It’s mind-blowing just how far technology has advanced in recent years. It’s only been 12 years since the iPhone hit the market. Can you even imagine navigating daily life without it? Similarly, YouTube has only been around since 2005, yet it has disrupted the old television model, not to mention, transformed how we consume information, as well as share ideas and learn.

When it comes to tomorrow’s tech, it’s clear artificial intelligence is the next big thing poised to transform our lives. This is why I recently cowrote the book Own the A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition with Michael Ashley. The definitive guide to AI for today’s businesses, it is meant to inform, inspire, and most of all, empower readers to take advantage of this rapidly evolving technology.

Ahead of the book launch next month at the ITU’s A.I. For Good Summit in Geneva, Switzerland, I would like to share key takeaways from some of the many brilliant thought leaders we interviewed. It’s my hope these insights prove valuable to you and your business. Please find their excerpts below:

AI’s Impact on Law:

“I would say it will it’s close to legal malpractice not to use A.I in the future. When litigating a civil case, there’s usually vast amounts of information needing to be discovered, indexed, organized, and processed. In the past, our firm has used private investigators to acquire much of the required information which can be expensive. Today, A.I. can do it for practically nothing. Any firm not using A.I. will be at a huge disadvantage against a firm that does. It’s analogous to a lawyer still doing everything by hand instead of using computers.”

~Tom Girardi, Named “Lawyer of the Decade” by the International Association of Top Professionals and the real-life inspiration for the counsel in the film, Erin Brockovich

AI’s Impact on Medicine:

“Right now, the cost of health care, especially in America, is climbing so quickly it will soon become unsustainable. One of the best ways to curb the rise in health care costs is to emphasize prevention, to keep people from getting sick in the first place. Most people still rely on their general practitioner for their health data and ‘systems check,’ if you will.

Technology is allowing people to get this information for themselves. Add the A.I. component, and you can get actionable data that allows you to react accordingly to achieve a better outcome. Personal monitoring combined with A.I. analysis can definitely help with this. Many emergency room visits could be eliminated simply by providing data remotely to the proper medical professional. Of course, there will still be many situations where direct medical intervention is required, such as treating heart attacks, or broken bones, but there are many situations where AI-based telemedicine is not only useful, but desirable.”

~Surinder Oberoi, CEO/Co-founder of Ivy Health (soon to be Zinx)

AI’s Impact on Finance:

“Machine learning is set to transform lending in the Information Age. Think about how it used to work if you needed a loan. In years past, you would call or go to a bank and start a process that typically took 60 to 90 days to close, requiring heavy-duty and paper-intensive approval. This old system obviously does not work in today’s world. If you own a restaurant and your industrial oven needs $20,000 for repairs or your place won’t open tomorrow, you cannot seek capital in the traditional ways using antiquated bank financing time horizons.

Receiving actual funding, not just underwriter approval, in minutes instead of months is a leap forward in capital fulfillment; a game changer for today’s businesses. But how on earth can lenders make such quick underwriting decisions? It all comes down to AI, Big Data, and increased processing speeds.”

~Scott G. Stewart, CEO at Innovative Lending Platform Association

“If you’ve read the headlines, you know artificial intelligence threatens to disrupt every domain of human existence. So how can you forecast the stratospheric possibilities and endless opportunities? How can you mitigate the risks? More importantly, how can you avoid the unintended avalanche of consequences accelerated by A.I.?” asks social entrepreneur and futurist Stephen Ibaraki in the foreword to my upcoming book, Own the A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition.

The purpose of this book, which I co-authored with Michael Ashley, is to empower you — to offer you a new way of thinking about this technology. It’s also meant to provide what’s needed to capitalize on what is being called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What I have found in my experience as an AI subject matter expert for the United Nations as well as traveling the world, advising businesses how to implement artificial intelligence into their organizations, is that fear pervades conversations surrounding this topic.

Owning to a confluence of factors, including media hyping and general ignorance, too many of us are afraid of AI. Unaware as to how this technology holds immense promise to make our lives better, healthier, and more efficient, we remain mired in a reactive pose, or worse, succumb to paralysis.

Knowing this to be the current reality, yet recalling the words of the philosopher Francis Bacon, “Knowledge is power,” I set out to create the definitive primer on AI for forward-thinking businesses. Here are just a handful of topics covered in the book:

  1. 1) A detailed overview of A.I.—what it is, how it works, and how you can use it to make superior business decisions
  2. 2) I.-focused strategies that will disrupt your industry and your organization
  3. 3) Tactics for training key staff around A.I. to ensure you remain competitive for the long run
  4. 4) Case studies illustrating how leading businesses are using A.I. today
  5. 5) Interviews with top innovators that provide insight into the ways A.I. will transform the world in the coming years

As my book attests, the fact is, AI is on the verge of disrupting every domain of human existence, from how we communicate, make health decisions, to even whom we choose to marry. Throughout history, innovations like the printing press, the cotton gin, and most recently, the internet, have transformed business and life as we know it.

Many saw these disruptions coming, but not everyone embraced them. As a result, only some seized control of their industries — and their destinies. Knowing history repeats itself, it is undeniably clear to anyone paying attention that we are at an equally watershed moment. We can choose to be disrupted by the AI as passengers — or we can drive the technology as disruptors.

To further this goal of empowering you with actionable knowledge in my role as Technossus’ Emerging Tech Principal, our organization is excited to roll out a series of workshops to give you the knowledge and skills to take your business to the next level. Below, please find descriptions of our workshops.

Workshop One

Duration: 2 hours

Description:
An introductory session on Artificial Intelligence. We will review a brief history of AI; the current landscape and various ways AI can be beneficial to your business.

Key Takeaways:

  • 1) An understanding of what AI is and what it is not
  • 2) A description of the existing landscape as well as inspiring real-world examples
  • 3) Insight as to how AI can help your business today
  • 4) Industry solution examples and trends

Workshop Two

Duration: 4 hours

Description:
An in-depth overview on discovering practical AI opportunity areas in your business. A deep dive into the applied AI project lifecycle and what it takes to prepare, design, and deliver on an AI opportunity area.

Key Takeaways:

  • 1) A detailed understanding of the AI Development Lifecycle
  • 2) Practical insight on how to discover and assimilate AI value propositions for your business
  • 3) An applied checklist detailing where you are and where you need to be to take advantage of AI in your business
  • 4) List of viable solutions specific to your opportunity space 

Workshop Two

Duration: 8+ hours

Description:
An individually-focused all day workshop to flesh out and identify opportunity areas from the previous sessions. We will walk you through key practical examples.

Key Takeaways:

  • 1) Our team will solely focus on your business, uncovering potential opportunity areas for exponential value creation using AI and related technologies
  • 2) An in-depth walk through of relevant opportunities and what successes would require
  • 3) Key activities and prioritized next steps to ensure you can be prepared to take action
  • 4) High-level, actionable roadmap for each opportunity

One final item: Technossus will be hosting a launch party for my upcoming book in which we will host presentations and keynotes with high-level experts in this space, including myself. We haven’t officially announced the date but are aiming for this summer. Once we firm this up, we will provide details. I hope the above is helpful to you. Feel free to contact the Technossus team for more information.

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