Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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

Bob Sutton

Learning to listen to others and to ask smart questions is more important. is not a very useful question. Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Center for Work, Technology and Organization. Dorf & Byers: Technology Ventures. Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Dont Bother If The Words Are Hollow » Richard Feynman On The Folly Of Crafting Precise Definitions. I agree that definitions are useful at times. Bob Sutton.

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Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of the most memorable quotes of science fiction writer Arthur C. But, as we better understand its promise and limitations, technology becomes just another tool we rely on in our work and daily life.

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Quora: Questions & Opinions not Questions & Answers

Dan Pontefract

I’ve spent just over a month on Quora , the so-called site that hosts a “ continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.”. Opinions, not answers, to an open-ended question. Now this is definitely Wikipedia material.

Questions from students at Vancouver Island University

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

What we DO is Technology.

Mark Oehlert

I know how trite it is to go all definitional and all but it''s my blog so I''ll cut myself some slack. We learned that people really do want a different relationship with their technology. They don''t see technology as a cold dead thing that is cut off and separated from people.

Scrappy VS Strategic: Is there a generational divide in nonprofits around how to innovate using new technology?

Beth Kanter

Here are some excerpts: The tension between generations on scaling social change ideas with technology. I think the answers to resolving some of these tensions lie in technology and a new philosophy of management…. Photo by Ceclcia Aros.

Global Trends and Business Strategy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Companies that correctly identify and ride the tailwinds of technology and market trends will generally perform significantly better than companies for whom these same trends become tough headwinds.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Lepore’s article may well be part of a growing backlash against the relentless advances in technology. Most of us who’ve studied or lived through them find Christensen’s work to be a useful explanation and organizing framework for understanding technology-based disruptions.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are among the questions addressed in in a recent report, The Rise of the Platform Enterprise: A Global Survey led by Peter Evans and Annabelle Gawer and sponsored by the Center for Global Enterprise. What do we mean by a platform ?

Business Book of the Year? Maybe. Public Talk Next Week? Definitely.

Andy McAfee

If you’re in the Boston area and interested at all please do come and let us know what questions you have about technological progress and how it’s shaping our businesses, economies, and societies.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The WEF report noted that “over the past several years, several pieces of emerging technology have linked together in ways that make it easier to build far more powerful, human-like digital assistants.”. Rather, AI technologies continue to get better in a continual, incremental way.”.

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AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Throughout history, humans have both shaped and adapted to new technologies. For example, while self-driving cars may be safer than human-driven cars, there will be serious accidents which will definitely attract considerable attention.

The Future of Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

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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 Startup Version of the Wealth Gap

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are inexpensive and ubiquitous, startups have access to all kind of cloud-based business services, and customers can now be easily reached and supported over mobile devices. No, It''s a Startup Wealth Gap , that sheds considerable light on these questions. .

A Series of Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It's not true because, with good technology, things that were really hard are now very accessible to people. What is missing here is the answer to the question, "Is this all there is?" In Connectivism and Connective Knowledge, for example, we published assignment directions and questions, as well as rubrics for the assessment of these assignments, and stated that any external agency that wished to assess students (who in turn wished to be assessed) attending our course could do so.

Questions Before You Ask

Tony Karrer

Let me set this up a bit … I've said many times in presentations and on this blog that I really like to get questions. It's so much fun that I spend time on posts like Social Grid Follow-up just going through and answering the questions that came up during the presentation. Linked In Question Template One of the things that I mentioned in the Social Grid Follow-up post was a particular template for asking for help via LinkedIn: Hi , I'm hoping you'll be open to a brief conversation.

Some Thoughts on the Development of Implementable, Winning Strategies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many business leaders subscribe to the classic definition of strategy as a set of actions designed to achieve an overall aim,” wrote Favaro in The Trouble with Putting Goals Ahead of Strategy , published in strategy+business in 2015. “In other words, they believe strategy starts with a goal.

The Future of Jobs: Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Automation anxieties continued to resurface in the 20th century, right along with advances in technology. In a 1930 essay , English economist John Maynard Keynes wrote about the onset of “a new disease” which he named technological unemployment , that is, “unemployment due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour.”. Technology and the Alienation of Labor.

What Should We Think of Machines that Think?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” is one of Arthur C. For the past several years, Edge.org has been asking a rather general, philosophical annual question to a diverse group of thinkers. as its annual question.

