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AI World Executive Summit: Important to Ask the Right Questions 

By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor 
Asking the right questions about AI activities matters, especially given the acceleration of AI adoption driven by the pandemic. Specifically, thinking about which questions to answer is a focus of AI experts and practitioners who are managing through the adoption of AI in the enterprise a recent survey from McKinsey shows. 
Of respondents at AI high-performing companies, 75% report that AI spending across business functions has increased because of the pandemic, according to the Global Survey on AI from McKinsey for 2020. These organizations are using AI to generate value, which is increasingly coming in …

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AI Seen Helping to Add Jobs as Small Manufacturers Pursue Automation 

More people will be needed to digest the vast amounts of data generated from the floor as manufacturers pursue AI and automation, dispelling the notion of job loss.  
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
The emergence of an advanced plastic manufacturing plant in Brookneal, Va. tells a story about the impact of AI on small manufacturing firms.   
Local entrepreneur Hugh E. Williams started American Plastic Fabricators to shape small plastic parts needed by a range of customers. Eventually the company became competitive in the manufacture of polyethylene and high-density plastics fabrication. The plant was visited recently by Kevin Scott, …

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Convergence of AI, 5G and Augmented Reality Poses New Security Risks 

The convergence of AI, 5G and augmented reality poses new security and privacy risks, challenging organizations to keep pace. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
Some 500 C-level business and security experts from companies with over $5 billion in revenue in multiple industries expressed concern in a recent survey from Accenture about the potential security vulnerabilities posed by the pursuit of AI, 5G and augmented reality technologies all at the same time.  
Claudio Ordóñez, Cybersecurity Leader for Accenture in Chile
To properly train AI models, for example, the company needs to protect the data needed to train the …

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Quantum Computing Hardware, Software Players Seeding the Market 

Hardware and software companies including Microsoft and IBM are seeing the market for a new generation of developers needed to program quantum computers. (Credit: Microsoft Blog) 
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
While quantum computing is seen by most as futuristic, not quite out of the research lab, German automaker BMW is putting quantum computing into practice, one of the first real world uses of the technology.  
BMW is using a Honeywell quantum computer to find more efficient ways to purchase the many components that go into its vehicles, according to a recent account in cnet. 
Honeywell recently made …

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An HR perspective on the future of workplace as it relates to Covid-19, CRE and D&I | Rebecca Ahmed

An HR perspective on the future of workplace
as it relates to Covid-19, CRE and D&I

Rebecca Ahmed
Corporate Managing Director, Savills
Leadership Coach


Rebecca Ahmed is an upcoming TEDx speaker, certified Energy Leadership Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and published writer. She has taken her expertise and launched her own business, Laugh Thru Life, where she brings energy and joy to the workplace and is a recognized expert in talent acquisition, culture, and diversity and inclusion. During her 10+ years as a leader in Human Resources (HR) in Hospitality, she is most notably recognized for partnering with C-Suite Executives through a 2.8B M&A, overseeing Talent Acquisition, HR Operations and Technology for up to 16,000+ team members. Rebecca joined Savills in 2019 as their Corporate Managing Director to help organizations leverage their commercial real estate to attract top talent. Rebecca has a bachelor’s in public relations with a double minor in communication design and business from the University of Southern California, and a master’s in hotel administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Founded in the UK in 1855, Savills is one of the world's leading real estate service providers. At Savills, we help organizations find the solutions that ensure employee success. Sharply skilled and fiercely dedicated, our integrated teams of consultants and brokers are experts in better real estate. With services in tenant representation, capital markets, project management, workforce/incentives and workplace strategy/occupant experience, we’ve boosted the potential of workplaces around the corner, and around the world, for 160 years and counting.

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AI and ‘Disruptive’ Jobs are Fastest-Growing, Say Reports from LinkedIn, Burning Glass  

AI titles were found to be the fastest-growing in 2020 according to LinkedIn, and AI jobs were found to be among the most disruptive in a report from Burning Glass. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By AI Trends Staff  
LinkedIn’s just-issued third annual Emerging Jobs Report looking back at 2020 ranked the top-growing job as “AI specialist,” with 74% growth. This job calls for skills in machine learning and deep learning, and knowledge of TensorFlow, Python, and natural language processing technology.  
The AI specialist job pays an average of $136,000/year; the jobs are concentrated in the San Francisco Bay area, New York City, Boston, …

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