Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry
MARCH 22, 2016
How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Data Centers → Cloud.
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
The technologies on the list are not new. Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Things. Autonomous Vehicles. The Blockchain.
Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?
MAY 17, 2016
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C.
Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One
OCTOBER 25, 2016
She’s also a stellar explainer, which is why we’ll help you to get to know her by asking her four questions: Q: You’ve led service design at Cooper and are now joining one of the largest internal service design teams around. Where is the industry headed? Hey, there’s someone we’d like you to meet. And that is service design. My Mom?
How technology is transforming events
NOVEMBER 29, 2011
One of my speaking bureau just asked me to provide them with a few quick ideas on how technology is changing events, as one of their key clients is having an internal meeting to discuss their future use of technology in events. Questions and discussion during events. Business relationships Social networks Technology trends
How 3D printing will transform the retail industry: The opportunities
AUGUST 21, 2012
The piece begins by discussing the news that a company is developing technology for the 3D printing of meat. This points to a new industry emerging for local assembly of 3D printed parts. The question is: how rapidly will these changes develop? That relies on both the technology and the uptake,” Dawson explains.
Questions from students at Vancouver Island University
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
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.
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ This isn’t the right question. People, Organization, Technology.
Which Technologies Will Be the Biggest Deals?
APRIL 12, 2011
I’m digging in on a project to better understand the ongoing digitization of business: the penetration of computer technology into more and more and more aspects of work. It seems to me that I need to practice what I preach, so I’m going to crowdsourcing some of my ideas and questions here in the coming weeks. Do you?
Steve Jobs’s Legacy: The Best Answers to the Most Important Question
AUGUST 25, 2011
Today I want to highlight just one thing that he and his company got right over and over, while the great majority of the tech industry continues to get it wrong. They want the simplest things that could possibly work, and Apple under Jobs has been by far the best technology company at supplying such things. It didn’t do enough.
Launch of Creating the Future of PR – shaping an exceptional future for the industry
AUGUST 10, 2015
The big question is: will the PR industry seize the immense opportunity before it?
The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry
JANUARY 16, 2013
Have they never posted a question online? Yesterday another great British institution slid into the history books. think there are. think not.
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. difference between groups - as determined by test scores - why? MIT engineering courses stufy: 8% completion rate (yikes) - so, how do we address this?
June Round-up of Learning Industry News
Dawn of Learning
JULY 16, 2013
Edgenuity recently completed 13 Online and Blended Learning Summits involving over 700 school and district leaders. billion in 2012.
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
Like no other technology, AI forces us to explore the very boundaries between machines and humans. What impact will AI have on jobs?
Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
The future of financial infrastructure report is based on a year long study involving industry leaders, regulators and other subject matter experts.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
The disruptive potential of exponential technologies is amplified when they interact and combine in innovative ways. Today, the largest U.S.
Dawn of Learning
AUGUST 3, 2012
I was introduced recently to a new buzz word making its way across the learning & development industry: Micro-learning. Industry Talk
Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?
OCTOBER 31, 2016
After pondering the question, I believe the answer is: No - the same answer I would give if asked whether engineering is now the new science.
The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy
JANUARY 19, 2016
Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ?
The Importance of Personalized Learning – Part 1 of 3 – K12
Dawn of Learning
OCTOBER 24, 2012
At the end, they are given comprehension questions that measure what they understood. Industry Talk L&D
Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer
JULY 28, 2015
Recominant innovations are all about the creation of new products, markets and industries based on novel combinations of existing technologies. .
Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?
OCTOBER 24, 2016
What impact is it likely to have on jobs, companies and industries? How might it change our everyday lives? AI was reborn in the 1990s.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy
The Rise of the Platform Economy
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Data science and datafication may be new, but the relationship between computing and data goes back to the early days of the IT industry.
Man, Machine, and Work
JUNE 30, 2015
Like no other technology, AI forces us to explore the very boundaries between machines and humans. That shouldn’t be a shock.
The need for innovation across boundaries and the power of big data analytics
APRIL 23, 2015
Another question looked at the major technologies that will impact how their organizations function over the next 5-10 years.
The Giant Zero
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
We lost a lot of that when Industry won the Industrial Revolution. question. The world of distance. At the other end is Manhattan.
What Are Good Things About Having A Lousy Boss? - Bob Sutton
DECEMBER 19, 2011
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. Interesting question. Bob Sutton.
12 Themes for 2012: what we can expect in the year ahead
DECEMBER 4, 2011
Creative industries and now media companies are drawing on crowds to generate ideas and content. INSTITUTIONS IN QUESTION. CROWD WORK.
The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
MAY 23, 2016
The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Today, money is mostly intangible.
Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy
JANUARY 27, 2015
Technological revolutions are highly disruptive to economies and societies. million people.
Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Technology innovations helped overcome inefficiencies. Why do firms exist? However, markets are not perfectly fluid.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Brown offers a very good answer to these questions. Why are these soft attributes so valued in today’s business environment?
“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age
JULY 7, 2015
Flexicurity is neither liberal nor conservative, transcending these tired, old industrial age ideological labels that now have little relevance. .
The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky
APRIL 1, 2010
From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn’t whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode and tempo of that alteration. That kind of question comes up a lot. This is, as Tainter notes in his book, an open question. newspaper industry. Clay Shirky. Twice!)
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
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?
Leadership in a Changing World
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
They must carefully consider a few fundamental questions about each: Speed. Is the change evolutionary or revolutionary in nature?
The Future of Financial Services
JUNE 23, 2015
How is the FS industry likely to evolve into the into the future? Cryptocurrencies represent another potential disruptor of the FS industry.