Thought Pieces

Less Work, What’s Next?

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Moderate Voice

No matter what Donald Trump is promising, manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the United States. The nation’s manufacturing output is at an all-time high, though jobs in this sector have fallen dramatically. Robots and computers replacing humans are the new workers, and a way must be found to provide a living income for those citizens who have no jobs or low-wage jobs that cannot sustain them and their families.

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Ci2016 Mindmap

Friday, 23 September 2016

The amazing team at Mindwerx International has created this wonderful mindmap to give you a snapshot of what to expect at Ci2016.

Discover the Ci2016 Mindmap below. To find out more about the work of Mindwerx international visit their website.


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Today’s children will need to work until the age of 100 at 40 different jobs

Friday, 16 September 2016

Washington Post

Think your little ones will have a better life than you, like your own parents probably thought about you? Think again.

Today’s children will most likely have to work until the age of 100 at 40 different jobs, according to a leading British futurologist.

Talwar suggested that schools should teach students more relevant skills, including how to relax, boost their memories and get more sleep, in order to cope. Talwar, CEO of Fast Future, which predicts future trends, was speaking to the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference — a gathering of British school principals — in St. Andrews, Scotland, the Times reported.

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Artificial Intelligence and life in 2030

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Stanford University

The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence, launched in the fall of 2014, is a long-term investigation of the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its influences on people, their communities, and society. It considers the science, engineering, and deployment of AI-enabled computing systems. As its core activity, the Standing Committee that oversees the One Hundred Year Study forms a Study Panel every five years to assess the current state of AI. The Study Panel reviews AI’s progress in the years following the immediately prior report, envisions the potential advances that lie ahead, and describes the technical and societal challenges and opportunities these advances raise, including in such arenas as ethics, economics, and the design of systems compatible with human cognition. The overarching purpose of the One Hundred Year Study’s periodic expert review is to provide a collected and connected set of reflections about AI and its influences as the field advances.

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Interview with our Ci Global futurist Ray Kurzweil: Reinvent Yourself

Friday, 9 September 2016

Playboy Magazine

Many think author, inventor and data scientist Ray Kurzweil is a prophet for our digital age. A few say he’s completely nuts. Kurzweil, who heads a team of more than 40 as a director of engineering at Google, believes advances in technology and medicine are pushing us toward what he calls the Singularity, a period of profound cultural and evolutionary change in which computers will outthink the brain and allow people—you, me, the guy with the man-bun ahead of you at Starbucks—to live forever. He dates this development at 2045.

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Innovation isn’t the answer to all your problems

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Harvard Business Review

What should leaders do to boost their organization’s ability to innovate? There’s a seemingly endless list of options to consider. Set up a new-growth group. Launch an idea contest. Change the reward systems. Run an action-learning program to develop the top leadership team’s ability to confront ambiguity. Form a venture investment fund. Take a road trip to Israel or Silicon Valley. Build an open innovation platform. Bring in outside speakers. Hire seasoned innovators. Paint the walls blue. Buy a lot of books.

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