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How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Or it is that, as if actors in a kind of Greek tragedy , they see the changes coming and understand what needs to be done, but are somehow unable to make the needed strategic and cultural transformations? To thrive in the years ahead, all organizations, both public and private, will need to make a concerted and ongoing investment in the knowledge, capabilities, processes and cultures that foster a distinctive and all too rare organizational quality - agility.

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The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI marketplace adoption will likely follow a typical S curve pattern , - that is, a relatively slow start in the early years, followed by a steep acceleration as the technology matures and firms learn how to best leverage AI for business value. Artificial Intelligence Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few contend that there’s been a fundamental decline in innovation and productivity over the past few decades, compared to the period between 1870 and 1970. The results were published in a March, 2019 HBR article, What Makes Some People More Productive Than Others. Overall, three key patterns stood out. The past 10-15 years have seen a number of technology advances, from smartphones to machine learning.

How We Learned to Prosper Using Fewer Resources

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In recent years we’ve seen a different pattern emerge: the pattern of more from less.”. What led to the emergence of a more-from-less pattern? Similar patterns are seen in other rich countries.”. Complex Systems Digital Money and Payments Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Is Work-from-Anywhere Here to Stay?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

However, instead of declining, superstar cities continued to attract talented, ambitious knowledge workers, and to generate the greatest levels of economy activity and innovation.

The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

billion in 2019; YouTube grew from 20 million users in 2006 to around 2 billion in 2019; and WhatsApp from 300 million users in 2013 to also around 2 billion.

Trends That Will Likely Shape a Highly Uncertain Year

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago The Economist published The World in 2021 , it’s 35th annual look at the economic, political, social and cultural trends that will likely shape the coming year.

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Are We Becoming a Decadent, Stagnating Society?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This long essay covers a lot of ground, from technology and innovation to politics and religion. Decadence is generally associated with moral and/or cultural decline as well as with self-indulgent behavior. Has innovation been slowing down?

Reflections on the Later Stages of Our Careers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In particular, the essay explains why in July of 2019 at the age of 55, he concluded that it was time to resign his decades-long position as president of the prestigious American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to join the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School.

What History Tells Us About the Accelerating AI Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report includes an excellent chapter on What History Tells Us About the Coming AI Revolution by Oxford professor Carl Benedikt Frey based on his 2019 book The Technology Trap. But, in fact, serious concerns about the impact of technology are part of a historical pattern. “Many of the trends we see today, such as the disappearance of middle-income jobs, stagnant wages and growing inequality were also features of the Industrial Revolution, which began in Britain around 1750.

Why Some AI Efforts Succeed While Many Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Winning with AI , - a 2019 report based on a survey jointly conducted by the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group , - found that 90% of respondents agree that AI represents a business opportunity for their company. To help answer these questions, the study looked for patterns in the survey data and in the executive interviews to uncover what the companies that are succeeding with AI are doing.

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Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Decades of technological innovation in education have shown precious little in the way of educational gains and, more than anything else, have taught us that we need to be sceptical from the outset. But community itself is a value, especially when it becomes possible to develop learning communities that span regions and cultures. 2019) which caught my eye. This is a common pattern for systematic reviews.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Individuals and firms must develop a ‘culture of integrity’ that permeates all levels of operations.” 2019) Ethical Codes As Standards of Conduct While ethics commonly applies to people in general, there is a specific class of ethics that applies to people by virtue of their membership in a professional group. Modern analytics is based mostly in machine learning and neural networks, and these in turn provide algorithms for pattern recognition, regression, and clustering.