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

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Paul Miller
Paul Miller is Chief Creative Officer and Founder of DWG, and has given many inspirational talks on the digital future of work, for Microsoft, IKEA, Google, Accenture and Harvard Business Review, and written three books. His latest book is Nature of Work – The new Story of Work for a Living Age


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.

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“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:
Book: Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by Paul Daugherty and H James Wilson
Report: The Future of Jobs Report 2018, World Economic Forum
Article: “Humans are underrated”, Elon Musk
Article: “Idataty”,
Book: Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, by Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna
Book: 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.

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