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.

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.

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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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.

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.”.

“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.

Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Over time, sophisticated applications were developed to help manage more complex operations, including enterprise resource planning , customer relationship management and human resources.

The Future of Financial Services

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data is now being generated by just about everything and everybody around us, including not only the growing volume of online and offline transactions, but also web searches, social media interactions, billions of smart mobile devices and 10s of billions of IoT smart sensors. .

Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I usually tell people that the development of digital money ecosystems is such a complex undertaking that it’s best, at least for now, to stick to traditional currencies, e.g., $, £, €, ¥,?,

Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most people think that big data is about what people do online, like posts on Facebook or searches on Google. We have generally been studying complex systems in terms of averages, probability distributions and expected values.

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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.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Public safety and security. “One of the more successful uses of AI analytics is in detecting white collar crime, such as credit card fraud.

New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It will be complex, develop hitherto unforeseen forms, and will have to respond to unforeseen challenges. On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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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.

The Nature of the Firm in the Digital Economy

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.

Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Geoffrey West , a physicist formerly at Los Alamos National Lab and now at the Santa Fe Institute , has analyzed the impact of scaling in complex systems including cities. To cope with these problems, cities require a larger police force to control crime, a bigger transportation infrastructure to relieve congestion, and more government services and regulations to manage an increasingly complex city. .

Shaping the Future of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As is the case with any complex system, the Internet’s design has been the result of many different choices. As a result, there’s no one overall owner responsible for security , - arguably the biggest challenge facing the Internet.

Pseudorandom Thoughts on Privacy, Security and Trust

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Contributing factors include expanding networks, growing e-commerce, complex software, greater pressure to reduce time to market, and the ubiquity of computers. For example, Google's code search. A system is only as secure as its weakest point. Feynman also got involved in safe-cracking - he would try to find patterns in the security. From a security implementor's point of view - stupid defenses only keep out stupid attackers. Security is not convenient.

Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of the CIO

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s getting more complex because it’s proliferating. Enterprises then started to consolidate most of these departmental servers into a few large centralized data centers that were easier to manage and secure. Who is ultimately responsible for the security of the data in question?

Open, Collaborative Trust Frameworks

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For example, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) was launched by the White House earlier this year to enable “Individuals and organizations [to] utilize secure, efficient, easy-to-use, and interoperable identity solutions to access online services in a manner that promotes confidence, privacy, choice, and innovation.” Our Web searches and sites visited, including our likes and dislikes and purchase histories.

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The government offers them all kinds of welfare, but because they lack an identity, they struggle to lay hands on what they have been promised.” “For the poor, having a secure online identity alters their relationship with the modern world. Our Web searches and sites visited, including our likes and dislikes and purchase histories. End users benefit from free, personalised consumer experiences such as Internet search, social networking or buying recommendations.” “And

Information, Money and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The government offers them all kinds of welfare, but because they lack an identity, they struggle to lay hands on what they have been promised.” “For the poor, having a secure online identity alters their relationship with the modern world. Thus, to be effective, universal digital money has to be accompanied by major innovations to securely identify individuals as they conduct transactions through their mobile devices.

Digital Common Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The structural deficiencies of existing online systems are spurring the search for better, more practical approaches to governance, law and policymaking in an age of open networks.”. “The ultimate goal is to develop a new network architecture for personal data that will enable new forms of trusted governance, commercial transactions, and social relationships. The ability to evolve and adapt makes it particularly suitable to a fast changing, highly complex society like ours. .

Why Do Firms Exist?

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 firm will keep expanding and adding people as long as doing so is less expensive than securing the additional services in the marketplace. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

More Reflections on SharePoint and Picking Technology | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

It is my understanding from my daughter’s ITS officer that SP is the ITS’s dream, especially if security is a factor. The inherent linearity and security of SP may have specific value in the context you noted.

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

Doc Searls

“A digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. It has the potential to vastly reduce the cost and complexity of getting things done in the real world.”

