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Disruptive technologies

In the first of a series of video interviews with high-tech experts, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt explores the technologies likely to have the greatest disruptive impact on economies, business models, and people. The McKinsey Global Institute assesses the impact of these technologies in a new report and an article that explores the IT-enabled business trends that loom large on the top-management agenda.

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report | McKinsey Global Institute

Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy

May 2013—Twelve emerging technologies—including the mobile Internet, autonomous vehicles, and advanced genomics—have the potential to truly reshape the world in which we live and work. Leaders in both government and business must not only know what’s on the horizon but also start preparing for its impact.more

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article | McKinsey Quarterly

Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead

May 2013—As technological change accelerates and adoption rates soar, ten pivotal trends loom large on the top-management agenda.more

Video interviews

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The disruptive power of collaboration: An interview with Clay Shirky

March 2014—How we collaborate has profound implications for how we live and work. The author and New York University professor explains how social media has upended traditional norms.more

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interview | McKinsey Global Institute

Managing disruptive technology: A conversation with investor Chamath Palihapitiya

May 2013—The venture investor and former Facebook executive examines technologies he thinks will improve the quality of life and economic output—and explains why most executives undervalue technical proficiency.more

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Connecting everything: A conversation with Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior

May 2013—Cisco’s chief technology and strategy officer describes how the exponential growth of connectivity between people and devices, both mobile and network, will change commerce, business systems, and individual behavior.more

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Charting technology’s new directions: A conversation with MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson

May 2013—A leading expert explores the new relationship between man and machine and the challenges that emerge when innovation is decoupled from growth in jobs and incomes.more

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