There are a lot of great books being published these days on the subject of artificial intelligence, as human authors attempt to tackle the technical, philosophical, and societal challenges posed by our growing reliance on smart machines.


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One I have recently enjoyed and also found highly thought-provoking is Radically Human: How New Technology is Transforming Business and Reshaping our Future, by Paul Daugherty. Regular readers of my posts will know that Daugherty is CTO at Accenture, and in fact I recently enjoyed a wide-ranging conversation with him on the topic of the Metaverse Continuum – Accenture’s top four tech trend predictions for 2022.

While we were together (virtually), I also took the opportunity to talk to him about this latest book. It aims to explain many of the cutting-edge technologies that are revolutionizing business today – from AI to blockchain and the metaverse – but crucially to do it in a way that highlights the roles that humans will have to play if organizations hope to use them to their full potential.

In many ways, it is a follow-up to his previous book, 2018’s Human + Machine, Reimagining Work in the Age of AI, and like that book was also co-authored by H James Wilson.

Daugherty tells me, “We were really pleased with the reaction to Human + Machine … which we wrote because we wanted to correct the narrative we were hearing back then … that all the jobs were going to be destroyed and AI was going to be bad.”

Daugherty says that since then, he feels that the key messages of the book have played out fairly well, with most people coming to understand the potential benefits of AI rather than being fearful of the dangers.[…]

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