I can think there is no better topic to talk about when we're thinking about sustainability and the future of humanity than the ethics of technology - and particularly artificial intelligence. It currently is the fastest-growing technology sector in the world - valued at around $327 billion, and expected to grow to $500 billion within the next three years. Disturbingly, there is little to no control or regulation over this incredible technology that within the next two years will be 80% of all foundational components of all infrastructure.
As science fiction becomes science fact, focusing on ethics will make sure AI benefits all of humanity – not entrench the advantages of a privileged few.
Fake news spreads six times faster than factual news. The algorithms built into social media software, in an effort to hold our attention, feed us information that triggers the basest instincts of our complex psychologies. These are some of the starkest realities exposed in the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma.”
Holding our attention is what the robot (if you will) was programmed to do. And it’s doing its job really, really well. “As long as social media companies profit from outrage, confusion, addiction, and depression,” says Tristan Harris, founder of The Center for Humane Technology, “our well-being and democracy will continue to be at risk.”
Of course, infinite-scroll news feeds are only a tiny piece of the artificial intelligence puzzle. AI and machine learning influence the way we shop, bank, commute – even the decisions we make about who earns an interview vs. whose resume goes into the trash bin.
If there is one word we’ve heard with great frequency in recent months, it would be ‘unprecedented’. While so much of what we’ve all experienced in 2020 is the definition of extraordinary, it’s important to remember that many businesses have faced existential threats and crises over the years - only to emerge stronger resulting from the experience.
From IBM to Converse, Lego and event Apple, there is much we can learn from businesses that have emerged from acutely difficult times and bounced back strongly.
Pauline Nguyen has worked alongside the technology industry through her coaching and facilitation and noticed that many technology organisations are talking about innovation - and yet so many are doing things in the same old way. Even after considering a different approach they inevitably revert back to the same default behaviours as before. So how is your business approaching change? Is your organisation reinventing itself through these challenging time? Now is the time to make change an opportunity to do better.
On the back of the pandemic, we have seen the financial services sector fare better than most others however it has also gone through a significant disruption to its workforce. Most financial services companies sent their employees home to work. They then faced challenges with employees not being able to access information and files on-premises as well as employees being unable to collaborate effectively, not being face to face.
A Netflix hit was released recently called 'The Social Dilemma'. In this tech documentary, Tristan Harris explores the ways in which the Tech Giants control the world through the use of AI and algorithms. He calls it the Attention Economy and notes that 'If you don't pay for the product, you are the product".
As the world moves into an unprecedented time of crisis management the role of Artificial Intelligence has become extremely important. As organisations restructure their organisational structures, send their employees home to work, avoid human to human interactions, minimise their expenditure and try to innovate their way out of the crisis we will see the use of AI increasing as a means to enable each of these factors.
While the world is fighting to contain the Coronavirus Pandemic, there are a range of technologies already being deployed to assist with keeping people safe during this outbreak. This short article lists some of the ways that advanced technology can help to contain the spread of COVID-19:
In this speech, technology futurist Shara Evans will provide you with state-of-the-art information on technologies such as AI and robotics, then take you on a journey into the job market of the 2030s and beyond. While many jobs may disappear or change in fundamental ways, emerging technologies will also bring about many new opportunities.
In this speech, technology futurist Shara Evans will take you on a journey into the job market of the 2030s based on her extensive research of projects that are already being worked on / contemplated in research labs around the world. Starting with a look at today’s state-of-the-art developments, Shara will then extrapolate how the evolution of technology will impact life in the 2030s and beyond
Cloud isn't new, and its impact around the world is only just starting. Scott Bales look at how Cloud will shape 2020.
The underlying technology of Bitcoin is Blockchain, and in theory has amazing potential to transform entire industries. Futurist Scott Bales looks at where Blockchain is heading in 2020
In this mega session, delivered at the Society of Women Engineers November 2019 event in Anaheim, CA, futurist Shara Evans talks about how technology will impact jobs, security, and privacy as well as providing incredible business opportunities to commercialize these concepts into innovative new products and services. Shara will explore big picture items such as what will it mean to be human in the age of pervasive technology.
