The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Now in its third year, the 2019 AI Index Report was released this past December. So was the associated 2019 AI Index Data , which includes three times as many data sets as the 2018 edition. This is largely due to the development of a variety of AI accelerators , - such as GPUs and TPUs , - specifically designed to boost the performance of the algorithms used in machine learning, convolutional neural networks , machine vision and other AI applications.

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Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the waterfall development model , a project is broken down into a set of sequential phases, - e.g., conception, analysis, design, construction, testing, deployment, maintenance, - each dependent on the completion of the previous phase. It’s also quite applicable for mission critical software and infrastructure projects where security, availability, scalability and other ilities are paramount. AI systems are designed to sense, respond and adapt to a changing environment.


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The Transformative Power of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It succinctly defines blockchain as “a shared, decentralized, cryptographically secured, and immutable digital ledger,” and then adds a few key attributes that are particularly important to enterprise blockchains: Accountability. Security. “Enterprise blockchains are fault-tolerant. InternetOne was designed to be a relatively simple, highly flexible, general purpose data network that would support a wide variety of applications in the InternetTwo layer.

Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Based on the analysis of over 25 blockchain networks in various stages of production across multiple industries and geographies, the report recommends that a company’s blockchain journey should evolve along three distinct stages: in search of value, - establishing a minimum value ecosystem; getting to scale - creating value for an overall industry; and designing for new markets, - creating entirely new markets and business models.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a world that’s increasingly governed by digital transactions and data, our existing methods for managing security and privacy are proving inadequate. Protects user privacy and ensures control over personal data: includes strong privacy and security safeguards, while giving users access to, and control over who can access their data. These risks must be taken into account in the design, implementation, and governance of any digital ID system.

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Is Blockchain Now Transitioning to a More Mundane and Useful Era?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2019, it will start to become mundane… After the Great Crypto Bull Run of 2017 and the monumental crash of 2018, blockchain technology won’t make as much noise in 2019. A few months ago Walmart announced that by September of 2019, all suppliers of leafy green vegetables to its Sam’s and Walmart stores are required to input detailed information about their food into a blockchain database, so it can better keep track of its massive distribution network for fresh produce.


Clark Quinn

I secured the programming assistance of a couple of the techs in the office I was working for (Open Net), and we developed an environment where six folks reknown in their area conducted overlapping conversations around a topic. I led the design and implementation of the competition: site and announcements, getting it up and running. The design wrote content into a framework that populated the manual (as prescribed by law) and the help system.

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The Electricity of Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We have a design error. They just go to work to earn money, to earn security, and gain a pension. Summary of a talk at eLearning Africa given by Jef Staes. I'm going to tell a story of why education is failing. This is a battle of two groups of people. There was an information shortage. So industry started schools. But today everything has changed. But today we have an information glut. If we are passionate about something we can learn.

A foolish inconsistency

Clark Quinn

Good design says consistency is a good thing, generally; certainly aligning with user expectations and best interests. It’s bad design to do something that’s unnecessarily wasteful. There are lots of such irritations: web forms that only tell you the expected format after you get it wrong instead of making it easy to point to the answer or give you a clue and sites with mismatched security (overly complex for unessential data or vice-versa) are just two examples.

system views

Harold Jarche

My priority is security and making sure my children don’t die from malaria or diarrhea. At Houdini sportswear, designers continuously ask: Does this product deserve existence? Bad actors who want to deepen existing tensions understand these societal trends, designing content that they hope will so anger or excite targeted users that the audience will become the messenger. Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media.

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New Issues for OERs

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The relation between OER and wider social-economic-political issues - not just inclusivity and access (mentioned above) but the role of OERs in promoting individual security, identity, voice, opportunity - is it an educational resource if it doesn’t advance the learner? The true issue here is: how can we design OERs so they can't be enclosed in this way?

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Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

19 September 2019. In addition, the judicious application of OER, in combination with appropriate pedagogical methodologies, well-designed learning objects and the diversity of learning activities, can provide a broader range of innovative pedagogical options to engage both educators and learners to become more active participants in educational processes and creators of content as members of diverse and inclusive Knowledge Societies.

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age for Indigenous Learners

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The new BComm program design combines the typical online individualized study model (with online materials and tutors) and overlayed it with onsite paced sessions at the beginning, middle and end of the course. We were up against factors designed to make the university efficient. If you had told me six years ago when I had no job security that I'd be half way to my BComm, I wouldn't have believed you.

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The Paradox of Leadership

Edge Perspectives

Most of us experience the mounting performance pressure first and foremost because we reside in institutions and communities that were designed for an earlier era. As competitive pressure mounts and the pace of change accelerates, we struggle to stay afloat, riding on boats that were designed for calmer seas. They provide a false sense of security and leave us vulnerable to the changes ahead. I love paradox. Today I’m going explore not just one, but two, paradoxes.

The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Now, digital technologies are also viewed as threatening privacy and security, providing access to polarizing and hateful information, and seriously disrupting jobs and the well-being of many workers. “The most strident opposition to digitally driven economic progress comes from a growing, vocal minority that seeks to ban or heavily regulate emerging digital technologies such as robots, autonomous vehicles, and biometrics to dramatically limit their adoption.”.

Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I think the key point here is to note that not everything is designed to increase test scores. Unfortunately, ‘the vast array of literature involving learning technology evaluation makes it challenging to acquire an accurate sense of the different aspects of learning that are evaluated, and the possible approaches that can be used to evaluate them’ (Lai & Bower, 2019). Also aka 'design research', where proving something works is all that it takes) - what's wanted?

The Transformational Impact of Blockchain-based Supply Chains: Nine Real-World Use Cases

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain technologies promise to improve supply chains applications significantly by tracking the life cycle of its components and product; securely protecting the transactions and data moving through the supply chain; and increasing the speed and accuracy of commercial settlements.

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[liveblog] Bringing Silicon Valley to Government

David Weinberger

There’s a team at the VA and a Homeland Security working on immigration services. ” That’s very attractive to users, but it doesn’t tell them that that means a judge will be flown into their city in 2019. Nick: You’re engaging in user-centered design. Tim: You should all read The UK Digital Govt Design Principles. Nick: Engineering and Design programs should be working on these sorts of issues.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And, as he notes, ““There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use it[s]resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition.” 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. 2019).

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Day 3 - Forecasting the Future: Predicition Markets and MMOGs

Mark Oehlert

By playingthe game, you’ll help us chronicle the world of 2019--and imagine howwe might solve the problems well face. " The game doesnt start until September 22 but people have already started posting their visions for 2019 and while I read just a couple, Im immediately struck by the pessimistic view of the future that is present. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Flash and Silverlight Content becoming Searchable - Kinda.