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Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 1 the Commission issued its final Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. Technological advancement is outpacing security and will continue to do so unless we change how we approach and implement cybersecurity strategies and practices.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. Exchanging Ideas; Improving Culture, Knowledge and Networks.

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

As a consequence and according to Gallup Management Journal , this disengaged and disconnected culture (in US-based organisations) is costing $300b per year in lost revenues alone. Moving Towards a Culture of Sharing. Exchanging Ideas; Improving Culture, Knowledge and Networks.

[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.

Micro-Blogging is Good for Leadership, Good for Your Culture

Dan Pontefract

First of all, let’s discuss technology. I personally don’t care what tool, application or technology is being used to drive enterprise-wide micro-blogging, but it must be secure and ideally it’s behind the firewall. So what has this got to do with leadership and culture?

Governance and Pragmatism: Moving Beyond “The Culture of No”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround ,” former IBM Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner wrote about the bureaucratic culture that contributed greatly to the near-death experience IBM went through in the early 1990s. Lou called it A Culture of “No.”. “I I think the aspect of IBM’s culture that was the most remarkable to me was the ability of any individual, any team, any division to block agreement or action. The digital technology revolution marches on.

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. Need a sustainable transformation that''s relevant and meets local needs. So, we see this huge growth in technology.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a world that’s increasingly governed by digital transactions and data, our existing methods for managing security and privacy are proving inadequate. But, like other innovations, digital ID technologies can be used both to benefits society and for undesirable purposes.

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Learning Technologies UK wrap-up

Clark Quinn

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Learning Technologies ’11 conference, talking on the topic of games. The conference was held on the 3rd floor of the conference hall, while floors 1 and ground hosted the exposition: the ground floor hosted the learning and skills (think: training) exhibits while the 1st floor held learning technology (read: elearning) vendors. There was also a very interesting crowd of people I was glad to meet or see again.

CoP Series #10: Stewarding Technology for Community

Nancy White

Elearning is growing and evolving hand in glove with a constellation of technologies that have their roots in a number of places. ″ tools, there is a constant thread of the dynamic interplay between technology and the groups using it. We are not simply deploying technology.

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Leadership in the Twenty-First Century , a report by a CFR-sponsored Task Force to assess the future of work and its implications for the US economy and national security. competitive success in a global economy that will continue to be reshaped by technology and trade.” .

CoP Series #10: Stewarding Technology for Community | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Elearning is growing and evolving hand in glove with a constellation of technologies that have their roots in a number of places. ″ tools, there is a constant thread of the dynamic interplay between technology and the groups using it. We are not simply deploying technology.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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 President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. Former national security advisor Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano serve as chair and vice-chair respectively.

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - following World War II - saw the advent of computers, digital technologies, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This transformation is driven by the continuing advances of technology. Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high. To overcome these major challenges we must fundamentally rethink the IoT’s technology strategies, business models and overall designs.

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Bigger is Not Necessarily Better in Our Information-Rich Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an intriguing column, - The End of Mass Production , - by technology author and columnist Kevin Maney. Information technology is eroding the power of large-scale mass production. They keep trying to fit new technologies and practices into outdated business models.

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Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It would then use machine-learning-like AI algorithms to assemble the appropriate teams with the expertise required to address a particular complex problem, and provide them with the right tools to securely share data and ideas.

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International Women’s Day: Using Technology to Empower Women and Girls

Beth Kanter

This day was intended to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Here’s two programs that use technology to support women and girls and are an inspiration. He says,”They are the friendliest, sweetest people you’ll ever meet.”

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Leadership in the Twenty-First Century , a report by a CFR-sponsored Task Force to assess the future of work and its implications for the US economy and national security. Their comprehensive report, - over 150 pages and 276 citations, - explored in great depth the changing nature of work as global competition and advanced technologies like AI, robotics, and smart IoT devices transform jobs and careers. Technology and Work.

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Validity (Did I build the right system?) : how to ensure that a system that meets its formal requirements does not have unwanted behaviors and consequences;”. Security : how to prevent intentional manipulation by unauthorized parties;” and .

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The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Culture plays a role as well. The Scandinavian countries have quickly embraced mobile money payments, while similarly advanced Germany and Japan continue to lag behind, because of cultural biases in both countries that favor the use of cash.

Blockchain’s Potential for Environmental Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain technologies promise to significantly improve the efficiency and security of business transactions and data sharing among participants in a global ecosystem, such as supply chains, financial services, and similar complex applications involving multiple institutions.

Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technology is accelerating progress but causing discontinuities. While creating new opportunities, technology advances will continue to aggravate divisions between winners and losers.

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The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - following World War II - saw the advent of computers, digital technologies, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. There’s general agreement that the 4th Industrial Revolution is primarily driven by a fusion of once separate technologies that when joined together are integrating the physical and digital worlds. A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) was organized in 2013 by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee to examine the impact of digital technologies on the world. Job Creation & Income Growth - Leverage technology to create new jobs that pay better wages.

The True Value of a Good Education: Adaptability to a Changing Environment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their job was to push the frontiers of knowledge by conducting both basic and applied research, which would hopefully lead to innovative technologies and products. A recently published article on the non-academic employability of life science PhDs found that “A majority (82%) of professionals (PhD graduates and completed postdoctoral fellows) considered that their PhD helped secure their first position. Education and Talent Future of Work Political Issues Society and Culture

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Traditionally, decision systems have been confined to individual physical domains, such as logistics, physical plant, and human resources, and more recently virtual domains such as cyber, by both policy and technology, resulting in challenges with the integration of information across disparate domains.”. I recently read The Human Strategy , a very interesting article on Human-AI decision systems by MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland.

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Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Do we have enough STEM workers to meet the demands of the labor market? Are enough young people choosing STEM careers so we can meet future demands? Is the US facing a critical shortage of STEM skills?

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The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, as with the Internet, the Web and other major technologies, the blockchain has now transcended its original objective. The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry.

Global Trends 2030 - Living Through a Transformative Period

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

GT2030 explores in detail six such game-changers: a crisis-prone,volatile global economy; governments inability to adapt to a fast changing world; the potential for increased conflicts; wider regional instabilities; the impact of new technologies; and the future role of the United States. And in particular, it is a good framework for thinking about our continuing digital technology revolution and its transformational impact on economies and societies around the world.

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Should the US Slowly Phase Out the $100 Bill?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

can learn from India’s move toward a cashless society, - academic and writer Vivek Wadhwa noted that India has built a digital payments infrastructure that’s enabling it to skip two generations of financial technologies.

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What’s the Core Priority of Corporate Managers?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

With few exceptions, shareholders are entitled to act entirely in their own interest within the bounds of the securities laws. Given the fast pace of technology and market changes, companies may need to reinvent themselves every five years or so.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - s tarting in the 1960s, - saw the advent of digital technologies, computers, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. Technology advances keep expanding the benefits of the digital revolution across the planet. “The

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The meeting was organized by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), - the nonprofit research institution founded by former IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano to study the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society.

Hurricane Sandy: a 21st Century Wake-Up Call?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Separately, the report looks at ICT infrastructure as the cornerstone of its technological readiness pillar. “The ICT has evolved in the general purpose technology of our time, given the critical spillovers to the other economic sectors and their role as industry-wide enabling infrastructure.

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Sexting Apps Versus Helping Cure Cancer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But great technology? Ms Lu is a very good writer, storyteller and ethnographer , i.e., a kind of cultural anthropologist. One is the youth culture. there is a basic cultural disconnect. The easiest explanations are mismatched skill sets or cultural friction.

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Extreme Scale Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the quest for the fastest machines, supercomputers have always been at the leading edge of advances in IT, identifying the key barriers to overcome and experimenting with technologies and architectures that generally then appear in more commercial products a few years later. Through the 1970s and 1980s, the fastest supercomputers were based on vector architectures and used highly sophisticated technologies and liquid cooling methods to remove the large amounts of heat they generated.

What’s the Value of a Liberal Arts Education in Our 21st Century Digital Economy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There’s been an ongoing debate about the value of the liberal arts in today’s economy especially when compared to the STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineering and math.

nine shifts — one is critical

Harold Jarche

In 1998 I wrote my Master’s thesis on learning in the information technology workplace, using Marshall McLuhan’s keen observations to see how interconnected computers were changing how people learn at work. Books Learning Technology WorkNine Hours.

The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The classic tractor becomes smart as it adds sensors, computing elements, software and other technologies that help it monitor and adapt to its local environment. Data strategy : What data must the company capture, secure, and analyze to maximize the value of its offering?; .

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A lot is going on with blockchain, so much so that last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) named The Blockchain one of its Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016. Get on the blockchain learning curve now or wait until the technology is more mature before jumping in?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: GIO 3.0 - The 2007 Global Innovation Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. with back-to-back meetings in New York City, one of which I was the host for.