Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Book Review: 'The Future of Leadership in the Age of AI: Preparing Your Leadership Skills for the AI-Shaped Future of Work' by Marin Ivezic and Luka Ivezic

The Future of Leadership in the Age of AI by Marin Ivezic

‘Lifelong learning will become essential for both leaders and workers’

Authors Marin Ivezic and Luka Ivezic have produced one of the more significant discussions and the inevitable influence of AI on the way we think, function, and operate our business lives. Marin is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoppers, working with global adopters and developers of AI solutions, analyzing real-life AI implementations. Luka works globally as a consultant and author exploring geopolitical and socioeconomic emerging technologies – AI, 5G, and Internet of Things.

The term AI is on the forefront of all matters technologically, and seeking the actual definition of the term aids the appreciation of this book. AI (Artificial Intelligence) is defined by Wikipedia as intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence by humans and animals – computers that mimic cognitive functions that humans associate with the human mind, such as learning and problem solving. AI was founded in 1955 – and look how far we have progressed since that founding!

The authors step up to describe how the AI transformed economy will need a new kind of executives - motivators, innovators and social experimenters - those that have, paradoxically, developed their distinctly human skills. Their discussions of the advantages and ‘disruptions’ of AI on business – and on our culture in general – are related with a lighthearted accessible style of presentation, including the insightful use of ‘comic strips’ that underline the messages of their book. 

The Preface sets the tone – ‘Today’s business leaders face a conundrum. AI unquestionably will play an enormous role in the future of their organizations and the business environment in which they operate, but what effects will it have? Prognosticators have wildly different visions of the future it will create, ranging from causing the extinction of humanity to ushering in a Golden Age in which machines provide all humanity’s needs and free us to focus on altruistic service to one another and the advancement of human culture…What makes AI more then ‘just another new technology’ is its ability to create a convergence of the many operating technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), block chain, robotics, 3D printing, augmented reality and many others…AI is so much more efficient at processing far greater amounts of data than any human can..’

With this fascinating overview of AI the authors discuss the skill sets business leaders must have to incorporate the benefits of AI – prospering from the changes to make the world better through the use of AI. This book is a must-read for business leaders, but it also is one of the more insightful and beneficial books for understanding the impact of AI. Very highly recommended. 

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