McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) recently published a report titled, “Jobs Lost, Jobs Gained: Workforce Transition In A Time of Automation.” It suggests that by 2030, 15% of global labor could be displaced by intelligent automation. Instead of forecasting a dystopian future where human labor becomes increasingly irrelevant, the report finds that the productivity benefits of enhanced labor efficiency could create demand for millions of new jobs. By way of a historical example, “[t]he personal computer enabled the creation of 15.8 million net new jobs since 1980, accounting for 10 percent of employment.”

However, going forward, “…people will need to find their way into these jobs.” In other words, companies and governments will need to take proactive action through investment and skills programs in order to remain competitive. This is a non-trivial challenge, especially in light of the fact that “[e]ducational models have not fundamentally changed in 100 years; we still use systems designed for an industrial society to prepare students for a rapidly-changing knowledge economy.”

It isn’t news that governments are frequently challenged to anticipate the future and achieve the political consensus required to deploy effective strategies to address it. Part of the problem is that human beings are generally bad at predicting outcomes. In their excellent book, “Machine, Platform, Crowd,” authors Andrew McAffee and Erik Brynjolfsson quote study after study establishing that human predictive accuracy is severely watered down by unconscious bias. Continue Reading Leveraging Artificial Intelligence To Prepare For The Impact Of Artificial Intelligence

Blockchain is not just a theory, it is a technology that real life lawyers and law firms are implementing into their practices. In this On The Road report from the GLBC Annual Meeting 2018, hosts Amy Braunz and Cori Goudchaux talk to Trent Carlyle, Kate Briscoe, James Cornell, and Brian Kuhn about how their companies are utilizing blockchain technology and the problems this technology could address to improve the experience of consumers. They discuss the issues that motivated them to pursue an interest in blockchain and how they are ensuring that they apply this technology in the most efficient way.

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In 1978, Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley wrote a catchy earworm…ahem…jingle that focused on “promotion of technology while worrying about its effects” and “concerns about mixed attitudes towards 20th-century inventions and machines for the media arts.” (Wikipedia)

Doesn’t this sound remarkably contemporary?

The song’s video went on to become “the first music video shown on MTV in the United States at 12:01am on 1 August 1981, and the first video shown on MTV Classic in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2010.” (Wikipedia)


I really did intend to provide a recap of some ILTACON highlights as soon as I returned from Vegas. However, life intervened and I found myself on the road again. Therefore, I’ve decided to focus on some highlights that happened outside the formal ILTACON sessions but were captured by ILTACON TV. Thanks to the wonderful folks at ILTACON TV, I was able to have extended conversations with the conference’s keynote speakers: Pablos Holman, Brian Kuhn, and Shawnna Hoffman. All of the conversation ran overtime. However, we do have a bit of video to share with you now. Continue Reading ILTACON Video Killed the Radio Star