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What To Do When Machines Do Everything: How to Get Ahead in a World of AI, Algorithms, Bots, and Big Data

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  366 ratings  ·  45 reviews

“Refreshingly thought-provoking…” – The Financial Times

The essential playbook for the future of your business

What To Do When Machines Do Everything is a guidebook to succeeding in the next generation of the digital economy. When systems running on Artificial Intelligence can drive our cars, diagnose medical patients, and manage our finances more effectively than humans i

Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published January 18th 2017 by Wiley (first published 2017)
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Ronald J.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
There are some nuggets in here, but nothing really new, except perhaps the AHEAD business model they lay out, which is all about Internet of Things, data collection, analysis, etc. I do tend to share the author's view that both the dystopian and utopian views of AI, Robots, etc., are both wrong. I, too, am an optimist when it comes to the ingenuity, creativity, and dynamism of free people working in free markets. We will always find a way to serve one another, and the idea that there will be no ...more
Mike Scialom
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Artificial Intelligence is getting a bad press, and the authors of “What To Do When Machines Do Everything” want to call attention to the incredible opportunities this “new machine” offers.
Every such machine initiates a transformation – firstly a period of confusion (the one we’re in now), swiftly followed by a productivity boom. “The loom led to an abundance in clothing, the steam engine to an abundance in transoceanic travel, and the assembly line to an abundance of refrigerators finding their
Andrei Scurei
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
The book has a bunch of good ideas but really that's about it. They could have been stated and explained in 5 pages. The authors rarely bother with factual data to back their claims (apart from a bunch of companies used as anecdotal evidence and reiterated obsessively throughout), which is shocking for a book insisting so much on the value of data. The same ideas get repeated unnecessarily throughout the book. Also, I'm annoyed by the choice of target audience of this book. This book is really o ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good primer to both camps of people - the one that thinks AI and advanced analytics are just passing fads and those that thinks that Robots will take over the world in a few years. This book takes a balanced approach towards the impending boom and explains what one must do in preparation.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book was really high-level and while it attempted to be "strategic", the content is mostly fluffy consultant-speak and doesn't dig into the tactical "how to" of working with automation and AI technologies. ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great really well-research hand written study on the digital revolution. Popular enough for a layman, and has some really interesting insights for technology executives as well...
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Might be just me, and the books I've read before, but it seemed far to generalist to be of much benefit. Then again that probably makes it a good starter read on Business AI. ...more
William Schram
In What to Do When Machines Do Everything the book asks that all important question. The authors start by averring that we are in the midst of another economic boom that is taking time to rev up. All of the previous economic super explosions went through the same process. These three revolutions created unprecedented wealth in a select few with an eventual spread of that wealth in a more democratic manner. I honestly don’t know if I can swallow all of that hogwash, but the authors have statistic ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The book introduces the system of intelligence... it explains the 3 distinctive elements that set it apart - software that learns, massive hardware processing power and enormous amounts of data... and emphasises the value that the system brings with its ability to learn... and the potential to disrupt exiting business processes...

it suggests the need for new business models that are built on data driven personalisation and drive enhanced experiences and abundance... and calls data, system of in
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
My rating for this book would be closer to 3.5/5. Rather than a book, I would call this a well-written essay on the current state-of-the-art in technology, what to expect in future and what businesses should be doing (now). Although there is no singular novel idea, it is an amalgamation of good practical advice and/or paraphrased ideas. I found a few of these to be interesting:

The question "How do I make my business model/process better using this specific technology?" is not the right one. Inst
Niketan Rao
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The authors are from Cognizant Centre for the Future of work. Overall, they have given a good overview of the digital future. There are good and varied examples throughout the book ranging from the Netflix system of intelligence to Devi Shetty’s Narayana Health.

The interesting portion is their framework for automation (also a call to action) with the AHEAD roadmap which is an abbreviation for Automate, Halo, Enhance, Abundance and Discovery.
Some of their recommendations seem quite straight forwa
Add Hunters
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Darrell McCauley
Recommended by Jorge Viso, President of APA, "What to Do When Machines Do Everything" paints a plausible picture of how automation will change everything and argues that we are on the cusp of a revolution. Revolutions like this, from the rear view mirror, look like they occur rapidly. However, revolutions are a series of incremental steps. This is a good book for business leaders whose plans have a 50-year outlook beyond the myopic quarterly/annual reporting grind. It makes a good companion to " ...more
Michel Kant
Must read for forward thinking business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators.

It's also great fuel for those who believe in the AI future and want pragmatic information on how to sell this future or today to those who live in the past.

The book reads easy and is very straight forward with great references and research from the cognizant team themselves.

From now on this book is my standard as what I like to expect from AI / forward thinking books.
Brandon Bejsovec
This is a great guide that takes a look at emerging technologies in business and provides a set of guidelines for improvement in organizations. It's a really engaging look at applying changes to your organization to remain current in today's digital age. AI as systems of intelligence vs the Hollywood image paints a very pragmatic look at the current and immediate future state of AI in businesses. ...more
Sana Vasli
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really optimistic and realistic view of the future of AI/automation etc.

The authors don’t subscribe to either the utopian or distopian view to AI. The contents are concerned with the next 5-10 years and how we should be thinking about this plus practical advice on how to leverage it in small and large companies.

I really enjoyed this book.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick read that is mainly geared for business leaders looking to transform their business into one that Integrate AI. The authors suggest using their AHEAD paradigm and focusing on the 3M : materials, models and machines. Lots of references and notes, the book reads rather like a consultancy report.
Hichame O. frogga
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book to understand that the terminator scenario is not going to happen in a soonish future.
It gives simple principles and "what to do on Monday" advices in order to make the most of the opportunities that AI is going to deliver in the next few years.
The only point that I think could be added is the issue of global warming taken into account with AI.
Zach M
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for a quick insight into the history and application of AI and automation in the workplace.

I enjoyed many of the lessons and main points of this book. However I did find most of the book to be repetitive. In a book that is relatively short, I thought that they should have fleshed out the topics covered.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Onwards an upwards! Some great guides and tools for how to embrace technology changes within your business. While there are many books on AI and bots, this one is a practical and thought provoking read, written in a way that you don’t need an IT degree to understand. Enjoyed this book.
Omer Jan
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A true mind opener to the world of possibilities out there.... highly captivating and intriguing to a point to drive a reader to flow from chapter to chapter without even thinking of quitting or wanting a break.....a highly recommended read for all Innovation n tech lovers !!
Jon Webber
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of practical, encouraging advice. Basically the robots are already here, get going and how to start, be pragmatic
Nilendu Misra
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good abstract ideas. Loved the Carlito's Way mental model. Didn't know about that. ...more
Ken Hamner
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book. Highly recommended.
Dinh Toan Thang
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a very usefull book!

This is a very comprehensive book that covers almost basic things you need to know regarding Industrial 4.0 and guide us how can we adapt.
Bob Collins
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Geared to business with actionable ideas to help prepare business, and their employees, for the digital age.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read if you want to get a handle on artificial intelligence and how to begin integrating into your company
Michael Thulin
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hits on all current and upcoming AI related trends, offers great advice for companies and individuals to stay relevant and valuable in the marketplace.
Charlie Elliott
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting view on the future.
Sreeram  Venkatasubramanian
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kinda book that came from future to insist about upcomings!
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