MARCH 29, 2017
The short story is that the initial approach being taken weren’t leveraging technology effectively. The ultimate cost was reduced far more than the cost to implement this extra step. The eye-opener for me was the fact that the approach initially taken wasn’t leveraging technology. Of course, that’s the point of the revolution , getting smarter about aligning technology with how our brains think, work, and learn.
The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
AUGUST 16, 2016
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 technologies on the list are not new.
Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers.
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
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.
Low-Cost Test and Quiz Tool Comparison
AUGUST 31, 2010
I’ve recently been working with Sameer Bhatia the CEO of ProProfs as I was going through an evaluation of various online tools that support easy, fast, low-cost testing and quiz tools. Evaluation Criteria For the specific need I was looking at, I was looking for the following out of a solution: Cost : Is the tool free or very-low cost to use? Question Types/Methods : Does the tool offer the ability to create a rich testing experience by offering various question types?
Questions from students at Vancouver Island University
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
I received a flurry of questions on some articles on my website yesterday, questions from students at Vancouver Island University. So the question is, in all four scenarios, not how we can eliminate competition and foster an attitude of collaboration, but rather, what degree of competition is appropriate in such scenarios, and how does the practice of sharing resources reconcile with that degree of competition. So that's my first reaction to the question.
Managing Multiple Learning Managment Systems - The High Cost of Choice
JUNE 25, 2013
High maintenance costs: Standish goes on to report that annual maintenance cost can run as high as 40% of total project cost with high risk of overrun due to lack of experience and best practice approach.
A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
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 expert’s responses to this question where divided down the middle. .
Foradian Technologies Interview
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
Questions 1. I specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). The existing system is based on the idea of attending college and university, at significant expense and opportunity cost. How technology help in improving the teaching practices?
Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”
APRIL 10, 2017
Much has been written about our digital technology revolution and its impact on economies, societies and individuals. Our present age of information and communication technologies (ICT), whose starting point she pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution.
Czech Course Followup Questions
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 18, 2011
I was asked the following questions after my presentation to CZ Course RVP_VT21 yesterday: (Elements of Coop.) Over time this sort of perception will be aided with technology, just as we are aided in visual recognition by glasses and telescopes and video monitors. Finally, the question addresses the idea of a purpose of being to 'win some recognition'. The question appears to presuppose a model where a person learns content 'XYZ' in some number of hours.
10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable? To do it, their Giving Day campaigns have embraced new technologies and outreach strategies to make philanthropy easy and, well, a ton of fun. Click to see the full infographic.
Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard's Teresa Amabile.
AUGUST 9, 2011
Technology (7). Why progress matters: 6 questions for Harvard’s Teresa Amabile Here’s a tip for rounding out your summer reading. I asked Amabile if she’d answer some questions for Pink Blog readers about her book and her insights. Dan Pink. Contact.
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). high cost; or campus access in central lab - open couyrses, MOOCs, highly distributed hardware - LabVIEW crosses these two envirnments Centralized lab: eg., Technology''s role.
eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology
SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
eLearning Technology Tony Karrers eLearning Blog on e-Learning Trends eLearning 2.0 Heres his brief description: The particular course in question is approximately 2 hours of classroom soft skills training that needs to be delivered in an eLearning format. Interactions should be basic form-based questions created within the development application. His question is whether this price is reasonable, high or worth raising a stink. Tony - good question to pose.
[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government
FEBRUARY 26, 2015
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. Todd Park, White House Technology Advisory.
The Simple, Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence
APRIL 24, 2017
In their opinion, “the best way to assess the impact of radical technological change is to ask a fundamental question: How does the technology reduce costs? What are the key implications of significant reductions in the costs of predictions?
The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History
JULY 26, 2016
People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, be it railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.
The Evolution of the Firm
NOVEMBER 21, 2016
In the article, Professor Coase provided a simple answer to the question: Why do firms exist? Thus, firms came into being to make it easier and less costly to get work done. Do we need a different answer to the question Why do firms exist?
What’s the Value of Blockchain?
APRIL 17, 2017
Such real-world use cases are particularly important when introducing a new, complex set of technologies in the marketplace. They’re the best way of getting on the learning curve for the new technologies as well as of explaining the kinds of problems they help us address.
The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
Governments in the emerging world welcomed the jobs, exports and technology that global firms brought. Then around the late 1980s, technological and market forces started reshaping multinationals into something new, the globally integrated enterprise.
Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities
DECEMBER 19, 2016
Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is The convergence of several technology trends is accelerating progress. Data storage capacity has increased, while its cost has plummeted.
