In the next 10 years, the world will see a technology tsunami. In the face artificial intelligence, smart robots and nanotechnology promising to displace a large portion of the workforce, the human ability to learn will be of paramount importance. In this video, Darden Professor Ed Hess discusses the science of learning and a new definition of the word “smart.”

The ideas Professor Hess shares in this video are examined in-depth in his book Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization.

Professor Hess teaches in the Darden Executive Education program Servant Leadership: A Path to High-Performance, which helps leaders embody values in their behavior, deepen working relationships, and strengthen satisfaction internally and externally.

About the Expert

Edward D. Hess

Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence

Hess is a top authority on organizational and human high performance. His studies focus on growth, innovation and learning cultures, systems and processes, and servant leadership.

Hess has authored 12 books, including The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes, co-authored by Darden Professor Jeanne Liedtka, Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses, and Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization. His latest book is Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age (January 2017), co-authored by Katherine Ludwig. He has written more than 100 articles and 60 Darden cases, and his work has appeared in more than 400 global media publications and programs.

B.S., University of Florida; J.D., University of Virginia; LLM, New York University