Top articles of the week | June 2nd

June 2, 2018

Every week, we put together a list of our top 5 articles of the past week. Happy reading!

Hello World Canada: The Rise of AI Bloomberg

This is a great video by Ashlee Vance from Bloomberg. Yes, it’s 55 minutes long but totally worth it. This is a great explainer on the very deep Canadian roots of Artificial Intelligence. It traces the history of Geoff Hinton from Toronto, Yoshua Bengio in Montreal and Richard Sutton from Edmonton. The technical overview of AI is also worth it.

Special Report: The Drone Age Time

Drones are not just a fad. Time created an amazing report on the explosion of drones and the myriad of ways they are being used in business and socially. There were over 3 million drones sold last year alone. Honestly, just the cover image is mind blowing.

Invisible asymptotes Eugene Wei

How can tech companies overcome the dreaded s-curve when growth slows down? Eugene Wei, a former analyst at Amazon, explains in depth the strategy these organizations should employ. He provides the example of Amazon Prime, which helped the ecomm retailer hit a whole new level of growth. He goes to dissect other organization’s “invisible asymptotes” in an extremely well thought out manner and how you can think about it for your company.

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce McKinsey

Adoption of automation and AI technologies are going to have a dramatic impact on the workforce in the next 15 years. McKinsey dives into the new skills needed, the way organizations can adapt and how the workforce of the future will be built.

2018 Internet Trends Report Mary Meeker

Every year, internet nerds like myself marvel at the Mary Meeker internet trends report. The report has been growing in content but this marks a decline in the number of slides

(hat tip Stratechery)

All jokes aside, there are very interesting stats in the report. I invite you to check it out if you haven’t already.