Predicting a Future Where the Future Is Routinely Predicted

Artificial intelligence systems will be able to give managers real-time insights about their business operations — as well as detect early warnings of problems before they occur.

Editor’s Note: This article is one of a special series of 14 commissioned essays MIT Sloan Management Review is publishing to celebrate the launch of our new Frontiers initiative. Each essay gives the author’s response to this question:

“Within the next five years, how will technology change the practice of management in a way we have not yet witnessed?”

Workers on the factory floor have suddenly gathered at a point along the production line. Some are scratching their heads. Others ...

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