Innovation Center Denmark gathered decision makers, creators and leaders to discuss the Future of Work and Education at a full-day Conference at the IT University of Copenhagen.

Innovation Center Denmark gathered decision makers, creators and leaders to discuss the Future of Work and Education at a full-day Conference at the IT University of Copenhagen.

The CEO of Cambrian.ai, Olaf Groth, delivered a keynote speech and reinforced the promise of technology, digitization, AI and robotics for humanity as tremendously positive, if we get on top of it and shape it actively through deliberate strategies. Cambrian’s leader also advocated for the need of values and ethics in the upcoming era of thinking machines.

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Testimony before the California Assembly - The 6th largest economy in the world needs to lead it responsibly into the era of cognitive computing

Testimony before the California Assembly - The 6th largest economy in the world needs to lead it responsibly into the era of cognitive computing

Many thanks to my stellar Cambrian.ai team, Dan Zehr and Mark Nitzberg, and the students of my Business & Global Society course at Hult International Business School, as well as the research team for our book (https://www.amazon.com/Solomons-Code-Humanity-Thinking-Machines/dp/168177870X) for helping me prepare for Tuesday's testimony during the California State Assembly's Hearing on AI.

The economic and human potential of AI is significant. Our state is the 6th largest economy in the world and one of a handful of AI innovation hubs globally. It will co-lead the transition of the global economy into the era of cognitive computing. We need to make sure that our policies facilitate sustainable human and economic growth with responsible entrepreneurship, transparency, explainability, agency, privacy, safety and cybersecurity.

This vibrant state has struck the balance between business growth and ecological and social sustainability before and we can do it again.

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If data is the new oil, then AI is evolving to be the new engine driving the emerging "autonomy economy." We need rules of the road. 

If data is the new oil, then AI is evolving to be the new engine driving the emerging "autonomy economy." We need rules of the road. 

If data is the new oil, then AI is evolving to be the new engine driving the emerging "autonomy economy." We need rules of the road. 

See our piece with Mark Nitzberg and Mark Esposito, Ph.D. here (in print at the end of October):

http://www.europeanbusinessreview.com/a-magna-carta-for-inclusivity-and-fairness-in-the-global-ai-economy/

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TEDx Talk: Human Values & Power in a World of Artificial Intelligence | Olaf Groth

TEDx Talk:  Human Values & Power in a World of Artificial Intelligence | Olaf Groth

TEDx Talk:  Human Values and Power in a World of Artificial Intelligence | Olaf Groth | Hult-Ashridge

The future of AI is already here: AI and its "cousin technologies" are starting to permeate our lives and societies. As it gains insight and decision power, AI needs to empower the dynamically evolving values and growth of humans and societies in turn. Rather than getting caught up in dystopian futures, we should harness AI's vast potential for positive transformative change responsibly. To that end, we need a new global multi-stakeholder institution organizing a representative congress to negotiate a modern, digital Magna Carta and to govern AI transparently within and across borders. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ctuzjv50-Oc&t=10s

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If we want to harness the vast, positively transformational opportunity of AI we must create a Modern Magna Carta

If we want to harness the vast, positively transformational opportunity of AI we must create a Modern Magna Carta

Very glad to see the World Economic Foru took to our topic (with Mark Nitzberg Ph.D. and Mark Esposito, Ph.D.) of vales-based human empowerment and the New Digital Magna Carta for AI.  There is tremendous opportunity in AI.  Let's make sure we seize it in responsible fashion.  Both benefits and risks, for humans, the economy and nature will have systemic effects across many areas of life. 

hhttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/09/to-live-in-harmony-with-ai-we-must-create-a-modern-magna-carta

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A Magna Carta for Inclusivity and Fairness in the Global AI Economy*

A Magna Carta for Inclusivity and Fairness in the Global AI Economy*

* adapted from the forthcoming book “Solomon’s Code: Power and Ethics in the AI Revolution” (working title) copyright © 2017 Olaf Groth & Mark Nitzberg.

Every productive collaboration requires respect for mutual values and empowerment.  Our evolving relationship with ever smarter machines is no different.  We need a Digital Magna Carta and transparent multi-stakeholder governance for the emerging Global AI Economy to safeguard human values and empowerment and harness AI's tremendous potential in service of society's biggest challenges. Let's not wait until the technology we've created runs circles around us. We (with Mark Nitzberg, Ph.D. and Mark Esposito, Ph.D.) are grateful that this idea has gotten traction at the renowned Global Peter Drucker Forum this year:

https://www.druckerforum.org/blog/?p=1559

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Blockchain, AI and their value for global trade and logistics

Blockchain, AI and their value for global trade and logistics

No doubt, there is some very significant innovation potential in public blockchains in this field, maybe similar to the promise of big open government data. But our take is that the majors will still delineate hard between intra and extra chains, making just enough available to buy themselves the right to dip into public for their own benefit.  Competitive advantage, security and privacy concerns, whether real or perceived, will make this a slow development on their part.  The bigger and more integrated you are, the more secret sauce there is to the integrated play.  Small and medium size players, or a carve-out from a major will likely lead.

http://www.ibtimes.com/blockchain-big-data-value-global-trade-2582472

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We need a New Magna Carta for AI before it silently took over democracy

