Thought Pieces

Facing up to digital disruption: Reinventing the core with bold business strategy

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

McKinsey & Co

Going digital is now a core strategy for many organizations around the world. Our new research sheds light on how digital is slicing across industries and the potential approaches companies can take to integrate digital where it makes the most sense for their business. In this episode of the McKinsey Podcast, McKinsey senior partner Paul Willmott and senior expert Laura LaBerge speak with McKinsey Publishing’s David Schwartz about ways companies can think about digitization within their sector and the potential impact of their digital strategies on the bottom line.

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Creative Innovation 2016 post-conference recommendations paper for Australia’s Future

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Prepared by Terry Barnes, policy consultant and media commentator

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “the only constant of life is change”. How right he was.
But the pace of change Heraclitus would have experienced several thousand years ago is glacial compared to what we experience today. Technologically, economically and politically, the world of 2017 is light years removed from the world of fifty years ago, let alone the world immediately before the Industrial and Communications Revolutions.

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Falling for robots. What happens when androids are allowed in the bedroom?

Monday, 28 November 2016

ABC NEWS

A group of academics is now warning about the harm sex robots could pose to women and children. Robots are also depicted in the UK series Humans. Futurist Martin Ford was recently in Australia for the Creative Innovation conference. The film ‘Her’ told the story of a man who fell in love with his smartphone OS.

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Artificial creativity: Is it possible for an AI to create revolutionary art?

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

ABC NEWS

With the progress we’ve seen in artificial intelligence over the past year, there’s been a lot of excited talk about AI and creativity. Can we make AI systems that are creative? And what does that mean? We’ve seen AIs that can write relatively formulaic newspaper stories, paint new Dutch Masters, apply Van Gogh’s style to arbitrary pictures and play Go brilliantly. But is that creativity? As the clichéd question goes, “Is it art?”

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Changes looming for workers as robotics, AI enter new phase

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

ABC NEWS

Jon Williams, an analyst with professional services firm PwC, said governments in Australia need to have a serious debate about how to prepare for huge changes in the workforce

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Is innovation overrated? Here is how to separate myths from facts

Friday, 7 October 2016

HRM

Look at the mission statements of the world’s top 25 most valuable brands, including Microsoft, IBM and Nike. Many companies now have innovation departments, senior innovation leadership positions and especially purposed ‘innovation hubs’.

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