Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers. Not according to Autor.
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
The technologies on the list are not new. The full report includes a longer, one-page description of each of these technologies.
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.
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
His 2006 Wikinomics predicted the rise of mass collaboration in what became known a few years later as the On Demand Economy. If we will it.”. Period.
Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future
MARCH 13, 2013
I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future.
Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy. I was invited to attend the conference, and participate in the opening plenary panel on D igital Technologies and the Future of Governance. The conference covered a wide range of topics dealing with digital technologies and government.
AI, Automation and the US Economy
JANUARY 10, 2017
For the past few decades, jobs and wages have been declining for many workers, driven by advances in technology as well as by globalization.
Five Key Questions
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MARCH 17, 2011
I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. A secondary but nonetheless no less pressing issue is the cost of providing access to education generally. This creates a central issue revolving around the strategic design of distance and online learning. 2011.
Technology and the Future of Media
AUGUST 18, 2015
Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape.
Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?
MAY 9, 2011
Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”. Yes – We Should Incent Employees. And You?
Better Education Through Technology
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 10, 2011
me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. It is in this context we need to read an article like Kentaro Toyama's Can Technology End Poverty?
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
The June 25 issue of The Economist includes a special report on artificial intelligence. What impact will AI have on jobs?
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.
Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Today, multiple technologies poised to drive the next wave of financial services innovation are converging in maturity.” DLT is one such technology.
The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
“In Retreat: Global companies in the era of protectionism,” reads the cover of the January 28 issue of The Economist. It was a golden age.”.
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. .
The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
This is now the case with blockchain and related technologies. Communications have played a major role in my work over the past few decades.
The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy
JANUARY 19, 2016
Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. Are they still a strategic value to business?
10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable? Click to see the full infographic. by Bahia Ramos.
The Coming Robotics Revolution
MARCH 8, 2016
Hi, Robot: Work and Life in the Age of Automation , reads the Hamlet-inspired cover of the July, 2105 issue of Foreign Affairs.
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
That’s because blockchain is not a disruptive technology, whose impact, once in the marketplace, is often quite rapid. ask Iansiti and Lakhani.
The Evolution of the Firm
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
In the article, Professor Coase provided a simple answer to the question: Why do firms exist? High-tech companies emerged from nowhere.
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is
The Rise of the Platform Economy
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
This embrace of platforms by established firms raises a number of organizational and governance issues. What do we mean by a platform ?
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
Lepore’s article may well be part of a growing backlash against the relentless advances in technology. Today, the largest U.S. Steel.”
Man, Machine, and Work
JUNE 30, 2015
The June, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a spotlight on Man and Machine: Knowledge Work in the Age of the Algorithm.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
Few things are harder to predict than the potential impact of new technologies, business models or market changes. But, there are trade-offs.
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. or 17.4 million people. The Manual factor changed considerably.
AI and Public Policy
JANUARY 23, 2017
Throughout history, humans have both shaped and adapted to new technologies. These warning should be taken very seriously. Hype vs reality.
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Digital technologies are now permeating just about every nook and cranny of the economy, society and our personal lives.
“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age
JULY 7, 2015
The authors have a very clear answer to this question. notes the article in its opening paragraph. What should we do? Social Safey Nets.
The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy
DECEMBER 19, 2012
Since the advent of the financial crisis around five years ago, we have been searching for answers to these very important questions.
The Emerging, Unpredictable Age of AI
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Waves of technology are being invented and deployed at warp-speed. What will life be like in such an AI future? Except it’s real.
Will technology harm or help young people’s brains? A highly nuanced debate
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest study on the future of the internet examines how young people will be affected by technology. Rather, they are learning more and they are more adept at finding answers to deep questions, in part because they can search effectively and access collective intelligence via the internet.
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
The impact of technology on jobs is a very important subject. “The The technology won’t be advanced enough to widely displace jobs by 2025.
Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems
DECEMBER 29, 2015
Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy
Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing
JANUARY 5, 2016
The Winter issue of strategy+business includes a very interesting article on theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, - The Fortune 500 Teller.
How to avoid being “nextflixed”: 5 questions for Saul Kaplan
JUNE 25, 2012
Every new technology is seen as a way to make the existing business model stronger rather than enabling entirely new ones.
The Hows and Whys of Gamification: 4 Questions for Kevin Werbach
NOVEMBER 8, 2012
One issue, as you point out, is that any time you create a game, someone will try to exploit the system. Gamification. Share on Facebook.