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What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data


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What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data

Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig, Ben Pring

ISBN: 978-1-119-27866-5 February 2017 256 Pages



Artificial intelligence has left the laboratory (and the movie lot) and is in your building. It's in your home. It's in your office. From Alexa to Nest to Siri to Uber to Waze, we are surrounded by smart machines running on incredibly powerful and self-learning software platforms.

And this is just the beginning.

Minute by minute, machines are doing more and more of the work we perform today.

When machines do everything what are you going to do?

  • Will a robot take your job away?
  • Will your company be "Ubered"?
  • What will your industry look like in 10 years?
  • Will your children be better off than you are?

The rise of artificial intelligence is the great story of our time.

Those who succeed in the next phase of the digital economy are not those who can create the new machines, but those who figure out what to do with them.

This book is your field guide.

Preface ix

Chapter 1 When Machines Do Everything 1

Like It or Not, This Is Happening 3

Digital That Matters 4

Playing the New Game 6

But Will I Be Automated Away? 8

Getting AHEAD in the Age of the New Machine 9

Chapter 2 From Stall to Boom: We’ve Been Here Before 13

When Machines Do Everything, What Happens to Us? 14

But Haven’t Our Computers Made Us More

Productive? 15

Carlota’s Way 16

Riding the Waves 17

Three Big Reasons Why a Boom Is About to Occur 21

From Stall to Boom, a Time of Optimism 31

Chapter 3 There Will Be Blood 33

Predictions of Massive Job Losses via AI 33

Manual vs. Knowledge Labor: As Goes the Factory, So

Goes the Office? 36

Don’t Confuse Jobs with Tasks 38

Don’t Overlook the Job-Growth Story 40

The Pace of This Transition 42

Getting AHEAD in a Time of Churn 43

Chapter 4 The New Machine: Systems of Intelligence 45

Defining the New Machine 46

Meet the Machine: Anatomy of a System of Intelligence 50

Systems of Intelligence in Action 56

What Does “Good” Look Like? Attributes of a Successful System of Intelligence 59

From Vapor to Value 63

Chapter 5 Your New Raw Materials: Data Is Better than Oil 65

Turning Data from a Liability into an Asset 66

Managing the Data Supply Chain 68

Business Analytics: Turning Data into Meaning 70

If It Costs More than $5, and You Can’t Eat It, Instrument It! 71

The Home-Field Advantage of Big Companies 73

Data Is Job One 76

Chapter 6 Digital Business Models: Your Five Ways to Beat Silicon Valley 77

Hybrid Is the New Black 81

Avoiding the Four Traps 82

Five Ways to Mine Gold from the New Machines 90

The Management Opportunity of a Generation 92

Chapter 7 Automate: The Robots Aren’t Coming; They’re Here 95

Automation Is Not Optional 96

Software Should Be Eating Your Core Operations 102

What to Do on Monday? Flick Your Automation-On Switch 107

Automation Is a Means, Not an End 113

Chapter 8 Halo: Instrument Everything, Change the Game 115

Every “Thing” Is Now a Code Generator 116

Become a “Know-It-All” 120

What to Do on Monday? Capitalize on Code 124

Digits over Widgets: The Next Age of Business and Technology 132

Chapter 9 Enhance: Amplify Human Performance with the New Machine 133

Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age . . . Digital Age 135

Enhanced Jobs Will Be Protected Jobs 136

Smart Robots Make Smarter Hands 141

What to Do on Monday? Partner with Systems of Intelligence 145

You + New Tools = Enhancement 151

Chapter 10 Abundance: Finding Your 10X Opportunities with the New Machine 153

What to Do on Monday? Find Abundance in Your Organization 157

Increasing Prosperity by Lowering Prices 165

Chapter 11 Discovery: Manage Innovation for the Digital Economy 167

R&D Without AI Is No R&D at All 171

Discovery Is Hard, but Not as Hard as Being Irrelevant 176

What to Do on Monday? Don’t Short Human Imagination 176

Create Your Own Budding Effect 185

Chapter 12 Competing on Code: A Call to Action from the Future 187

AI for Pragmatists 188

The Digital Build-Out Is Here 189

Align the Three M’s 190

Move AHEAD 191

Courage and Faith in the Future 192

Acknowledgments 195

Photo Credits 197

Disclaimers 199

Notes 205

Index 223