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Human + Machine – with Accenture’s visionary leader Paul Daugherty

Human + Machine – with Accenture’s visionary leader Paul Daugherty

“We, as people, are creating the technology – we can shape the way it’s used. There are some serious challenges to deal with but it’s about us dealing with those challenges as humans – it’s not about the technology driving what we do.”

– Paul Daugherty, Accenture

In reaction to the dystopian view of AI and unwilling to accept it, Paul Daugherty and H James Wilson set about researching and writing Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Written as a guide to help people make informed decisions and plan for the future, Paul Daugherty talks to Paul Miller about some of the key themes from the book.

While some jobs will cease to exist in the new era of AI, new ones will be born – Paul Daugherty explains why reskilling is a competitive imperative and will be “the biggest challenge of our generation”. This thought-provoking discussion also touches upon digital identity and data access; “the missing middle” (a glimpse at some of the new jobs that await us); and why trust will be pivotal in the success of AI projects.

Show notes, links and resources for this episode:
Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Paul Daugherty and H James Wilson
The Future of Jobs Report 2018, World Economic Forum
Humans are underrated”, Elon Musk
Idataty”, will.i.am
Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, by Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

The royalties received from the sale of Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence are being donated to fund education and retraining programs focused on developing fusion skills for the age of artificial intelligence.


Featuring


Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Accenture

Paul Daugherty is Accenture’s Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, overseeing the company’s overall technology strategy, research and development, and ecosystem relationships. He is responsible for developing Accenture’s business in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud and Blockchain.

Paul is chairman of the board of directors of global IT services provider Avanade; on the board of directors of GirlsWhoCode and the Computer History Museum; and sits on advisory boards for Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan and the Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University.

He was named in Adweek 50 2017, the prestigious selection of top marketing, media and technology executives who, in Adweek’s words, are: “using cutting-edge tech guided by hard-won insights to blaze new trails”. He is part of Business Transformation 150, which identifies the world’s most influential executives across a spectrum of industries, and was recognized as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017 for his extraordinary technology leadership. Paul was also selected as a LinkedIn Top Voice for 2017. The Institute for Women’s Leadership has recognized Paul with the “Guys Who Get It Award” for business leaders who have supported diversity in the workplace and advancement of women, especially in technology and other STEM fields. Paul was also honoured with the Irish America Magazine Business 100 Award.

Paul is co-author of Human + Machine: Reimagining work in the age of Artificial Intelligence, a seminal book providing a much-needed management playbook for the business of AI, published by Harvard Press.

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