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Designing our Digital Future. With Richard Foster-Fletcher. "How we can make AI and other power technologies work for us, not against us"
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💬 “Rather than looking at conservation as a cost, we should be looking at it as an opportunity to reinvent our economies for the future. And when the entrepreneurs and VCs see those opportunities, then I think they’re going to be incredibly successful.” @Alex Dehgan This is a conversation with Alex Dehgan 🎙️ Alex is a creative serial innovator, entrepreneur, scientist, and experienced diplomat and development leader, specializing in creative approaches to taking on and solving grand challenges in conservation, development, and foreign affairs, with a record of success in more than 80 countries on six continents. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Conservation X Labs, an organisation that seeks to create a new model for conservation. They call themselves a conservation technology open foundry focused on creating and scaling new revolutionary innovations that have the power to transform the future of conservation. Conservation X Labs launches grand challenges that use open innovation, prizes, mass collaboration and the power of the market to develop new conversation technologies. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
💬 “Consumers have the right to know their risks. A truly consumer-centric approach is about making artificial intelligence risks visible and predictable.” @Nikita Lukianets 🎙️ Nikita Lukianets, a Founder of the Open Ethics initiative that fosters the inclusive dialogue between experts and citizens to design systems where humans and AI successfully work together. Nikita is also a Founder and CTO at PocketConfidant AI, a 24/7 coaching technology powered by artificial intelligence. Previously, as a fellow with SIGNALIFE Ph.D. program in life sciences in France, Nikita worked on supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms for neuronal classification, bridging approaches in neurobiology and statistical learning. Nikita Lukianets has more than 10 years of experience in Human-Computer Interaction and has partnered with multiple organizations to help them build human-centered interfaces.
💬 “A lot of fortune 100 CEOs, they're playing for two to five years, that's how long their tenure is. They're not playing for the long game. We will get a new class of leaders in tune with the long game and interested in how their companies affect not only their stakeholders and their employees and their customers, but also the greater world.” John Thompson 🎙️ John is an international technology executive with over 30 years of experience in the business intelligence and advanced analytics fields. Currently, John is responsible for the global Advanced Analytics & Artificial Intelligence team and efforts at CSL. Prior to CSL, John was an Executive Partner at Gartner and responsible for the advanced analytics business unit of the Dell Software Group. John is the author of the bestselling book – Analytics Teams: Leveraging analytics and artificial intelligence for business improvement. The book was published in June 2020 and outlines how to hire and manage high-performance advanced analytics teams. This is the second time that John has appeared on the show, and this time we talked about the dynamics of leadership, including how the best leaders use data and how leaders are developing new skills this decade to respond to the changing world that we live in. 🎧 In this episode of the Boundless Podcast, John talks about: 💡 1.) why data driven decision making can raise overall level of employee performance, but won’t affect the outliers💡 2.) similarities and differences in the leadership styles of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos 💡 3.) how the corporate leadership skillset is changing this decade
💬 “AI regulation? I think this war is lost already. AI was an invisible enemy, and until it was too late, we didn’t notice or we didn’t care.“ @Denis Rothman This is a conversation with Denis Rothman 🎙️ Denis is an Artificial Intelligence designer, author & developer. He created one of the first AI cognitive Chatbots and an AI resource optimisation system which reduces resource consumption, energy and power. Denis’s latest books include: Artificial Intelligence By Example: Acquire advanced AI, machine learning, and deep learning design skills, 2nd Edition and Explainable AI with Python: Interpret, visualize, explain, and integrate reliable AI for fair, secure, and trustworthy AI apps. In this episode, Denis gave me a free rein to have an open conversation about some of the most challenging questions about Artificial Intelligence power and control and human significance. I hope you enjoy hearing how he addressed these questions.
