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AI, Algorithms, and the Changes That Are Here to Stay

By Karen Harris | Feb 08, 2019 | Comments Off

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If you’re finding article after article and news story after news story referencing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and algorithms – you’re not alone! Sources tell us that AI is changing the landscape of how people do business, how markets shift, how we travel, purchase, sell, and how organizations map out the future.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Forbes columnist Bernard Marr shared five of his top predictions for 2019 in an insightful article that spells out how it can potentially affect politics, transparency, automation, jobs, and more. “AI points towards a future where machines not only do all of the physical work, as they have done since the industrial revolution but also the ‘thinking’ work – planning, strategizing and making decisions.” For some, that sounds scary, but for others, embracing change (always a good idea) and getting a handle on how AI is being integrated in almost every part of our lives and economy is just smart business.

Another recent article in Medium Magazine shared, “A recent McKinsey study estimates that the most advanced AI techniques may create between $3.5 trillion and $5.8 trillion in new value annually in 19 industries — from agriculture and automotive to banking and basic materials to travel and telecommunications.  AI is defined as the ability of a machine to perform cognitive functions we associate with human minds. And as human learning grows, so does AI. Scientists continually push the boundaries of what is possible with new techniques. As a result, it’s critical for leaders to understand not only the vision but also the reality of AI.”

With so much buzz – it’s no surprise that futurist and thought leader Mike Walsh made AI the focus of his new book, The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines are Smarter than You.  In it, Mike brings together years of research and interviews with some of the world’s top business leaders, AI pioneers, and data scientists to share a set of 10 principles about what it takes to succeed in the algorithmic age. The Algorithmic Leader offers a hopeful and practical guide for leaders of all types, and organizations of all sizes, to survive and thrive in this era of unprecedented change.

What is an algorithmic leader? Someone who has successfully adapted their decision making, management style, and creative output to the complexities of the machine age. The world is changing, to be sure, and with it, our ability to communicate, adapt, and understand how technology will lead us into the future. To be successful, as a leader, a business professional, or even consumer – we must learn new ideas, new skill sets, and new ways of thinking.

They say the only constant in life is change. The keeping up with it part is up to us!

Why leaders need digital ethics - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Oct 30, 2018 | Comments Off

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How will AI change your job - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Aug 28, 2018 | Comments Off

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Will AI be the end of the radiologist?

By Mike Walsh | Aug 14, 2018 | Comments Off

Geoffrey Hinton, one of the world’s most renowned computer scientists has argued that ‘we should stop training radiologists right now’, and that as a result of AI, most would be out of a job within 5 years. But is this really true? Dr Hugh Harvey has a unique perspective on this question, having worked both sides of the fence - both as consultant radiologist, and also as leader in the AI space first at Babylon Health, and currently as the Clinical Lead at Kheiron Medical. Catching up with Hugh in London, I was keen to find out about the impact of algorithms on employment in the healthcare, and what it might mean to be a radiologist in the 21st century.

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How Amazon makes smart decisions - Mike Walsh

By Dori Pominville | Jul 23, 2018 | Comments Off

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Augmenting Human Beings - Mike Walsh

By Mike Walsh | May 29, 2018 | Comments Off

The real threat of AI is not killer robots or rogue star destroyers, but rather systems that lack accountability, or consideration of their economic impact on job replacement. Listen to Mike's newest podcast episode here.

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In the Age of AI, Data is your Competitive Edge - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Aug 30, 2017 | Comments Off

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Why Humans Will Always Play Better Chess, Even When We Lose - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Mar 06, 2017 | Comments Off

We live in a time of exponentially improving machines. First chess, then Space Invaders, go and most recently poker - our games now seem mere taunts in a struggle for supremacy between humanity and AI. Even in losing, however, we may learn something about what makes us special.

I watched a fascinating documentary about chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen on a recent flight from Hong Kong to Stockholm. The apex of the story was the epic showdown for the World Chess Championship between Magnus and his Indian rival Viswanathan Anand, that took place in the latter’s hometown of Chennai.

