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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. 

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C.

Richard Feynman On The Folly Of Crafting Precise Definitions - Bob.

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. Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Dorf & Byers: Technology Ventures. agree that definitions are useful at times.

Quora: Questions & Opinions not Questions & Answers

Dan Pontefract

So far I’ve answered a few questions, with both short and somewhat long answers, and I’ve reviewed in and around 50 different topics or threads.

Questions from students at Vancouver Island University

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I received a flurry of questions on some articles on my website yesterday, questions from students at Vancouver Island University. So that's my first reaction to the question. Finally, my third response to this question is to question the emphasis. This is actually a multi-part question that has no answer.

What we DO is Technology.

Mark Oehlert

I know how trite it is to go all definitional and all but it''s my blog so I''ll cut myself some slack.

Scrappy VS Strategic: Is there a generational divide in nonprofits around how to innovate using new technology?

Beth Kanter

Here are some excerpts: The tension between generations on scaling social change ideas with technology. Photo by Ceclcia Aros.

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Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The disruptive potential of exponential technologies is amplified when they interact and combine in innovative ways.  Today, the largest U.S.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report’s first section addresses a very important question: How do researchers and practitioners define Artificial Intelligence? .

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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 ? 

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Business Book of the Year? Maybe. Public Talk Next Week? Definitely.

Andy McAfee

Yesterday we got the good news that  The Second Machine Age had been shortlisted for the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Throughout history, humans have both shaped and adapted to new technologies. These warning should be taken very seriously. Hype vs reality.

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

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Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Innovation Supercomputing Technology and Strategy The movie is famous for its novel plot device. 

Some Thoughts on the Development of Implementable, Winning Strategies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and StrategyGoals and strategies serve very different purposes.

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? 

The Future of Jobs: Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less.  The short- and long-term impacts of technology on workers has been actively debated since the early days of the Industrial Revolution.  Technology and the Alienation of Labor. The Technological Horizon:  Predictions for the Future  .

A Series of Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It's not true because, with good technology, things that were really hard are now very accessible to people. I can, in a matter of seconds, lay down a really good and creative backing beat with Roc. The second installment in my contribution to the iDC discussion. Whether that be because it was either trivial or implausible I cannot judge.

Questions Before You Ask

Tony Karrer

Let me set this up a bit … I've said many times in presentations and on this blog that I really like to get questions. It's so much fun that I spend time on posts like Social Grid Follow-up just going through and answering the questions that came up during the presentation. Figure Out What the Real Question Is 7. What do you do?

What Should We Think of Machines that Think?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of Arthur C. as its annual question. But wait! 

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Cloud Computing Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, it’s most definitely underway, with an increasing number of market pilots and research studies taking place around the world.

Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are both good, succinct descriptions from the point of view of the technologies used to store, manage, access and analyze the data. 

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Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them.  Permanent competitive advantage probably does not even exist - that is, across generations of technologies and customers. 

Creating More Intelligent Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Malone and his colleagues wondered if a similar definition of intelligence could apply to groups of people.  tools and platforms.   .

Definition of Social Learning from Wired for Culture by M. Pagel (further discussion)

Mark Oehlert

Currently reading this book and hit the following definition : "Social learning can be fiendishly difficult to define but has - when applied to humans-two important features that together make the entirety of our cultural achievements possible and effectively open up an unbridgeable gulf between ourselves and all other animals.

How PR is as bad is it ever was

Doc Searls

In 2013 – Beginning Of The End For PR Boomers , David Bray actually says this… The media landscape is evolving rapidly, and baby boomers are about to be left behind because of their inability to keep up with technology and the changing times. Business Internet Journalism Personal problems TechnologyNo Peabody. No Heismann.

The Most Important Question (2)

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

His questions are in italics: 1. But the LMS is only an early, and arguably out of date, technology (see the Google results form the 'VLE is dead' debate in Britain for a good example of this discourse). In general, new technologies have had a liberating effect. Professors would probably say that it is.

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.

More Reflections on SharePoint and Picking Technology

Nancy White

We are not quite sure they are right, but for the time being they definitely got more and better arguments than we do. Adrian. Adrian Gnägi.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are some of these limitations?  In thinking about this question  over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems.  Let me explain.  .

My Two Top 2008 Technologies

Andy McAfee

Photo of Andrew McAfee Home Blog About RSS Andrew McAfees Blog The Business Impact of IT Tweet My Two Top 2008 Technologies by Andrew McAfee on December 30, 2008 For a year-end post I’d rather not try to recap the year in technology, or in anything else. technologies, there’s a good bit more of it than there was previously.

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Along with the Economist Intelligence Unit , the IBM study surveyed 572 business and technology executives around the world  to learn how organizations use cloud today and how they plan to use it in the future.  The survey finds that cloud is still in the early stages of deployment, but its use is expected to grow over the next few years. 

The Legend of Apple and Xerox PARC and the Truth About Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Xerox, once the darling of the American high-technology community, slipped from its former dominance.  This made it very difficult for the company to appreciate the business potential of the Alto and related computer technologies being developed at PARC.  After much discussion, Xerox agreed. This is the greatest thing.

May Big Q: Workplace Learning Technology 2015

Clark Quinn

Again, we can leverage the 4C’s to go beyond courses to a fuller definition of learning. This is all possible. 

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Norm Friesen, E-Learning Myth #2: Technology Drives Educational Change In this post, various propositions have been collected under a single heading. From the text: It is often said or implied that technology or technological change impact education. So I conclude that technology changes education. will be?)

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Semantic Web - a tech fix.

Martijn Linssen

The real question is: should we even? As such, it is hard to talk about the Semantic Web as a technological solution that can be prototyped.

Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In years past, that would have been very difficult, because so much innovation was related to the digital technologies themselves. 

How 3D printing will transform the retail industry: The opportunities

Ross Dawson

The piece begins by discussing the news that a company is developing technology for the 3D printing of meat. At the same time there will definitely be major opportunities for licensed designs. The question is: how rapidly will these changes develop? That relies on both the technology and the uptake,” Dawson explains.