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Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As examples of recombinant innovation, e-mail and the Web were enabled by the Internet.  Then came Web 2.0

[2b2k] Back when not every question had an answer

David Weinberger

began using WordStar and ran into an issue pretty quickly. ” So, it’s 1982 and you have a programming question. kthxbye.”

Text-to-Speech Examples

Tony Karrer

Javed Alam pointed me to a couple of Text-to-Speech eLearning Examples, so I thought I’d capture a few of the examples here.

Five Key Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In its 2010 Speech from the Throne , the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) to support online learning in the province as part of the Open Ontario Plan. I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. HRSDC.

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. We think of examples such as games or, in a jungle "red in tooth and claw," a battle to the death. For a typically Canadian example, consider the case of clearing the snow on the outdoor rink.

Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their answer, as is often the case with such complex questions, is that both sides are right.   It all depends. workforce. level (e.g.,

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The Coming Robotics Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Hi, Robot: Work and Life in the Age of Automation , reads the Hamlet-inspired cover of the July, 2105 issue of Foreign Affairs. 

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Recombinant innovations, remixes and mashups are all examples of creating new contexts.  . This sense of, ‘I’m building something, does it work?’

Questions from and for the Digital Public Library of America workshop

David Weinberger

For example, the session opened with a discussion of public versus research libraries (with the “versus&# thrown into immediate question). So, here are some of the issues we discussed yesterday that I found came home with me. See the next question.). This could turn out to be a killer issue. Maybe. Go figure.

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. 

Is your focus prevention or promotion? 5 questions for Halvorson & Higgins

Dan Pink

This is a great question, because it speaks to the whole “which is better?” Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Some of us are red lights. ” 2. One

Is your focus prevention or promotion? 5 questions for Halvorson & Higgins

Dan Pink

This is a great question, because it speaks to the whole “which is better?” Heidi Grant Halvorson and E. Some of us are red lights. ” 2. One

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several weeks ago, the McKinsey’s Global Institute (MGI) published a report addressing these questions. Redefine customer engagement.

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Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Prior to joining the SFI in 2003, he was the leader and founder of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Lab. Amazing. 

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This embrace of platforms by established firms raises a number of organizational and governance issues. trillion.

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Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The June, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a spotlight on Man and Machine: Knowledge Work in the Age of the Algorithm. 

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“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? 

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Google’s autonomous car and Rethink robotics’ Baxter are two examples of relatively difficult manual tasks that can now be performed by computers. 

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Are meetings a force for good?: Some questions for the authors of The Org

Dan Pink

This really builds on our answer to the third question. There’s lots to dislike about the modern workplace. Dunderheaded managers.

Are meetings a force for good?: Some questions for the authors of The Org

Dan Pink

This really builds on our answer to the third question. There’s lots to dislike about the modern workplace. Dunderheaded managers.

How is the Real America Doing?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What about immigration, - an issue that’s quite personal for me? But, what’s going on beyond the beltway, - in cities and towns across America?

Learning to Work with Our Increasingly Smart Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Where will this leave lawyers, nurses, teachers, and editors?”. Part of the answer is that most jobs involve an amalgam of tasks or processes. 

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The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There is a lot I find appealing about it, in particular, its potential impact on the really critical issue of jobs in the digital economy. 

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Examples abound. The future of work and jobs is one of the major areas being addressed by IDE. What will the workforce of the future look like?;

The Big Data Era Is Here

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With traffic congestion, for example, how do you get people to modify their behavior?  They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.”.

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Customer Service and Trust in the Internet Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let’s look, for example, at the recent collapse of the planned Comcast - Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger.  . The real issue was broadband.”  .

What Will Digital Life Be Like in 2025?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The advent of cars, for example, brought us traffic accidents, congestion and pollution, to list just a few.  Let’s discuss a few of the theses.

The MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

She also talked about the issues involved in human-robot cross training, the subject of another recent paper.  Jobs, however, are down. 

Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

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Shaping the Future of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The intertwined connection between the Internet and actionable data is another major theme explored in the Dædalus issue. Actionable Data.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution.  They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.”  .

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Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, because these two powerful forces are highly interrelated, they’re giving rise to a new round of complex questions.  .

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Beyond predictions based on responses to a survey, can one develop an overall framework to help analyze these critical issues?

Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the most important protection mechanisms, for example, is the immune system , which guards against disease.  Why aren’t they simpler? 

Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The debate was built around the question: Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?  They are a long way from proving their case.”  .

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Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Connections Science is an example of the new data science disciplines being enabled by the advent of big data.  . But, is it worth it? 

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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? 

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and CultureHigher empathy. More women.