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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The technologies on the list are not new. Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Things. Autonomous Vehicles. The Blockchain.

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers. Not according to Autor. 

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. Using technology to find more (vs. Question - Kylie, are you frustrated when you go to the one class with no tech? Which 6?"

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.”.

Low-Cost Test and Quiz Tool Comparison

Tony Karrer

I’ve recently been working with Sameer Bhatia the CEO of ProProfs as I was going through an evaluation of various online tools that support easy, fast, low-cost testing and quiz tools. Evaluation Criteria For the specific need I was looking at, I was looking for the following out of a solution: Cost : Is the tool free or very-low cost to use?

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. 

Foradian Technologies Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Questions 1. specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. The existing system is based on the idea of attending college and university, at significant expense and opportunity cost. How technology help in improving the teaching practices? Why connectivism made our education more elaborative?

Managing Multiple Learning Managment Systems - The High Cost of Choice

Dawn of Learning

In fact, it’s a scattered and fragmented market, one that is wreaking havoc on Learning & Development.  And who doesn’t want to know that?

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Czech Course Followup Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) Over time this sort of perception will be aided with technology, just as we are aided in visual recognition by glasses and telescopes and video monitors. But the question really doesn't make sense in this context.

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?

Beth Kanter

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable? Click to see the full infographic. by Bahia Ramos.

Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile.

Dan Pink

Technology (7). Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard’s Teresa Amabile Here’s a tip for rounding out your summer reading.

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. difference between groups - as determined by test scores - why? MIT engineering courses stufy: 8% completion rate (yikes) - so, how do we address this?

eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

eLearning Technology Tony Karrers eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0 Heres his brief description: The particular course in question is approximately 2 hours of classroom soft skills training that needs to be delivered in an eLearning format. His question is whether this price is reasonable, high or worth raising a stink.

[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. FitBit).

The Evolution of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Thus, firms came into being to make it easier and less costly to get work done. High-tech companies emerged from nowhere.

Cost 87

The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Like no other technology, AI forces us to explore the very boundaries between machines and humans. What impact will AI have on jobs?

Skills 134

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After pondering the question, I believe the answer is: No - the same answer I would give if asked whether engineering is now the new science. 

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are now permeating just about every nook and cranny of the economy, society and our personal lives. 

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The Internet deserves its proper noun

Doc Searls

Some questions… Would we enjoy a common network by any name today if the Internet had been lower-case from the start?

The Giant Zero

Doc Searls

It was “long distance,” and that cost money. The high cost of distance for telephony and mail made sense. question. Even today.

Cost 112

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.   But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ? 

Data 84

Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Firms came into being to make it easier and less costly to get work done. Technology innovations helped overcome inefficiencies.

What Are Good Things About Having A Lousy Boss? - Bob Sutton

Bob Sutton

Learning to listen to others and to ask smart questions is more important. 5. 14. "Am I a success or a failure?" is not a very useful question. Financial Times: The Cost of Hidden Bias at Work. Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Interesting question.

The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Brown offers a very good answer to these questions.  Why are these soft attributes so valued in today’s business environment? 

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn’t whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode and tempo of that alteration. That kind of question comes up a lot. At this point, any additional complexity is pure cost. the question “What is emerging?”

5 cool holiday gifts for $25 or less | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Technology (7). Here are five terrific items — all costing no more than $25 and all available online. 1. Dan Pink. Contact. Video.

12 Themes for 2012: what we can expect in the year ahead

Ross Dawson

Small businesses are now able to draw on low-cost skilled workers to extend their capabilities and grow faster. INSTITUTIONS IN QUESTION.

The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the advent of the financial crisis around five years ago, we have been searching for answers to these very important questions

Skills 117

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The authors have a very clear answer to this question.  notes the article in its opening paragraph.  What should we do? 

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Computers will disappear and ordinary objects will become magic,” said John Markoff , senior technology writer for the NY Times.  .

Data 85

The Big Data Era Is Here

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We can now leverage science and technology to help us better understand people-centric, sociotechnical systems.  Representativeness. 

Data 76

Platforms and the New Rules of Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We all know the answer to Van Alstyne’s rhetorical questions. That’s what network effects are all about. bargaining power of buyers.

The Untethered, Hyperconnected Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But lots of questions remain as to what those implications might be.  Top down strategy plans take too long to formulate and generally don’t work so well because technologies and markets are changing so fast.  There is bad-legacy , which costs too much to support and constrains innovation.  Agility beats strategy every time. 

Jobs in the Age of Watson

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On October 31, I participated in a symposium sponsored by MIT’s Center for Digital Business on The Race Against the Machine: The Future of Technology and Employment.  match between Watson , IBM’s question-answering system, three students from the Harvard Business School and three students from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. 

Skills 101

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design principles are particularly applicable to problems that are socio-technical in nature, that is, they involve people and technology, having to deal both with complex technical, business and societal infrastructures and human behaviors.  Product excellence and competitive costs are its key design objectives. 

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A new social contract for creative work

Harold Jarche

Parents push their children into undergraduate programs that cost more than graduates can ever repay. 21C_Leader Technology Wirearchy Work

The Startup Version of the Wealth Gap

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last month I read an article in Newsweek by technology author and columnist Kevin Maney , Tech Bubble? What’s going on? 

Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me share some of my thoughts on these questions. Following the lunch, I kept thinking about the topic.  Circling the Wagons.

Are we addicted to the notification of notifications?

Dan Pontefract

You ask a question. He asks you to repeat the question because in his words he “ didn’t hear the point you were trying to make.”.

The Evolving Automotive Ecosystem

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Three main kinds of services have already been emerging from the marriage of advanced mechanical and digital technologies:  . Time will tell.  .