The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation? To help come up with breakthrough, real-world answers to these tough questions, IDE launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) last year. Now in its second year, the IIC introduced the winners of its 2017 competition at an event held on October 12 as part of Boston’s annual HUBweek.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation? To help come up with breakthrough, real-world answers to these tough questions, IDE launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) last year. Now in its second year, the IIC introduced the winners of its 2017 competition at an event held on October 12 as part of Boston’s annual HUBweek.

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perpetual beta 2017

Harold Jarche

What follows is a summary of some of my thoughts during 2017. Our professional connections, especially those outside our current workplaces, are our security. Innovation. Radical innovation only comes from networks with large structural holes, which are more diverse. In our work teams we can focus on incremental innovation, to get better at what we already do. This is how I made sense of the world in 2017. Blogging is one way I make sense of the world.

Innovation and National Security in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Task Force noted that leadership in innovation, research and technology since World War II has made the US the most secure and economically prosperous nation on earth. A major new wave of innovation is characterized by speed, disruption, and scale.

Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 1 the Commission issued its final Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The interconnectedness and openness made possible by the Internet and broader digital ecosystem create unparalleled value for society,” notes the report in its Executive Summary. “But these same qualities make securing today’s cyber landscape difficult. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure?

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. Here are the 10 technologies comprising the 2017 list , along with the reasons cited in the report for their selection: Blood Tests Allow for Scalpel-Free Biopsies - “Ultrasensitive blood tests known as liquid biopsies promise to improve cancer diagnosis and care”.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. Here are the 10 technologies comprising the 2017 list , along with the reasons cited in the report for their selection: Blood Tests Allow for Scalpel-Free Biopsies - “Ultrasensitive blood tests known as liquid biopsies promise to improve cancer diagnosis and care”.

Exploring the Potential: Innovating Uses of Technology in Teaching and Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Question: security for open source tools. Response: open source more secure than non-open source. Don McIntosh An Old Curmudgeon’s View of Technology in Education I put together a director of vendors of online learning products and services - more than 2000 products there, including hundreds of LMSs. It’s on teachonline.ca I’m inspired by the people at this conference - I don’t want to rain on the parade, but I want to share some pet peeves.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The on-demand economy wouldn’t be possible without the mobile devices and platforms that enable peer-to-peer transactions among individuals any time and place; the digital payment systems that reliably and securely broker the transactions between buyers and sellers; and the social reputation systems , where people rank buyers and sellers, - a critical requirement for the smooth functioning of collaborative markets like Airbnb.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their responses suggest that they view blockchain as a kind of trust accelerator , helping to build trust in several ways: increased transactional transparency, higher data quality and accuracy, increased trust in transaction reliability, and improved security against fraud and cybercrime. They also see blockchain as enabling the creation of platforms for business model innovation and new ways of working.

risk?

Dave Snowden

Most large companies are prepared to invest in “incremental innovation” but very few are willing to grant decision authority to management teams at a level necessary for disruptive innovation. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad thing or a criticism of large companies often lack of ability to stimulate disruptive innovation. This 2013 article from Time relays the story about a key moment when I believe Apple secured its dominance in the MP3 market.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF has taken the broad-scope view , having chosen The Fourth Industrial Revolution as the central theme of its January, 2016 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another,” wrote Dr. Schwab in his 2017 book. They also expressed a wide range of concerns around data security, with operational disruptions due to cybersecurity breaches at the top of their list (50%).

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF has taken the broad-scope view , having chosen The Fourth Industrial Revolution as the central theme of its January, 2016 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. “We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work, and relate to one another,” wrote Dr. Schwab in his 2017 book. They also expressed a wide range of concerns around data security, with operational disruptions due to cybersecurity breaches at the top of their list (50%).

Mobile Payments - a Long, Relentless War of Attrition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was positioned as a relatively easy, secure way to pay for purchases in physical stores as well as online using a variety of supported Apple devices including iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watch. Apple Pay embraced a number of industry standards, including NFC (near-field communications) for contact-less payments; secure element , a dedicated device chip; and network-based tokenization to protect sensitive financial data. It’s not concerns over security or ease-of-use.

The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. But while it’s very difficult to compete with the Internet giants in B-to-C applications involving consumer data, the situation might be quite different when it comes to the data needed for B-to-B transactions among companies, and/or for mission critical applications where security and privacy are paramount.

