Agency: privilege & complexity

Dave Snowden

The daily email from Gaping Void is saving me the effort of searching the internet for images before posting. So to start this journey, let me look at two issues, the moral question of privilege and the ontological question of complexity: Firstly to the morality of privilege.

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

Some 10 years ago now when I first became interested in how complexity science might be used in public administration there was a body of thinking but relatively few practical examples of applications. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?

“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.

The Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on. A firms is best viewed as a kind-of rather large and highly complex family.

Search Pidgin

David Weinberger

Search engines are easier because they have already trained us how to talk to them. We eventually learn that quoting a phrase searches for exactly that phrase. ’&# is way worse than “Moby-Dick harpoonist’ &# I have no idea what the curve of query sophistication looks like, but most of us have been trained to one degree or another by the search engines who are our masters and our betters.

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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. So is the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex, as is the case with systems biology and evolution. .

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Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? Not quite, say a number of recent studies. A good education should include soft as well as hard competencies.

Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. Do I know any more about search than I did ten days ago? You can narrow a search by date. Previously I approached Google searches much like looking something up in an encyclopedia or dictionary.

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PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

This is what you find on the first page of most searches for PKM : Personal knowledge management (PKM) is a collection of processes that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve, and share knowledge in his or her daily activities – Wikipedia.

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The search for a genetic killer

Mind Hacks

Something as simple as a DNA sequence cannot explain anything as complex as behaviour. The medical examiner for the Sandy Hook shooting has requested a genetic analysis of killer Adam Lanza.

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[liveblog][act-tiac] A federal portal in the age of search?

David Weinberger

“In a world where everyone can search and has apps, is a web portal relevant?,” Now people arrive through search. People are surprised when it’s complex. Someone has a general idea, but not informed enough to search. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about USA.gov. ” she asks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness.

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Searching for the off switch

Mind Hacks

The complex interplay between suicidal people in online chat rooms is discussed in an excellent edition of BBC Radio 4′s The Report which you can listen to online or download as a podcast.

Social Physics - Reinventing Analytics to Better Predict Human Behaviors

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They’ve enabled the construction of AI algorithms that can be trained with lots and lots of sample inputs, which are subsequently applied to complex problems like language translation, natural language processing, and playing championship-level Go.

In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

Home About Complexity Reading List Knowledge Management Reading List In Defense of Data Centrism John 0 comments Education System Dec 23 In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices.

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Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

must double the amount of research effort searching for new ideas every 13 years to offset the increased difficulty of finding new ideas.”. Complex Systems Economic Issues Future of Work Innovation Services Innovation Technology and Strategy

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.

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AI - the Creation of a Human-Centric Engineering Discipline

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Machine and deep learning are the latest examples of tools like the World Wide Web, search and analytics that are helping us cope with and take advantage of the huge amounts of information all around us. AI is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era.

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The Emergence of a Blockchain-Based Token Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its central argument is that for nearly four decades, the Internet has been great for reducing the costs of searching, collaborating, and exchanging information.

The Evolution of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.

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Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Powerful computers and intelligent algorithms are enabling us to make sense of all that data by searching for patterns and doing something with the results, including computer vision, natural-language processing, language translation, face recognition and digital assistants.

Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are a kind of friction incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right supply chain partners, establishing a trusted relationship, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.

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How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right partners and prices; coordinating an ecosystem of partners; negotiating, monitoring and enforcing contracts; and so on.

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Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s particularly effective when breakthrough thinking is required to address highly complex problems. An elegant solution resolves a complex set of activities with seeming simplicity, making the outcome natural and harmonious, rational and efficient.” .

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The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data is now being generated by just about everything and everybody around us, including the growing volume of online and offline transactions, web searches, social media interactions, billions of smart mobile devices and 10s of billions of smart IoT sensors.

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The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It gathered additional data through online surveys and partnered with Korn Ferry , - the world’s largest executive search firm, - which gave them access to data on almost 1,900 executives with a broad range of professional backgrounds. .

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collaborating with the enemy

Harold Jarche

In the case where the situation is complex and cannot be controlled (which is pretty well most human problem situations) Kahane recommends ‘stretch collaboration ‘ “The first stretch is to embrace conflicts and connection.” Books Complexity

Research Goes Asian

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Research Goes Asian by Kevin Wheeler on August 6, 2009 Fusionopolis- Singapore The future of scientific research is moving global, and especially toward Asia, in the search for talented, skilled people.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2000, only one-quarter of the world’s stored information was digital and thus subject to search and analysis. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Noticing some nice non-profit wiki work | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Your search box is now waaaay down on the left nav bar of your blog – I almost gave up looking for it. And it is a Technorati search, so I have to go to Technorati and THEN link back to your blog. Maybe consider putting in a Google or other direct search option?

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Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the pleasure of reading or watching something really good is to subsequently read the associated comments, which I often rely on to shed light on a particularly complex program and help me better understand its storyline, characters and what its creators might have been after.

The Emergence of a Blockchain-Based Token Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its central argument is that for nearly four decades, the Internet has been great for reducing the costs of searching, collaborating, and exchanging information. Cryptoassets : the idea that virtual currencies can be financialized into tradable assets. “Cryptoassets take cryptocurrency tokens, turn them into instruments of trading, and spin ever more complex financial instruments out of the threads they produce.

Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It has been great for reducing the costs of searching, collaborating, and exchanging information… Overall, the Internet has enabled many positive changes - for those with access to it - but it has serious limitations for business and economic activity.”.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): VisualComplexity.com: A Resource on the Visualization of Complex Networks

Mark Oehlert

His site, visualcomplexity.com is a great resource - a great compilation of a ton of resources related to visualizing complex networks.

Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, while our brains are incredibly efficient, they can’t keep up on their own with the huge volumes of information now coming at us from all sides as well as with the increasing complexity of so many human endeavors, - including medical diagnoses, financial advice or business strategies.

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The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These factors eventually led to significantly increased management complexities and costs. In the end, the IoT is expected to make the physical world every bit as easy to search, utilize and engage with as the virtual world.

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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But more important for the students, the various A-Lab projects served as a concrete learning experience on what data science is all about, - how to leverage messy, incomplete, real-world data to shed light on a complex and not-so-well-defined problem.

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Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Is it a return to centralized computing , driven by the rising complexities, management costs and energy inefficiencies of distributed systems? Ever since cloud computing first appeared in the IT world, people have struggled to define what it is and why it’s so important.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Jobs requiring expert problem solving and complex communications skills have significantly expanded, with the earnings of the college educated workers needed to fill such jobs rising steadily.

Lean Principles in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, this push economy is fading fast in our complex, integrated, fast changing world. Customers are taking advantage of all the information they can now access to search for the best possible values.

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The Coming Robotics Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a particularly serious problem when trying to use robots in the kind of general environment humans live in, as would be the case with transportation or search-and-rescue missions. .

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Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These include solving problems, comprehending complex ideas, reasoning and planing, learning quickly, adapting to new situations, and so on. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and Culture

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Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, and as is often the case when it comes to highly complex systems, I find myself turning to biology as a source of inspiration, in particular, to evolutionary biology. By the end of the Cambrian geological period, the diversity and complexity of life began to resemble that of today.