The Big Shift in Influence

John Hagel

  Sure, there are still some who are looking for reassurance and security. We’d want to encourage much more of a mesh network where there’s a rich and complex set of relationships connecting all participants with each other. We’ll be far more successful in extending our influence if we create environments that encourage all participants to connect with each other and provide the mechanisms to facilitate both systematic search and unplanned serendipity.

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.

Some new ways to look at infrastructure

Doc Searls

Infrastructures shape complex systems of human activity, including economic, cultural, and political systems. Nothing challenges our understanding of infrastructure better than a crisis, and we have a big one now in Houston. We do with every giant storm, of course.

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The US Constitution: A Pantheon of (Sometimes Conflicting) Values

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Constitution has a good share of deliberately open-ended guarantees, like rights to due process of law, equal protection of the law, and freedom from unreasonable searches. But those are not the complex systems problems that baffle us. It is not surprising that Justice Souter’s argument – “constitutional judging is not a mere combination of fair reading and simple facts” – brings to mind the unpredictability of complex systems.

Becoming MOOC

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A student who cannot navigate complex websites, search for and assess resources, or make new friends through a social network may have difficulty navigating through a cMOOC. Constructivist principles acknowledge that real-life learning is messy and complex. The web literacy standard covers every part of web literacy-from learning basic coding skills to taking action around privacy and security." There are two types of MOOCs.

How the Internet May Evolve

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And we know that with enough data analytics can outperform humans even in complex tasks. Health care providers - health care is a significant and growing expense not because people are becoming less healthy (in fact, society-wide, the opposite is true) but because of the significant overhead required to support increasingly complex systems, including prescriptions, insurance, facilities, and more.

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 3-7, 2012 Computer Security Applications Conference , 28 th , annual, Orlando, Florida, USA. link] December 10-12, 2012 International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST-2011), 7 th , London, UK. Clayton R.

The importance of faculty in the higher education experience

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In Canada, for example, the process of ‘articulation’ remains a challenge; moving course credits from one institution to another is complex, and there are limits to what you can transfer. There are multinational initiatives like the Bologna process, though are complex and difficult. This is a type of encryption that is used to secure digital currencies. While financial transactions can be secured, so can non-financial transactions, such as the awarding of badges and degrees.

The 2016 Look at the Future of Online Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Serious games will move through various phases, from simple memorization games (such as versions of Jeopardy ) to simply branching storyline games to more complex gaming environments intended to stimulate deep knowledge and causal reasoning. We've been through this with learning objects, with learning design, and more: the problem of learning is not a search problem. Institutions are Complex and Competitive The writer means more complex and more competitive.

Some Early Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

His column looked at the way a number of disparate elements quickly came together to address the very complex problem at hand: identify and find those responsible for the bombing as quickly as possible. Complex Systems Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture

Seven Ways to Make Sure Your Blog Gets Noticed

Beth Kanter

and Bryan Hurt, the filmmaker of Soul Food Junkies , who discussed the complex history of soul food and how our food choices and lack of access to healthy foods are making us an unhealthy people. Lesson #7: Continue to search for opportunities to promote your blog post.

In for a penny, in for a pound

Harold Jarche

NATO general says more training will be on unclassified web: [Lieutenant General Karlheinz Viereck] is convinced of the need for radical change in training to enable NATO to meet the challenge of a new security environment. Search is now officially DEAD. Google dissolves Search Group Internally, Now Called “Knowledge&# – via @4KM. Advertising, Commerce & Local, Mobile (Android), Social, Chrome, YouTube and Search.

Beyond Assessment ? Recognizing Achievement in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This talk is basically what he said, except he said it in the French way with complex theories, while I''m going to give it in the prickly, analytical, English kind of Canadian, dry presentation. A language is something much more dynamic, much more behavioral and complex ?? The complexities matter." It''s a complex, messy ?? You look and you search and you search. Incredibly complex process, but easy to do.

The Open Road

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It would still be a complex process, of course. Road-builders would have to secure easements and concessions from landowners, assemble road-building technology and staff, and of course put asphalt on the ground. I went to the Internet Archive, and using their search engine.