Jan 3, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Machine learning will expand what companies can do, at least according to some entrepreneurs in the digital space. 

How are entrepreneurs harnessing the digital disruption?

In May 2017, Circular Board founder, Carolyn Rodz, launched Hello Alice, a machine learning platform designed for female entrepreneurs.  In an article in Fortune, she described her tool, which functions like Siri or Alexa, but with a focus on entrepreneurial women. She said that she wanted to create a tool that would connect female entrepreneurs to business ideas—using a virtual platform. 

Rodz partnered with Dell to realize her vision—and Dell partnered with 20 other startups to determine the best ways to harness machine learning for the greater good.

Silicon Valley’s Institute for the Future estimates that 85 percent of the jobs of the future haven’t even been invented yet. They see an entrepreneurial mindset as a key competency for people in 2030.

They see people and businesses using AI platforms like Alice to find collaborators, mentors, capital, and connections to move their missions forward. 

In an article in Entreprenur.com, Norman Wang, executive producer at Opaque Media sees virtual reality as a key player in the future of work. He collaborated on a virtual reality game that shows the value of “offloading” more onto machines so that entrepreneurs can focus more on the innovation and creativity required to grow companies.

The takeaway? Machines are an entrepreneur’s partners now. IFTF suggests that companies embrace AI and machine learning to survive in the future of business. 

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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