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How Smart CEOs Can Respond to Automation

Executives can use AI to improve their soft skills

This week marks the start of Major League Baseball’s playoff season. My favorite team didn’t make the cut, but I’ll still watch the games, and during the slow parts, I’ll wonder about a question the game is increasingly inspiring: Can we automate the CEO’s job out of existence?

I’ve been thinking about CEOs in a baseball context because of so-called “robot umpires”—rapidly evolving technology that uses sensors and algorithms to call balls and strikes, presumably with more accuracy than human umpires. A recent article in The New Yorker explored how minor-league clubs are testing the idea in preparation for its use in the majors. Unsurprisingly, the effort is discombobulating many of the sport’s fans.

“Hardly a day goes by that I don’t wake up and run through the reasons that this is such a terrible idea,” a Berkeley philosopher told the magazine. “This is part of a movement to use algorithms to take the hard choices of living out of life.”

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