learning with complexity

Harold Jarche

Two technologies — machine learning , and the internet — are changing our understanding of the world by showing that we really cannot understand large scale complexity. “We don’t use these technologies because they are huge, connected, and complex. Complexity

Systems thinking & complexity

Dave Snowden

The pioneering work of Prigogine and others which gives us complexity theory happens in the middle of that century. It was a characteristic of that period of development that the complexity of system would be resolved by engineering design, often bottom up, or definition of specific outcomes.

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Complex knowledge

Harold Jarche

Last week I spent several hours each day, for four consecutive days, trying to share complex knowledge. I was reminded once again of how much time it takes to share complex (implicit) knowledge. complexity Learning Wirearchy

complexity and social learning

Harold Jarche

As we transition from a market to a network economy, complexity will increase due to our hyper-connectedness. Managing in complex adaptive systems means influencing possibilities rather than striving for predictability (good or best practices).

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the column, professor Frenkel discusses a very deep and important question: Is there such a thing as a true reality, or “is our belief in a definite, objective, observer-independent reality an illusion?”

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Perhaps the one definition everyone can agree to is one attributed to The Economist : a service is “anything sold in trade that cannot be dropped on your foot.”. By now, most will agree that cloud computing is a major transformational force in the world of IT.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization. A connected enterprise starts by building a foundation of trust, embracing networks, and then managing complexity.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In thinking about this question over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems. Not only does God definitely play dice, but He sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen. Big Data is one of the hottest topics out there.

“Complicated” vs. “Complex”

Martijn Linssen

The background: A gentleman who makes a living “reducing complexity” for IT systems keeps running into some of us on Twitter who study complexity. The ask: There is a group of complexity aficionados that criticize my use of the word “complexity.” ” In general, these are folks who are influenced by the Cynefin framework that considers complexity and complicated to be different attributes of a system. The Emergence of Complexity.

Richard Feynman On The Folly Of Crafting Precise Definitions - Bob.

Bob Sutton

Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Dont Bother If The Words Are Hollow » Richard Feynman On The Folly Of Crafting Precise Definitions.   When behavioral scientists started pushing for precise definitions of concepts like effectiveness and leadership, he would sometimes confuse them (even though Larry is a very precise thinker) by arguing "there is a negative relationship between precision and accuracy."   I agree that definitions are useful at times.

A guide to complexity and organizations

Harold Jarche

Via Jay Cross is this amazing synthesis – Organize for Complexity – of how complexity affects our work and the ways in which we can change our organizational structures to account for complexity, instead or adding more complication.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. PDL – Personal Directed Learning: from Clockwork & Predictable to Complexity & Surprising. In complex environments it no longer works to sit back and see what will happen.

PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

It is interesting to note that this definition comes from a study on manufacturing and artificial intelligence. It is in making sense of complexity. The idea is that ideas emerge in the complex domain and are then constrained to shift them into complicated.

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learning in complexity and chaos

Harold Jarche

But more of our challenges are complex and cannot be solved in a standard way — inequality, refugees, populism, racism. Whenever people are involved, within a global context of climate change, the situation is likely complex. We have to learn constantly in complexity.

The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World

Luis Suarez

We are our relations “ To then finish off with a short note on the impact of social technologies in today’s complex, more interconnected world than ever: . The task today is to understand what both social business and complexity mean.

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Inheriting a Complex World: Future Leaders Envision Sharing the Planet invited graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a Web-based survey between October 2009 and January 2010. They grew up in a complex world. Several weeks ago IBM released its 2010 Global CEO Study.

A Simple Definition of Knowledge?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to George Siemens's A Simple Definition of Knowledge. At its simplest, a neuron can be 'off' or 'on' (actual neurons have more complex states, of course). The traditional definition of knowledge is 'justified true belief'. There are many problems with that definition, but it does point to the fact that we think of 'knowledge' as being something broadly mental and propositional. It is currently pending approval over there.

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control. Not only do they have to deal with the complexities associated with large scale hardware and software infrastructures, but with the even more complex issues involved in human and organizational behaviors. . A few weeks ago, MIT professor Joseph Sussman addressed these issues in a lecture - Complex Sociotechnical Systems: The Case for a New Field of Study.

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Values, Trust and Reputation in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Both present and future leaders expect the business environment to grow significantly more complex over time. This is one of the main conclusions of two recent studies conducted by IBM, the 2010 Global CEO Study , and the companion student study, Inheriting a Complex World. They don’t even need a definition of complexity, since that is the only world they have ever known.

Trauma is more complex than we think

Mind Hacks

I’ve got an article in The Observer about how the official definition of trauma keeps changing and how the concept is discussed as if it were entirely intuitive and clear-cut, when it’s actually much more complex. I’ve become fascinated by how the concept of ‘trauma’ is used in public debate about mental health and the tension that arises between the clinical and rhetorical meanings of trauma.

This complex and tragic event supports my own view

Mind Hacks

Enraged by the inexplicable violence of this complex and multi-faceted attack, I promised the public I would use this opportunity to push my own pet theory of mass shootings. Several scientific papers in a complex and unsettled debate about this topic could be taken to support my position.

