Marie Glenn

Anti-disciplinary Ideas: Pattie Maes on new ideas and new devices

Professor Pattie Maes founded the Fluid Interfaces research group at MIT’s Media Lab, where she has worked for over 25 years. Maes’s passion has long been to make technology easier to use by making its capabilities more natural, intuitive and mobile. Her 2009 TED talk, “Sixth Sense,” which describes what those innovations might look like, […]

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Few good men: Why is the growing population of AI voices predominantly female?

Why do all the robots of the future seem to be female? Siri. Alexa. Cortanae. The automated call center voice. From feminine AI reception attendants to Sophia, the android wandering among the Davos elite, the voice of the future is … female. One theory is that Siri, Alexa, help desk robo-voices and our GPS navigation […]

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Caroline Webb: Use your brain for work-life success

Ever wonder why “good days” seem so elusive? The answer lies at the intersection of economics, behavioral science and psychology, a matrixed space few occupy quite so well as Caroline Webb. With characteristic clarity and wit, the Oxford and Cambridge-trained economist shows us how we can put brain science to work in her new book, […]

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How brain science can transform our working lives

Book Review: How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb (Macmillan) If “how we spend our days is how we spend our lives,” as the poet Annie Dillard put it, then we’re in trouble. Though we’re working harder—the equivalent of an extra month a year—we’re less happy in our jobs. Such findings prompted executive […]

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Jeff Smith: Lessons from IBM’s CIO on scaling agile

Jeff Smith arrived at IBM just over one year ago, but his mantra—to create an agile culture across Big Blue—is already driving fundamental change. Using the collective wisdom of IBMers to build a new, more collaborative innovation model, Smith’s organization is creating loosely coupled, tightly aligned teams that combine the work ethic of a startup […]

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Understanding the benefits of balance

Book Review: Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, by Anne-Marie Slaughter (Penguin Random House)   The belief that those who work most, work best may seem outdated in the feel-good speak of today’s corporate cultures. Yet it’s hard to deny that the vast majority of workplaces still live by it. Teleworking, flex hours, part-time positions, […]

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Make better predictions as a C-suite executive

Book Review: Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner (Crown)   According to the old joke, the average expert is roughly as accurate as a dart-throwing chimpanzee. It’s a joke based on research by Philip Tetlock, the scientist whose prior work revealed that the predictions of academics, pundits […]

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Vinod Krishnan: Strategies for digital transformation in India

Vinod Krishnan has more than two decades of corporate IT leadership experience. Over that long career, he has worked for some of the world’s most recognized household brands, including Unilever, General Electric and Walmart. Now CIO of the Indian consumer durables company Usha International, Vinod also heads the company’s eCommerce division. We asked him how […]

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Nouveau Vocabulaire: Internet des objets

Internet des objets: Une définition Réseaux d’appareils ou de capteurs connectés qui permettent la collecte, la communication, l’analyse et l’exploitation de données à grande échelle sans interaction humaine. Signification L’Internet des Objets (IdO) permet l’instrumentation et l’interconnexion des objets et systèmes indispensables à notre vie de tous les jours. Une multitude de machines et objets […]

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Étape par étape: Comment exploiter l’Internet des objets

L’Internet des Objets (IdO) a le potentiel pour améliorer en profondeur la performance des entreprises et la valeur apportée au client. Chris O’Connor, Directeur Général de l’entité d’IBM dédiée à l’Internet des Objets, estime que dans quelques années, le nombre d’appareils IdO aura dépassé la population mondiale par un coefficient de cinq ou sept. Chaque […]

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Tom Gentile: Lessons from GE Capital’s divesture

As President and Chief Operating Officer of GE Capital, Tom Gentile is part of a major strategic pivot. In April 2015, CEO Jeff Immelt announced that GE would be spinning off most of GE Capital and focusing the company’s remaining financial services activities in support of GE’s core industrial businesses. To put the enormity of […]

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Step-by-step: Host an Internal Hackathon

Once the purview of the startup crowd, large organizations are now hosting their own internal hackathons to introduce the types of innovative working practices increasingly becoming essential for effective digital transformation. Hamish McVey, head of brand management at British Airways, noted in an interview in the Financial Times, notes that big companies often believe that […]

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