One of the world’s leading futurists, Nancy Giordano, argues for a new kind of leadership, writes Arthur Goldstruck
It is somewhat reassuring to learn that Nancy Giordano has 43,000 unopened emails on her computer. As a global “brand futurist”, she is in demand to lead transformation strategies at major corporations, and present her framework for visionary leadership at conferences and events. She is also a mother of three and a part-time lecturer at Singularity University in Silicon Valley.
If someone operating at the cutting edge of technology has such a cluttered inbox, the rest of us can be forgiven for not keeping up. However, she reassures us, she is on top of the important correspondence. Speaking at VeeamOn, a conference hosted by data backup and management company Veeam in Miami, Florida, she makes the case for “audacious leadering” as the key to being on top of the rapid technological change that the coming years will bring. Continue reading
In 1995, the internet exploded with the promise of e-commerce and the digitalization of information. The first keynote speakers talking about the internet were overwhelmingly IT scientists and technology futurists, sharing their insights as to WHAT the technology advancements were.
But after a few years, the business experts emerged, showing WHY it was important and HOW to use it for profit.
The same is now happening with Artificial Intelligence, and related technologies such as autonomous systems, robotics, etc. The fascination is currently on the WHAT, but we are already starting to see a shift toward the WHY and the HOW. This means an eventual shift from computer scientists and futurists, to business strategy experts.
This is when the AI wave will become truly revolutionary for business.
The Key Shifts Include:
Business Strategy: Robert Safian has been exploring what leading companies like Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, Nike, Goldman Sachs and others are already doing with AI to disrupt their industries
Future of Jobs: Vivek Wadhwa is at Harvard University running the first ever global research study on how AI will change how we work and the future of professions.
Disruptive Innovation: Michelle Lee shares the patent trends from the USPTO to learn where companies are making multi-billion-dollar bets on the future of AI.
Financial Future: Nancy Giordano has been diving into the success of blockchain and crypto-currency technologies throughout the world.
Leadership Tools: Rebecca Costa’s latest book looks at how AI and predictive analytics is providing leaders an accurate look into the future, changing how we make decisions and allocate strategic resources.
Medicine and Health: Tarun Wadhwa has drilled down into the fascinating uses of AI that are changing every aspect of the medical and self-healthcare industries.
About the author: Michael Humphrey is a 30-year veteran of the speaking industry and is currently the CEO of Nextup Speaker Management.
Lee was also the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property.Part of her responsibilities while serving with the Department of Commerce was to advise the president on domestic and international intellectual property matters.
Lee greatly influenced the Silicon Valley USPTO.In 2012, Lee served as thefirst director of the Silicon Valley USPTO. Before that, she served on the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee, advising the USPTO on patent policies.
Lee was an IP power house in the Silicon Valley.Lee was named the Best Bay Area IP Lawyer and one of the Top 100 most influential women in the Silicon Valley by theSan Francisco Business Timesand theSan Jose Business Journal.
Lee has also served as deputy general counsel for Google.Lee served as the company’s first Head of Patents and Patent Strategy. During her time at Google, Lee built Google’s patent portfolio from only a few patents to over 10,000!
She has plenty of experience being a leader.Before Google, Lee was a partner at Fenwick & West, where she represented leading high-tech firms such as Cisco Systems, Logitech, Apple, and Sun Microsystems.
Lee is well versed in electrical engineering and computer science with degrees from MIT.Prior to becoming a lawyer, Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Lee grew up in the heart of the Silicon Valley.Lee grew up in Saratoga, California, and after going away for college, she returned to the Bay Area to earn her law degree from Stanford University.
She has a surprising skill.Fun fact: Lee trained for 16 years as a classical ballet dancer.
Last month, Netflix quietlydeleted all the remaining user reviews on its service. And just like that, CEO Reed Hastings completed the latest shift in his company’s ever evolving strategy: away from the wisdom of crowds in its content recommendations, in favor of the wisdom of the machine. The algorithm is now firmly in charge at Netflix—as it increasingly is across the economy.
The past year has seen a crescendo of fascination with—and fear of—artificial intelligence. This theme is a central feature of the tech backlash buffeting formerly bulletproof companies like Facebook and Google, fueling U.S. congressional hearings and editorial-page outrage. Yet it’s also the most potent new engine for business efficiency, an essential driver of competitive advantage from Amazon to Accenture. Continue reading