How to Survive and Thrive in a World of Disruption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Why have so many companies been done in by disruptive technological and market changes? Agile software development is based on the early availability of experimental prototypes, user feedback, continuous improvements, and rapid responses to technology, market and user requirements.

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The 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Summary of the presentation The 2019 National Survey of Online Learning in Canadian Post-secondary Education: Preliminary Results and Implications. Beyond LMS technologies (which the vast majority of institutions use), video technologies have become quite popular. Mobile technology and sociia also remain a major part of the tech used. where it's the large institutions that are growing - we're not seeing that pattern here).

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from enlightenment to entanglement

Harold Jarche

We have to figure this out together, outside the ‘system’ About 500 years ago a new communications technology came along and changed the face of Europe — print. Print was the most recent communications technology to shift society. Technology

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Beyond Machine Learning: Capturing Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial intelligence is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. AI technologies are approaching or surpassing human levels of performance in vision, speech recognition, language translation, and other human domains. Deep learning is a powerful statistical technique for classifying patterns using large training data sets and multi-layer AI neural networks. Why are there such universal human activity patterns?

The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The past 10-15 years have seen a number of technology advances, from smartphones to machine learning. Yet others argue that there have always been time lags between technology advances and their impact on economic growth. While technologies may advance rapidly, humans and institutions change slowly. And, the more transformative the technologies, - as is currently the case, - the longer it takes for their impact to be felt across economies and societies.

The Current State of AI Adoption

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the past few years, the necessary ingredients have finally come together to propel AI beyond early adopters to a broader marketplace: powerful, inexpensive computer technologies; advanced algorithms; and huge amounts of data on almost any subject. Newspapers and magazines are full of articles about the latest advances in machine learning and related AI technologies. Business and technology leaders must work quickly to establish key AI enablers.

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? The most important forces responsible for the change are technological progress and capitalism. In particular, we got better at combining technological progress with capitalism to satisfy human wants and needs.”. Similar patterns are seen in other rich countries.”.

Thinking about design ‘thinking’

Dave Snowden

By distributed I mean using multiple, cognitively, behaviourally and culturally diverse groups working independently of each other (wisdom of crowds) to reduce bias and pattern entrainment as well as to increase the possibility of outlier identification and novelty. . This is useful in situations where people do not know what (to take one example) technology is capable of so they don’t know what to ask for.

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Harold Jarche

The challenge in developing what Lene Rachel Andersen calls ‘ metamodernity ‘ is in taking the positive aspects of previous human cultures in order to create a global culture that can deal with the complexity of technology, climate emergency, and evolving political situations. Philosophic — the discovery of principles which underlie patterns and limits found in data; ordering knowledge into coherent general schemes. Modern — fanaticism and weaponized technology.

connected thinking

Harold Jarche

” —Toni Morrison (2019) T he Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations. Technology often lacks a moral compass. The humanities lack an understanding of technology. They see patterns before others do, as Kenneth Mikkelsen notes in his own experience that neo-generalists, “ live on the edge of the future and detect signals early on by accessing a wide variety of people, ideas, and information.”

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Educational Research in Learning Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Kerr in this recent post , about how research in educational technology could be improved, but I have disagreements around the edges, enough that I think more discussion is warranted. Here are just a few: - access - it is demonstrably true that educational technology has increased access.

What is Digital Literacy?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

By 'the digital context' we mean the multimedia and inter-networked context enabled by digital technology. These include pattern recognition, semantics, context-awareness, use or application, explanation and inference, and change. So (for example) I can see patterns others don't see, express myself in interesting ways, be able to predict events, etc. Short response to a questionnaire.

media and massages

Harold Jarche

The technological extension of our minds and brains by chips and nets has granted great power to billions of people, but even in the early years of always-on, it is clear to even technology enthusiasts like me that this power will certainly mislead, mesmerize and distract those who haven’t learned – were never taught – how to exert some degree of mental control over our use of laptop, handheld, earbudded media.

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer Contact North | Contact Nord These are summary notes of the talk, taken by me, “I’m here because I’m old….

Infomediaries - A Significant Untapped Opportunity

Edge Perspectives

Second, digital technology was making it far easier to capture and share information about ourselves. The good news is that digital technology is making the cost of providing infomediary services less and less expensive, so the infomediary can provide a rich set of services at a very low price. One element that is worth emphasizing is the growing ability of digital technology to capture information about ourselves even when we’re not on the Internet.

