Exponential predictions for 2018, laser-powered Internet and hacker-infested toys — This Week’s 10 Reads from a Chief Innovation Officer

I read over 100 articles this week so you don’t have to — Here are the top 10 you should read over the weekend and why they matter for the public sector. Let’s dive in to this week’s —

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The Articles —

Out of over 100 articles, here are the top 10 that stood out this week:

🔮 18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead http://bit.ly/2lrsK6u

🔎 Digital Disruptors of the World Unite: Interpreting the Fourth Industrial Revolution http://on.wsj.com/2Cs3TZK

🌡 De Blasio Administration Announces Tech Competition to Accelerate Local Climate Action http://on.nyc.gov/2Dr72G4

🚨 Using drones to build the ambulance fleet of the future http://tcrn.ch/2kSwr4K

👾 McKinsey Quarterly 2017 Number 4 — Artificial intelligence takes shape — http://bit.ly/2Cv09Ve

🗄 What can machine learning do? Workforce implications of machine learning http://bit.ly/2Cnpum5

🚙 Riders in Waymo’s self-driving cars will now be insured http://bit.ly/2ElyIxr

💡 Exploring a new approach to connectivity http://bit.ly/2zUqR6s

🤖 The robots are coming and Sweden is fine http://nyti.ms/2C1PYWY

🚂 A cute toy just brought a hacker into your home. http://nyti.ms/2zTImny

The Bottom Line —

Just in case you don’t have time to read each article, here are the key takeaways and why each one matters for government:

🔮 18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead http://bit.ly/2lrsK6u

🏛 Why it Matters for Government: As you’ve read in many of my articles, preparing for an uncertain future across multiple domains is an important function that government agencies need to embrace and embed into the way they operate. This article provides a great look at 18 areas that will have exponential changes as we head into 2018.

🔎 Digital Disruptors of the World Unite: Interpreting the Fourth Industrial Revolution http://on.wsj.com/2Cs3TZK

🏛 Why it Matters for Government: There are individual, organizational and societal changes unfolding before us eacb day and as many economists have described, the beginning of a fourth industrial revolution. Along with other technological revolutions, there will be massive changes to labor and productivity — but it’s important for government to understand that it’s going to have more of an impact on it. From the regulatory landscape to physical infrastructure building, this fourth industrial revolution will require government to become more agile in order to keep up.

🌡 De Blasio Administration Announces Tech Competition to Accelerate Local Climate Action http://on.nyc.gov/2Dr72G4

🏛 Why it Matters for Government: Mayor De Blasio and his technology team are a shining example that cities are capable of doing more than just existing. Under NYCx, the City of New York is tackling hyperlocal problems such as connectivity, as well as moonshot challenges to push the envelope for government innovation. This reinforces a point I’ve long held, that sustainable innovation starts and is incubated at the local level, then it roles up to higher levels of government. Keep up the great work NYC!

🚨 Using drones to build the ambulance fleet of the future http://tcrn.ch/2kSwr4K

🏛 Why it Matters for Government: Last week you read about ambulance ubers, now we’ve moved to an ambulance that can fly. We’ve seen drone package concepts, but Zipline is using drones in Africa to deliver vital medical supplies — and it’s not just a concept, it’s live. This example provides validation of the lifesaving impact that drones can have and we will begin to see more of these use-cases role out to cities across the United States. For government, drones will provide opportunities to augment emergency workers (a video for what that looks like is below), but it will also lead to a host of new regulatory and orchestration challenges that will need to be addressed.

 

👾 McKinsey Quarterly 2017 Number 4 — Artificial intelligence takes shape — http://bit.ly/2Cv09Ve

🏛 Why it Matters for Government: McKinsey puts out great quarterly publications that cover a wide variety of topics — and this month’s really hit home with a focus on artificial intelligence. As your agency looks to integrate and implement elements of AI into your operations in 2018, it’s good to have an industry perspective of where things are today and where they are going.

🗄 What can machine learning do? Workforce implications of machine learning http://bit.ly/2Cnpum5

🏛 Why it Matters for Government: Machine learning and artificial intelligence are the most common buzzwords you see at the top of every tech article on the web — but most lack the meat to explain their wild predictions on how AI will do XYZ. That’s why I love this research, posted in an academic journal, that provides an in-depth look at machine learning and the science behind how it will impact our workforce.

🚙 Riders in Waymo’s self-driving cars will now be insured http://bit.ly/2ElyIxr

🏛 Why it Matters for Government: There are numerous regulatory challenges that are uncertain involving self-driving technology, and one of the biggest challenges today is around liability — who’s at fault and who pays when no one is driving. This is why Waymo’s decision to provide passenger insurance in their self-driving vehicles is a great starting point for working out the liability issue. Government agencies will need to continue to work together with the self-driving vehicle industry on a host of other technical and regulatory issues, but this is a promising start.

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