top tools 2017

Harold Jarche

Voting closes on 22 September 2017. 7: Apple Preview: is the productivity tool I use the most, so I can focus on learning, not fighting with applications. It synchronizes across all my devices and helps keep my online presence more secure. Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 100 Tools for learning. This is the 11th year! Here are my top tools this year, with the past five years shown below.

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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?

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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”.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

Global Arbitrage and the Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about The Productivity Puzzle , - namely that despite our continuing technology advances, the US and other developed economies have experienced a sharp decline in productivity growth over the past 10 to 15 years. So far, though, economists have failed to reach consensus on the causes of the productivity growth slowdown or indeed the relative significance of the various arguments,” wrote McKinsey.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All kinds of on-demand products and services are now coming to market. The more products or services a platform offers, the more users it will attract, helping it then attract more offerings, which in turn brings in more users. Blockchain technology is ultimately a means for individuals to coordinate common activities, to interact directly with one another, and to govern themselves in a more secure and decentralized manner.”.

The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Beyond its use in improving the operational efficiency and financial performance of companies, the data can now be applied to significantly improve customer relationships , as well as to create whole new classes of smart products and services. Their profits are surging: they collectively racked up over $25bn in net profit in the first quarter of 2017. The Economist’ s May 6 issue referred to data in its cover as the world’s most valuable resource.

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Industrial revolutions are momentous events,” said A Strategist Guide to Industry 4.0 , - a 2016 article in strategy+business. “By most reckonings, there have been only three.” The First Industrial Revolution , - starting in the last third of the 18th century, - introduced new tools and manufacturing processes based on steam and water power, ushering the transition from hand-made goods to mechanized, machine-based production.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These three trends are combining into a triple revolution , causing companies to rethink the balance between minds and machines ; between products and platforms ; and between the core and the crowd. In addition, the electromechanical components used in robotic devices are also advancing rapidly, making it possible to imagine a future when robots will be ubiquitous in manufacturing, health care, security, transportation, our homes and many other areas.

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Industrial revolutions are momentous events,” said A Strategist Guide to Industry 4.0 , - a 2016 article in strategy+business. “By most reckonings, there have been only three.” The First Industrial Revolution , - starting in the last third of the 18th century, - introduced new tools and manufacturing processes based on steam and water power, ushering the transition from hand-made goods to mechanized, machine-based production.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The traditional supply chain has evolved over the years as a crucial process used by many companies for the production, handling, and/or distribution of their products or services. T heir traditional linear nature is increasingly misaligned with the more networked nature of today’s global production. T hese data and tools will enable companies to make better decisions across the overall supply chain, including product design, manufacturing, distribution and sales.

The Real Goal of Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

He has some good reasons for this: "Those credentials continue to be one of the best paths to achieving economic security for oneself and family," and "These students are not roaming autodidacts who, left to their own (digital) devices, will thrive and succeed as 'free range learners'." Both of these products wrap significant additional functionality around OER.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) , the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output, is generally used by governments to inform their policies and decisions. “What we measure affects what we do; and if our measurements are flawed, decisions may be distorted,” noted a 2009 Commission convened to look at the adequacy of GDP as an indicator of economic performance, - which was led by Nobel-prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen.

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Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Weak economic growth will persist in the near term, a result of shrinking workforces and diminishing productivity gains in advanced economies, and threatening poverty reduction in emerging and developing countries. Governments will find it harder to satisfy the growing demands of their citizens, especially greater security and a higher standard of living.

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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. Corporations must create value for multiple constituencies. “ In a free market system, companies succeed only if customers want their products, employees want to work for them, suppliers want them as partners, shareholders want to buy their stock, and communities want their presence.

Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The book is organized into three main sections : Mind and Machine, Product and Platform, and Core and Crowd, each based on a business trend that’s significantly reshaping the business world. In principle, a firm should be able to find the cheapest, most productive goods and services by contracting them out in an efficient, open marketplace.

Globalization at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Similarly, while we continue to hear that everything is now made in China, products made in China accounted for less that 3% of US personal consumption expenditures in 2010. 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.

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. There was no one technology or product you could work on in the labs that would make you a success in the marketplace. A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gross domestic product (GDP) , the basic measure of a country’s overall economic output, is generally used by governments to inform their policies and decisions. “What we measure affects what we do; and if our measurements are flawed, decisions may be distorted,” noted a 2009 Commission convened to look at the adequacy of GDP as an indicator of economic performance, - which was led by Nobel-prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen.

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The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The traditional supply chain has evolved over the years as a crucial process used by many companies for the production, handling, and/or distribution of their products or services. T heir traditional linear nature is increasingly misaligned with the more networked nature of today’s global production. T hese data and tools will enable companies to make better decisions across the overall supply chain, including product design, manufacturing, distribution and sales.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years I’ve learned that when trying to explain a complex new concept or product, it’s important to engage in a kind-of conversation with your intended audience, where you talk about what's in your mind, your questions, your doubts, what you know and what you don't know. In short, you’re telling a story about the concept, product or brand you’re trying to explain. Storytelling is widely used in the development of brands for products as well as companies.

