry. The biggest uncertainty may be the humans behind it.”

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: AI and the Evolution of History

“I now want to discuss the interview conducted by NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman with former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger at the February 28 event. The interview, – which can be seen in this video, – was based on a June, 2018 article by Dr. Kissinger in The Atlantic, – How the Enlightenment Ends: ‘Philosophically, intellectually – in every way – human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.'”

From Wharton: The AI Boom: Why Trust Will Play a Critical Role

“Artificial Intelligence is on the cusp of becoming the biggest technology of the information age, says Horacio Rozanski, president and CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton. However, we need to bake human judgement into it before it is too late, he writes in this opinion piece.”

From Guillaume Chaslot: The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

“In some cases, the AI went terribly wrong. Artificial intelligence controls a large part of how we consume information today. In YouTube’s case, users spend 700,000,000 hours each day watching videos recommended by the algorithm. Likewise, the recommendation engine for Facebook’s news feed drives around 950,000,000 hours of watch time per day.”

From Greg Satell: 4 Things Every Business Leader Should Know About Artificial Intelligence and Automation

“In recent years, their vision has come to be seen as deterministic and apocalyptic, with humans struggling to stay relevant in the face of a future ruled by robot overlords. There’s no evidence that’s true. The future, in fact, will be driven by humans collaborating with other humans to design work for machines to create value for other humans.”

Book Suggestions

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese

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

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

Applied Artificial Intelligence: A Handbook For Business Leaders by Mariya Yao

Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change by Greg Satell

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