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Mark is best known for founding NetEvents summits, “Where Technology Leaders Meet the World’s Press”. He created a radical format in which inventors, technologists, futurists, tech VCs and analysts are invited to share common ground.

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Bill Burns has 25+ years of experience in the high-tech sector. When CEO of Spirent Communications, a global leader in test and measurement solutions, he gained a deep understanding of the fundamental role of accurate data collection.

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Dr. Ron Layton brings extensive, in-depth leadership experience in high-level physical security and cybersecurity.

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Professor Martin Curley is a leading tech innovator known for driving pioneering advances in international healthcare.

Kevin DeierlingFounding Board Member

Kevin Deierling, entrepreneur and multi-patent holder, stands at the forefront in the application of AI for business.

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Ramesh Marimuthu is the Vice President and Head of the Americas Region, Tata Communications.

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Saqib is a thought leader with over 20 years of experience in Digital Innovation, Cyber Security, Enterprise Risk, Business Resilience, Data Privacy, Audit & Compliance.

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Mark’s passion for business-led innovation is focused on delivering best-in-class technology solutions while and a key driving force behind HFW's continues global expansion and business transformation.

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Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil

By Kenneth Cukier, Victor Mayer-Schoenberger and Francis de Vericourt

The authors of the bestselling Big Data show how humans have a unique cognitive ability to innovate mental models that allow us to spot patterns, make predictions and grasp new situations. While computers and AI are proving their superiority at reasoning, this ability to “frame” is unique to humans, and an essential skill for the 21st century.

The technique of “re-framing” personal problems became popular in the 1970s. Basically it required one to take a step back from confrontation in order to gain a wider, more inclusive perspective and a fresh approach to the problem. For example: an inventor totally obsessed by failure to raise money could reframe the question “how can I finance my project?” into “how can I further my project?”. With that a whole panoply of alternative solutions – such as canvassing support from friends – would open up. These authors have “re-framed” framing, and brought it up to date to address bigger than personal issues: “from pandemics to populism, AI to ISIS, wealth inequity to climate change”.

The book begins by making an important distinction at a time when too many fear that AI is a growing threat. They quote a headline from The Financial Times: “AI Discovers Antibiotics to Treat Drug-Resistant Diseases”. They point out that AI has long been applied to the problem as a rapid way to search molecules close to existing antibiotics in order to find new varieties – a process that actually made it easier for bacteria to adapt. What this team did was to extend the search to more than a hundred million molecules with any antimicrobial properties. In this way they discovered “halicin”, the superdrug against superbugs.

Yes, AI had discovered the drug, but only because humans could frame its search in a truly innovative way – an example of how humans, unlike computers, can innovate mental models and then apply the analytical skills of AI to explore those models. This is an important message at a time when many are losing confidence in human cognitive abilities and turning to irrational alternatives.

We use mental models all the time, often without being aware of them. The problem is that the lack of awareness can cause people to be trapped in a particular model – as when Nokia dominated mobile phone sales in 2008 when the model was to make each generation smaller and cheaper. Then Apple introduced the larger and more expensive iPhone, and stole the market. Looking back: the telephone was first seen as a way to listen to music remotely, while the phonograph would be a way to send audio memos to distant offices. It was only when the roles were reversed that both technologies took off.

The wealth of such examples in this book is especially valuable. It is easy to describe a simple principle like framing and make it seem trite and forgettable. But with so many case studies, most readers will find something close to their own innovative challenges and find inspiration.

As this book shows: what matters is not what frames are, but the way they can liberate and empower us when understood and used properly.

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