Ben Pring

Ben Pring leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work and is a coauthor of the books What To Do When Machines Do Everything and Code Halos: How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations Are Changing the Rules of Business. In 2018, he was a Bilderberg Meeting participant. He previously spent 15 years with Gartner as a senior industry analyst, researching and advising on areas such as cloud computing and global sourcing. He can be reached at

70 Days Later

Many of us have now been home for 10 weeks, due to the d-mn virus. I haven’t had this long a stretch without business travel for over 20 years. Here’s how I’m holding up, where I’m at and what we can learn from this almost surreal moment in time. If you can work at home, […]

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Data, Privacy and the Health of Nations

Numerous governments around the world have started using citizen-generated data in their efforts to understand, and ultimately stop, the spread of the coronavirus. In China, a sophisticated cell phone-based “traffic light” system is being rolled out that indicates whether an infected person is clear to move around as normal, or should continue to self-isolate. In […]

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The Future of Work. At Home

The coronavirus is changing our lives before our very eyes. How and where we work may be among the biggest disruptions. If you’re dealing with the disorientation of suddenly having to work from home, and are not quite sure what’s hit you, here are a few tips from someone who’s been doing it, happily and […]

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A Virus in a Viral Age

Unless you’ve been totally off the grid, you’ve probably noticed the world is consumed with the topic of coronavirus. As of this writing, I am well thank [insert name of your personal deity here] and have felt no ill effects (thank you for asking) as I’ve traveled from Boston to Austin to Boston to London to […]

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WEF 2020 Post-Mortem: Contradictions at the Heart of Davos and the Future of Our Work

The World Economic Forum’s annual event is over for another year. Once again, Davos was a fascinating and frustrating few days, providing a snapshot of what the global elite hive mind is currently thinking. Beyond the obvious highlights – that POTUS and Greta are probably not on each other’s Christmas card lists, that “big tech” […]

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Fifty Thoughts from Davos 50

It’s the 50th anniversary of the founding of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. In its honor, here are 50 observations from this year’s event. (50?! Don’t worry – I’ll keep it quick and painless.) It’s balmy – colder back in Massachusetts. POTUS came – and hardly anyone noticed. The global […]

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World Economic Forum 2019: Final Reflections

Back home on Cape Cod, Davos 2019 already seems an age ago. So before the happenings of last week entirely fade from my overly full memory banks, here are a few thoughts on what I saw and heard. This year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting came at a time when the very idea of Davos […]

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World Economic Forum 2019: Making the Future Work

In his famous 1962 book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” Thomas Kuhn outlined how changes in orthodoxies occur. Popularizing the term “paradigm shift,” Kuhn examined how dominant doctrines – broadly shared and agreed upon – are overthrown by new ideas first thought to be from the lunatic fringe but that, in turn, become the new orthodoxy. […]

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World Economic Forum 2019 Preview: The Silk Road to 6G

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this year will be the epicenter of two of the world’s most important trends: The rollout of 5G, the next-generation networking infrastructure that will more tightly bind together the world’s 7.7 billion people, as well as the four billion “things” expected to be deployed by 2020. The […]

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