This is the Boundless Podcast with me your host Richard Foster-Fletcher and my resident Friday co-host Dr. Naeema Pasha from Henley Business School. 💬 “Working with people who think differently forces you to make new connections.” @Dr. Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education and leading on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion global strategy. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: 1) Stylianos Taxidis, Head of Data Science & Products at CDP: How to live in the data age 2) Yonah Welker, Explorer and Innovator: Reframing 'inclusion' to 'zero-exclusion'
💬 “Over my discussions with many of my colleagues and people who are involved in mental health, neurodiversity and disability, we agree that we don't need inclusion. We need zero-exclusion.“ Yonah WelkerThis is a conversation with Yonah Welker 🎙️ Yonah is a technologist, explorer and Venture Capitalist working on the intersections of technology, artificial intelligence, human ability, society & ethics. He’s founded tech companies and labs, helped to facilitate tech ecosystems across the world, screened hundreds of technologies on behalf of projects and ecosystems with MIT, Singularity University, 500 Startups, Techstars, European Commission and World Economic Forum. Yohan is interested in algorithmic diversity. How we can reimagine technology, ability, ethics and create open and interconnected ecosystems where anyone has equal access regardless of ability. He asks questions like can we align ability with technology to help individuals to actually perform, not just ‘fit’? His interest in inclusive ecosystems is driven by his own journey which includes neurological and autoimmune disorders which led to isolation and rejection, so much so that he was forced to create personalised learning, development for himself. This is the Boundless Podcast, and now here’s my conversation with Yonah Welker
💬 “As content selection algorithms become better, we need to consciously seek out opinions different from our own. AI is inadvertently creating a polarised society, and it’s down to us to make it more balanced” Stylianos Taxidis This is a conversation with Stylianos Taxidis 🎙️ Stylianos is the Head of Data Science & Products at CDP, a not-for-profit charity running the global disclosure system for investors, companies, and regions to manage their environmental impacts. He is very passionate about environmental issues and an advocate of using the evolution in the field of data science to drive meaningful actions for the problems of our generation. He is a true believer of Augmented not Artificial Intelligence for the creation of a synergetic relationship between humans and algorithms. 🎧 In this episode of the @Boundless Podcast, Stylianos talks about: 💡 1.) the rise of the ‘instant expert‘ 💡 2.) how AI is augmenting rather replacing true experts 💡 3.) how to change your mind
💬 “Around the world, and particularly in companies, there isn't a mindset of sharing that transcends a mindset of ownership. When we think about technology that can truly save the world, I think we need to take a step back and think, how can we make it the ‘easy choice’ to share and work together.” @Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Growing up in Iceland, Jon Thor had a lot of questions about the world and always knew that he wanted to explore it but the more he learned, the more he realised he didn't just want to explore it, he wanted to change it. 🎧 In this episode Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: 1) Jessie Oliver, Australian Citizen Science Association: The role of Citizen Science in sustainability 2) Rose Mwebaza, UN Climate Technology Centre: Driving solutions that scale
💬 “The idea of data being the new oil is outdated, but still there’s companies holding onto data and information that when shared will be extremely useful in solving global problems. This data, in the hands of the right people will absolutely transform systems.” Rose Mwebaza This is a conversation with Rose Mwebaza 🎙️ Rose is the Director of the UN Climate Technology Centre and has 20 years’ experience providing policy advice on a wide range of climate change, environment and sustainable development issues. She has previously served as Chief Natural Resources Officer at the African Development Bank, and held leadership positions within the UN Development Programme. Rose holds a PhD in Environment and Natural Resource Governance, a Master’s Degree in International Comparative Law and a Bachelor of Law Degree. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
💬 “With AI, we are learning things that we've never had the ability to learn before about species conservation. This is crucial. We can’t protect species if we don’t know or don’t understand them.” @Jessie Oliver This is a conversation with Jessie Oliver 🎙️ Jessie is passionate about avian ecology and environmental outreach. She has been heavily involved in the development of the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA) since its inception and is currently the ACSA International Liaison. Since 2015, Jessie has been researching how to design technologies that entice people to have fun, meaningful, and impactful experiences with nature, with citizen science, and with wildlife conservation activities. Jessie also explores the alignments of citizen science with the use of artificial intelligence and conservation technology. Jessie says that many people around the world are deploying audio recorders into nature and gathering huge amounts of data that can reveal invaluable information about ecosystems and