Skill Level Advanced
- We are today in the middle of a technology revolution more disruptive than any other in human history. - Figuring out how to start a fire on demand and the invention of the wheel were indeed profound developments. However, these developments took centuries, if not millennia, to diffuse globally and change how people lived and worked. - Today's digital technologies are emerging at a far greater speed and with greater year-to-year impact than even other development of recent decades, such as the PC, the Internet, and the mobile phone. - Artificial intelligence is clearly the most important emerging, digital technology today. Focusing on its promise, Google CEO termed it "more profound than electricity or fire." Looking at the risks, however, the late physicist Stephen Hawking worried that AI could spell the end of the human race. Microsoft's Bill Gates has put himself in the camp of the alarmists. - AI is not the only driver of today's digital disruption. Others include Internet of things, robotics, and blockchain. No industry, no company, and no individual can escape the influence of these developments. - Hi, I'm Anil Gupta, Michael Dingman Chair and Professor of Strategy and Globalization at the Smith School of Business, the University of Maryland at College Park. - And I'm Haiyan Wang, Managing Partner of the China India Institute. To set your organization apart, it is imperative to understand the key features of emerging digital technologies and how some organizations are harnessing their power to benefit society. - This is a companion to our course on Digital Strategy. Here, we will examine the practical application of these technologies in various industries. - We invite you to join us on this journey.