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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.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, the kind of innovation that Michael Mandel writes about in his article is a mixture of disruptive and incremental.   It favors large companies because of their ability to address complex systemic problems, manage the large-scale ecosystems that solving such problems requires, and bring their solutions to market all round the world. 

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.

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

Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One

Adaptive Path

Where is the industry headed? The industry is enthusiastically heading toward creating the right conditions to deliver experiences that are co-created with customers, communities, and diverse, multi-disciplinary teams. Hey, there’s someone we’d like you to meet. How might you characterize the state of service design? It’s a bank.

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

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?

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.”.

A framework for industry leadership based on collaboration

Ross Dawson

The future of every industry lies in value creation across organizations. What action can you take to enable the industry’s potential?

Why it matters that networks in organizations and social systems are shifting to power-law distributions

Ross Dawson

’ * There are many factors, such as positive feedback loops and self-organisation , that are shifting systems towards power-law distributions.

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

Physician, professor, and novelist Abraham Verghese wrote a recent op-ed in the New York Times in reaction to the news that IBM is working with the universities of Columbia and Maryland to adapt Watson , the Jeopardy! champion supercomputer , to the task of medical diagnosis. Watson works by applying lots of algorithms to a huge body of data.

Digital Twin: Bringing the Physical and Digital Worlds Closer Together

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

GE is closely identified with Digital Twin, - not surprisingly given the central role played by   the Industrial IoT in the company’s overall strategy.

2012 Philanthropy and Social Investment Industry Report Now Available

Beth Kanter

appreciate Lucy because she gives a systems view of the ideas and concepts that I’m grappling with to put into practice.    Thanks Lucy!

An Operating System for the Mind

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Interestingly, that's how many people used to think of electronic information systems - as mechanisms into which you input facts to facilitate easy discovery and retrieval. The computer, or online systems (such as Minitel) were visualized as giant electronic libraries, with the sum total of the world's knowledge at our disposal. Third.

6 uncertainties that will shape the future of mobile operating systems

Ross Dawson

began by looking at the mobile operating system landscape, showing the forecasts recently made by Gartner, as below. UNCERTAINTIES: ANDROID.

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.”.

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. 

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? AI was reborn in the 1990s.

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Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Recominant innovations are all about the creation of new products, markets and industries based on novel combinations of existing technologies.  .

State of the LCMS with Mark Hellinger

Dawn of Learning

It seems to me that this is a good time to comment on the state of the Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) market given the many changes in 2012. Industry News Post Type: Blog post. read more.

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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

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 Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry

Charles Jennings

Many organisations have wondered why employees look for ways not to use their Learning Management Systems and other learning technologies.

Lessons from a Very Mobile Industry

Andy McAfee

Yesterday afternoon one of us was documenting the great recent successes of the American mobile industry. 2007: Nokia is on top of the world.

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?

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.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The notion of IoT solutions built as centralized systems with trusted partners is now something of a fantasy.”  . The cost of connectivity. 

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June Round-up of Learning Industry News

Dawn of Learning

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

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

Bob Sutton

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. Main. | 11 Books Every Leader Should Read » On Saving the American Health System: Dr. Donald Berwicks Farewell Speech. Bob Sutton. Search.

Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Others are dismissive of such dire concerns while agreeing that we must work hard to ensure that our complex AI systems do what we want them to do.  .

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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 Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

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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 Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There are few surprises.  Disruptive innovations take time to play out. Its potential for driving business innovation remains untapped.

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