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The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, some have justifiably questioned whether innovation has been going through a period of stagnation , especially when compared to major 19th and 20th century innovations like electricity, cars and airplanes.

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Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several days ago, a financial industry client told me that framing a right question to express a game-changing idea is extremely challenging: first, selecting a question from multiple candidates; second, breaking it down to many sub-questions; and, third, answering even one of them reliably.

Reflections on Bitcoin

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its impact might well be up there with that of other major technology-based societal transformations, including electricity, radio and TV, and the Internet and World Wide Web. A few weeks ago, technology journalist Glenn Fleishman wrote an article refuting a number of Andreessen’s arguments.

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them. Even though IBM managed to survive, as well as to regain a position of leadership in the IT industry, the experience has definitely left its imprint and colors my views of the world.

Creating More Intelligent Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The CCI was founded to study how new communications technologies are changing the way people work together. Malone and his colleagues wondered if a similar definition of intelligence could apply to groups of people. To answer these questions they conducted two separate studies.

The Most Important Question (2)

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

His questions are in italics: 1. But the LMS is only an early, and arguably out of date, technology (see the Google results form the 'VLE is dead' debate in Britain for a good example of this discourse). In general, new technologies have had a liberating effect. I mean all aspects of learning, from the definition and selection of subject, to the application in a practical or learning context, and to the mode, pace and time of delivery.

How PR is as bad is it ever was

Doc Searls

In 2013 – Beginning Of The End For PR Boomers , David Bray actually says this… The media landscape is evolving rapidly, and baby boomers are about to be left behind because of their inability to keep up with technology and the changing times. ” Since genocide is the problem in question, the public relations solution can only range from lying to cosmetics. Business Internet Journalism Personal problems Technology

eLearning Costs : eLearning Technology

Tony Karrer

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.

More Reflections on SharePoint and Picking Technology

Nancy White

We are not quite sure they are right, but for the time being they definitely got more and better arguments than we do. Some of the questions turning in my mind are: * What was MS Sharepoint initially conceived to be? Quick definition: platform is the integration of a number of tools.

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.

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. The concept of wave-particle duality explains that reality depends on what question you are asking and what experiment you perform to answer the question.

My Two Top 2008 Technologies

Andy McAfee

Photo of Andrew McAfee Home Blog About RSS Andrew McAfees Blog The Business Impact of IT Tweet My Two Top 2008 Technologies by Andrew McAfee on December 30, 2008 For a year-end post I’d rather not try to recap the year in technology, or in anything else. So I thought I’d wrap up this blog for this year with a bit of reflection, and talk about my two favorite technologies of the year (I just got my first iPhone yesterday, but will consider that a 2009 technology).

May Big Q: Workplace Learning Technology 2015

Clark Quinn

The Learning Circuits Blog Big Question of the Month for May is “What will workplace learning technology look like in 2015?&# This is a tough question for me, because I tend to see what could be the workplace tech if we really took advantage of the opportunities.

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Along with the Economist Intelligence Unit , the IBM study surveyed 572 business and technology executives around the world to learn how organizations use cloud today and how they plan to use it in the future. Recent technology and social connectivity trends have created a perfect storm of opportunity for companies to embrace the power of cloud to optimize, innovate and disrupt business models,” is the study’s overriding conclusion. .

The Legend of Apple and Xerox PARC and the Truth About Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Xerox, once the darling of the American high-technology community, slipped from its former dominance. It was relatively expensive and not all that easy to use, but it definitely worked and was quite adequate for expert users in a lab environment. This made it very difficult for the company to appreciate the business potential of the Alto and related computer technologies being developed at PARC.

Education, Technology and Myth

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to Norm Friesen, E-Learning Myth #2: Technology Drives Educational Change In this post, various propositions have been collected under a single heading. From the text: It is often said or implied that technology or technological change impact education. The assumptions behind such understandings are that technology drives educational change, and that there is generally a direct and one-way relationship between technical innovation and educational transition.

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? The real question is: should we even? Business or Pleasure? -

Innovation Hubs in the Global Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These periods of creative destruction , - when new technology-based innovations led to painful transitions in once-dominant companies and jobs, - eventually worked themselves out. This is really a set of competencies beginning with conception, definition, and design.