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Most of us focus on ‘Today’: on the meetings we will be having, the e-mails we will respond to and the quotations we need to send out while deadlines are breathing down our neck. And we should. The ‘Today’ part is what pays our bills. We also think a lot about ‘Tomorrow’, about our future value and how our company will survive disruption. ‘Tomorrow’ is what keeps us awake at night. But let’s face it, most of us don’t think (much) beyond that.

The truly great ones, the giants, those that dictate the market are the ones who dare to envision ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. Because that is where enormous amounts of long-term value lie. The radical ideas, concepts, notions or inspiration that focus on ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ are the ones that change entire companies, industries and even the world.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the subject of this e-book, will play a huge part in shaping that ‘Day After Tomorrow’. Many of us are watching its latest developments with great interest. But, if we’re truly honest, a lot of us don’t see the current value for our organizations. I think that for most companies AI is no longer of a “far off future”.

But we should be. In exponential times like these, emerging trends and developments – especially in technology – evolve at breakneck speed and will become ‘normal’ and pervasive a lot faster than ever before. That’s why, in my book ‘The Day After Tomorrow’, I caution companies to experiment with radical innovation, however ‘far out’ these endeavors might seem (to a board and management that mostly want to know how they can create value for ‘Today’). Because our ‘Day After ‘Tomorrow’ will be here a lot sooner than some of us still seem to believe.

That’s why I believe companies shouldn’t wait to start experimenting with AI. There are many signs that it is on the verge of a major breakthrough. First of all, thanks to the cloud, we now have the computing power necessary to develop Strong AI (Artificial General Intelligence). That’s a big deal. Practically every day, major discoveries are announced.

Basically, everything is in place for AI to make that giant leap that will change the face of every possible industry and even of mankind. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Its opportunities are enormous.

Peter Hinssen

Read the e-book.

Contributors: Roy Sharples, Devon Baker, Eric Charran, Steve Sweetman, Jaime Perena, Brian Marple, John Emrick, Steve Franklin, Brad Clayton, Samantha Greensmith, Beatrix Guimaraes, Donal Higgins, Johan Klut, Laura Longcore, John Nisi, Xavier Pereira, Kim Schulze, Blessing Sibanyoni, Tuan Jean Tee, Ian Webster