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Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the next 70 to 80 million years, evolution essentially took off in a different direction, leading to the development of all kinds of innovative life forms, ushering a diverse set of organisms far larger and more complex than anything that existed before. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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A Novel Approach for Measuring the True Impact of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report argues that digital spillover effects accelerate the transfer of knowledge and innovation throughout the global economy. Over time, UPS came up with innovative ways of leveraging these vehicle technologies and the data they produced. Innovations in one company are quickly emulated by other, leading to productivity gains across the whole sector, - the hallmark of a competitive marketplace.

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AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Remove the perceived and actual impediments to research on the fairness, security, privacy, and social impacts of AI systems. “Some interpretations of federal laws… are ambiguous regarding whether and how proprietary AI systems may be reverse engineered and evaluated by academics, journalists, and other researchers.

A Novel Approach for Measuring the True Impact of the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report argues that digital spillover effects accelerate the transfer of knowledge and innovation throughout the global economy. Over time, UPS came up with innovative ways of leveraging these vehicle technologies and the data they produced. Innovations in one company are quickly emulated by other, leading to productivity gains across the whole sector, - the hallmark of a competitive marketplace.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition to developing standards and organizing technical, industry and policy activities, these various organization make available open source implementations of their software releases, thus encouraging collaborative, open innovation. payments, smart contracts, securities clearance, insurance, etc.). Over the past few decades, the Internet has become one of, if not, the most prolific innovation platform the world has ever seen.

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These cross-team ties help to break down silos and increase an organization's productivity and ability to innovate.”. It would then use machine-learning-like AI algorithms to assemble the appropriate teams with the expertise required to address a particular complex problem, and provide them with the right tools to securely share data and ideas. I recently read The Human Strategy , a very interesting article on Human-AI decision systems by MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland.

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The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovations in their design and in the algorithms that guide their perception, reasoning, control, and coordination are driving the development of a wide variety of industrial and personal robots. So are drones, which are already being deployed in infrastructure maintenance, security, assets monitoring and other tasks across a number of industries.

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These cross-team ties help to break down silos and increase an organization's productivity and ability to innovate.”. It would then use machine-learning-like AI algorithms to assemble the appropriate teams with the expertise required to address a particular complex problem, and provide them with the right tools to securely share data and ideas. I recently read The Human Strategy , a very interesting article on Human-AI decision systems by MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland.

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Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s taken a a few additional innovations, - e.g., smartphones, social media, cloud computing, big data, IoT, - for its historical impact to be fully evident, but by now, most everyone agrees that the Internet has become one of the most transformative technologies the world has ever seen, - right up there with electricity, telecommunications, cars and airplanes. To take its major next step, the Internet must overcome three such serious limitations: security, complexity, and trust.

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain has the potential to make our digital infrastructures much more secure, efficient and trustworthy, but it will take time. On the other hand, the business environment in 2017 is quite different from the one back then. The Internet and associated technologies like smartphones and cloud computing have significantly lowered the costs of collaboration and experimentation, enabling innovations to emerge more rapidly.

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain has the potential to make our digital infrastructures much more secure, efficient and trustworthy, but it will take time. On the other hand, the business environment in 2017 is quite different from the one back then. The Internet and associated technologies like smartphones and cloud computing have significantly lowered the costs of collaboration and experimentation, enabling innovations to emerge more rapidly.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovations in their design and in the algorithms that guide their perception, reasoning, control, and coordination are driving the development of a wide variety of industrial and personal robots. So are drones, which are already being deployed in infrastructure maintenance, security, assets monitoring and other tasks across a number of industries.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The on-demand economy wouldn’t be possible without the mobile devices and platforms that enable peer-to-peer transactions among individuals any time and place; the digital payment systems that reliably and securely broker the transactions between buyers and sellers; and the social reputation systems , where people rank buyers and sellers, - a critical requirement for the smooth functioning of collaborative markets like Airbnb.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their responses suggest that they view blockchain as a kind of trust accelerator , helping to build trust in several ways: increased transactional transparency, higher data quality and accuracy, increased trust in transaction reliability, and improved security against fraud and cybercrime. They also see blockchain as enabling the creation of platforms for business model innovation and new ways of working.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the next 70 to 80 million years, evolution essentially took off in a different direction, leading to the development of all kinds of innovative life forms, ushering a diverse set of organisms far larger and more complex than anything that existed before. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With few exceptions, shareholders are entitled to act entirely in their own interest within the bounds of the securities laws. The time has come to challenge the agency-­based model of corporate governance,” write the authors in conclusion. “Its mantra of maximizing shareholder value is distracting companies and their leaders from the innovation, strategic renewal, and investment in the future that require their attention.

Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This all started to change a few decades later with the advent of a more innovative, fast moving entrepreneurial economy. The 1980s saw the rise of young, high-tech companies, - e.g., Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, - and Silicon Valley became the global hub for innovation, emulated by regions around the world. Last week I wrote about Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future , a recently published book by MIT’s Andy McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In an article published earlier this year, McKinsey offered three main possible explanations for this productivity growth decline: the difficulty of measuring productivity in the digital economy, the shortage of demand and investment opportunities, and the impact, - or lack thereof, - of technological innovations. “So Some countries have been experimenting with innovative such models.

Should the US Slowly Phase Out the $100 Bill?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When it comes to digital payments, India may be actually leapfrogging the US, based on practical innovations, hard work, and, - necessity being the mother of invention, - the urgent need to step up to a major problem, - a decade ago, nearly half the Indian population had no identification whatsoever. There are important issues of privacy, cyber-security, but it would certainly have big advantages.”.

Globalization at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, in addition, they must now secure “the conditions for sustained prosperity, which requires a more inclusive model for global economic integration and technological progress.” Their proposed agenda comprises seven areas of opportunity: Shape the Next Wave of Globalization. Earlier this year I wrote about the future of global firms , based on two recent articles on the subject, - The retreat of the global company in The Economist , and The Global Enterprise: Where to Now?

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s a natural way of explaining what the new innovation is all about. Let me know discuss the use of blockchain technologies for enhancing the overall security and efficiency of our transactional systems. Blockchain technologies have the potential to significantly strengthen the security of our 21st century digital economy. The Internet has become one of , if not, the most prolific innovation platform the world has ever seen.

Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This all started to change a few decades later with the advent of a more innovative, fast moving entrepreneurial economy. The 1980s saw the rise of young, high-tech companies, - e.g., Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, - and Silicon Valley became the global hub for innovation, emulated by regions around the world. Last week I wrote about Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future , a recently published book by MIT’s Andy McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In an article published earlier this year, McKinsey offered three main possible explanations for this productivity growth decline: the difficulty of measuring productivity in the digital economy, the shortage of demand and investment opportunities, and the impact, - or lack thereof, - of technological innovations. “So Some countries have been experimenting with innovative such models.

What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With few exceptions, shareholders are entitled to act entirely in their own interest within the bounds of the securities laws. The time has come to challenge the agency-­based model of corporate governance,” write the authors in conclusion. “Its mantra of maximizing shareholder value is distracting companies and their leaders from the innovation, strategic renewal, and investment in the future that require their attention.

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

“A digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. “A cryptocurrency system is a network that utilizes cryptography to secure transactions in a verifiable database that cannot be changed without being noticed.” For example, some tokens, depending on their features, may be subject to US federal or state securities laws.

Culture or Cultures?

Clark Quinn

There are multiple reasons, such as job security, that could support this. There is a clear value proposition about having a culture that supports innovation, and identifiable components. A twitter pointer led me to an HBR article arguing that We’re Thinking about Organizational Culture all Wrong. In it, the author argues that it’s fallacious to think that there’s just one organizational culture, , and that all people buy into it.

World Conference in Online Learning - Opening Plenary

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We’re seeing lots of pockets of innovation, but very rarely in the same place at the same time. Most institutions are seeking out and trying to secure new markets. Opening Plenary Laura Czerniewicz Changing Pedagogies Two short stories about pedagogy: 1. There have been protests recently in South African universities. Interestingly, some of these have been about pedagogy.

Some new ways to look at infrastructure

Doc Searls

Every innovation scraps its immediate predecessor and retrieves still older figures; it causes floods of antiquites or nostalgic art forms and stimulates the search for ‘museum pieces’ ” We see this illustrated by Isabelle Adams in her paper “ What Would McLuhan Say about the Smartphone? Nothing challenges our understanding of infrastructure better than a crisis, and we have a big one now in Houston. We do with every giant storm, of course.