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How AI will Guide Future M&A Deals with Expert Adam Boostrom

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In this episode, author and TCS Strategic Foresight Consultant, Adam Boostrom, walks us through the role AI will soon play in finding M&A matches. We discuss the current process for finding quality M&A candidates and the challenges of making them successful.  We then explore how fast growing AI and machine learning technologies could make that process far more efficient and data-driven in the future. Download the full report here. ************************************************************************ Kevin Benedict Futurist at TCS View my profile on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence ***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Digital Twins and Instantaneous Decision-making

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The reality of information is entirely contained in the speed of its dissemination. ~ Paul Virilio Even the best data has a shelf life.  Its value diminishes quickly with the passing of time.  In a world of moving customers, employees, vehicles, subcontractors, materials, suppliers, etc., knowing what is happening at a precise time is critical for decision-making, scheduling and planning.  If some information is 90 minutes old, other information is 45 minutes old, and still other information is available in real-time - you are going to have a real challenge integrating that information and forming an accurate and clear picture of reality at a particular moment! Optimal efficiency and accuracy in the scenario above can only be achieved when the speed of information collection and dissemination is coordinated and in near real-time.  This means having networks and sensors in place to capture data, and integrating it to present an accurate digital twin of reality - in real-time. For many i

Doing Digital, An Interview with Author Ved Sen

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In this episode, we discuss the new book, “Doing Digital, The Guide to Digital for Non-Technical Leaders” with author and expert Ved Sen.  I have known Ved for many years and he is a powerful and compelling communicator and insightful advisor to leaders globally.  We take a deep dive into why smartphones are the remote control for the world, we learn why it is important for leaders to understand, “presence,” and why it is critical to consider rapidly evolving interfaces and the notion of living in a network. ************************************************************************ Kevin Benedict Futurist at TCS View my profile on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence ***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

The Best Future Focused Interviews of 2022

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2022 has been a great year for insightful guests and interviews.  I have enjoyed every guest we interviewed for  FOBtv .  Some even took us deep into the future and left us hungry for more.  I hope you enjoy the following selections as much as I did. What Do You Believe about the Future with Futurist Gerd Leonhard How Humans Learned to See the Future with Futurist Byron Reese The Past, Present and Future of the Digital Workplace with Expert Ashok Krish 2020 Revisited with Cornell Tech’s Greg Morrisett  The Future of Income, Careers and Human Potential with Alex Whittington Winning the Right Game - Ecosystem Business Strategies with Dr. Ron Adner The Future of Climate Risk with Expert Steve Bennett The Future of Safety with Expert Christoffer Malm Understanding the Future and How to Prepare with David Espindola The Future of Eldercare with Expert Ved Sen ************************************************************************ Kevin Benedict Futurist at TCS View my profile on LinkedIn

The 45 Worst or Best Futurist Jokes of 2022

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To save you the time of reading through large numbers of good jokes about the future in order to find the bad ones, I have done it for you. However, after some more thought and depending on your sense of humor, the worst might also be the best.  Enjoy! I am working on a few jokes about the future of humans in the workforce, but none of them seem to work. Country music bands are already singing about how their autonomous self driving pickup trucks will leave them in the future. I recently advised a CEO to fire all employees who were mimes, and then to replace them with people who could think outside the box. The past, the present and the future walk into a bar - just not, of course, at the same time. Meanwhile in agriculture, the new trend is for farmers to feed cannabis to beef cows - it’s risky, but potentially lucrative and the steaks are high. How many futurist does it take to change a light bulb?  It depends on the scenario. This year’s report on the future of the textile industry

My Top 10 Articles on the Future in 2022

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In the course of my work as a futurist I interview many authors, experts, leaders and other futurists, and in between I research, speak at events, record podcasts and publish articles.  I spent some time this week reviewing the articles I wrote in 2022, and selecting some of the better ones for your reference and pondering. Starting at the Finish Line Giving Our Own Moral Codes to Robots The Inevitable Minimization of Human Decision-Making Time Passes on a One-Way Street The Future of Speed, Time and Consequences The Loss of Distance and Justification to Worry The Cultural Trait that Changed the World The Future of Our Human Experience Preparing for the Future: Operating in Three Time Dimensions ************************************************************************ Kevin Benedict Futurist at TCS View my profile on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence ***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly

2020 Revisited with Cornell Tech’s Greg Morrisett

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In 2020, with Covid raging and universities facing unprecedented challenges, I interviewed Greg Morrisett the Dean and Vice Provost at Cornell Tech.  We talked about the challenges of operating a university during the pandemic, how professors and students were impacted, and the role of technology in making the new normal possible.  In this episode, we get back together over 2 years later to check-in.  We review our comments in 2020 to learn if they hold true and update our views on the future of higher education. ************************************************************************ Kevin Benedict Partner | Futurist at TCS View my profile on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence ***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Preparing for the Future: Operating in Three Time Dimensions

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The better we are at understanding the future, the more value can be harvested from it today. ~Kevin Benedict It's important to recognize that not every part of an organization can or should operate in the same time dimension. Humans are slower at many things than computers. Humans might take 5 days to process a business loan, while a computer only seconds.  With the addition of AI, automation, and predictive analytics a digital solution can even leap forward into the future to create value, and this is our topic for today. Let’s consider the concept of having three time-dimensions inside an organization. 1. Human-time – time governed by our physical, biological, and mental limitations constrained within a 24-hour cycle. 2. Digital-time – time governed by the speed of computer processors, cybersecurity systems and network speeds operating 24x7x365 days a year. 3. Future-time – the ability to reach deep into the future for value.  It is achieved by using predictive analytics,

What You Believe about the Future with Futurist Gerd Leonhard

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In this episode, my guest is the renowned futurist, author, and keynote speaker Gerd Leonhard.  Gerd ranks as a top 10 futurist and has participated in 1,600 engagements across 50-plus countries.  His presentations and books have impacted business and government leaders everywhere.  Join us as we explore the role of a futurist and what it means to believe in a better future. ************************************************************************ Kevin Benedict Partner | Futurist at TCS View my profile on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence ***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

On Becoming a Supply Chain Guru and Futurist with Dr. Marcell Vollmer

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In this episode, our guest is futurist and renowned procurement and supply chain influencer, Dr. Marcell Vollmer.  We take a deep dive into his career from DHL to becoming a popular global influencer at SAP and beyond.  We also discuss how social media can boost careers, the importance of being authentic, luck, mentors, and reading books.  We then review the current challenges and emerging trends and technologies in supply chains and logistics.  We conclude by leaping into the future to see what is to come. ************************************************************************ Kevin Benedict Partner | Futurist at TCS View my profile on LinkedIn Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Join the Linkedin Group Digital Intelligence ***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.