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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The technologies on the list are not new. The full report includes a longer, one-page description of each of these technologies.

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.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

So does the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex.

Technology or preparation?

Clark Quinn

In listening to a recent presentation on the trends affecting the workplace and HR, there was mention about how organizations were using more cognitive technology, AI, etc. But one of the things I wondered was whether all the new, smart technology really would help as much as was intended or needed. The post Technology or preparation?

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” There is little question that small, entrepreneurial start-ups are almost always the ones that bring to market highly disruptive innovations.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In thinking about this question over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems. players, is an example of such a system.

Online Systems for Behavior Change

Tony Karrer

What do these systems do that leads to behavior change? eLearning Technology. I would love to compile a list of other such solutions.

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.

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The bulk of the innovations in the industrial economy involved physical objects, physical systems and the physical world around us.

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. Cyberattacks.

The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in. It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems. Let me explain. Amazing.

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. A: standard equipment isn''t built that way, we build out systems (eg. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? -

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. These are very complex and important questions for which there are no simple answers. it's not true.

A Neural, Digital System for the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that the world’s economy is undergoing historical structural changes , mostly caused by the digital technology revolution taking place all around us. There is clearly no simple answer to these questions. These are important but subtle questions, because as Arthur observes “.this What does this mean?

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs.

Five Key Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. Though some feel distance and online learning will not reduce costs[2], many are looking to new technologies not only to increase access but also to reduce the load borne by government. This is my response. ( 1 HRSDC.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few decades, jobs and wages have been declining for many workers, driven by advances in technology as well as by globalization.

Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape.

Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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's not so simple just to replace these people with automated systems. With technology: common.

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.

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.”.

Continuing Education and Learning Management Systems

Tony Karrer

I'm hoping that readers can weigh in on both aspects: (1) specific thoughts or suggestions on LMS products that might fit and (2) how do you get answers to questions like this? If you have this kind of question, how would you go about getting help? eLearning Technology. The LMS offers courses with both nursing and HCS-D credits.

Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets

Tony Karrer

In fact, because content management is now so ubiquitous in almost all social networking systems (including Microsoft SharePoint), many companies are finding ways to leverage these tools to help aid content development. eLearning Technology. They have Articulate courses, classroom courses, SharePoint sites, etc. Sound familiar?

People, Organization, Technology?

Martijn Linssen

Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ This isn’t the right question. People, Organization, Technology.

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

Current speech recognition and natural language processing technologies are so good that I could give this description over the phone. If Dr. Watson is as good at medical questions as the current Watson is at game show questions, it will be an excellent diagnostician indeed. For the Jeopardy! Dr. Watson would then go to work.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is

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Foradian Technologies Interview

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Questions 1. I specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). Please introduce yourself to our readers.

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. .

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report’s first section addresses a very important question: How do researchers and practitioners define Artificial Intelligence? .

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Czech Course Followup Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) Over time this sort of perception will be aided with technology, just as we are aided in visual recognition by glasses and telescopes and video monitors. But the question really doesn't make sense in this context.

An Operating System for the Mind

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In response, I pose this question to the defenders of this 'base of knowledge', "why is a common core necessary for the teaching of skills, and why is testing of that core necessary." That's why I pose my question, above, more precisely: do we need these specific facts? Let's return to the computer system analogy. Second. Third.

Steve Jobs’s Legacy: The Best Answers to the Most Important Question

Andy McAfee

It didn’t have a file system, or a camera, or a USB port, or lots of other things apparently critical to the success of a tablet computer. Jobs and Apple have done the best job of answering with their products the question posed by wiki inventory Ward Cunningham : What’s the simplest thing that could possibly work?

The Organization Needs to Ask Itself Tough Questions to Survive

Dan Pontefract

technologies to bridge the connection gap? Almost 20 years later, I suppose we are all haunted by the words of Bennis. Gasco. Are you engaged?

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. Are they still a strategic value to business?

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Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Today, multiple technologies poised to drive the next wave of financial services innovation are converging in maturity.” DLT is one such technology.

The Evolution of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the article, Professor Coase provided a simple answer to the question: Why do firms exist? High-tech companies emerged from nowhere.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But a number of recent articles have been asking an intriguing question. It is not confined to an art medium or to any technology.”.