wildlife that live in them. However, analysing this data is tricky, requiring both technical and animal call knowledge. Environmental recordings have potential to be more accessible for broader uses in nature engagement, citizen science, and wildlife conservation, but technologies that are both fun and useful are needed for acoustic sensing to reach its full potential. With this in mind, she is investigating how to design technologies that provide delightful and informative ways to explore audio recordings. Her research is centred around exploring the potential that acoustic sensing may be useful to find secretive, endangered Eastern bristlebirds. In this research, she has worked with conservationists involved in bristlebird recovery efforts, birders and additional citizen scientists, as well as members of the broader public, to uncover needs for future technologies to explore and analyse audio recordings. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.Key links to support the episode: - The Earth School Citizen Science Quest for a sampler of globally relevant projects: -- https://magazine.scienceconnected.org/2020/07/earth-school-take-a-nature-quest/ - Search for projects of interest or get inspired to create your own: -- SciStarter (https://scistarter.org/; Based in U.S.A with some global projects)-- Australian Citizen Science Project Finder (https://biocollect.ala.org.au/acsa)-- European Citizen Science Project Finder (https://eu-citizen.science/all/)-- Asia Citizen Science Projects: Project Tracker (http://projects.citizenscience.asia/)- Citizen science associations, networks, & partnerships:-- Australian Citizen Science Association (https://citizenscience.org.au/)-- European CitizenScience Association (https://ecsa.citizen-science.net/)-- U.S.based Citizen Science Association (https://www.citizenscience.org/) -- Iberoamerican Network of Participatory Science (http://cienciaparticipativa.net/the-ricap/)-- Citizen Science Asia (http://www.citizenscience.asia/)-- Citizen Science Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (#CITSCINZ) (https://monicalogues.com/2020/08/25/the-citizenscience-association-of-aotearoa-new-zealand-wrapping-up-year-one) -- Citizen Science for the Amazon Network (https://www.amazoniacienciaciudadana.org/)-- Brazilian Birdwatching & Citizen Science Network (https://www.wikiaves.com.br/)-- Citizen Science Global Partnership (http://citizenscienceglobal.org/)- Follow Jessie and her work via:-- LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessieloliver/)-- Twitter (https://twitter.com/JessieLOliver)-- Publications via Research Gate or ORCiD
💬 “I do think that we need to let go of the idea of our country being part of our identity. What we need is to come together globally and pool and share our resources; food, water, energy, technology. This is vital to enable a bigger portion of the world to function with better equality." Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Growing up in Iceland, Jon Thor had a lot of questions about the world and always knew that he wanted to explore it but the more he learned, the more he realised he didn't just want to explore it, he wanted to change it. 🎧 In this episode Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: 1) Michal Nachmany, Climate Policy and Data Expert: NetZero: who is accountable for what2) Youssef Nassef, Climate Adaptation Director - UNFCCC: Living through the time of transition
💬 “We've solved acid rain, we solved the ozone hole, and we will solve hopefully COVID-19. But, do we want to continue living our lives waiting for the next environmental hazard to materialize and then looking for ways to react to it? Or is it time now to think of transforming the world towards different values?” @Youssef Nassef This is a conversation with Youssef Nassef 🎙️ Youssef is the Coordinator of Adaptation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He possesses 30 years of experience in diplomacy and international environmental policy and is a seconded diplomat from the Egyptian Foreign Service. In 2019 Youssef launched Resilience Frontiers, a two-year collective intelligence process that began with the Resilience Frontiers 2019 conference in Songdo, South Korea. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
💬 “In 2006, Lord Nicholas stern was commissioned by the British government to estimate the economic price of climate change. Fixing climate change, he said at the time, would cost 1-2% of world GDP. Everyone took a gasp. But then he continued, not fixing climate change would cost about 20% of world GDP.” @Michal Nachmany This is a conversation with Michal Nachmany 🎙️ Michal currently leads the work on the Grantham Research Institute’s structured datasets and tools, supporting evidence-based decision-making – from national legislation and policy to low-carbon investment practices. Since 2013 She has been leading the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate legislation and policy – taking it from a printed annual publication covering 33 countries to a dynamic online, open-access resource with global coverage and a wide engagement programme. Since 2018 she has also been project managing the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) – an investor-led initiative to support companies’ transition to a low-carbon economy. Supported by investors with over $18 trillion in Assets under Management and Advice, TPI tracks climate governance and emissions trajectories by the highest emitting companies worldwide, to facilitate evidence-based investor engagement and investment. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
