“Artificial Intelligence: A leader’s guide to building the future” by Dr. Anwar El Homsi is a book written for busy managers or middle managers that have had no or very little exposure to A.I. concepts.
The book first, addresses one of the biggest barrier to understand A.I. and that is the technical jargon! Doing so, it equips the managers with a quick overview of the terminology used in the sector.
Before dwelling in the how to use A.I. for business the book addresses both the software technology at the base of the narrow A.I. revolution, Deep learning , and the hardware progresses that have made such revolution possible. The technical description is general and focuses primarily on benefits as opposed to technicism. Therefore, it is amenable for a public of busy readers or novices. The technical chapters are completed with a list of current applications and how companies are generating value in different industry verticals. Some parallels with human intelligence and human brain performances help the non-technical readers to form a valuable mental framework to understand the subject.
The most valuable part of the book, in my humble opinion, is the part that addresses “how to implement A.I. solutions” into your organization. Interesting insights from this part of the book are the necessity to understand and plan for a proper:
a) Data infrastructure
- b) Acting on organization culture/ resistance to innovation
c) Education and training
d) Selecting infrastructures and partners ecosystem.
Although a manager will be required to dig in the specifics of her or his company implementation, the book does a great job to identify factors that are really important. To this extend it helps managers to at least have a mental picture of what factors they may overlook in the implementation.
The book concludes with a chapter o how the A.I. first companies are leading innovation, this is probably of high value to those managers that run companies far from tech hubs and industries where the penetration of A.I. is still limited.
Overall the book can be read pretty quickly and this I believe is a huge plus, a busy manager can get done in a week end and get an overall idea of what we are talking about. This is particularly relevant in an area overcrowded with publications and excess of narrow specialized information. It can be really daunting to start and the book certainly helps those who wants to get an overall picture.
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