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AI Technologies Are Fundamentally Changing How Work Gets Done

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After decades of promise and hype, artificial intelligence is finally becoming one of the most important technologies of our era. AI technologies, like machine learning, are clearly having a major impact on the very nature of work. Let me summarize each of these changes.

The Productivity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Economic growth has two main components, productivity growth and the growth of the labor force. I ncreasing productivity is thus more crucial than ever to promote economic growth. But, in the US and other advanced economies, productivity growth has significantly slowed down over the past few decades. From 1987 to 2004 US labor productivity grew at a 2.1% Since 2011, the productivity rate has further declined to 0.6%. . US labor productivity grew at only 1.5%

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AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

The Productivity Paradox: Digital Abundance and Scarce Genius

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Despite the relentless advances of digital technologies, productivity growth has been declining over the past decade. Some contend, - most prominently Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon , - that over the past few decades there’s been a fundamental decline in innovation and productivity. Demographic change , namely, the declining population and labor force growth around the world, is another potential cause for slow economic growth.

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. Also, while Kerr is more focused on artificial intelligence in education (AIEd) research, I will address my remarks to learning technology more generally. Here are just a few: - access - it is demonstrably true that educational technology has increased access.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, at the same time, productivity growth has significantly declined over the past decade, and income has continued to stagnate for the majority of Americans. This puzzling contradiction is addressed in Artificial Intelligences and the Modern Productivity Paradox , a working paper recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Economists have proposed competing explanations for declining productivity growth and so far have failed to reach a consensus.” .

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. One such discussion took place this past September at the The World Summit on Technological Unemployment in New York. I moderated a panel on Technology and the Future of Work, where MIT economist David Autor and NY Times reporter John Markoff talked about their most recent work.

The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects,” is the title of the lead article in a comprehensive review of the Internet of Things (IoT) in a r ecent issue of The Economist. Like many technological advances, IoT has been long in coming. IoT promises to bring many benefits, including a whole new generation of innovative products. IoT has been ushering a whole new class of smart connected products.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The list is compiled by the WEF Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies , a panel of global experts led by Dr. Bernard Meyerson , - IBM Fellow and Chief Innovation Officer. The technologies on the list are not new.

Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? Its findings were recently published in The CEO Report: Embracing the Paradoxes of Leadership and the Power of Doubt. The key challenge confronting CEOs, - and senior executives in general, - is the relentless pace of change. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one. Is the change evolutionary or revolutionary in nature?

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Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. This question was explored in Industries in Transformation , a series of reports developed by Ericsson in collaboration with the Imperial College Business School and the UK’s Sustainable Society Network. Several weeks ago I wrote about The Future of Financial Services , based on their report on the subject.

The Challenges of Automation in a Fast Changing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technological innovation should be embraced,” notes Automation and a Changing Economy , a recently published report by The Aspen Institute. “Automation has been a largely positive economic and social force, and looking forward, automation will be necessary to feed, house, and raise the living standards of a growing and aging population.” . Let me summarize the key conclusions and recommendations in each of the report’s two sections.

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Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Take that base scaffolding and then wrap a learning community around it, based on great teaching, great technology, and the power it provides. I see that technology today, in pockets. We could develop courses by ourselves pre-technology. So - how do we drive down the cost of content production, and how do we make sharing easier. technology standards. We have all the technology, but we just aren’t demanding it yet. Most reported positive outcomes (95%).

Game-Changing Basic Research: Benefits and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation Deficit , - a report on both the long term benefits of basic research and the impact on those benefits of declining federal investments. The first two reflected 10-year, European-led efforts; the second two are Chinese accomplishments, reflecting that nation’s emergence as a science and technology power. Their job was to push the frontiers of knowledge by conducting basic research which would hopefully lead to exciting new technologies and ideas.

Human Capital and the Changing Nature of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But on balance, such fears appear to be unfounded, noted the World Bank in a comprehensive recent report on The Changing Nature of Work. That’s a mistake, because neglecting investments in human capital can dramatically weaken a country’s competitiveness in a rapidly changing world, one in which economies need ever-increasing amounts of talent to sustain growth.” . How is the Nature of Work Changing? Technology is reshaping the skills needed for work.

