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Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology

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Two papers came out last year that examined important issues around jobs and wages. Both are in top journals. Is this because of globalization?

Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

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I’ll say more later about his paper, which was one of the highlights of the event for me (sighting this moose was another one). As he writes.

If There Was Already an Ocean of Data in 2007, How Much is there Now?

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Inspiration came from Randall Munroe’s fantastic “ What if ?” ” (check out his 2o14 TED talk and pre-order the “What if?”

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Technology’s Real Benefits (Hint: They’re Not Economic)

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This is both a really important question, and one that misses the point. And for a while there, we could. No one knows exactly why. Says “Dr.

Pirates Play Databall, Purge Postseason Drought

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You have to get involved in the information. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in baseball’s playoffs for the first time since 1992. ’ ”.

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Google+ and the Unsettled World of Social Media

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Like apparently all other tech geeks, I’ve been playing with Google Plus for the past week. Visual Guide to Circles in Google+ by @ross.

The One Big Story, and the Next One

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What have been the biggest stories since human civilization began? We domesticated animals, learned to farm, and founded cities. What do you think?

Recent Trends in Labor Intensity. Or, the History (and Future?) of Steady Work in the US

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Instead of looking at productivity as output per hour worked (the usual measure) I instead looked at output per worker. This surprises me a bit.

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The Shrinking Lump of Labor

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” And, I’ll add, even though the companies that buy these robots are part of healthy, growing industries. My guess is that their output-vs.-employment

Putting Enterprise 2.0 into Context

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But most informal collaboration, I bet, happens ‘close to’ the formal work of the enterprise. So the digital environments that support the formal and informal work should also be very close to each other, either within the same application or across tightly integrated ones. Social Business.&# For some purposes, this is OK.

The Cloud Warning

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The companies there, in other words, will go from having very little information technology (as is the case now) directly to embracing Cloud computing without ever going through the intermediary steps of mainframe-, mini-, client-server-, or PC-based computing. And a lack of legacy means a greater enthusiasm for the Cloud. Do you agree?

Head-to-Head at TED

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It was great geek fun – informative, enlightening, and entertaining all at once. And it ain’t over yet. be sure to tune in.

Anybody Know a Good Community Manager?

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My colleagues and I at the MIT Center for Digital Business have (finally) decided that it’s time to start practicing what we preach. So we’re starting up an online community, and recruiting a curator / community manager / content editor for it. All of these are in the process of moving from analog to digital.

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Everything You Need to Know About Social Business and Enterprise 2.0 in Three Short Reports

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Throughout the second half of 2011, I worked with AIIM (the professional organization for information management and collaboration pros) on a task force to understand the state of Enterprise 2.0 / social business / call-it-what-you-will. That headline is, of course, a pathetic lie. But the reports are still quite good. The use of E2.0

Living Intelligence

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at the IC consisted largely of building a digital water cooler where informal conversations could happen throughout the community.

What Makes a Company Good at IT?

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My MIT Center for Digital Business colleague Erik Brynjolfsson and I published an article in the Wall Street Journal on April 25. Do you?

SpyTunes

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After I did this three or four times I gave up, complaining to my girlfriend how clunky the process was. She’s right.

Why Is Customer Service Still So Lousy? Monopolist (i.e. Comcast) Edition

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Every so often I have an experience as a consumer so bad that I have to write about it. Comcast is certainly busy these days. Any ideas

Will Capitalism and Democracy Soon Be Passé?

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Our session went for two and a half lively hours, which astonished me. They then pretty quickly turned to the question ‘what do we do about it?,’

Using Computers to Cure Medicine’s Pathologies

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C-path came up with a set of 6642 important features for such images. Three features of stromal tissue, for example, turned out to be important.

Upcoming Geek Fun: Alone Together and the Implications of IBM’s Watson

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A lot of us have heard talk of this book and Turkle’s thesis that, as she puts it , “I think when we’re texting, on the phone, doing your e-mail, getting information, the experience is of being filled up. I wanted to let everyone know about two upcoming events of great geek interest. And it’s free! And that feels good.

When Using Your Smartphone Can Be the Best Thing for Your Mental Health

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I love this technology, for the reasons nicely enumerated in this Slate article by Aimee Swartz. This might well be enough. So what would work better?

