In this week’s roundup, we take a look at how the choices CIOs make now can make or break their companies’ futures, art created by artificial intelligence (AI), and how AI-powered computers are transforming Silicon Valley. We also examine how cross-industry relationships benefit nonprofit leaders and the customization of data architecture. 

CIOs Must Now Fortify Business Flexibility and Resiliency

by Joshua Swartz, contributing writer to

The COVID-19 crisis is shining a light on businesses’ weaknesses regarding their digital tools. Leaders are quickly realizing they need a stronger data-driven infrastructure in order to make smarter decisions more quickly. For CIOs, the choices they make now will have long-lasting repercussions. Economic outcomes range from a swift rebound to a prolonged recession, but there are several things CIOs can do now to mitigate negative results, including accelerating their adaptation to the cloud and increasing data security. 


Written and Directed by: Artificial Intelligence

by Schuyler Moore, contributing writer for

Can you imagine a world in which movies, television, paintings, and even dance moves are created not by artists, but by AI? You actually don’t need to imagine this science-fiction scenario—it’s already here. AI computers have already completed some amazing feats, including creating a painting that sold for nearly $5 million, writing stories scarier than Frankenstein, and drawing images of dinosaurs made of flowers. Yet, AI-produced art raises some interesting questions about intellectual property rights and copyright infringement. 


Artificial intelligence Is Driving a Silicon Renaissance

by Rob Toews, contributing writer for

While computing capabilities have grown exponentially over the past few decades, the semiconductor chip—the heart of computers and the thing that gave Silicon Valley its name—has remained fairly static. But AI is ready to give Silicon Valley the opportunity to earn its moniker once again. Engineers are working on a new type of semiconductor chip that will power AI computing, a technology that is poised to be even more impactful as the original microchip processors. 


It’s Always About Relationships

by Duke Haddad, contributing writer for

With so many stakeholders to tend to—boards, donors, staff, volunteers, recipients, etc.—it is very easy for nonprofit leaders to be singularly focused on the nonprofit world. Of course, this can be true of any industry, but for-profit leaders tend to have more opportunities to share information and best practices across sectors. Nonprofit leaders can greatly benefit by connecting with business leaders in their communities and by engaging in an open flow of information. Especially in this time of crisis, there is much that we can learn from one another. 


Data on Demand: Dynamic Architecture for a High-Speed Age

by MIT Technology Review Insights, as published in

It’s clear that AI can generate an immense amount of information. Now, this report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology examines how top data-driven companies are developing data architectures customized to meet their companies’ needs. As they design these structures, companies are prioritizing the extraction of the data most valuable to their businesses. They are also determining who will have use of the data and for what purposes—carefully balancing access vs. control and privacy. 



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