One of Mark Zuckerberg’s resolutions for 2016 is to personally build an artificial-intelligence (AI) device that will run his home (control the lights, temperature etc.) and also help him at work. You probably don’t share the same goal, but considering the emergence of AI, it’s a good idea to learn all you can about it. getAbstract allows you to rapidly get up to speed on a variety of important developments in business, politics and technology.
You might want to start with our “Top 10 Downloads from 2015,” which include Rise of the Robots, a fascinating look at how machines and AI will impact our future.
Have a look at the most popular summaries from the past year!
getAbstract: In which area or industry do you expect the next big exponential business idea?
Peter Diamandis: By definition all of the various exponential technologies (Computation, Sensors and Networks, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality, Synthetic Biology, 3D Printing and Robotics) will be driving exponential business opportunities and the creation of “unicorns” in the years ahead. Some of the significant opportunities that are getting the most traction for 2016 include re-inventing Healthcare through genomics and big data and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality. This will change many aspects of our life from retail shopping, to human-to-human interaction, to the elimination of screen technologies. Leaders in this area include Magic Leap and High Fidelity. Without question, the most powerful force for change will materialize from the application of artificial intelligence: A.I. is entering every aspect of our lives from self-driving cars, to a future where every device is “smart,” and will enter the consumer retail business in 2016 with a vengeance.
Knowing good work habits is only half the battle; you also have to apply what you know in order to achieve the desired outcome.
Here are more ways to work smarter.
Written by Lisa Earle McLeod creator of the popular business concept “Noble Purpose”
Do you have a Noble Purpose? Or do you just sell stuff?
We’ve all heard the adage: No one on their deathbed wishes they’d spent more time at the office. That adage is misunderstood. It belittles the role that meaningful work plays in our lives.
Human beings are hardwired for purpose. We want to make a difference. We want our lives to count for something. Unfortunately, many people see their work as devoid of higher purpose. Instead, they view it as a grind—as an endless series of meaningless tasks.
By Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
Breathe Some Life Back Into Your Work
To resuscitate your career, own it! This attitude is key. Take steps now to plan, build, and strengthen it. Here’s how:
Contributed by Bill Treasurer, the author of Leaders Open Doors, which focuses on how leaders create growth through opportunity.
People have high, and often conflicting, expectations of leaders. At once, we expect leaders to be reasonable but passionate, decisive but inclusive, visionary but explicit, and powerful but humble. We also want leaders who are rational but emotionally intelligent, caring but impartial, and profit-driven but people-oriented. The list of expectations is so long and contradictory that the aspiring leader is right to ask, “Where on earth do I start?!”
Here are six actions that budding leaders can take to point their leadership in the right direction:
Contributed by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. He coauthored the New York Times bestseller Abundance, as well as BOLD, the 2015 getAbstract International Book award winner.
For the first time in history, individuals have the power to change the world. So, for anyone interested in doing just that, the first step is connecting with your life’s mission – your Massively Transformative Purpose (MTP) – that will drive you to take risks, go big and impact the world. The second step is to educate yourself about exponentials—to realize that you actually have more power today at your fingertips than the world’s largest companies and governments just 20 years ago.
In what profession can you fail most of the time yet still be considered a success – and have employers chasing after you with multi-million dollar offers?!
In major league baseball, a .300 batting average is considered the gold standard – even though that means the player fails to get a base hit seven out of 10 times at bat. Granted, professional baseball is an anomaly; a comparable performance in the workplace likely will earn you a big, fat pink slip. But failure is not necessarily a dirty word. In fact, many of the greatest leaders in history celebrated failure, believing it is life’s most effective and empowering teacher.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” said Winston Churchill, the former British prime minister.
Show us the money!
For years, a CEO’s performance was based on profitability. Is the company meeting or exceeding expectations? Are shareholders getting satisfactory returns? Is the board of directors happy? The bottom line was the bottom line.
Business is still about making money, of course, but the metrics for assessing a CEO are changing – and that’s a good thing. Look no further than the recently released Harvard Business Review annual ranking of the world’s leading chief executives. No. 1 on the list is Lars Sorenson of Novo Nordisk, a Denmark-based healthcare corporation that focuses on diabetes treatment. Yes, Novo Nordisk boasted some very impressive numbers, but the company also drew high marks for its proactivity concerning social and environmental issues.
In the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger sci-fi thriller, Predator, a fearsome alien being utilizes sophisticated weaponry under a cloak of invisibility to systematically kill off a platoon of soldiers in the jungle.
Heavily armed with rifles, machines guns and bazookas, Schwarzenegger’s people seemingly are prepared for any type of conventional combat. But without warning this unforgiving foe appears out of nowhere and destroys everyone – except Arnold, of course.
Imagine a similar scenario in business. You’ve built a strong, successful operation and can hold your own against anyone. Then suddenly you’re ambushed by a competitor you never saw coming. Think Uber. The upstart wasn’t even a blip on the radar screen and now it’s putting a full-court press on the taxi industry.