Oxford Saïd AI Roundtable: Programme

Oxford Saïd AI Roundtable: Programme

THERE IS A NEED for fresh, serious thinking about how AI will reshape business. A three-part discussion series this spring aims to bring new voices to the conversation. Hosted at Oxford’s Saïd Business School, the sessions will consider AI and productivity, data and management. I’ll be the moderator and discussion facilitator. (An overview of the initiative is here.)

Below is a preliminary description of the sessions, including themes and pre-readings. A sign-up page isn’t yet live, but ping me an email at kn@cukier.com and I’ll let you know when it’s online. (Also, if I’ve missed a good source that I should include, definitely please let me know.)

Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb. “Managing the Machines: Ai is making predictions cheap, posing new challenges for managers.” Working paper, University of Toronto Rothman School of Business, October 2016. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/528e51b6e4b0234f427a14fb/t/581a32e6d482e9494ba441c0/1478111975274/EconomicsOfAI.pdf

Jason Furman. “Is This Time Different? The Opportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence.” Council of Economic Advisers. Remarks at AI Now: The Social and Economic Implications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Near Term, New York University New York., July 7, 2016

Tyler Cowen. “Economic development in an ‘Average is over’ world,” Working paper. George Mason University. May 2016. https://www.gmu.edu/centers/publicchoice/faculty%20pages/Tyler/Manila.pdf

Mark Purdy and Paul Daugherty. “Why AI is the future of growth.” Accenture, September 2016. https://www.accenture.com/us-en/_acnmedia/PDF-33/Accenture-Why-AI-is-the-Future-of-Growth.pdf

Harold Sirkin, Michael Zinser and Justin Rose. “How Robots Will Redefine Competitiveness.” The Boston Consulting Group. September 23, 2015. https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/articles/lean-manufacturing-innovation-robots-redefine-competitiveness/

Hal Hodson. “Google’s new NHS deal is start of machine learning marketplace,” New Scientist, 6 July 2016. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2096328-googles-new-nhs-deal-is-start-of-machine-learning-marketplace/

Natasha Lomas. “We need to talk about AI and access to publicly funded data-sets,” TechCrunch, July 9, 2016. https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/09/we-need-to-talk-about-ai-and-access-to-publicly-funded-data-sets/

Linden Tibbets. “AI is About Access, Not Interface,” Medium post. Oct 26, 2016. https://medium.com/@ltibbets/ai-is-about-access-not-interface-325bfb7dce76#.u0jkys5ns

Tom Simonite. “Algorithms That Learn with Less Data Could Expand AI’s Power.” MIT Technology Review. May 24, 2016. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601551/algorithms-that-learn-with-less-data-could-expand-ais-power/

Albert Opher, Alex Chou, Andrew Onda, and Krishna Sounderrajan. “The rise of the data economy and data monetization,” IBM White Paper 2016. http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?htmlfid=WWW12367USEN

Q Ethan McCallum and Ken Gleason. “Business Models for the Data Economy.” O’Reilly Media, 2013. http://www.oreilly.com/data/free/files/business-models-for-data-economy.pdf

Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson. “Human Work in the Robotic Future Policy for the Age of Automation,” Foreign Affairs. July/August 2016. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2016-06-13/human-work-robotic-future

Sarah O’Connor. “When your boss is an algorithm.”Financial Times, September 8, 2016. https://www.ft.com/content/88fdc58e-754f-11e6-b60a-de4532d5ea35

Kroll, Joshua A. and Huey, Joanna and Barocas, Solon and Felten, Edward W. and Reidenberg, Joel R. and Robinson, David G. and Yu, Harlan. “Accountable Algorithms,” University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Vol. 165, 2017, March 2, 2016. Fordham Law Legal Studies Research Paper №2765268. https://ssrn.com/abstract=2765268

It’s true that a gaping hole is the question of employment. The reason is that it gets a lot of attention already in other venues, whereas the issue of productivity, data and management is bereft of a home. That said, if the roundtable form evolves past the initial three sessions, jobs will be the next topic to take on.

Any comments or feedback? Please email me at kn@cukier.com