The Humachine: Humankind, Machines, and the Future of Enterprise

1st Edition

Nada R. Sanders, John D. Wood

September 26, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages - 7 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138571341 - CAT# Y382225

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There is a lot of hype, hand waving, and ink being spilled about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in business. The amount of coverage of this topic in the trade press and on shareholder calls is evidence of a large change currently underway. It is awesome and terrifying. You might think of AI as a major environmental factor that is creating an evolutionary pressure that will force enterprise to evolve or perish. For those companies that do survive the "silicon wave" sweeping through the global economy, the issue becomes how to keep their humanity amidst the tumult.

What started as an inquiry into how executives can adopt AI to harness the best of human and machine capabilities turned into a much more profound rumination on the future of humanity and enterprise. This is a wake up call for business leaders across all sectors of the economy. Not only should you implement AI regardless of your industry, but once you do, you should fight to stay true to your purpose, your ethical convictions, indeed your humanity, even as our organizations continue to evolve. While not holding any punches about the dangers posed by AI, this book uniquely surveys where technology is limited, and where the true opportunities lie amidst all the disruptive change currently underway. As such, it is distinctively more optimistic than many of the competing titles on Big Technology.

This is a compelling book that weaves together philosophical, psychological, and legal insights; organizational governance, operations, and strategy; and technological breakthroughs and limitations. The authors set out to identify where humans and machines can best complement one another to create an enterprise greater than the sum total of its parts: the Humachine.

Combining the business and predictive acumen of Professor Nada R. Sanders, PhD (Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University) with the legal and philosophical perspective of John D. Wood, Esq. (Attorney and Member of the New York State Bar) the authors combine their strengths as internationally recognized experts in forecasting and sustainable business to bring us this profound yet accessible book. This is a "must read" for everyone interested in the future of human enterprise.


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