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The Chinese Test Example

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s encouraging to see recent trends in math instruction trying to move beyond the "Old Way" - that hallowed, relentless focus on the process of performing calculations without ever helping students see what the calculations *mean*. That''s a really interesting use of the Chinese Room example (it is well known as such to philosophers).

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is an example of a subjective, knowledge-based reality.  . The movie is famous for its novel plot device.  where he wrote:  .

Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the first week of October I participated in a Cognitive Systems Colloquium hosted by IBM at its Thomas J. Watson Research Center. 

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

Adaptive Path

Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. This is where organizational design and system design really become inseparable. And our systems get better and better as we go. couple things.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They excel at creative destruction , the term that economist Joseph Schumpeter   popularized almost seventy years ago to describe the process of transformation that accompanies disruptive innovation.  This kind of complex systemic innovation leverages lots of known ideas and makes them work together to help address important problems.

Networks and Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s interesting that he makes the point about ''systems'' twice. To use his own words, he sees at least some networks as systems. And systems are very different from networks. system''s structure and behavior may be decomposed via subsystems and sub-processes to elementary parts and process steps.

Design the process, not the outcome

Dave Snowden

Once that change happens, it cannot be reversed and there are many examples in nature. Merging informal networks post merger or re-organisation.

The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in.  It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems.  Let me explain. Amazing. 

A Neural, Digital System for the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Brian Arthur , - The Second Economy.  Dr. Arthur is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and visiting researcher at PARC’s Intelligent Systems Lab. This second, digital economy is essentially acting as the neural system for the overall economy. Now it is developing a neural system.  What does this mean? 

Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets.  Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems.  it's not true. 

Montessori Is An Example Of The New Culture of Learning

Steve Denning

This story also highlights the role of a teacher in a Montessori classroom as being a “guide on the side” rather than the “sage on the stage.”.

An Operating System for the Mind

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

commenter, for example, says, "we want them to think critically, to criticize, analyze, and apply. Quite the opposite is the case - we understand, and can prove (and have proved, over and over) that we can teach facts very simply and easily, through repetition, rote, memorization, practice examples, worked examples, and more.

Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes

Beth Kanter

Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes – Guest Post by Kelcie Tacchi. Define your Call to Action. Step 1. Design Protocol.

The MIT Systems Thinking Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently participated in MIT’s 2010 Systems Thinking Conference for Contemporary Challenges.  This annual conference is sponsored by Systems Design and Management (SDM) - an interdisciplinary program between MIT’s School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management.  Riding a bicycle is an obvious example

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

Current speech recognition and natural language processing technologies are so good that I could give this description over the phone. champion supercomputer , to the task of medical diagnosis. Verghese is perceptive and eloquent about the power of a potential ‘Dr. Watson works by applying lots of algorithms to a huge body of data.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Therefore, the principles that confer robustness in these systems, whether natural or manmade, are directly applicable to business.”.

Could Blockchain Prove to Be “The Next Big Thing”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While these legacy systems operate with a high degree of robustness, they’re rather inflexible and inefficient.

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The Smart London Plan

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Urbanization is one of the major forces shaping the 21st century - right up there with the digital technology revolution and globalization. 

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Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction Processing → Distributed Ledgers (Blockchain), Cybersecurity. Data Centers → Cloud. Data Analysis → Data Science, Cognitive, AI.

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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Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article argues that we should apply design thinking to the launch of the disruptive innovation itself - a process they call intervention design. .

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Until the early 1990s, it was quite difficult to get different IT systems to talk to each other. Let me explain.

On Saving the American Health System: Dr. Donald Berwick's.

Bob Sutton

WSJ CareerJournal | Though Now Routine, Bosses Still Stumble During the Layoff Process. The Observer | Business | You could be a genius - if only you had a good system. Main. | 11 Books Every Leader Should Read » On Saving the American Health System: Dr. Donald Berwicks Farewell Speech. Bob Sutton. Book Me For A Speech.

Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Such a pull approach to business is quite different from the push approaches of the past. But it then adds three additional management disciplines:  .

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The Emergence of Cognitive Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The colloquium, - which was part of IBM’s Centennial celebration, - brought together experts across industry and academia to discuss and debate the direction of four key Grand Challenges at the very leading edge of IT:  nano systems, exascale, big data, and cognitive computing. players, is one of the most advanced such cognitive systems

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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Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They were focused on process and workflow optimization rather than on employee’s journeys and experiences.  . Sensory and emotional engagement. 

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Learning to Work with Our Increasingly Smart Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

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The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week, for example, I discussed a recent article in Wired by Kevin Kelly on the future of AI.  Should the company change its business model?;

The MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let me discuss a few of the presentations as well as my overall impressions.  . For the most part, they complemented, rather than replaced humans. 

What Will Life Be Like in an AI Future?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Innovation Political Issues Smart Systems Supercomputing Technology and Strategy

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The Analog Foundations of the Digital Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Other see even more substantial rises with, for example, the global middle class reaching 3 billion people by 2030.”. Digital Dividends.

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Is FinTech Forcing Banking to a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

First comes the use of IT to improve the productivity and quality of production-oriented, back-end processes. Investments have risen “from $1.8

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As described by IDEO CEO Tim Brown :   “The vertical stroke of the T is a depth of skill that allows them to contribute to the creative process.

Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Throughout the process, people were invited to vote on the motion, as well as to post their own comments.  .

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Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most jobs involve a number of tasks or processes.  How are job markets likely to evolve in our 21st century digital economy? 

The Digitization of the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Reading the minds of others and reacting is an unconscious process, and skill in social settings has evolved in humans over thousands of years. 

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The bulk of the innovations in the industrial economy involved physical objects, physical systems and the physical world around us. 

Platforms and the New Rules of Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategybargaining power of buyers.