A tsunami of technology is about to change the way people live and work. In this introduction of the article collection Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age, Professor Ed Hess explains what skills humans need to hone in order to meet the challenges of the near future.
Ed Hess discusses how an organization transforms: By helping its people mitigate fear of change. It starts with the right people asking the right questions.
The realities of the digital age will produce high cognitive and emotional demands on humans for the highest and fastest levels of critical and innovative thinking, hyper-learning and decision-making.
To remain viable, most organizations will have to achieve not only higher-level technological capabilities, but also higher-level human cognitive and emotional performance.
Leading a public company since the late 1980s has been pretty easy in terms of understanding the “rules of the game.” That’s because the purpose of business has been so clear: just create shareholder value. But the "why" of business is changing in new and old ways.
How are digital technologies changing the business landscape? Are new business models disrupting our industry? How can we innovate faster and better? These are questions with which business leaders have wrestled since the world has gone digital. And rightly so.
The convergence of artificial intelligence, increased global mobile connectivity, the Internet of Things, heightened computing power, virtual and augmented reality, and nanotechnology will produce a data tsunami that will require most organizations to transform how they do business.
In the Smart Machine Age, many of us will have to relearn the process of how to iteratively learn. And we will have to relearn how to be curious like a child and to be courageous like an explorer.