We tend to think of chess as a game 'solved' by AI, and yet watching the documentary made me reconsider this, and our broader relationship as humans to many of the activities that will soon be automated and driven by algorithms.

Like the original Rocky film that set a young Stallone against a pitiless, robotic Russian opponent, Anand in both temperament and style, was the polar opposite of Magnus. Anand and his team were heavily reliant on sophisticated chess analysis computers to generate options, while Magnus favored a more intuitive, spontaneous style.

The greatest fear expressed by Magnus before the match was that he would never get the chance to shift Anand from his prepared game plan and to think for himself. Sure enough, on the first day of play, Magnus struggled to overcome the sheer weight of an opponent who was essentially playing like a machine.

Then after a day of relaxation and hanging with his family, the real genius of Magnus’ playing style emerged: fast, unpredictable and highly intuitive. He effortlessly blew past Anand’s positions and became the youngest world champion ever.

People have described Magnus as the Mozart of chess - and are amazed at the creativity and speed of his playing, as if his strategy manifests from some alternate dimension. It is easy to be superstitious about what we simply don't yet fully understand, or have forgotten in a time when we simply expect machines to be better than us.

Chess was once thought to be game that was AI-complete. In other words, we believed that once we invented a computer capable of beating a top chess player, we would have also invented a computer capable of general artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, as former Chess champion Garry Kasparov discovered exactly twenty years ago, with enough computer power and some brute force algorithms - you can beat a top human player, without actually creating a truly intelligent machine.

When I interviewed Sean Gourley, the data expert famous for modeling the mathematics of war, he told me the story of how Kasparov would go on to establish freestyle chess, a tournament that demonstrated that as smart as these new machines were - they could be beaten by a good human/computer collaboration. Kasparov's 'centaur' team strategy was essentially the tactic adopted by Anand and his team - human agency and computation, hand in hand. And yet, against Magnus, the centaurs couldn't prevail.

Even in this age of automation, AI and algorithms - it is worth remembering the lesson of Magnus Carlsen and his highly intuitive game play. When it comes to breakthrough ideas, there is still no power greater than the human brain itself: the ultimate, almost magical, deep learning and insight generating tool.

Art Morales on data, the placebo effect and the future of clinical trials - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Nov 28, 2016 | Comments Off

Art Morales is the CTO at Analgesic Solutions, a clinical research company focused on the conduct of clinical trials in pain. I caught up with Art to try and understand how emerging technologies like data, AI and algorithms will impact the way we both research and test new medicines in the future. One of the most interest areas of innovation is the cross pollination of ideas and frameworks from one industry to other. To that end, Art and his team are bringing in concepts from manufacturing and statistical process control to monitor and improve the effectiveness of clinical trials for pain medication. Upon completing his Ph.D. with Dr. Paul Schimmel at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Art started his career with Genome Therapeutics as a Senior Computational Biologist. He subsequently led a variety of teams at various companies including the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, where he was Global lead for Biology Platform Informatics.

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Ali Parsa on affordable healthcare, machine learning and the future of data-driven wellness - Mike Walsh

By cmiadmin | Oct 31, 2016 | Comments Off

Ali Parsa, founder of Babylon Health, has created an extraordinary platform — an app-based service that cost-effectively connects top GPs with patients via their smartphones, and is the UK’s leading digital healthcare service. Babylon allows its users to book a video consultation with a GP in minutes, or message with a photo to receive an answer for simpler questions. The true aim of the service is to leverage realtime data, adaptive health monitoring and clinically curated machine learning to detect diseases more quickly and ultimately prevent them before they happen. Visiting him at his head office in London, we spoke about the future impact of AI on the provision of healthcare services, how data changes the way we think about wellness and why the digital delivery of medical advice will transform the lives of millions in the developing world. Ali is a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. He previously created Circle, a multi-million pound business running private hospitals across Britain. He was named by the Times among the 100 global people to watch in 2012, and by HSJ among the 50 most influential people in UK healthcare.

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