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Debate on the Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer

Andrew Ng, the leader of global AI strategy at Chinese search giant Baidu, believes artificial intelligence (AI) will become so instrumental to corporate revenue growth that businesses should hire a chief artificial intelligence officer to direct AI initiatives. On the other side of the debate, the chair of artificial intelligence and robotics at Singularity University, Neil Jacobstein, recommends that companies shouldn’t centralize leadership for AI functions.

Our View: Whether you are leading AI initiatives through a centralized or decentralized approach, there are five approaches to planning for leadership success including creating a personal development plan, enhancing your skills through education and training, practicing networking, reading to keep your knowledge current, and joining industry associations. Use our tool, A Personal Approach to Planning for Leadership Success, to improve your leadership capabilities.

Self-Driving Cars to Help the Elderly

According to the Institute for Highway Safety, the number of United States residents age 70 or above is predicted to increase to 53.7 million in 2030, up from 30.9 million in 2014. With millions of the elderly living in places where public transportation is limited or nonexistent, self-driving cars could be a solution to provide greater mobility for an aging population.

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Persistent Success of On-Demand Applications

On-demand applications like Uber, Airbnb, and Netflix continue to rise because everyone appreciates getting things done fast and easy. These disruptive applications simplify people’s daily lives by changing the way they travel and consume entertainment.

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The Lift: The Matrix Reboot

Warner Bros is developing what some are calling a “reboot” of the Wachowskis’ 1999 science fiction action movie The Matrix that could be a sequel, a prequel, a parallel-quel, a remake, or all or none of them all at once. There is no release date as of yet for this new Matrix movie, but Warner Bros has hired Zak Penn as the screenwriter.

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