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CIOs: Deflate Your Ego and Hug a Robot

As Kristen Lee reports for IT Knowledge Exchange, the main takeaway from the 11th annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium is that CIOs need to humble themselves and fast. At the current pace of change and innovation in IT, CIOs cannot afford to be anything but open-minded and interested in fresh perspectives. Any CIOs who think only they know best are probably some of the worst.

Reaching Out

Among CIOs, staying relevant is in itself a strong point of interest. Looking to technology and finding ways to turn it into an IT service is one way to accomplish that. For instance, Andrew McAfee, co-director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, points to this example:

McAfee described to the audience a freestyle chess tournament where participants could form any combination of human and digital labor to compete against each other.

“What we learn is that the rightly composed team will beat any grandmaster,” McAfee said. “It will beat the best chess super computer. It will actually beat the top grandmaster with the best chess super computer, because the way to compose a team is to be very insightful about what people are good at versus what technology is good at and bring both of those strengths together.”

There is also the robot Baxter, who can be programmed to move around in a specific way. However, you do not program Baxter with code; you just physically move him yourself, and then Baxter remembers how he moved. The goal of these various endeavors is to find ways that humans and machines can complement each other. What gains might you produce for the business employing this concept?

You can read Lee’s original post here: http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/total-cio/the-new-cio-challenge-assembling-the-right-combo-of-human-and-machine-smarts/

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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