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April 18, 2018

The Five AI Basics Every Business Executive Needs To Understand

Groupthink is a tricky concept. Irving Janis, a social psychologist credited as the first to develop the idea, defined it as a “psychological phenomenon in which people strive for consensus within a group.” At first Janis’ take on groupthink doesn’t seem so bad. After all, isn’t the point of meeting to gather folks together to come to an agreed upon decision about what needs to be done?
April 5, 2018

8 Simple Steps to Identify and Avoid Groupthink in Meetings

Groupthink is a tricky concept. Irving Janis, a social psychologist credited as the first to develop the idea, defined it as a “psychological phenomenon in which people strive for consensus within a group.” At first Janis’ take on groupthink doesn’t seem so bad. After all, isn’t the point of meeting to gather folks together to come to an agreed upon decision about what needs to be done?
April 3, 2018

Decision-Making is Shaped by Individual Differences in the Functional Brain

Each day brings with it a host of decisions to be made, and each person approaches those decisions differently. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that these individual differences are associated with variation in specific brain networks.
March 29, 2018

Avoiding Groupthink

Smart management knows that groupthink is not a good thing. And when considering that business strategy is often the topic at hand, it can even prove dangerous to a company’s long-term financial health.
March 28, 2018

4 Key Parts to Making Great Decisions

Becoming a master at the Art of Decision-making cascades through everything you do. It's not incremental growth in your knowledge, it's exponential growth. Einstein described the power of compounding as the "eight wonder of the world" — and if you've ever crunched some numbers on a compound interest calculator you know how powerful compounding can be over time.
March 22, 2018

Honeybee Experiment in Democratic Process

Like us, honeybees have essential criteria that a home must conform to such as size, volume, orientation, entry size and security, insulation characteristics, proximity to food and other features. The swarms that make bad decisions regularly perish within 12 months. So it’s a complex calculation with many trade-offs and compromises necessary, since there are very few perfect choices. It is very similar to any town having to evaluate a complex capital expense plan like a school or other facility.
March 20, 2018

Why AI Should Not Be Compared to Humans in Regard to Decision-Making

AI systems can identify a solution faster than the human brain, but how much of the decision-making process should be delegated to AI? Are there some decisions that should always be reserved for humans?
March 15, 2018

Evaluation Framework Informs Decision-Making for Mental Health Apps

The American Psychiatric Association developed an evaluation framework that uses a four-stage hierarchical process model to help clinicians evaluate and make informed decisions regarding mental health smartphone apps, according to a column published in Psychiatric Service.
March 13, 2018

Water Use, Delivery and the River

“A multi-criteria decision analysis model was developed based on six factors: water table, groundwater use, surface water use, hot spots of water use area, distance to river and soil permeability,” she said. “Fuzzy logic techniques were used to compute the probability of over-extraction in the study area.”
March 8, 2018

Can AI Be Trusted With Life-And-Death Decisions?

As we enter 2018, the opportunities to utilize AI to augment human capabilities have never been greater. But while dominating a game of chess is one thing, the bigger question remains: Has AI come far enough to be entrusted with far more important, life-and-death decisions?