November 1, 2018 / Fortune Asia / Volume 178 / Number 5 / THE 2018 FORTUNE 50
THE FUTURE 50
A Global Hunt for the Next Champions
By MARTIN REEVES
To find the Future 50, we scour today’s data to identify tomorrow’s top performers. And this year we’ve expanded our search to cover the world.
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The second annual Future 50 identifies companies demonstrating steady execution and forward-looking strategic agility.
The Four Waves of A.I.
BY KAI-FU LEE
Read on for some deep learning: The former president of Google China explains why this technology is on the verge of its next breakthrough.
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25 Ways A.I. Is Changing Business
From what we eat to drug development to product design, every facet of our work and lives is touched by A.I. Here’s what’s changing-and which companies will benefit.
It Might Get Loud
BY BRIAN DUMAINE
Amazon, Apple, and Google are investing billions to make voice recognition the main way we communicate with the Internet. It will be the biggest tech shift since the iPhone.
7 Full Employment? The Economy Isn’t Acting Like It
Low levels of joblessness have historically preceded catastrophe. But maybe not this time.
By GEOFF COLVIN
12 Christmas Without Toys ’R’ Us
Who will move in to fill the space under your tree?
By PHIL WAHBA
13 This Vaccine CEO Doesn’t Get a Flu Shot. Should You?
America spends $1.8 billion on flu shots every year. Are they worth it?
By SY MUKHERJEE
14 Facebook’s Poorly Timed Gadget Play
The company lost your private data. Now it wants to put a camera in your home.
By JONATHAN VANIAN
16 Netflix Looks in the Wardrobe to Find a Fantasy Hit
Tales of myth make the big bucks.
By ARIC JENKINS
18 Meet Tech’s New Bounty Hunters
Some are called ”Bird Chargers.” Others, ”Lime Juicers.” Together, they are the human engine powering the multibillion-dollar electric scooter business.
By LUCINDA SHEN
21 Frank Gehry
The award-winning architect tells Fortune how he got started.
Interview by DINAH ENG
23 Napa Done Right
It’s harvest season: the best time of year to visit the West Coast’s finest vineyards.
By SHEILA MARIKAR
68 Voter ID
A look at the cultural, economic, and political divides that could help determine the congressional midterms.
Text by CLIFTON LEAF; graphic by NICOLAS RAPP
ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARK MAWSON
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