💬 “First and foremost, what we need is clear data. We need to know what impact our choices are making.” Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson. Growing up in Iceland, Jon Thor had a lot of questions about the world and always knew that he wanted to explore it but the more he learned, the more he realised he didn't just want to explore it, he wanted to change it. 🎧 In this episode Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: @Janet Salem, Economic Affairs Officer, Circular Economy at United Nations on sustainability startups across the globe @Imtiaz Adam, Founder at Deep Learn Strategies: Building a GreenTech Recovery with AI IoT and 5G
💬 “"The shift from narrow to broad AI will include learning from smaller data sets and hence result in computational efficiency. The possibilities for new business models and innovations across the entire economy including for breaking from ‘business as usual’ towards environmental sustainability are huge.” @Imtiaz Adam This is a conversation with Imtiaz Adam 🎙️ Imtiaz is a Data Scientist and Machine Learning engineer. He has an MSc in Computer Science with research in AI Deep Learning, an MBA and is a Sloan Fellow in Strategy from London Business School. He also served as a Director of Morgan Stanley where he was global head of clean technology infrastructure financing. 🎧 In this episode, Imtiaz talks about the importance of connecting technologies, environmental sustainability and new job creation with our economic recovery from COVID-19. His focus in this conversation is on Broad AI, 5g IoT and AI on the edge. Imtiaz explains that today we have narrow AI whereby the machine can perform specific tasks and the powerful Deep Learning algorithms of today require Big Data sets for training. The learning process is quite different to that of a human child and entails vast amounts of labelled data sets. Looking ahead, he says, we are closer to moving into broad AI that will empower Deep Learning to perform broader tasks. The shift to broad AI will include learning from smaller data sets and enable more computational efficiency. Furthermore, the Broad AI era will enable intelligent devices for AI IoT where the Internet of Things converges with AI Edge Computing. Imtiaz says that AI techniques such as Federated Learning with decentralized data will also deliver gains in data privacy as well as efficiency. Overarchingly we will move to a more efficient and also more capable era of AI that will also deliver services that may be used in fighting climate change such as devices and sensors that may enable real-time interactions with people and also objects such as buildings, manufacturing facilities, energy systems, smart cities do as to optimize for efficiency gains and reduce unwanted wastage and pollution. Imtiaz references a PWC and Microsoft report that sets out huge numbers of greenhouse gas emissions reduction and job creation that AI could deliver by 2030.
💬 “The IPCC has said that it's too late to avert climate change through the supply side alone, therefore as individuals, we need to shift our consumption behaviour. But the producer is also responsible for our consumption, so they're going to need to help us shift our consumption choices to more sustainable options.” @Janet Salem This is a conversation with Janet Salem 🎙️ Janet has worked for the United Nations for over 13 years in Paris, Vienna and now in Bangkok where she leads the Asia and the Pacific work on sustainable lifestyles and innovation. Her current role with the UN is as Economic Affairs Officer for Circular Economy. 🎧 In this episode, Janet talks about how the ecosystem of startup companies working on environmental sustainability has changed and developed over the last few years. In her role at the UN they track not only the successful companies but those that do not succeed in scaling up. The reason is that often the failure of a company can be down to legislation or regulation, so this data can help to promote the relevant changes in policy that will create a better platform of success for the next company. Janet talks about the global surge in startups including in Asia. With over 50% of India now having access to the internet, more and more business ideas are being created, getting noticed and getting funded in that region. She explains that the transition to sustainable business and a circular economy is driving these business leaders, but unfortunately, capital is still mostly going to safe projects and proven technologies. One way to change the way the capital is invested is to look to the leadership of Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand. The NZ Treasury has been instructed that, when planning policies or modelling future economic scenarios for New Zealand, it can no longer only consider the impact on GDP growth. Instead, it must include social, human, and natural considerations into its thinking. Janet talks about responsibility. Who is accountable for what, and remarks on the disposable coffee cup as an example of failure in sustainable practice, failure in policymaking and failure in economics. But she says, whilst consumers need to change, there also must be viable alternatives. Finally, Janet talks about the power of visualisation. A theme throughout this series and she explains what she’s been working on recently with Sony and new immersive technologies. This is the Infinite Leaders series on the Boundless Podcast, we are exploring how Digital Transformation, Data and Artificial Intelligence can promote, provide engagement and deliver environmental sustainability.
