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“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Entrepreneurship and flexible security.  notes the article in its opening paragraph.  What should we do?  Work in the Digital Economy. 

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On September 9, Apple announced Apple Pay , an easy, secure way to make mobile payments using their latest devices , - the iPhone 6’s and Apple Watch. 

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex?  What purpose does this complexity serve?  Why aren’t they simpler? 

Reviewing "A New Culture of Learning"

John Hagel

  My colleague and friend, John Seely Brown, has just come out with “A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change” , co-authored with Doug Thomas, a professor at the University of Southern California.    And this doesn’t even address our concerns for our children and grand-children. 

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Checks and balances is one of the most important principles for making decisions and getting things done in a highly complex organization.  Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. 

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Former national security advisor Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano serve as chair and vice-chair respectively. Workforce development.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Organizational forms - Company structures and culture must be rethought to better deal with new market environments and business models. 

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics » The Collapse of Complex Business Models. In 1988, Joseph Tainter wrote a chilling book called The Collapse of Complex Societies. The answer he arrived at was that they hadn’t collapsed despite their cultural sophistication, they’d collapsed because of it.

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain Revolution , his 16th book, now explains “How The Blockchain Will Transform Everything From Banking To Government To Our Identities.”.

Is FinTech Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Data Centers → Cloud.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cisco calls it fog computing , an allusion to what happens to clouds as they get closer to the ground.  . The cost of connectivity.  Not future-proof. 

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The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home - Energy management, security, safety, and automation of home chores. Privacy, Security, Confidentiality and IP.  Interoperability. 

What’s the Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Our 21st Century Digital Economy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They should be exposed to the diversity of human cultures, and the major systems of belief and value with which they have made sense of their lives.

Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop explored how design-oriented approaches can help us better understand and deal with the very complex problems we are increasingly encountering in all aspects of business, economies, government, public policy, military operations and society in general. Analysis involves a relatively linear set of steps.  Armed Forces.  Designing. 

The Rise of the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

firm will keep expanding and adding people as long as doing so is less expensive than securing the additional services in the marketplace. 

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry. Let me explain.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Privacy and security become key competitive advantages.  Why include money in such an exhibit?  Who owns the integrative algorithms?

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The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a major cultural, as well as business step.  This one-to-many Web 1.0 then gave way to the many-to-many social media phase.  Web 2.0

Shaping the Future of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its technical directions and overall culture have been largely determined by the academic and research communities, who were also its early users.

Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Sexting Apps Versus Helping Cure Cancer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

really enjoyed the article.  Ms Lu is a very good writer, storyteller and ethnographer , i.e., a kind of cultural anthropologist.  rests.

The Digital Evolution Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University published Digital Planet: Readying for the Rise of the e-Consumer. 

Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We have generally been studying complex systems in terms of averages, probability distributions and expected values.  But, is it worth it? 

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From Mass Production to Mass Individualism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The result is a personalistic culture in which people have actively lost trust in big institutions. First is middle-class stagnation. 

The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

Jobs in the Age of Watson

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are generally high-skill human activities that involve expert problem solving and complex communications for which there are no rule-based solutions.  Examples of complex communications include managing and leading large groups, teaching, writing books and papers, arguing legal cases, and selling sophisticated equipment.

A Kind of Digital “Perfect Storm”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Our human nature and organizational cultures have not changed all that much in the intervening millennia. IBM barely survived. .

Bigger is Not Necessarily Better in Our Information-Rich Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How we train our students for this world will be critical to securing their future employment.”  .

The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Culture plays a role as well.  The Readiness Index aimed to answer two important questions: . The results were not surprising. 

The Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Firms will keep expanding and adding people as long as doing so is less expensive than securing the additional services in the marketplace. 

The Promise and Challenges of Health Analytics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Realizing this next frontier of medicine requires important changes in the culture of both medical research and patient care.  How can that be? 

Radical Individualism and the Common Good

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What has happened politically, economically, culturally and socially since the sea change of the late ’60s isn’t contradictory or incongruous.  It’s all of a piece.  Conventional wisdom would say that liberals won and conservatives lost the culture wars of the the sixties.  Selfishness won.”  . “.

Social Business in the Age of the Customer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many businesses have set up social technologies in their organizations, yet few have truly made the technical, cultural, and process changes necessary to reap the full opportunities and benefits of these tools or the vast amounts of data they capture.  Many companies are still struggling with this major cultural transition. 

New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.  All while the windows of opportunity and response will continue to shrink. 

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The Science of Cities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Urban systems are the quintessential example of complex sociotechnical systems , the emerging field studying systems that combine powerful and ubiquitous digital technologies with the people and organizations they are transforming.  Complex systems have very large number of components.  Moreover, cities are complex systems of systems. 

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Geoffrey West , a physicist formerly at Los Alamos National Lab and now at the Santa Fe Institute , has analyzed the impact of scaling in complex systems including cities.  Dr. West and his colleagues discovered that if you know the population of a metropolitan area, you can estimate their resource requirements with a pretty good accuracy. 

En Route to the Cashless Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and StrategyOver the last few months there have been a spate of articles on the evolution to a cashless society as the use of mobile devices continues to grow around the world. 

Global Trends 2030 - Living Through a Transformative Period

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the final step, the GT2030 team worked with McKinsey to analyze the many alternative scenarios that can occur based on the complex interactions between the four megatrends and the six game-changers.  Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy