TED Talks Collection: How to Make Technology Work for You

Tech has become an integral part of doing business, with Salesforce.com finding that small and medium-sized businesses use 5.2 applications on average. Thirty-one percent use even more. So businesses use software, where’s the news in that?

Here’s the catch: nearly 60 percent struggle to tailor technology to their specific needs, and just as many face difficulties rolling it out to their teams, which leads to lacklustre performance. Adopting tech is often a substantial cost, and one that’s difficult to justify when it doesn’t return on investment.

Considering that 32 percent of respondents are also planning to spend on AI, it becomes essential for businesses to truly understand technology in order to make the most of it. Here’s what people at the frontier can teach us:

“Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague” by Nadjia Yousif

 

 
When businesses install new technology, often at great expense, it’s frustrating to find that it’s either ignored or not used to its full capacity. As a technology mentor at Boston Consulting Group, Nadja Yousif has observed this problem time and again, and suggests a unique approach to solving it.

“The basics of AI for business” by Philipp Gerbert

 

 
Artificial Intelligence can push many businesses away because of its image as a complex — and expensive — project. Watch Gerbert’s talk to learn how, in fact, it can be something simple that any company can understand, implement, and benefit from.

“Why jobs of the future won’t feel like work” by David Lee

 

 
Last, but not least, let’s talk about how technology and people can work together in business. Rather than focus on dystopian predictions of job losses, innovation expert David Lee shows how tech takes over singular and repetitive tasks to give room for innovation and growth.

Thank you for tuning in to our final TED talks collection! If you haven’t seen the other three parts, we recommend visiting our posts on strategy, innovation, and talent.