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Rethinking AI talent strategy as automated machine learning comes of age

Do companies still need to hire a large contingent of data scientists to build machine learning models or can AutoML reduce the demand for this elusive talent?  This article was published by Mckinsey & Company in its Analytics series. In recent years, as the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) crystallized across industries, organizations revamped their…

Why airlines that can pivot to ultra-long-haul flights will succeed in the post-coronavirus era

This article by Linus Bauer was originally published in The Conversation. Coronavirus sent shockwaves through the aviation industry. Liquidity-strapped airlines across the world have been sent into administration or part government ownership following global lockdowns and a massive reduction in air travel. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts the airline sector is heading for a US$84 billion…

With the right skills, we can thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

SCDI’s Skills & Employability Leadership Group have published their report ‘Upskilling Scotland: The Future of Skills and the Fourth Industrial Revolution’, which makes recommendations to ensure Scotland has the skills to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Leadership Group brought together experts from different sectors and geographies of Scotland, in strategic partnership with Skills…

Rural Scotland has a greater role to play in our economic success

SCDI have published the report of their Rural Commission outlining steps they believe are necessary to unlock more of Scotland’s economic potential. Launched in April 2018, the Rural Commission was established to look at the economy throughout Scotland and consider actions that can help people and businesses in every part of the country. With 42…

Playing a long game on Hong Kong

This article by Kurt W. Tong was originally published by the Brookings Institution as part of its Global China series. “On Hong Kong’s return from British to Chinese sovereignty in July 1997, Fortune magazine famously ran a cover story titled “The Death of Hong Kong.” Just as famously, over the subsequent two decades Hong Kong…

Gloves off in battle for prosperity as global market shifts from co-operation

Scotland must now seize the chance to develop and grow, writes Alan Edington, Board Member, Asia Scotland Institute and Co-Head of Research at Walter Scott & Partners. This article was first published in the Scotsman, the article below is the unedited version. Thinking back recently to the alliance between the US and the UK under…

A power company’s potent vision: From neutral to negative emissions

Drax Group drastically reduced its carbon footprint by shiftingfrom coal to biomass. CEO Will Gardiner discusses the costs andchallenges to scaling up its model in this report published by Mckinsey & Company. Drax, a power-generation company that provides 6 percent of the United Kingdom’s electricity, is moving from coal-based power plants to plantsbased on biomass,…

Technology delivered: Implications for cost, customers, and competition in the last-mile ecosystem

What’s the outlook for the last-mile delivery ecosystem, given rapid development in technology? How will technological advances affect unit economics, customers, and competitive dynamics? This Mckinsey & Company article explains. One of the best parts of the e-commerce journey is the moment that you finally get your hands on that long-sought-after, much-anticipated item you ordered. As…

What makes Asia−Pacific’s Generation Z different?

Gen Zers (born 1996–2012) in the Asia–Pacific region aren’t like their older siblings. By 2025, the group will make up a quarter of the Asia–Pacific (APAC) region’s population—the same as millennials (born 1980–1995). And as Gen Zers mature, they will make and spend more money. Although Gen Zers share many qualities with millennials, it’s wrong…