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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

As artificial intelligence (AI) systems take on more tasks and solve more problems, it’s hard to say which is rising faster: our interest in them or our fear of them. Futurist Ray Kurzweil famously predicted that “By 2029, computers will have emotional intelligence and be convincing as people.”

We don’t know how accurate this prediction will turn out to be. Even if it takes more than 10 years, though, is it really possible for machines to become conscious? If the machines Kurzweil describes say they’re conscious, does that mean they actually are?

Perhaps a more relevant question at this juncture is: what is consciousness, and how do we replicate it if we don’t understand it?

In a panel discussion at South By Southwest titled “How AI Will Design the Human Future,” experts from academia and industry discussed these questions and more.

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Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy

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McKinsey Global Institute publishes study on innovations that will transform life, business, and the global economy

We are in an ever changing parade of new innovations on numerous fronts. Just about every development in technology is charged as a leap forward, and we are constantly looking for the “next big thing”. However, not every upcoming innovation will truly be able to influence the business or social landscape, but some of them might be disruptive for existing conditions and change the way we live and work. As such it is important as a business leader to comprehend which technologies will matter to them and how to prepare for changes.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy. (McKinsey Global Institute)

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[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The fundaments of the consultancy’s business plans have basically not altered in more than 100 years: Sending outcasts, smart and agile, into associations for a limited time and asking them to propose solutions for the most troublesome issues their customers had to solve. Some experienced specialists have been questioned by a team of researchers and they sneered at the assumption of a coming disruption in their industry, noting that customers will always be confronted by new challenges,thus giving consultants a reason to exist. Their response is reasonable, in light of the fact that two variables—opacity and agility—have long made consultants resistant to disruption.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

In “Consulting on the Cusp of Disruption” (Harvard Business Review, Oct. 2013), Clayton Christensen, Dina Wang & Derek van Bever point out the coming disruptive changes in the world of management consulting:

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