Web Links: 8 January 2017

The ‘Web Links’ posts are a round-up of the best content that I read, listen to, watch, or interact with on the Internet on a daily basis. The topics today are: robot coworkers, the state of AI adoption, development in 2018, and the most read books by CEOs in 2017.

Welcome to the Era of the AI Coworker (Wired) — We’re not living in the golden age of AI, but we are living in the golden age of AI-enhanced productivity. Call it the First Pass Era. AI is now powerful enough to make a solid first attempt at countless complex tasks, but it’s not so powerful that it seems threatening. For more thought-intensive, subjective work, we still need humans.

The State of AI Adoption (O’Reilly) — Artificial intelligence (AI) has attracted a lot of media coverage recently, and companies are rushing to figure out how AI technologies will impact them. Here are some slides and notes from an O’Reilly talk this past September at the AI Conference in San Francisco, offering an overview of the state of adoption and some suggestions to companies interested in implementing AI technologies.

How Developers Will Work in 2018 (The Next Web) — Matthew Hughes from The Next Web spoke to developers across a number of segments, and asked what they thought next year would bring. This is what they said.

800-CEO-READ’s 2017 Bestsellers (800-CEO-READ) — What books did CEOs and C-level managers read in 2017? Here’s a recap of the bestselling books on 800-CEO-READ, my favorite book store after Amazon Kindle.

Web Links: 4 January 2018

The ‘Web Links’ posts are a round-up of the best content that I read, listen to, watch, or interact with on the Internet on a daily basis. The topics today are: emerging jobs in 2017, finding meaning in your work, breaking CAPTCHAs with machine learning, and understanding the real axes of competition.

LinkedIn’s 2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report — New types of jobs means new potential for workers at all levels, especially for those looking to change careers. Overall, job growth in the next decade is expected to outstrip growth during the previous decade, creating 11.5 million jobs by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even further, it’s estimated that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately hold jobs that don’t yet exist.

How to break a CAPTCHA system in 15 minutes with Machine Learning — Everyone hates CAPTCHAs — those annoying images that contain text you have to type in before you can access a website. CAPTCHAs were designed to prevent computers from automatically filling out forms by verifying that you are a real person. But with the rise of deep learning and computer vision, they can now often be defeated easily.

To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think About It — Why is it that some people can be extraordinarily well-paid and work in pampered settings but feel empty, while others can work in the sewers of New York City and feel fulfilled? Part of the answer is purpose.

False Competition – Why Defining Axes Of Competition Matters — You can create a sustainable competitive advantage for your startup by understanding the true axes of competition. And that requires researching the market or knowing it intimately, because these axes often change.