Game-Changing AI: More Than Just a Novel Application

The introduction of zone defense to basketball (nearly a century ago!) led Frank Lindley, the creator of this approach, to win 83% of the games he coached. It’s a great example of what we mean when we talk about something being game-changing: a situation where the unwritten rules are so taken for granted that most […]

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How Organizational Culture Can Drive Digital Success

While smart IT strategy and effective execution remain crucial components for business success, organizational culture has become one of the most distinctive differentiators in digital business today. According to recent research we conducted with HfS Research, companies that intentionally focus on culture realize greater success, both revenue-wise and in terms of building out their digital […]

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Aspen Action Forum Finale: The Green Shoots Emerge

Trees are sanctuaries. … A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought. … A tree says: My strength is trust.   — “Trees,” Hermann Hesse. — Aspens are an unusual tree species.  Growing seasons are short but vibrant. No tough bark for this species; scratching a white trunk reveals a […]

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Aspen Action Forum: Fearless Leadership for the Future of Work

It’s the middle of summer, in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, in the middle of the Roaring Fork Valley.  And at the middle of the Aspen Institute’s annual Action Forum, amid its stunning Doerr-Hosier Center, a panel discussion vividly captured the heart of a critical story of our time: the future of work. Moderated […]

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Rocky Mountain AI

“He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again, You might say he found a key for every door.” – “Rocky Mountain High,” John Denver. – There’s something about John Denver. Wearing a puffy down vest, bespectacled, performing a wholesome, “nerd chic” brand of Meadow Rock.  Ever-so-slightly-edgy lyrics, like, “Friends around the campfire/and […]

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Injecting Digital Life into Growth-Challenged Life & Annuity Insurers

Despite the recent decline in equity prices, the stock market has enjoyed an extraordinary bull market over the last decade. Those working in life & annuity (L&A) insurance companies can only look on in envy – like everyone is at a fabulous party to which they weren’t invited. Life & annuity insurers have barely participated […]

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Hyperloop: Engineering the Future of Transportation

Next year will mark 150 years since the last spike was driven into the final railroad tie connecting the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S. On May 10, 1869, supervisors and crewmembers from three railroad companies gathered a mile above sea level at Promontory Summit in Utah to watch Leland Stanford, the president of Central […]

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Of Bots, Fathers and Judicial Advice: How to Break the Infinite Loop

It’s not often that we find artificial intelligence (AI) in the company of a U. S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, a prestigious all-girls high school and a good joke – which itself sounds like a classic setup to a joke!  But we did. At his daughter’s high school graduation, Chief Justice John Roberts recently opined […]

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