💬 “Some people benefit from home working, but the research shows that face-to-face meetings are much better for developing ideas. The University of Stanford has published research that says in 2021 we could lose out on innovation because we haven't got that face-to-face connectivity.” Dr. Naeema Pasha 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host is Naeema Pasha. She works for Henley Business School focussing on future strategy, vision and operations of business education. Everything from people engagement to tech adoption. 🎧 In this episode Naeema and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: Diane Mulcahy, Institutional Investor: “The future of work is here, it's not just evenly distributed” Murray Grubb Jnr, Director of CX & Strategic Accounts at Oracle: “AI use in marketing still needs humans”
💬 “In most cases customer loyalty simply doesn’t exist anymore and that’s why AI in marketing still needs that human touch; validation points and constant checkpoints throughout the process. One mistake and your customer is gone for good.” @Murray Grubb Jnr This is a conversation with Murray Grubb Jnr 🎙️ Murray heads up the Aviation Sector and strategic accounts in Oracle to drive Digital Transformation, User Adoption and Acceptance of modern digital services. He is a former Elected Politician, Speaker, Panellist, Judge and Industry Expert on all forms of Digital Engagement. 🎧 In this episode, Murray talks about brand ‘authenticity’ as being critical, and gives some great examples of this, but explains that, as we have learned from the pandemic, the world can change swiftly and companies cannot rely on their AI to support consumer personalisation when new buyer data takes time to build. Murray talks about the importance of keeping the human in the loop especially at times like this and why consumer loyalty to a brand is wafer-thin and that one mistake, whether from a human or from your AI can turn a customer away for life.
💬 “One impact of COVID-19 is that some workers now care less about the external signs of success and care more about things like freedom, flexibility and autonomy. That is difficult for some companies to shift towards, because it means they have less control over what success looks like. @Diane Mulcahy This is a conversation with Diane Mulcahy 🎙️ Diane is the author of the bestselling book ‘The Gig Economy’. Diane is a consultant, speaker and lecturer and currently an Advisor to the Kauffman Foundation, where she manages the venture capital portfolio. She is the author of ‘We Have Met the Enemy … and He Is Us’, a widely read report on the VC industry. 🎧 In this episode, I asked Diane if COVID-19 has changed, revealed or accelerated the future of work. She perceives that predominately it has accelerated the future of work towards more permanent remote working, and it’s established new types of employee motivations. Diane discusses how leaders and leadership models are adjusting to reflect changes in employees desires for increase autonomy and flexibility. But not all employees want to be based from home and although a number of high profile technology companies announced permanent work from home strategies, that may not be the end of that story. We haven’t yet discovered the longer-term impacts of distributed teams on creativity and innovation. Whilst the future may be uncertain for remote working, Diane has hopes that the change in mindset created by COVID-19 could encourage employers to increase flexibly in areas like holiday and working hours and to recruit from a far wider geographic pool of candidates. Diane is an expert on gig working, and she talks about trust within the workplace, particularly around the collection and use of data. She also explained how a lack of trust can drive employees towards freelance work or gig work where they have more control over their work, including their hours and location. Finally, I asked Diane for some advice to people entering the workforce for the first time during the global pandemic.
💬 “Sometimes you just need someone to step up and say, ‘we can do this’. When we look back at how we addressed climate change this decade, we will see that this person was not the one that had the best ideas, or even made the biggest impact on the cause. It was the person who made the biggest impact on the people.” Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎙️ My Friday Co-Host for the Infinite Leaders series is Jon Thor Sigurleifsson 🎧 In this conversation, Jon Thor and I discussed our insights and observations prompted by this week’s episodes with: 1) Gavin Starks, Founder at IcebreakerOne.org: The power of Open Data 2) Andrew Zolli, VP Global Impact Initiatives at Planet: Leveraging the big pause for climate action
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