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Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines

Julia Kirby reframes the conversation about automation, arguing that the future of increased productivity and business success isn’t either human or machine. It’s both. The key is augmentation, utilizing technology to help humans work better, smarter, and faster. Instead of viewing these machines as competitors, we can see them as partners and collaborators in creative problem solving. In an era where smart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans, Kirby answers the question, “How will treasury and finance executives need to adapt for the coming disruption?”


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Julia Kirby

Co-Author
Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines
Senior Editor
Harvard University Press

Julia Kirby is the author (with Thomas Davenport) of Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines (Harper Collins, 2016). Included by the Financial Times in its best books of 2016, positively reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, and New York Times, and excerpted by Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and Fortune, the book offers an optimistic game plan for knowledge workers as their employers increasingly rely on cognitive technologies to get work done. Previously, she coauthored Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere. Kirby is a senior editor at Harvard University Press and long-time writer and editor for Harvard Business Review. Prior to joining HBR in 2000, she worked in management consulting, at the Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation and at Accenture’s Institute for Strategic Change.

The Executive Institute at AFP 2017 is sponsored by PNC.