Digital Infrastructure

Technology is all around us. But what physical and digital structures actually make up this infrastructure? Furthermore, what sort of implications does the management and control of digital infrastructure have on society and the economy at large?

Insight: Integrating Generative AI Within Organizational Systems Comes With Challenges. Here Is Why Businesses Should Still Invest In This Space, Now More Than Ever

Following the abrupt uptick of generative AI innovation in the past couple of years, organizations have ramped up research and development efforts to meaningfully explore the value of integrating generative AI into organizational systems, with a particular interest in achieving operational hyper-efficiency. This effort requires a deep understanding of the steps towards operationalizing generative AI—from development to adoption to deployment—involving benefits and risks that must be carefully considered to augment performance and financial gains. 

Insight: Here is What the World’s Leading Executives Have to Say About the Emerging Dual Space of Digital and Sustainable Economy

The digital and sustainability paths, previously considered to be parallel, are now highly intersecting and reinforcing each other, pointing towards a symbiotic relationship between technological advancement and environmental values. Showcasing this relationship, digital technologies are expected to contribute more than one-fifth, and up to one-third, of the GHG emissions reduction required by the Paris Agreement by 2030, illustrating their importance to sustainability transformation. As such, it’s important to understand the main drivers of this shift because of the implications this shift has on the global business landscape, including the demand for businesses to prioritize integrating digital innovation with sustainable practices. With the eco-digital economy including benefits that extend well beyond improvement in core business activities, it’s imperative for leaders to have a vision for digital transformation at their organizations going forward with a focus on harnessing the opportunities created by the emerging eco-digital economy including digital strategy, cybersecurity, sustainability, and more. 

Data Contracts: Data Quality for AI

The following insights are derived from a recent Insights from the Field event featuring Chad Sanderson, covering the topic of Data Contracts for achieving high-quality data for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Overview Chad began this session by demystifying some hyperbolic claims in the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI), including the idea that AI models could replace […]

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Unlocking Personal Devices for AI – Applications of Hybrid-AI for Businesses

This is a continuation of insights shared during a recent Assembly Talk featuring Sushant Tripathy; Research Scientist in Machine Learning at Google. Most practical examples of hybrid-AI in businesses have to do with organizations effectively deploying hybrid-AI to improve the efficiency of computing tasks. The following are a few examples of promising applications:

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Unlocking Personal Devices for AI – Exploring Hybrid AI

The following insights are derived from a recent Assembly Talk featuring Sushant Tripathy, Research Scientist in Machine Learning at Google. Hybrid AI has gained traction in recent years due to the increasing computational demands of advanced machine learning models. This article delves into the concept of hybrid AI, discussing its potential opportunities and limitations. The information […]

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Tech governance shaped by humans

Innovation follows a cyclical nature. The governance of technology, however, is shaped by humans — the ultimate decision makers in how technology is developed, deployed, and managed. Today, after several decades of unfettered innovation, we are witnessing the outcomes of letting tech run its course. Unequivocally, the digital age has improved the lives of citizens […]

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Blockchain revolution without the blockchain

“It’s really important to look at blockchain technologies separately because they all bring different benefits…and they can be implemented separately.” In this talk, presented at our 2018 Digital Transformation Summit, Hanna Halaburda from the Bank of Canada untangles three elements commonly grouped together under the umbrella term, blockchain technologies: encryption/cryptography, “smart contracts,” and distributed ledgers. Hanna […]

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Is your company ready to buy into the “blockchain” buzz?

“We need to adopt blockchain technology. It’s going to solve all of our problems!” How many times over the past two years have you heard a colleague say this when exploring options for solving some core business problem? Blockchain, mostly due to the hype surrounding Bitcoin, has become the “go to business strategy.” Fueling the […]

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What blockchain can’t do

This article originally appeared in the Harvard Business Review. We’ve included an excerpt here.  Blockchain technology has the potential to do amazing things. It can provide an immutable, digital audit trail of transactions, and can be used to cheaply verify the integrity of data. It can help businesses and individuals agree, on a global scale, […]

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Blockchains are a bad idea: more specifically, blockchains are a very bad idea

“It’s so funny that we were able to build, for example, the pyramids without the blockchain and manage supply chain. And now all of a sudden, everyone is claiming without the blockchain, nothing can get done.” In this flash talk, presented at our 2018 Future Assembly, Professor James Mickens from the Harvard John A. Paulson […]

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