Artificial Intelligence for Good: A Few Good Articles To Read #AI4Good

Beth Kanter

Now, we entering a new digital era which includes emerging technologies like AI. ” He is reminding of us of shiny object syndrome and to be skeptical of technology in search of solutions. The author, Eirini Maliaraki, an interaction designer, argues for more precise definition of the emerging field “AI for Good,” with a focus on outcomes, not the technology.

Will Artificial Intelligence Augment Nonprofit Staff or Replace?

Beth Kanter

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, bots, and other automation technologies offer many benefits to nonprofit professionals because it can perform basic and mundane tasks. AI technologies will enable time shifting to more human-centered tasks through using a combined machine/human approach. First, the AI assistant develops and applies algorithms to ingest, clean, enrich and then searches through large amounts of data in order to recognize patterns and make recommendations.

#AI4Good: What Your Nonprofit Needs To Know About AI

Beth Kanter

Are you trying to get up to speed on AI and other emerging technologies and how they might impact your work? The program is a new global initiative to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and data science to solve humanitarian issues, advance global sustainability, and amplify human capacity with these new technologies.

learning in complexity and chaos

Harold Jarche

While all levels of complexity exist in our world, more and more of our work deals with real complex problems — in which the relationship between cause and effect can only be perceived in retrospect — whether they be social, technological, or economic. Innovation comes from people, not technology. It’s not Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, nor is it STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, & Medicine).

Your Art, My Art

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Image from The New Yorker cartoon by Peter Steiner, 1993, Fair use , Link The New York Times managed to get through 25 works of art for the last 50 years without one mention of the internet or digital technology. As such, JenniCam set the stage for conversations regarding the relationship of technology and gender." But more, the design of the cathedral also represents an attempt to find that fine point of balance where the creations of humanity mirror the patterns of nature.

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The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Technology Trifecta. Three technologies make the Hype Machine possible by transforming how information is produced and consumed: digital social networks, machine intelligence, and smartphones.

About face

Doc Searls

” It’s opt-in: “ The technology relies on a method of “self-exclusion,” whereby compulsive gamblers volunteer in advance to have their photos banked in the system’s database, in case they ever get the urge to try their luck at a casino again. A predictable pattern for every new technology is that what can be done will be done—until we see how it goes wrong and try to stop doing tha t. We can know more than we can tell.

What History Tells Us About the Accelerating AI Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks before our lives were turned upside down by Covid-19, I read Technology at Work v4.0 , the fourth report in the Technology at Work Series developed by Citigroup in collaboration with Oxford University. 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. Computers followed a similar pattern.

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. What if we really inhabit an era in which repetition is more the norm than invention; in which new developments in science and technology consistently undercover; in which we’re comfortably aging, “no longer optimistic about the future… [while] growing old unhappily together.” What if “Our civilization has entered into decadence.”.

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.

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Culture 6 of 7: Adjustments

Dave Snowden

I’ll be writing a lot on this subject over 2019 and it is the final missing piece that I needed to get the book done. The infrastructure that supports extreme sports involves training, peer group interaction, technology developments and apprentice type practices that cannot be designed but only understood with the benefit of hindsight. The Wall is a type of scaffolding, it can halt cavalry if defended but the patterns are interesting.

Ethical Codes and Learning Analytics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Keywords: Learning analytics, ethical codes, learning technology, education, research ethics Introduction What distinguishes ethical codes from other forms of ethics generally is that while they may assign duties and responsibilities, these are assumed voluntarily by virtue of being a member of the profession. Modern analytics is based mostly in machine learning and neural networks, and these in turn provide algorithms for pattern recognition, regression, and clustering. 2019).

Workplace Learning Professionals Next Job - Management Consultant

Tony Karrer

Sensing patterns and helping to develop emergent work and learning practices. In 2019: A workplace learning odyssey Performance support will be built into the workflow and take the form of online tools, networks and coaching. These will be the individuals who focus on performance, who get informal/pull learning, and who take the lead on understanding the role of technology.

Long Live?

Tony Karrer

Although it sounds exciting at first, and certainly appeals to the emotions, several practical issues—all of which are ignored by the contributors to the ASTD 2019 discussion—limit the likelihood that organizations would primarily rely on informal learning. It helps share effective patterns. eLearning Technology. Just got through reading - Long Live Instructor-Led Learning - by Saul Carliner, who is a person I know, like and respect. Wow, did he step in it on this one.