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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.

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.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

What follows is a version of the case we presented to NRC senior executive in order to have this program approved.

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. 

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What do we mean by applying design principles to complex, unpredictable, people oriented systems and problems?  But the mechanisms to increase robustness will in turn make the system considerably more complex.  The industrial sector of the economy is oriented toward the production of physical goods. 

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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

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?

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 ?

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. 

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.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

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 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

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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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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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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The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry. Let me explain.

The Continuing Evolution of Service Science

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This blind spot threatens to hinder the development of effective innovation policies and the development of new business models and practices…”.

Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Initially, we used these components to develop what in retrospect were not-very-powerful, stand-alone computer systems. Software.

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 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.  .

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 Evolution of Design Thinking

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The School of Design in London’s Royal College of Art has long been pushing the boundaries of industrial design.  Their very nature is vague. 

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 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. 

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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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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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 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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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!

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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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

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These collaborations have led to the creation of standards, open source software and governance processes embraced by all participants.

Platforms and the New Rules of Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past two centuries, the industrial economy has been driven by supply-side economies of scale. That’s what network effects are all about.

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.