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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The technologies on the list are not new. Artificial Intelligence. The Internet of Things. Autonomous Vehicles. The Blockchain.

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. 

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C.

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop was sponsored by UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). 

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But now, digital technologies are making up for our cognitive limitations, augmenting our ability to solve tough problem and make complex decisions. 

The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Like no other technology, AI forces us to explore the very boundaries between machines and humans. What impact will AI have on jobs?

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Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain Revolution , his 16th book, now explains “How The Blockchain Will Transform Everything From Banking To Government To Our Identities.”.

Five Key Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In its 2010 Speech from the Throne , the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) to support online learning in the province as part of the Open Ontario Plan. I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. HRSDC.

Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The immediate reaction of the typical Canadian (ie., 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. The same could be said of any other technology.

Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy.  The panel was moderated by Beth Noveck , Professor of Law at the New York Law School , who until recently served in the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative. Leaders shape polls. 

Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?

Dan Pontefract

Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”. Yes – We Should Incent Employees. And You?

Questions from students at Vancouver Island University

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

The Coming Robotics Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Hi, Robot: Work and Life in the Age of Automation , reads the Hamlet-inspired cover of the July, 2105 issue of Foreign Affairs. 

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.  .

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized.   But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ? 

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The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Today, money is mostly intangible.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This embrace of platforms by established firms raises a number of organizational and governance issues. trillion.

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Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The June, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a spotlight on Man and Machine: Knowledge Work in the Age of the Algorithm. 

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Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Prior to joining the SFI in 2003, he was the leader and founder of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Lab. Amazing. 

Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their answer, as is often the case with such complex questions, is that both sides are right.   It all depends. workforce. level (e.g.,

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Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technological revolutions are highly disruptive to economies and societies.  million people. 

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?

Beth Kanter

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable? Click to see the full infographic. by Bahia Ramos.

“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The authors have a very clear answer to this question.  notes the article in its opening paragraph.  What should we do? 

Lines are being drawn.over learning technology standards and specs?

Ellen Wagner

Interesting article in today's Chronicle of Higher Education's Wired Campus about a growing shitstorm around learning technology standards. Per Jeff Young, author of article in question: "The issue centers around a single line of the 53-page grant guidelines for the. Business Higher Education LMS News Technology Trends

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The disruptive potential of exponential technologies is amplified when they interact and combine in innovative ways.  Today, the largest U.S.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over time, these same disruptive technologies and innovations led to the transformation of the economy and the creation of new industries and new jobs.

Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

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AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Computers will disappear and ordinary objects will become magic,” said John Markoff , senior technology writer for the NY Times.  .

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Learning to Work with Our Increasingly Smart Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Where will this leave lawyers, nurses, teachers, and editors?”. Part of the answer is that most jobs involve an amalgam of tasks or processes. 

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The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are now permeating just about every nook and cranny of the economy, society and our personal lives. 

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The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the advent of the financial crisis around five years ago, we have been searching for answers to these very important questions

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The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Beyond technology, the evolution of FS will be influenced by a variety of economic, social and political factors.  Rapid Change/Many Suppliers. 

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The MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Like steam power and electricity before it, the explosion of digitally enabled technologies is radically transforming the landscape of human endeavor. 

What Will Digital Life Be Like in 2025?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformative technologies have downsides as well as benefits.  Let’s discuss a few of the theses.

The Big Data Era Is Here

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We can now leverage science and technology to help us better understand people-centric, sociotechnical systems.  Representativeness. 

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Brown offers a very good answer to these questions.  Why are these soft attributes so valued in today’s business environment? 

Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They must carefully consider a few fundamental questions about each: Speed.   Is the change evolutionary or revolutionary in nature?

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Computing has constantly changed shape and location - mainly as a result of new technology, but often also because of shifts in demand.”.

Realizing the Potential of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technology advances keep expanding the benefits of the digital revolution across the planet.  Let me summarize what I wrote.