Asia's standing in the world has changed and it is clear that where the focus was once on how quickly the region would rise, the reality is now all about how Asia will lead. In the Future of Asia Podcast, we invite leaders from across the region to discuss the power, agility and ambition of Asia and to shed light on what kind of leader Asia will be, and what this means for governments and businesses everywhere.
The evolution of healthtech in Asia
Asia’s healthcare ecosystems are digitizing. Amid enormous challenges in the face of COVID-19, healthcare companies have taken steps to mitigate the crisis and create positive change. In this episode, we discuss how Asia’s healthcare sector can capture opportunities in a post-pandemic world, especially on the back of recent technological shifts that have shaped its current ecosystem.
Fighting gender bias in artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) has played a huge part in accelerating key trends during the pandemic – it has fundamentally changed the way we work. However, what happens when human biases affect the way we use technology? In this podcast, we dive deep into how gender bias is reflected in AI, why we must consciously debias our machine-human interfaces, and how AI can be a positive force for gender parity.
Teaching AI to sail like a world-class sailor and what it means for business
The America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport, is competitive sailing’s most coveted prize. When the 36th edition begins in March, the race’s defending champion, Emirates Team New Zealand, will hit the water having utilized a new crew member: an AI bot created by McKinsey. Winning the America’s Cup has always been as much about technology and innovation as it is about sailing. To discuss this and more, we are joined by Olie Fleming, Helen Mayhew and Nicolas Hohn, the team from QuantumBlack, McKinsey’s advanced analytics firm.
Asia’s business news agenda in 2021
2021 is being seen as a year of transition for businesses in Asia. As we begin to put the disruption of the pandemic behind, what are the trends that show we are transitioning to the next normal? In this episode, we discuss the changing ways of working, innovation in action, and the sustained sustainability imperative despite the pandemic. Join the conversation with media influencers Kevin Krolicki, Asia Regional Editor, Reuters; Ravi Velloor, Associate Editor, The Straits Times; and our host, Oliver Tonby, McKinsey’s Asia Chairman, to explore business news themes in the year ahead.
The future of work after COVID-19
The future of work is constantly evolving, and COVID-19 has only accelerated this phenomenon. The pandemic has led to the rise of remote work, a growth in the e-commerce market, and has facilitated the adoption of AI and automation. How do these trends impact occupational transitions? In this episode, we discuss what this means for Asia’s workforce, and how companies and policymakers can support workers through these seismic changes.
Looking ahead to 2021
2020 has been a challenging year. With employees working from home, customers taking to digital channels at unprecedented rates, and news headlines signaling more unpredictability, many companies are finding their resilience tested like never before. As we reflect on our experiences and look to the new year, we discuss the growing gap between high and low performers, the opportunities for trade as nations shift supply chains, and which industries have observed impressive adaptations to new digital solutions in Asia.