Enterprise 2.0 the Indian Way

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A more optimistic way to say the same thing is that at such a firm, improving employees’ ability to find the expertise and information they need to do their jobs better would bring large benefits. This adds structure over time to the mass of information, and also gives people incentive to participate and be helpful to their colleagues.

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

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I can also easily imagine Dr. Watson asking for more information: “Andy, have you traveled abroad in the past month? Once it has all the additional information it thinks it needs, Dr. Watson can arrive at a diagnosis almost instantaneously. champion supercomputer , to the task of medical diagnosis. For the Jeopardy! Do you agree?

Customer Service in the Digital Age: The Eternal Lament

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The first one I opened informed me that my application to auto-pay my bills (an application that was also received and submitted via snail mail) had been refused because I hadn’t included a voided check. My recent experience with credit-card giant Capital One showed me, unfortunately, just how accurate that post was.

Don’t Just Read Freakonomics. DO Freakonomics!

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If so, you could join the military, or apply to the MIT Sloan PhD program in information technology. Acquiring incredibly valuable new skills?

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The Second Machine Age Comes to New York this Friday

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Just a quick note to let New Yorkers know that the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy is coming to your city this Friday, April 4. Agenda. 1:30 p.m.

I Know It When I See It

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I think there is a feeling of a power shift or improved flow of information. I have found the strongest resistence often comes from organizational bosses who fear they will lose control of information. Issues like: lack of trust, loss of control of information, liability, etc. product?&# So who’s right? software. McAfee.

Bring Out Your Data

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This year I’m working with the Association for Information and Image Management ( AIIM ) to understand the state of Enterprise 2.0. AIIM started in 1943 as the National Microfilm Association, and has for a long time been the place to go for records and content management issues. meets traditional content management.

Sorry, What Investment Shortfall?

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In our debate earlier this week Rob Atkinson talked about how US companies weren’t investing like they used to. I just can’t see it.

Lessons from a Very Mobile Industry

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I have the good fortune to be back at the Aspen Institute this week, this time for the 21st annual Information Technology Roundtable.

Where the Silicon Meets the Road

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The bakery truck driver is processing a constant stream of [visual, aural, and tactile] information from his environment… to program this behavior we could begin with a video camera and other sensors to capture the sensory input. Its second chapter is titled “Why People Still Matter.&# Levy and Murnane write.

Is craigslist or eHarmony the Right Model for Enterprise 2.0?

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and to specify a geographic area, but makes no further attempt to specify or standardize the information posted. Leave aside for the moment the fact that eHarmony automates the work of connecting people, and concentrate only on the fact that it requires them to supply a large amount of structured information. – are close to CL.

Why Is Customer Service Still So Lousy (Financial Services Web Design Edition)?

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Instead, it took me to a form I’d use to enter bank account information from scratch. Which was not at all. At this point I got curious.

Why Is Customer Service Still So Lousy (Financial Services Web Design Edition)?

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Instead, it took me to a form I’d use to enter bank account information from scratch. Which was not at all. At this point I got curious.

Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

Andy McAfee

I’ll say more later about his paper, which was one of the highlights of the event for me (sighting this moose was another one). As he writes.

When Using Your Smartphone Can Be the Best Thing for Your Mental Health

Andy McAfee

I love this technology, for the reasons nicely enumerated in this Slate article by Aimee Swartz. This might well be enough. So what would work better?

The Second Machine Age Comes to DC This Week

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If you’re nearby please do come; I can promise you an informative, informed, and lively discussion.

Clarity about the Singularity

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They were unfailingly polite even when they were challenging me — which, bless them, they were not reluctant to do — and were uniformly super smart, well-informed, and well-intentioned. I think a couple clarifications about my previous post about my time at Singularity University are in order. ” and I’m sorry for that.

Bravo, Amazon, for Kicking Out WikiLeaks

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When I first heard about the site, I thought its mission sounded useful: to help surface information that exposes corruption, coverups, and rank hypocrisy in high places, and to allow people to electronically drop off such information privately. And capitals have long been asking their diplomats to gather and pass on information.