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[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group.

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Measuring the Forces of Long Term Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore described what became known as Moore’s Law in a 1965 paper where he observed that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention in 1958, and predicted that the trend would continue for at least ten years, a prediction he subsequently changed to a doubling every two years. But, how can we quantify this revolution beyond its technological foundations? One of the report's key findings is this baffling paradox.

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Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. But third, and perhaps most critically, you don't actually get any improvements in output using the technological solution. It is in this context we need to read an article like Kentaro Toyama's Can Technology End Poverty?

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. We also find these technologies are giving students with special needs a new voice, and to connect with their teachers and classmates. So, we see this huge growth in technology.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Research - 2012-2014 - already indicators - web-based email increasing vs in-house email (38% - 56%) - cloud-based productivity software increasing 27-46% SWOT (Helpful / Harmful, Internal / External) S - removed fixed cost of laptops and servicing, gave parents a choice to purchase better device W - how to help teachers deal with these disruptive devices (eg. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Using technology to find more (vs.

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the intense competitive pressures they face, US companies have reduced their investments in fundamental science and technology research. Science and technology can be a great help in addressing these problems, but they require a high degree of collaboration involving experts from different disciplines. Establishing productive collaborations between academia and industry has been difficult. But, it all started to change over the past 20 - 25 years.

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Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Much has been written about our digital technology revolution and its impact on economies, societies and individuals. But few have brought the kind of historical perspective to the subject that helps us better understand our turbulent times like scholar and consultant Carlota Perez in her 2002 book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages and related publications. The now well accepted technologies become the norm.

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published a very good report - The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation. Along with the Economist Intelligence Unit , the IBM study surveyed 572 business and technology executives around the world to learn how organizations use cloud today and how they plan to use it in the future. According to the report “cloud empowers six potentially game changing business enablers”: .

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. The report was based on the responses of nearly 1,900 experts to a few open-ended questions, including “Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025?”

Your product may no longer be your product

Harold Jarche

The internet is changing a lot of business models. Janet Clarey talks about the changes that have happened to her work as a researcher/analyst: Now, I seem to work with hundreds [of people] and that brings me to a conflict I’ve had for the better part of a year: sharing. But research is our product. I would surmise that ten years ago it was easier to sell a research report than it is now. Tags: Technology Work

The True Value of a Good Education: Adaptability to a Changing Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In his 1945 seminal report, Science The Endless Frontier , presidential science advisor Vannevar Bush laid out the blueprint for R&D in post-war America: “New knowledge can be obtained only through basic scientific research” conducted in universities and research labs, which is then applied to develop new products by the private sector and new and improved weapons by the defense sector.

Bridging the World’s Knowledge Divide: Technology + Competition, Skills and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This year’s event was focused on the impact of digital technologies on economic development in emerging and developing countries. It was organized around six different sessions , each of which explored the links between technology and development through a different lens. . I would now like to discuss another brief which I found quite interesting, - Will the Spread of Digital Technologies Spell the End of the Knowledge Divide? ,

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Behavior Change as Value Proposition

Adaptive Path

There's a lot of academic research around the areas of persuasive technology and design for behavior change. It's getting more exposure as technology has allowed products and services to have an increasingly pervasive role in people's lives. How do we recognize these products in the wild? And what has caused the tipping point for the growth of these products and services? Data, Feedback, and Smart Products. These are "dumb products."

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Leveraging Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Government Productivity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On October 6, the Technology CEO Council released its report One Trillion Reasons: How Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Productivity Can Save Taxpayer Money and Enhance Government Services. The report identifes a set of recommendations aimed at reducing US government spending by one trillion dollars over the next decade. Both operate in increasingly fast-changing environments, which are subject to more frequent, serious and unpredictable problems.

The Link Between BYOD and Increased Productivity

TOPYX LMS

Of all the trends in technology today, BYOD, short for “bring your own device,” is among the most popular. A BYOD policy also makes it easy for employees to access corporate data and online training materials, which can increase productivity. Of all the benefits listed here, increased productivity usually pleases company leaders most. Some organizations choose to implement BYOD solely for the purpose of augmenting productivity.

