Problems you’ll face in the future thanks to robotics, genomics, and big data

Displaced workers, designer babies, the death of privacy and proliferation of cybercrime… How will you and your business respond to a few of the most problematic issues that the industries of the future are going to raise? “For most of the world’s 7.2 billion people, innovation and globalization have created opportunity the likes of which…

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Three leaders at the vanguard of the next economy

To see what leaders at the vanguard of the next economy are doing, we look to Foxconn’s CEO, one of the world’s biggest investors in robotics; to the leader of PGDx, a cancer genomics startup; and to the CEO of MFS Africa, a Pan-African FinTech company.   Dr. Luis Diaz fights cancer with revolutionary genomic…

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The next economy: A new wave of innovation is on its way

Famed American technology policy expert Alec Ross presents a panorama of the most important innovations set to drive economic and societal change for the years to come. 2017 will mark the eighth anniversary of Uber’s founding and the 20th anniversary of the victory of the chess-playing computer Deep Blue against the world’s reigning human champion,…

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The animation of communities of leaders: a key expertise of Business Digest

While a community of leaders may be built according to the same the process as that of any other type of digital community, there are also unique specifi cations to consider. A community of leaders will not come together spontaneously. It is critical to found the community on key business and organizational concerns, using a…

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How can you optimize the impact of digital communities?

Seamless collaborations across internal and geographic boundaries. A flatter, more agile, and innovative organization. A deeper sense of connection and cohesion around organizational purpose and mission. What does it take for online communities to become effective means to such worthwhile ends? Despite their much-celebrated potential, companies continue to struggle to get internal online communities off…

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How do leaders emerge in digital communities?

Virtual communities do not have formal hierarchies or defined roles, so how do their members manage to work together to create innovative solutions such as Wikipedia, Firefox and Linux? Sri Kudaravalli, a professor at HEC Paris, studied how leaders emerge in online communities. His observations and research are highly instructive for anyone considering an alternative…

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What to expect from the Internet of Things in 2015

The Internet of Things didn’t revolutionize our lives after all in 2014. Is IoT just a fad that is running out of steam? Far from it: a real groundswell is developing, say the IT experts, who simply believe that neither the markets nor the technology were ready for it yet. So, 2015 should be the…

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Winning the digital battle at Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard’s head of digital, Maël Tannou, explains to Business Digest how this French giant is executing a digital transformation as part of its goal to be the company that leads growth and changes the rules of the game in its industry. Digital transformation starts with employees As a globally decentralized company, with 18,000 employees…

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Succeeding at digital transformation

Between 2011 and 2014, George Westerman, Didier Bonnet, and Andrew McAfee studied digital transformation in almost 400 non-tech companies and found that only a small minority are succeeding at becoming what the authors call “digital masters.” The fact that digital masters are on average 26% more profitable than their peers — and this performance gap…

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Smart machines at DKV, the Co-Operative Bank, and Xerox

McKinsey & Company estimates that gains in labor productivity due to advances in the automation of knowledge work could equal between 110 million to 140 million full-time workers by 2025, with an overall economic impact of $5.2 to $6.7 trillion. Find inspiration on how to harness new technologies by considering three current smart machine success…

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