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Its ensuing digital products have been generating all that data and its drastically lower technology costs have made it possible to store and analyze those oceans of information.
Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?
OCTOBER 31, 2016
Learning how to think critically - how to imaginatively frame questions and consider multiple perspectives - has historically been associated with a liberal arts education, not a business school curriculum, so this change represents something of a tectonic shift for business school leaders.”
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
Last year, a panel of global experts convened by the World Economic Forum selected blockchain as one of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016, based on its potential to fundamentally change the way economies work. Similarly, blockchain could dramatically reduce the cost of transactions.
The Giant Zero
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
It was “long distance,” and that cost money. Calls outside the country required an “overseas operator,” were barely audible, and cost more than a brake job. The high cost of distance for telephony and mail made sense. Heavier packages should cost more to ship. A question.
The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World
MARCH 13, 2017
Since retiring from IBM in 2007, I’ve continued my involvement with technology-based initiatives, - AI and blockchain most recently, - through my consulting and academic activities as well as the weekly blogs that I’ve now been writing for the past dozen years.
The Internet deserves its proper noun
MAY 30, 2016
Some questions… Would we enjoy a common network by any name today if the Internet had been lower-case from the start? Would he, or anybody, ask such questions, or aspire to such purposes, were it not for the respect many of us pay to the upper-cased-ness of “the Internet?”.
The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy
JANUARY 19, 2016
Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. Several weeks ago, the McKinsey’s Global Institute (MGI) published a report addressing these questions. Digital technologies now touch the economy in myriads of ways.
What Are Good Things About Having A Lousy Boss? - Bob Sutton
DECEMBER 19, 2011
Learning to listen to others and to ask smart questions is more important. is not a very useful question. Financial Times: The Cost of Hidden Bias at Work. Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Dorf & Byers: Technology Ventures. I have a weird question for Work Matters readers, one I've been fretting over for a couple weeks. I would love to hear your thoughts on this odd question.
The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky
APRIL 1, 2010
From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn’t whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode and tempo of that alteration. Against that background, though, they were worried about a much more practical matter: When, they asked, would online video generate enough money to cover their current costs? That kind of question comes up a lot. At this point, any additional complexity is pure cost. Clay Shirky.
5 cool holiday gifts for $25 or less | Daniel Pink
DECEMBER 16, 2011
Technology (7). Here are five terrific items — all costing no more than $25 and all available online. It’s a cube containing 135 cards, each with a question meant to spark a conversation. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan. Speaking Engagements.
12 Themes for 2012: what we can expect in the year ahead
DECEMBER 4, 2011
Small businesses are now able to draw on low-cost skilled workers to extend their capabilities and grow faster. Now our anonymity is compromised further through extraordinary advances in facial recognition technology. INSTITUTIONS IN QUESTION.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Brown offers a very good answer to these questions. Operational excellence entails improving the existing products and services of the company with incremental innovations that will add new features, lower costs and improve quality.
Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies
OCTOBER 11, 2016
Ronald Coase , - the eminent British economist and University of Chicago professor, - addressed this question in The Nature of the Firm , - a seminal paper published in 1937 which along with other major achievements earned him the 1991 Nobel Prize in economics. Why do firms exist?
The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy
DECEMBER 19, 2012
The roundtable addressed some of the most critical questions we face in our emerging digital economy, including: what is the future of jobs; where will jobs come from in the coming years?; Our technologies are racing ahead but many of our skills and organizations are lagging behind.
AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
The impact of technology on jobs is a very important subject. “The Computers will disappear and ordinary objects will become magic,” said John Markoff , senior technology writer for the NY Times. . The technology won’t be advanced enough to widely displace jobs by 2025.
“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age
JULY 7, 2015
A few years ago I participated in an MIT roundtable that explored where future jobs will likely come from, given our increasingly powerful, inexpensive and smart technologies. The authors have a very clear answer to this question.
The Emerging, Unpredictable Age of AI
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
But this is only a temporary phase of maladjustment,” he added. “I would predict that the standard of life in progressive countries one hundred years hence will be between four and eight times as high as it is.” Keynes believed that technological progress would lead us to a brighter future.
The Untethered, Hyperconnected Enterprise
JUNE 8, 2012
But lots of questions remain as to what those implications might be. Top down strategy plans take too long to formulate and generally don’t work so well because technologies and markets are changing so fast. With digital platforms, cloud and other such capabilities, the cost of experimentation is much lower than in the past, whereas the cost of missed opportunities is very high. There is bad-legacy , which costs too much to support and constrains innovation.