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 Post-Pandemic Outlook for Technology, Jobs, and Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns and related global recession of 2020 have created a highly uncertain outlook for the labour market,” said the World Economic Forum (WEF) in The Future of Jobs Report 2020. Let me summarize the report’s key findings and recommendations.

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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.

questioning technology

Harold Jarche

Lothagam North pillar site is the earliest known monumental site in eastern Africa … built by the region’s first herders … and gives us solid evidence that these pastoralists did indeed follow a different trajectory of social change. Perhaps hierarchies are a ‘ technology ‘ we no longer need to organize as a society. Dr. Howard says roboticists and programmers need a data set that mirrors the US Census Report. The Luddites were not ‘anti-technology’.

AI Is Mostly About Business Value, Not Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, in a 2018 Harvard Business Review article he co-authored, Davenport advised companies to build their AI capabilities through the lens of business opportunities, rather than technology. Transformative technologies are prone to hype cycles , - remember the dot-com bubble.

New Mobile Report Out

Clark Quinn

I’m happy to report that the eLearning Guild has just released this year’s mobile learning research report I authored for them (after doing the same last year). similar free access to other coming research reports, Thought Leader Webinars, etc). I should admit that there’s a bias in the report, in that the membership of the Guild is largely (though not wholly) corporate, and again largely US based.

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The Changing Nature of the Liberal Arts in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Similarly, in a 2006 report , the National Academy of Engineering called for reforming engineering education. As the article argues, the clearest benefits of digital technologies to the humanities are speed and scale. What is meant by the liberal arts?

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The change is here

Clark Quinn

For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. Now we’re seeing the evidence that the change has arrived. Two recent reports highlight the awareness. Gallup released a report on The State of the American Workplace recently that talks about the lack of engagement at work. The Gallup report concludes with new behaviors for leaders and managers.

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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.

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Automation and the Changing Demand for Workforce Skills

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2015, the McKinsey Global Institute launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. In the intervening three years, the study has published a number of report on the subject. Based on an analysis of around 2,000 work activities across 800 different occupations, the report concluded that “fewer than 5 percent of occupations can be entirely automated using current technology.

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Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? Let me attempt to explore these questions based on relatively recent academic research in three key areas: gender-based behavioral differences; how to create smarter working groups; and the changing skills requirements in the digital economy.

Change in Education and What Needs to be Done

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Published as Change in Education and What Needs to be Done , 15 pages, 2020, Maysan Center for Future Studies. In recent months we as a global community have experienced a hard lesson about the nature of change. Either way, what we do today will change what happens tomorrow.

Workshop report

Dave Snowden

The vertical dimension was from rigid process to no process and the horizontal from high technology dependence to low. Now the whole idea here is to prevent premature convergence by changing the membership of the groups and the tasks on a regular basis. An all day workshop today as a build in to the ARK KM conference here. A good turn out, many people I know well plus some new people. We looked at the current situation surrounding KM.

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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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Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

History can be a useful guide to the future, especially when trying to predict the impact of disruptive changes on human organizations and cultures. I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future. The workshop was sponsored by UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI).

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. technology standards. We have all the technology, but we just aren’t demanding it yet. So it’s not a question of getting the campus to adopt technology, but so that it’s just easy. Most reported positive outcomes (95%).

Unlock your potential with Towards Maturity’s 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report

Jane Hart

Today, Towards Maturity released their 2016-17 Learning Benchmark Report: Unlocking Potential: Releasing the potential of the business and its people through learning. I was honoured to be asked to write the Foreword to this year’s, and I am reproducing it here in order to provide a taster of what you will find in the full report and encourage you to get hold of a copy for yourself and unlock your own potential!

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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.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

We know that the results of learning and development activities can only be determined by changes in behaviour (after all, at its heart that’s what ‘real learning’ is) and behaviour change needs to be measured in terms of what individuals, teams and organisations can do and are doing, that they couldn’t do previously, or what they’re doing better than before. But we need wider fundamental changes if we’re to do so at speed and scale. So, what are these fundamental changes?

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Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? Let me attempt to explore these questions based on relatively recent academic research in three key areas: gender-based behavioral differences; how to create smarter working groups; and the changing skills requirements in the digital economy.

[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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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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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?

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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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

lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

And since Watson is constantly trolling the Web, he would perhaps bring to my attention a case report published the previous night in a Swedish journal describing a new interaction between two of the drugs my patient is taking. Current speech recognition and natural language processing technologies are so good that I could give this description over the phone. Human doctors can’t possibly hold this much information in their heads, or keep up it as it changes over time.

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Capacity, Change, and Performance

George Siemens

Capacity, Change, and Performance (.pdf pdf here ) is a lengthy report (166 pages) from 2008. The report is focused on development agencies, but many of the concepts tackled apply well to corporations and education. The report is worth more of an analysis/critique than I have time for now, but I’d to draw attention to the chart on page 19-20 (of the pdf) addressing major distinctions between planning in traditional systems versus planning in complex adaptive systems.

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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. Organizational structures and cultural attitudes are not keeping up with changing realities. But, it all started to change over the past 20 - 25 years.

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Report from Denmark: Designing the new public library at Aarhus, and the People’s Lab

David Weinberger

Three and a half years ago, the Danes wrote a report on public libraries in the knowledge society, and went looking for partnerships, which is unusual for the Danes, says Knud. When they began, it was about kick-ass technology. Q: We’re seeing more random innovation in library spaces in this city, as opposed to your carefully planned and articulated change. (1) 4) We have generations of professionals, so just building new locations may not change things.

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Report: Digital Storytelling for Social Impact

Beth Kanter

Meanwhile, digital technology has changed the game. We’re far more connected to stories and information than we have ever been, yet the noise and ubiquity of the digital world makes it harder to surface and share personal stories of change and impact. We saw a larger number of reports and publications out there on the topic, but most felt stale and too isolated to the nonprofit sector. Could funders prioritize storytelling as a reporting and evaluation mechanism?

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”: .

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.

5 facets of employees’ increasing technology expectations

Trends in the Living Networks

I spoke about how the evolving intersection of technology and society is shaping employees’ expectations, particularly in the technology they can use. I wove a broader story about social change and its implications, though I briefly brought out five points on what employees expect from technology. When people go into organizations, they have extremely high expectations of the technology they are given to use. Social trends Technology trends Web 2.0

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?”

Everything You Need to Know About Social Business and Enterprise 2.0 in Three Short Reports

Andy McAfee

But the reports are still quite good. Enterprise Q&A is a technologically-facilitated way to achieve serendipity. Reports of our findings have just been released under the heading “ When Social Meets Business Real Work Gets Done.” ” The three reports are short, but dense with useful facts, conclusions, and recommendations. technologies to help Marketing and Sales integration is the least mature of our 3 use cases.

Report: Insights from the Google AI Impact Challenge

Beth Kanter

Partnerships with technology companies are driving AI4Good, providing their expertise, toolkits, and resources to work with nonprofits to integrate the use of AI. There are also research reports , events, fellowships, and bootcamps , and an annual AI4Good Global Summit. Google has just released a report called “ Accelerating Social Good with Artificial Intelligence, ” that offers insights gathered from all 2602 applications and includes an extensive taxonomy of AI4Good projects.

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. I refer to this wave of products and services as "Behavior Change as Value Proposition." But these highly personal solutions are exponentially enabled thanks to sensor technology.

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