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.
Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?
MAY 17, 2016
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.
Richard Feynman On The Folly Of Crafting Precise Definitions - Bob.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
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.
Quora: Questions & Opinions not Questions & Answers
JANUARY 17, 2011
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
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.
What we DO is Technology.
JULY 30, 2013
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?
APRIL 19, 2012
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.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
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
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
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.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
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
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.
AI and Public Policy
JANUARY 23, 2017
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.
Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?
OCTOBER 24, 2016
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.”.
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.
Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”
MARCH 24, 2015
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
JANUARY 6, 2015
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. .
Some Thoughts on the Development of Implementable, Winning Strategies
OCTOBER 18, 2016
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.
A Series of Questions
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JUNE 18, 2010
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
MARCH 10, 2009
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.
The Future of Jobs: Lessons from History
OCTOBER 13, 2015
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?
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
“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.
The New Era of Smart, Connected Products
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
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.
Reflections on Bitcoin
FEBRUARY 11, 2014
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.
Reinventing Society in the Wake of Big Data
MARCH 20, 2013
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.
Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation
JANUARY 19, 2012
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
DECEMBER 26, 2012
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.
Definition of Social Learning from Wired for Culture by M. Pagel (further discussion)
APRIL 29, 2016
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.
The Most Important Question (2)
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 27, 2010
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
FEBRUARY 14, 2013
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
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.
More Reflections on SharePoint and Picking Technology
JANUARY 5, 2010
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.
Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics
DECEMBER 7, 2012
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
DECEMBER 30, 2008
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).
Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation
MAY 23, 2012
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
JANUARY 12, 2012
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.
May Big Q: Workplace Learning Technology 2015
MAY 5, 2010
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.
Education, Technology and Myth
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
AUGUST 27, 2006
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.
JUNE 7, 2010
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
APRIL 2, 2014
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.
How 3D printing will transform the retail industry: The opportunities
AUGUST 21, 2012
The piece begins by discussing the news that a company is developing technology for the 3D printing of meat. At the same time there will definitely be major opportunities for licensed designs. The question is: how rapidly will these changes develop? That relies on both the technology and the uptake,” Dawson explains. Future of business Future of retail Technology trends