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Nicola  Morini Bianzino

Nicola Morini Bianzino

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EY Global Chief Client Technology Officer at EY
  • Technology gives us a glimpse at the winning formulas behind successful sport teams like Barcelona FC. We’re able to look beyond the basic stats of number of points, assists or shots on goal and use network science to understand how player spacing on the field, frequency of passes within short distances

    Technology gives us a glimpse at the winning formulas behind successful sport teams like Barcelona FC. We’re able to look beyond the basic stats of number of points, assists or shots on goal and use network science to understand how player spacing on the field, frequency of passes within short distances and changes to one player’s position can all influence the outcome of a game. These insights are incredibly valuable, but they are even more powerful when human elements are also taken into consideration, such as player behavior, communication skills and purpose.

  • Innovation is an output of diversity, so it’s no surprise a male-dominated AI industry would lack the range of experiences and perspectives critical for building a better working world. At EY, we know this firsthand – our most diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams 2-to-1. To ensure we’re not programming

    Innovation is an output of diversity, so it’s no surprise a male-dominated AI industry would lack the range of experiences and perspectives critical for building a better working world. At EY, we know this firsthand – our most diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams 2-to-1. To ensure we’re not programming biases into our future, we must do more than focus on creating more opportunities for women to lead in AI and technology roles. We must also constantly push for greater diversity – whether it be gender, age, race, experience or geopolitical background – on the front lines of AI development overall.

  • For innovators, even small problems can spark big ideas. For Brad Keywell, 2019 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, the idea behind his company, Uptake Technologies, came to him while waiting for his daughter’s flight, which had been delayed due to an equipment issue. Brad, previously the founder of Groupon

    For innovators, even small problems can spark big ideas. For Brad Keywell, 2019 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, the idea behind his company, Uptake Technologies, came to him while waiting for his daughter’s flight, which had been delayed due to an equipment issue. Brad, previously the founder of Groupon, thought that AI could help alert airlines when a piece of faulty equipment might need replacing.

    The platform Brad envisioned and created now predicts problems before they occur, and helps refine the insights it delivers over time. His business acumen combined with his deep understanding of technology make it easy to see why Uptake went on to become the fastest start-up ever to reach a US$2b valuation.

  • Deep learning and neural networks are both aspects of AI that have tremendous potential when combined with human cognition. As humans, we have innate biases. At the same time however, we also have cognitive abilities like self-awareness, empathy and an ethical system born out of thousands of years of

    Deep learning and neural networks are both aspects of AI that have tremendous potential when combined with human cognition. As humans, we have innate biases. At the same time however, we also have cognitive abilities like self-awareness, empathy and an ethical system born out of thousands of years of civilizations which machine systems lack. To counter this, organizations must focus on the human enterprise, ensuring that people's perspectives are a central component and the ultimate validation step of architectures and decisions. By combining AI and human understanding, we can approach challenges, develop ideas and drive growth in new and exciting ways.

  • To avoid the self-sabotage that commonly plagues organizations, businesses should focus on championing three critical goals: collaboration, a purpose-driven culture and agility. Businesses that operate like traditional, process-centric enterprises need to transform into “human enterprises” or risk being

    To avoid the self-sabotage that commonly plagues organizations, businesses should focus on championing three critical goals: collaboration, a purpose-driven culture and agility. Businesses that operate like traditional, process-centric enterprises need to transform into “human enterprises” or risk being left behind. Technology creates opportunities – yes. But technology alone does not fuel transformation. A more human-centered framework that combines flexible business models, human ingenuity and technology is what’s needed to generate long-term growth.

  • Artificial intelligence and robotics should enhance, not diminish, the human experience. With that in mind, it’s good to know that it doesn’t always take a wholesale reworking of hardware and software to bring robot and human together – sometimes, just a thoughtful tweak based on an understanding of

    Artificial intelligence and robotics should enhance, not diminish, the human experience. With that in mind, it’s good to know that it doesn’t always take a wholesale reworking of hardware and software to bring robot and human together – sometimes, just a thoughtful tweak based on an understanding of human nature will do. Today, we’re talking about a library assistant; tomorrow, the same thinking could apply to all sorts of intelligent systems. The end result is a world that works better for all of us.

  • For the future of AI-equipped autonomous vehicles, the 2020 Olympics could be the best of both worlds: A high-profile event with a controlled environment where self-driving cars have an excellent chance of success. The cars driving alongside the torch bearers will be following a prescribed route. The

    For the future of AI-equipped autonomous vehicles, the 2020 Olympics could be the best of both worlds: A high-profile event with a controlled environment where self-driving cars have an excellent chance of success. The cars driving alongside the torch bearers will be following a prescribed route. The cars ferrying contestants and staff to and from events will run on a continuous loop, as if they are trains on invisible tracks. The field is set here for a strong showing, and that could be vital to securing public support for further testing of AI-driving technologies in more complex environments like shopping center parking lots.

  • EY supports the concept of corporations having a broader responsibility to society beyond delivering short-term profits to shareholders. In that spirit, EY supports the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism (EPIC), which is committed to broadening the definition of business value to encompass long-term

    EY supports the concept of corporations having a broader responsibility to society beyond delivering short-term profits to shareholders. In that spirit, EY supports the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism (EPIC), which is committed to broadening the definition of business value to encompass long-term, sustainable results that benefit all stakeholders. We’re also encouraging companies to invest in their employees’ skills, because it takes human enterprise to build long-term value across the whole business ecosystem – and because a highly skilled workforce can be our greatest collective social asset.

  • Few office environments suffer from cramped quarters, immersive darkness and tenuous connections to the outside world, but the spirit of leadership that kept mid-century submariners happy and productive shouldn’t be overlooked, particularly as so many tasks become automated, potentially leaving workers

    Few office environments suffer from cramped quarters, immersive darkness and tenuous connections to the outside world, but the spirit of leadership that kept mid-century submariners happy and productive shouldn’t be overlooked, particularly as so many tasks become automated, potentially leaving workers feeling they lack purpose and agency.

    “No kid wants to grow up to be a robot,” says Don Walsh, drawing on years of experience leading crews working with technology at close quarters. No adult wants to be treated like one, either. By all means, keep the machines running. But spend your most thoughtful moments on issues affecting the human enterprise. Remember that technology is helping create new opportunities for human engagement and new ways to unlock human potential.

  • I think the real question to ask here is, is AI the start of a truly creative human? As AI continues to become more human by exhibiting pattern recognition, data analysis and problem solving skills, it will also be more effective in enhancing human creativity – the kind of creativity businesses need

    I think the real question to ask here is, is AI the start of a truly creative human? As AI continues to become more human by exhibiting pattern recognition, data analysis and problem solving skills, it will also be more effective in enhancing human creativity – the kind of creativity businesses need to apply as customer demands continue to shift. AI can be a part of the equation – but it’s not the only solve. Only with the strategic combination of human understanding and technology empowering the human enterprise can business leaders create a truly effective and adaptive organization that can solve the challenges of tomorrow, today.