Why diverse viewpoints are critical in dealing with complexity

Ross Dawson

The September issue of Harvard Business Review focused on complexity, with several excellent articles. Mauboussin , the chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, whose investment approach is fundamentally based on understanding complexity. His answer to the last question in the interview was very interesting: What are some of the rules of thumb for getting yourself into the right mind-set to deal with complexity?

Definition of Social Learning from Wired for Culture by M. Pagel (further discussion)

Mark Oehlert

Currently reading this book and hit the following definition : "Social learning can be fiendishly difficult to define but has - when applied to humans-two important features that together make the entirety of our cultural achievements possible and effectively open up an unbridgeable gulf between ourselves and all other animals. I'd be curious to find case studies supporting this definition in the virtual learning world.

Definition of Social Learning from Wired for Culture by M. Pagel (further discussion)

Mark Oehlert

Currently reading this book and hit the following definition : "Social learning can be fiendishly difficult to define but has - when applied to humans-two important features that together make the entirety of our cultural achievements possible and effectively open up an unbridgeable gulf between ourselves and all other animals. I'd be curious to find case studies supporting this definition in the virtual learning world.

Conceptualizing AI in Human Terms is Misleading and Potentially Harmful

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a very good definition of general intelligence , - the kind of intelligence that’s long been measured in IQ tests, and that, for the foreseeable future, only humans have. Humans can learn such abstractions, both through explicit definition and more implicit means.

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learning in the flow of work

Harold Jarche

Complex work can provide a unique business advantage — but complex work is difficult to copy. Complex and creative work require greater implicit knowledge. Learning among ourselves is integral to complex and creative work. Complexity NetworkedLearning

Dealing with a Highly Unpredictable Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not only don’t we have definitive answers, we don’t even know how to best frame these critical questions. But that’s all been changing in our complex economy and society. Everything else being equal, it’s our preferred way of absorbing complex information.

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observation > narration > curation

Harold Jarche

Curation of learning resources and improving access to people and resources are definitely things that the learning and development department can and should do. In complexity we should make small continuous probes, make sense as we do them, and develop emergent practices as we work.

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Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Semantic Web - a tech fix.

Martijn Linssen

In a then following Twitter conversation with Peter Evans Greenwood , it became clear that we could "dance around" the definition of semantic itself - so how could we ever achieve a Semantic Web? It is its size and dynamics that makes it so complex. Business or Pleasure? -

Reflections from Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute: New Skills for a Complex World

Beth Kanter

Let’s start with a definition first.

Deep Learning: Is it Approaching a Wall?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Deep learning methods are particularly valuable in extracting patterns from complex, unstructured data, including audio, speech, images and video. Humans can learn such abstractions, both through explicit definition and more implicit means.

AI and our Social Interactions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI, almost by definition, is all about “the promise of efficiency without vulnerability - or, increasingly, about the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. The opposite of easy is also evoked by words such as complex , involved , and demanding.”.

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AI and the Evolution of History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we ensure that our increasingly complex AI systems do what we want them to do ? We’re all familiar with software bugs, especially bugs in highly complex software, which is the case with AI systems.

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Free-Market, Free-Trade Capitalism at a Crossroads

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

he asked. “The standard definition seems to take reliance on markets for economic transactions as a necessary qualification for an economy to be seen as capitalist. The global economy has undergone considerable change over the past few decades. Results have been mixed.

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Harnessing the Collective Intelligence of Humans and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a very good definition of general intelligence , - the ability to effectively address a wide range of goals in different environments. Malone and his collaborators wondered if a similar definition of intelligence could apply to groups of people.

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learning pulse

Xyleme

Home > Industry Talk > Learning Pulse Learning Pulse May 27th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Tony Karrer is blogging about the term “meta-learning” and its definition as it was used in the article “ Become a chief meta-learning officer ” by Jay Cross and Clark Quinn. Harold Jarche is exploring the challenges of training in complex environments. “In In complex environments, only emergent practices are effective, as backward-looking “good practices” are inadequate”.

Charles Schulz Museum

Jay Cross

The museum, ice rink, and gallery are a very pleasant complex. I’ll definitely take my son here. Latest Hip Hop Music September 23, 2009 at 8:50 am As a huge Charlie Brown fan, I definitely have to visit this museum sometime in my lifetime.

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Charles Schulz Museum

Jay Cross

The museum, ice rink, and gallery are a very pleasant complex. I’ll definitely take my son here. Latest Hip Hop Music September 23, 2009 at 8:50 am As a huge Charlie Brown fan, I definitely have to visit this museum sometime in my lifetime.

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The New, Interdisciplinary, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There were talks on the applications of AI to diagnose and treat cancer and other diseases, to advance energy efficiency, and to help us understand our highly complex financial ecosystem. A few months ago, MIT president Rafael Reif announced the launch of the Stephen A.

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Despite Their Huge Upside Potential, Why Do Most Platforms Fail?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

From its inception about sixty years ago, there has never been a precisely, universally accepted definition of AI. As human-computer chess matches no longer attract much interest, the AI frontier has moved to games considerably more complex than chess.

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Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Summit explored many good ideas , but there were no definitive answers. High skill, high wage : These jobs generally require the kinds of expert problem solving and complex communications skills typically seen in managerial, professional and technical occupations.

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The human brain may well be one of the most complex structures in the universe. The answer is a definite yes. To help us address increasingly complex problems, the bulk of modern work , - in technology as well as most other fields, - is more and more team-based.