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What if Humans Are No Longer Earth’s Most Intelligent Beings?

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In his final, posthumously published book, famed physicist Stephen Hawking raises an alarm about the dangers of artificial intelligence, or AI, and the existential threat it could pose to humanity. In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Hawking writes, “a super-intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in... CONTINUE READING

C-Suite Insights With Scott Beardsley: Macy’s President Hal Lawton

When faced with what some are calling a “retail apocalypse,” how does an iconic brick-and-mortar retailer reshape its in-store and online experiences in order to compete in a rapidly transforming retail world? In the above video, Darden Dean Scott Beardsley interviews Macy’s President Hal Lawton (MBA ’00) — a Darden School alumnus who previously led the rapid growth of Home Depot’s... CONTINUE READING

New Product Sales: Turn Innovation Into Growth

Everyone knows innovation is the name of the game. But what then? Turning innovation into growth doesn’t end at creating a new product or service, it takes the next step: commercialization. How does a company sell its brilliant new idea to customers? Darden Professor Thomas Steenburgh and University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business Professor Michael Ahearne looked beyond R&D to... CONTINUE READING

In the Wake of U.S. Policy Rollbacks, Electric Vehicles Roll On

The U.S. government’s 2011 fuel efficiency standards have been an important catalyst for electric vehicle adoption in the United States, providing manufacturers with a roadmap for innovation and securing a low-carbon transportation future. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation have recently proposed changes to these standards, freezing 2020... CONTINUE READING

Marketers on Board: The Secret Ingredient to Firm Growth

Growth. It’s a top priority for many companies. According to a recent study conducted by Gartner, it’s the number one strategic priority for CEOs. It is surprising, then, that less than 3 percent of board members — those at the highest levels of firm stewardship — have executive level marketing experience. A study conducted by the National Association of Corporate Directors found that... CONTINUE READING

Agile in 3 Easy Chunks

If you’re not familiar with agile, it’s basically a set of practices to help teams innovate. Done right, it’s a workhorse for applied innovation, something every corporation wants. The messy part is that if you talk to someone on an actual team at a corporation about the company’s practice of agile, odds are good you’ll hear a lot of grumbling. And not without good reason! How Do You... CONTINUE READING