The Uneasy Alliance Between Business Leaders And Artificial Intelligence

Executives don’t trust AI — yet.

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What does it take to be an executive these days? In my youth, there was a prime-time television show called Arnie, about a loading-dock worker who comes up with a money-saving idea for his company, and gets vaulted to the executive suite. Along with ample time to practice golf putts in the office, Arnie needs to learn the art of assembling and filing reports for his higher-ups. Such was corporate life in the 1970s.

Of course, C-level executives these days don’t need people bird-dogging and assembling reports for them, they have systems that automatically deliver reports, on-demand, with relevant data right to their laptops or mobile devices. While not widely reported, entire levels of middle management were rendered unnecessary and wiped out. Until now, upper-level executives still made the decisions at the end of this data chain, but artificial intelligence may render some of them unnecessary as…

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