Driving Productivity Might Revolutionize HR or Kill It

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Driving Productivity Might Revolutionize HR or Kill It by Kevin Wheeler on March 10, 2010 How different is what you do today from five years ago? Have you invested in systems, technology and process improvements to lower costs and improve the speed to hire, develop, retain or engage your employees? Then, around 1995 everything changed.

70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent

Charles Jennings

“Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” People aren’t hired to learn, they’re hired to increase productivity or capability. There are productivity expectations and organizational needs to be met.” We learn through watching others who ‘know how to do’ (who of us hasn’t stood and looked over someone’s shoulder recently to see how they were operating a ticket machine or some other piece of technology?)

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Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On November 18, the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future released its final report , The Work of the Future: Building Better Jobs in an Age of Intelligent Machines. An interim report was released in September, 2019. The Task Force comprehensive report covers a lot of ground.

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How Covid Is Reordering the Global Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The covid-19 pandemic will accelerate change in the world economy,” says The Economist. Let me discuss the three key areas where The Economist expects long-lasting changes: globalization, digitization and inequality. The technology allowing it is not new.”.

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To Really Drive Enterprise 2.0 Forward We Need A Behaviour Change

Dan Pontefract

A joint effort of Capgemini Consulting and the MIT Center for Digital Business resulted in a wonderful report recently published entitled, “ Digital Transformation: A Road-Map for Billion-Dollar Organizations ”. One key line struck me: Whether using new or traditional technologies, the key to digital transformation is re-envisioning and driving change in how the company operates. That’s a management and people challenge, not just a technology one.

Rescuing The Reporters ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

A Speculative Post on the Idea of Algorithmic Authority » Rescuing The Reporters. During the talk, I ran through various strategies for funding local reporting, including an idea I first saw articulated by Steve Coll that reporters should become employees of non-profit entities. The AP provided most of that days news, and the cost of running a wire story is tiny compared to employing a beat reporter.). Locally reported news? Rescuing The Reporters. [.].

Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the end of January I gave a half-day seminar at MIT on Technology, Leadership and Innovation in the Service Economy. For a while now, I have been thinking about how technology and innovation can best be applied to services. My interest in technology-based services innovation was heightened last summer when I read an excellent report, Hidden Wealth: the contribution of science to service innovation , based upon a study sponsored by the UK Royal Society.

A cool new (free!) productivity tool | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

Pink is the author of four provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work. Personal Productivity (14). Technology (7). productivity tool At the heart of most organizations is a disconnect. It’s not a magic elixir for anybody’s productivity woes. Browse Similar Posts: Motivation , Personal Productivity , Tools. This is a great tool, productivity tracking = awesome! Another great, free productivity tool that I use is todoist.com.

Transmedia — Making Change Across Mediums

Beth Kanter

Transmedia – Making Change Across Mediums by Danny Alpert, Executive Director, Kindling Group and Executive Producer, See3 Communications. I became a documentary filmmaker to tell meaningful stories that explore social issues and inspire change. Just like Mark, @home is moving beyond the old models of documentary film, using social media, web video, and a smartphone “game for change” to to spark a conversation about homelessness, and how we can solve it.

The Impact on Government of the Structural Changes in 21st Century Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone agrees that economies and societies around the world are going through structural changes of a historical nature , driven by a number of powerful forces including digital technologies and globalization. Over the past two decades, companies, especially large, global companies, have been going through major transformations to help them adapt to these structural changes.

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NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. The Leading Change Summit was drastically different from the Nonprofit Technology Conference, NTEN’s flagship event that has over 2,000 attendees, dozens of tracks and hundreds of panels, big parties, a trade show, and all the things you would expect from a traditional conference. Photo by Trav Williams.

Why Business Transformation Efforts Often Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was thus important to analyze what distinguished successful corporate changes. “The most general lesson to be learned from the more successful cases is that the change process goes through a series of phases that, in total, usually require a considerable length of time.

The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the publication of its first report in 2009, I’ve closely followed the Shift Index initiative of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. The initiative, co-led by John Hagel and John Seely Brown , is an attempt to quantify what Deloitte calls The Big Shift , the long term transformations in the global business environment over the past several decades, brought about by the rapid advances in digital technologies as well as major changes in public policy. .