We need a New Magna Carta for AI before it silently took over democracy

We need a New Magna Carta for the AI Revolution. Power is being distributed in new and currently intransparent ways in our economy and society. We need to establish stakeholder rights and re-direct the focus toward saving our world's most urgent problems. Thanks for sharing, Mark Esposito, Ph.D., fellow traveler on the WEF Global Expert Network.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/08/artificial-intelligence-can-save-democracy-unless-it-destroys-it-first?ET_CID=2217408&ET_RID=001b000000d3h3IAAQ

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Explainability of AI output: Revisiting our understanding of morality

Explainability of AI output: Revisiting our understanding of morality

Original article:  http://medcitynews.com/2017/08/darpa-researchers-want-know-machine-learning-algorithms-get-wrong/

Commentary:  Certainly, there are some very detrimental consequences of inexplicability. What is the morality of in/transparency? In which domains do we need public or multi-stakeholder transparency to mitigate errors, biases, abuse or manipulation? Conversely, are there areas where it's justifiable that explanatory functions should be in the hands of only one party? - Public health decisions for which mass panics are a risk, individual or group identity issues where psychological tensions could arise, competitive decisions in corporate strategy, national security or intel analysis, crime investigations, international trade negotiations, dating / trading / shopping agents, personal bouncer bots, etc?  Are the rules for the AI-age different than in pre-AI era, because it penetrates our lives more deeply, pervasively, and with more 2nd and 3rd order unintended consequences?

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - The Road Ahead in Low and Middle-Income Countries

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE - The Road Ahead in Low and Middle-Income Countries

My co-author and Cambrian collaborator Mark Nitzberg and I are glad to have contributed in humble ways to this very timely report by Sir Tim Berners-Lee's WebFoundation.org.  AI has the potential to be the great equalizer but also the risk of increasing the digital and economic divides between the world's rich and poor.  Harnessing opportunity and mitigating risk will require socio-technical policies and governance institutions for which all countries are ill-equipped, but those without representative multi-stakeholder governance experience, large data pools and / or large markets will have a particularly hard time.

http://webfoundation.org/docs/2017/07/AI_Report_WF.pdf

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The opportunity for EU car makers to lead in AI-based smart, electrified driving

The opportunity for EU car makers to lead in AI-based smart, electrified driving

Thanks, Steve Westly, for sharing.  With respect to the article's consideration that this could hamper investment in lower emissions combustion engines, I'm not sure how much that holds:  for one, engines that will be in new cars hitting the market over the next 10-15 years are already being developed, so that's a sunk investment.  In parallel, investments in electrification are well under way.  Lastly, 23 years seems like an ample amount of time for a smart investment transition (applying options theory), even for a complex product.  So, I'm optimistic: I'd expect less of a canibalization effect and more of a resurgence of European car makers' R&D leadership in their strategic home markets in electrification and AI-based smart vehicles. What an opportunity to reinvent a futures-challenged industry with systemic impact on economy and society at large!

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/26/16031214/uk-diesel-petrol-car-ban-clean-air

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‘Data-Facturing’ in the Internet of Things — a Shakeup Ahead?

‘Data-Facturing’ in the Internet of Things — a Shakeup Ahead?

Many experts believe that the development and incorporation of internet-connected sensors – constituting the Internet of Things (IoT) – will optimize the production, consumption and maintenance of all types of existing products and services.  But the IoT, in conjunction with so-called artificial or augmented intelligence (AI), creates an emergent and convergent industry of “data-facturing”, forced by data analytics intermediaries, which will lead to a complete overhaul of global production and its economics.

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Das Ende von Five Forces

Das Ende von Five Forces

In einem bahn­bre­chen­den Artikel im Harvard Business Manager skizzierten Ma­na­ge­ment­vor­den­ker Michael Porter und sein Koautor James Heppelmann Ende 2014, wie das Internet der Dinge den Wettbewerb verändern wird. Doch die beiden haben nicht weit genug gedacht. Letztendlich könnte die rasante Entwicklung Porters eigenes Modell der fünf Kräfte überflüssig machen.

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The Future of the Global Corporation: From Fortress Firms to Cambrian Corporations

The Future of the Global Corporation: From Fortress Firms to Cambrian Corporations

What might be the future of “the innovative global corporation”? There has been a profound evolution of the corporation over the last hundred years. Corporations have, willingly or unwillingly, developed an ever-greater macro and micro role in societies. In many parts of the world, they have become more powerful and wealthy than governments, and their global influence, by any account, is massive. As engines of economic growth, innovation, and technological progress, they have brought much good to humanity.

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Using Entrepreneurial Innovation to Stabilize Europe: Introducing EDIE

Using Entrepreneurial Innovation to Stabilize Europe: Introducing EDIE

Entrepreneurship is vital to growing markets. And across most of Europe, entrepreneurship is lacking. The paucity of entrepreneurship and substantial investment in innovation among countries in Europe highlights the urgent need for European businesses and governments to work together to develop a new entrepreneurial innovation model to tackle financial deficits, create financial stability, and pull Europe through future crises. This new system can be thought of as an “Entrepreneur-Driven Innovation Ecosystem (EDIE).”

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Toward a New Global Russia: Leaving the BRICS Behind

Toward a New Global Russia: Leaving the BRICS Behind

While Russia’s growth in the early 2000s inspired confidence in its potential as a global economic powerhouse, falling international oil prices and foreign military exploits have slowed the pace of growth and left Russia’s future uncertain. Below, the authors outline two potential scenarios and argue that only with an innovative long-term strategy focused on developing a science and technology “String of Pearls” can Russia secure its future as a global power.

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