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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone agrees that there was a major qualitative distinction between the First and Second Industrial Revolutions.  Impact on Business.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution - Risks and Benefits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial intelligences and robotics stood out, getting the highest risk scores, as well as one of the highest benefits scores.

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.

Third Industrial Revolution – Review

Harold Jarche

Tweet The future should be networked writes Jeremy Rifkin in The Third Industrial Revolution. shift buildings to become local power plants.

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.

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.

Our education system stumbles into the future

Harold Jarche

According to a local professor, the New Brunswick education system is too centralized , but it’s not just education. Decentralize.

Social systems need diversity

Harold Jarche

Is it so difficult to see that our education system is badly broken? We really don’t. “Let your network filter you. Friday's Finds

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. 

Innovating our way out of the industrial era

Harold Jarche

Our main constraints are our artificial structures, especially our schooling systems. You know the type. complexity Technology Work

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. They gave access to the east’s industrial goods; they made possible economies of scale; they stimulated steel and manufacturing - and the economy was never the same.”.

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.  Can the industry institute the needed safeguards on its own or do governments have to play a bigger role?

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.

An Operating System for the Mind

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

When you teach children facts as facts , and when you do it through a process of study and drill, it doesn't occur to children to question whether or not those facts are true, or appropriate, or moral, or legal, or anything else. Put the facts into the system, and come up with some mechanism to get them out. Do we need a common core ?

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.”.

Marc Newson at Sydney Design Excellence Forum: the design process is always the same

Ross Dawson

He is Royal Designer for Industry in the UK. He can use amazing materials that are not accessible in many other industries.

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.  Political leaders blame recession on corporate fraud or terrorism. 

June Round-up of Learning Industry News

Xyleme

The partnership will provide schools with access to a broad range of HMH curriculum via Agilix’s BrainHoney® learning management system.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Technology and StrategyArtificial Intelligence.

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What impact is it likely to have on jobs, companies and industries?   How might it change our everyday lives? Natural Language Processing.

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The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Industrialization of Services. The Internet is the defining technology of the cloud computing model.  IT-as-a-Service.

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The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Index is then used to quantify the extent of digitization in 22 industry sectors. Build - or buy - the capabilities of the future.

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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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Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Governance body - entity that “provides oversight for the system and owns the operating standards and requirements”  . What is identity?

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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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. Adam Penenberg: Tragic Indifference: One Mans Battle with the Auto Industry over the Dangers of SUVs. Bob Sutton. Book Me For A Speech. Brightsight Group. Again?

The Industrialization of Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the late 18th century, the Industrial Revolution started the transition from a manual-labor based economy towards an economy based on using technologies, tools and machines to significantly improve the manufacturing of physical goods.  Tags: Cloud Computing Complex Systems Innovation Technology and Strategy

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and StrategyLet me explain.

The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Global competition forced companies to become more agile and efficient by unbundling functions and re-engineering processes.  .

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. The work is underway. Doing well in Jeopardy!

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data science and datafication may be new, but the relationship between computing and data goes back to the early days of the IT industry

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Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Another problem is that a number of key financial and government legacy systems are rather inflexible and inefficient. 

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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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The Economic Potential of The Internet of Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Interoperability requires both standardization in the technology stacks, and the ability to integrate systems and platforms across vendors.  .

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These new types of products alter industry structure and the nature of competition, exposing companies to new competitive opportunities and threats. 

As Big Data and AI Take Hold, What Will It Take to Be an Effective Executive?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

That process of assembly and synthesis can be messy and slow, placing a fresh premium on the senior leaders’ ability to tolerate ambiguity.”.

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Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As it turned out, the 20th century saw the creation of many new jobs and industries.  What is it telling us about the environment we live in? 

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The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

By now, most will agree that  cloud computing is a major transformational force in the world of IT. But, cloud has not the easiest concept to grasp.

Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The future of financial infrastructure report is based on a year long study involving industry leaders, regulators and other subject matter experts.