Topics covered in this speech include smart cities, future modes of transport, space travel, artificial intelligence (in its many forms), examples of jobs of the future, and the future of humanity - including brain implants, stem cell therapies, nanobots, and genetic engineering - along with the many new jobs and challenges that will emerge as we adopt these technologies.
In this keynote speech, Shara takes you into the world of AI + Robots and how they’re impacting businesses + what this means to you in your role organisation - as well as sharing with you some of her thoughts on Jobs of the Future and the Future of Humanity.
In this motivational speech technology futurist Shara Evans shares her inspiring personal story of how she became a business leader and globally renowned futurist — whilst overcoming personal challenges that would have been viewed as impossible barriers by most.
In this episode of the Divercity podcast host Julia Streets interviews Dr Catriona Wallace, a leading authority in artificial intelligence and Founder & Executive Director of fintech firm Flamingo.AI, the second only woman-led businesses ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Artificial Intelligence is regarded as the most powerful transformation to affect business and society since the invention of electricity - and is now in reach of the Board and Executive team.
So how should our business leaders consider the ethical challenges that A.I. presents?
From big data and analytics, to image recognition, voice recognition, emotion recognition and robots, AI is set to be part of our daily lives in new and unexpected ways.
In this episode of the Smart Community Podcast, Shara Evans (Technologist, Futurist, Keynote Speaker and Self-Proclaimed Sci-Fi Geek) discusses her background, how she transitioned from technologist to futurist, and what sparked her interest in the Smart Community space.
The world of crypto currency is exciting, fast moving, and still a bit risky in terms of valuation, hacking of digital wallets and exchanges or losing your password (and access to your crypto account). In spite of these risks, early products such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and many other digital currencies are currently being used or trialled around the world.
You never hear job ads looking for people who can effect real change. Sure, there’s the ads seeking “ambitious go-getters”, or the old chestnut: “think outside the box”.
But that’s not really what they’re looking for.
Property on the blockchain? Smart contracts and bitcoin-like management of decentralised property ownership is coming. And that's just the start.
Although consumer demand has driven the widespread adoption of online real estate listings, the mechanisms and processes of real estate have gone largely unchanged for decades - or longer.
That's all starting to change.
Disruptive technology isn't the only threat to the real estate industry. Technology's effect on people is where the most transformative disruption is taking place. Whether it's buyers, sellers or those providing services at every step of the real estate journey, technology is making people more connected, informed, empowered, demanding, impatient, even narcissistic.
If you ask a banker what the biggest threat to their industry might be, the answer would likely be "blockchain"... the ominous-sounding technology that powers cryptocurrency and is proving something of a headache for banks trying to innovate their way out of the red tape of the past.
But that's only half the story...
2017 is very different from 2007. Social media, automation, buy-with-a-click, customer engagement, big data and the cloud are just some of the things that have, in just a few years, gone from being incredible to being normal. James O’Loghlin contests that it’s naïve to think the next 10 years won’t bring just as much change.
Are you ready to give up control? The driverless car revolution promises to make our roads safer, reduce emissions and unclog our highways. But who's really in control? Michael McQueen takes a hard look at the future of our roads, and what it means for our autonomy, economy and safety.
From Sony to Microsoft, Adidas to Alcoa, and Billabong to Lego, many a brand has lost their mojo at one time or another. Michael McQueen shares key insights on how we can keep the pedal on momentum.From Sony to Microsoft, Adidas to Alcoa, and Billabong to Lego, many a brand has lost their mojo at one time or another.
To respond to the ever growing demand amongst my clients, I'm launching my new book Innovation Wars, with the pre-orders starting on May 2nd. After the success of my previous book Mobile Ready, I've chosen to partner with Publishizer to build the support to produce an amazing innovation tool. You can pre-order the book here.
Peter Sheahan is a best-selling author and internationally recognised thought leader on innovation and behaviour change. His latest research addresses the burning question posed by leading organisations throughout the world. How do you create a company that matters?
In this video, Pete introduces us to his forthcoming book - Matter: Move beyond the competition, create value and become the obvious choice. This game-changing work provides a workable blueprint to find your edge of disruption and become the obvious choice in the hearts and minds of your customers.
Visiting Australia in 2016, Pete is available to speak across the country from February the 11th - 17th.