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  • 20 Nov 2018
  • Updated 27 Nov 2018

Ethical Dilemmas and Transformative Trends in the Tech Sector

With great technology comes great responsibility.  MFS examines recent ethical gaffes and dilemmas at tech companies, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other relevant examples.   Technology is also a powerful transformative force, with the potential to revolutionize whole industries.  But what form will these transformations take?  From IR 4.0 to fintech and blockchain innovations, some new technologies will surely be stickier than others.

For your convenience, the papers listed below are divided into three sections - The Tech Sector, IR 4.0, and FinTech & Blockchain. 

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Ethical Considerations in the Technology Sector (MFS, Nov 2018)

MFS goes beyond the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal at Facebook to examine similar ethical lapses at global technology companies, providing a framework to assess ethical risks.

The Technology Frontier: Implications of Disruptive Change (PGIM, Nov 2018)

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New technologies are disrupting multiple industries, and while it is odd that there has not yet been a significant impact upon labor productivity, PGIM elucidates 5 implications for investment portfolios.

Assessing the Impact of Big Tech on Venture Investment (Oliver Wyman, 2018)

Oliver Wyman identifies parallels between the internal activities of large technology sector companies and trends observed within tech-oriented VC firms.

Industry 4.0: Ghosts of disruption past, present and future (Invesco, 2018)

IR 4.0 may involve radical changes to global economics due to the ability of technological advances such as AI and automation to supplant 'labour' with 'capital.'

The Industry 4.0 Paradox: Overcoming disconnects on the path to digital transformation (Deloitte, 2018)

Combining physical and digital technologies, Industry 4.0 brings together IoT, AI, additive manufacturing, and other technologies to make enterprises more responsive and interconnected, thereby enabling better corporate decisions.

Intelligent Economies: AI's transformation of industries and society (The Economist, 2018)

This report examines the potential of artificial intelligence within both public and private sector organizations across multiple markets.

Data and Technology: How Information is Consumed in the New Age (CFA Institute, 2018)

In this 23-page paper, CFA Institute examines the ways in which structured data is consumed and the potential for structured data usage.

The A-G of trends in fintech (Robeco, Sep 2018)

Portfolio managers from Robeco's Global FinTech Equities Fund point towards 7 trends underpinning the activity in this sector, including electronic payments, the distributed ledger, and AI.

Fintech and Regtech in a Nutshell, and the Future in a Sandbox (CFA Institute Research Foundation, 2018)

CFA Institute Research Foundation charts the growing FinTech and RegTech industries as well as the uses of these technologies in the fields of compliance, reporting, and regulatory monitoring.

Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet - WEF, 2018

This report focuses on how blockchain can be used to combat environmental concerns like biodiversity loss, water scarcity, and climate change.

The Pulse of Fintech 2018: Biannual global analysis of investment in fintech (KPMG)

KPMG examines worldwide private equity, venture capital, and M&A activity in the fintech sector in the first half of 2018.

The New Physics of Financial Services: Understanding how AI is transforming the financial ecosystem (WEF, 2018)

The World Economic Forum looks at how AI is transforming the financial services industry. What aspects of artificial intelligence will be the most transformative in the long term?