Platforms, Blockchains, and the Evolution of Trust

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

All kinds of on-demand products and services are now coming to market. The more products or services a platform offers, the more users it will attract, helping it then attract more offerings, which in turn brings in more users. Blockchain technology is ultimately a means for individuals to coordinate common activities, to interact directly with one another, and to govern themselves in a more secure and decentralized manner.”.

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. There was no one technology or product you could work on in the labs that would make you a success in the marketplace. A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

The Future of Learning Management Systems: Development, Innovation and Change

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Comment: some IT people focus on security and privacy. But a bigger movement is the success of Canvas, which came out of the gate with a more minimal product. Phil Hill Summary notes from the presentation at from at the World Conference on Online Learning , Toronto. Slides: [link] We forget about the perspective of time. Let’s look at 2011-2017. Thrun was saying (2012) 50 years from now there will only be ten institutions delivering higher education.

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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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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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Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The book is organized into three main sections : Mind and Machine, Product and Platform, and Core and Crowd, each based on a business trend that’s significantly reshaping the business world. In principle, a firm should be able to find the cheapest, most productive goods and services by contracting them out in an efficient, open marketplace.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These three trends are combining into a triple revolution , causing companies to rethink the balance between minds and machines ; between products and platforms ; and between the core and the crowd. In addition, the electromechanical components used in robotic devices are also advancing rapidly, making it possible to imagine a future when robots will be ubiquitous in manufacturing, health care, security, transportation, our homes and many other areas.

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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. Corporations must create value for multiple constituencies. “ In a free market system, companies succeed only if customers want their products, employees want to work for them, suppliers want them as partners, shareholders want to buy their stock, and communities want their presence.

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.

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. Everything happens in a single product. Question: security for open source tools. Response: open source more secure than non-open source.

nordic finds

Harold Jarche

” @Indy_Johar : “Societal Truths are a complex social product of linked & extrapolated scientific facts & correlations – dependent on high fidelity trust & governance. In reality, there is no “digital grid”: there are just individual Alphabet products. Unions and employers decided that the way to help laid-off employees was through job-security councils.

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the complexity of capitalism

Harold Jarche

Can we think for a moment about whether, in our heart of hearts, we want the private sector undoing every law, every social compact, that stands in its way, in order to secure, at last, the data that tells them how each of us moves and breathes? Factories traditionally work according to a production-line model, where each person does one- or two-minute tasks all day, every day: you fit the screen, I fix the protector, she boxes up the iPhone.

Some new ways to look at infrastructure

Doc Searls

As Eric McLuhan (Marshall’s son and collaborator) explains in Laws of Media: The New Science (Toronto, 1988), “media” meant “everything man[kind] makes and does, every procedure, every style, every artefact, every poem, song, painting, gimmick, gadget, theory—every product of human effort.” 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.

Our Favorite Things About Mobile Learning

TOPYX LMS

That means happier and more productive users. From their personal mobile devices, employees can access their work in the cloud, further improving productivity.”. There are risks associated with BYOD, such as employees abusing their mobile device privileges and company security being breached. Mobile learning is a multi-beneficial delivery of learning that is utilized by nearly every mid- to large-size company.

How a Hosted LMS Promotes Online Corporate Learning

TOPYX LMS

A hosted LMS’s information and content are stored in one secure, online location. The purpose of this training is to help workers become more skilled and productive. Did you know that a hosted LMS promotes online learning in corporate settings? It’s true. However, many people aren’t aware of this. Because they aren’t sure what a hosted LMS is. And, their understanding of online learning is fuzzy. But there’s nothing wrong with this.

What is Elearning?

TOPYX LMS

In the decades that followed, virtual learning environments were created allowing learners to access dedicated web portals and communities where they could learn about almost any subject securing qualifications in the process. Online learning helps businesses save an enormous amount of resources while improving productivity. Thank you to our Guest Blogger spearhead eLearning. Elearning is described as the delivery of training or education through digital or electronic methods.

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Beth Kanter

In December we sat down with an emerging learning organization with ambitious plans to reach a billion people with a complex array of products and services. So we used a mapping and communications workshop to layout a Theory of Impact and sequencing strategy to help them secure their first major core funder.

What the Online Learning Consortium’s 2016 Statistics Mean for the Future

TOPYX LMS

In order to deliver what these learners need, our products must be top-of-the-line. Second, they suggest TOPYX’s future is as secure as its products are outstanding. Online learning statistics aren’t merely dry facts; they are gusts of wind that blow companies in one direction or another. Statistics help businesses discover whether or not what they are doing is working. They also help them see what they can do better.

Revitalizing US Manufacturing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored manufacturing’s role in providing products that are critical to health, safety, national security, and the continuity of multiple industries,” said McKinsey in a recent discussion paper, Building a More Competitive US Manufacturing Sector. “It

Why Do We Work So Damn Much?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Keynes’ predictions about capital growth, technology advancement and productivity were clearly wrong. “He We passed the thresholds of capital growth and productivity that he said would be necessary to usher a 15-hour week economic utopia in the 1980s. “

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Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, a December, 2017 report by McKinsey examined which jobs will likely be displaced by automation through 2030, as well as which jobs are likely to be created over the same period, based on data from 46 countries.

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