Resiliency in the Face of Black Swan Events
Black Swan events challenge our expectations. These low probability events have broad consequences that transform how we operate long after the initial impact of the event has diminished. Black Swan events are powerful catalysts for change and executives must identify what these changes mean for the future of their businesses. In this fast-paced session, we will explore what changes are likely to materialize in the year ahead as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and economic response and we’ll discuss how executives should be thinking about resiliency as they confront an ever-increasing blitz of unexpected events. Leave with tangible and tactical tools your team can implement today to chart a course through the chaos.
Finance and Risk Management in a New Digital Age
The next era of financial inter-mediation is upon us. The coming digital decade will transform every aspect of finance. Digitization is opening new market opportunities from AI-driven decision making to crypto-currencies. Bots and other emerging technologies are influencing how individuals interact and changing the adviser-client relationship. Mounting cyber-attacks, the rise of artificial intelligence, and digitized data are altering risk management and mitigation, how decisions are made, and how valuations are derived. Every element of the financial community will be impacted by disruptive digital forces, creating both havoc and opportunities for incumbent firms and start-ups alike.
The Future of Work – Are Robots Going to Take Our Jobs?
Artificial intelligence and robotics are challenging traditional norms of work. Employers are increasingly incorporating digital tools and in turn, redefining work and the modern-day worker. Yet, at the intersection of technological innovation and human work, there is a myriad of complexities developing. The new breed of quantified workers will enhance productivity and opportunities for business expansion but employers must handle mounting privacy concerns and new challenges for executives. A host of emerging technologies offer opportunities for business expansion and potential efficiencies while creating new challenges executives must tackle.
The world of logistics and transportation are being transformed with the advent of self-driving vehicles, robots, and the mass digitization of supply chains. The wide deployment of sensors will enable data harvesting from connected individuals, equipment, and transportation facilities that will drive data-driven decisions and streamline execution. Technological-induced changes have implications for the entire supply chain as new services are born that are forever changing the face of transportation.
Are We Ready for Smart Cities?
Technological shifts are reshaping the urban landscape and producing a social change in cities around the globe. Municipalities are rethinking infrastructure and transportation investments while seeking ways to protect and optimize scarce resources to improve the quality of life for its residents. At the same time, consumers are embedding smart technologies throughout their home and personal lives. Wearable sensors are facilitating robust and dynamic real-time data while technological transformations like self-driving vehicles are poised to massively change structural elements of cities throughout the world.
The Digitization of Healthcare
Wearables, telemedicine, and artificial intelligence are just the start of a technological tsunami disrupting one of the most broken business models in America. Healthcare reform and escalating demand continue to put new pressures on hospitals, physicians, and medical service providers and savvy organizations are turning to technological solutions to gain competitive advantages, enable innovative capabilities, contain costs and enhance efficiency. At the same time, patients are living ever digitized lives and demanding more of medical providers. Explore the most promising and pronounced trends impacting healthcare. Big questions regarding the efficacy of technology to cut costs, improve accuracy, and raise quality remain but the future of healthcare is digital and organizations need to prepare now for the coming transformation.
Changes in Retail, Hospitality, and the Future of Professional Services
The digital revolution is both consolidating and fragmenting the landscape in retail, hospitality, and a plethora of service industries. The internet opened a wide gamut of competition from merchandising to pricing to creating a curated consumer experience. Brands are bidding for loyalty but at the same time, ever-more demanding consumer expectations are colliding with legacy service models. Emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, drones, and digital payments are changing how we interact, shop, and make decisions. Executives are facing immeasurable challenges as they confront a digital world redefining service.
Swipe Right for Digitally-Induced Cultural Shocks
Not long ago we talked about “going online.” In these early days, our experiences in the digital world were largely isolated from our analog lives. Today, we dedicate an escalating amount of our time each day to smartphones and spend much of our waking hours consuming media across an assortment of devices. Two-thirds of Americans report they get at least some of their news on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and as a result, technology is having an oversized impact on social norms and culture. The lines between what happens digitally and what happens in our physical lives as blurred beyond recognition. Our identities are increasingly being digitally defined and this has pronounced implications for society as romantic relationships, politics, and everything in between are transformed.
Voice, AR, Blockchain and more: The Challenges and Opportunities of Emerging Technologies
A profusion of technological changes on the horizon is poised to forever change the way we work, live, and communicate. Voice computing is ushering in a new user interface and changing the way we compute. Virtual reality and augmented reality are altering the way we interact and blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds. New use-cases for drones, 3D-printers, and wearables are arising daily. Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and the blockchain are fundamentally changing business processes. Increasing swaths of our lives are connected but cybersecurity and privacy concerns are just some of the challenges as we usher a new world filled with technological innovations.
Digital Objects: People & The Future in a World of IoT
Ten years ago, the number of “things” connected to the Internet surpassed the number of people on the planet and this technological tsunami continues to escalate. As objects add capabilities such as context awareness, processing power, energy independence the Internet of Things will grow exponentially. Ilion’s or even trillions of connections become a network of networks and create boundless opportunities for businesses, individuals, and countries. There is a tremendous amount of experimentation taking place today that will redefine our future and influence how we work, communicate, and live. The fuel of the next industrial revolution is upon us but it will not be mechanical inventions as it has been through all the ages of history.
Elon Musk argues artificial intelligence (AI) poses a greater threat to humanity than nuclear weapons while Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes AI will save lives. This juxtaposition reveals the existential threat and potential AI possesses. From accelerating information flow on major weather events to writing sophisticated texts, spreading fake news, and undermining public trust, AI is ushering in a new digital paradigm. What’s clear is that AI is going to change all that we know about the digital world and in turn, have massive ramifications on the physical world.