BAT TEN BR IEFI N G INSPIRING THE WORLD THROUGH ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION
Innovation in the Age of Smart Machines: THE POWER OF PEOPLE AND TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE, SPRING 2014. CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.
Malgorzata Glinska Senior Researcher, Batten Institute firstname.lastname@example.org
stonishing digital technologies and unprecedented connectivity are making
the impossible possible. Think the Vulcan mind meld is pure fantasy? Michael Chorost, technology theorist and writer, may well disagree. After losing his
hearing, Chorost received cochlear implants—tiny computers that trigger auditory
nerves to recreate the sensation of hearing. Chorost views the devices inside his head as a step toward a future in which a combination of implanted nanowires and optogenetics will allow meaningful communication between brains.3
Technological marvels are enhancing our lives in profound ways. They are also increasing our anxiety.
You’ll be paid in the future based on how well you work with robots.”1 Kevin Kelly, Futurist, cofounder of Wired magazine
of U.S. jobs are highly susceptible to automation.2
INNOVATORS' ROUNDTABLE REPORT
Some warn that machines are coming to steal our jobs. As MIT’s Eric Brynjolfsson
and Andrew McAfee outline in their recent best seller The Second Machine Age, along with the benefits, technological progress will leave many without work as cognitive
tasks are increasingly automated.4 In many cases, the authors argue, artificially intelligent machines can make better decisions than humans.
So what does this mean for organizations and the individuals who work in them? Recent advances in digital technologies are disrupting markets and reshaping indus-
tries. Companies are not only under extraordinary pressure to find new opportunities
for growth; they have to make sense of today’s rapidly evolving technology. This Batten
Briefing explores several questions: What implications do recent technological advances have for business leaders? What skills will be necessary for working alongside smart
machines? Will people still matter? And, most importantly, how can we best prepare for a fast-changing world?
Published on Dec 8, 2014
Astonishing digital technologies and unprecedented connectivity are making the impossible possible. Think the Vulcan mind meld is pure fanta...