July, 2021

The Three Types of AI: Artificial, Authentic, and Augmented Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The history of work - particularly since the Industrial Revolution - is the history of people outsourcing their labor to machines,” notes a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, - AI Should Augment Human Intelligence, Not Replace It , - by National University of Singapore professor David De Cremer and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov.

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2021 Top 10 Tools for Learning

Clark Quinn

As always, I like to participate in my Internet Time Alliance colleague Jane Hart’s Top 10 Tools for Learning survey. However, in reviewing last year’s list , things haven’t changed much. Still, it’s worth getting out there.

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????? ??? ??????, M????, ??????????: some thoughts around trying to translate Cynefin into Greek

Dave Snowden

Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”.

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leadership in a distributed workplace

Harold Jarche

Distributed, remote, and even hybrid work have one similar quality — they expose cracks in the system that could be covered over in face-to-face settings. They make dysfunctional workplaces transparently obvious. Distributed work, like online teaching, has to be much more explicit.

There's No One Thing Called Ethics

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I wrote this in OLDaily today: There's a lesson here anyone interested in the ethics of AI or education or whatever should heed. There are no simple solutions, because there will never be unanimous agreement on highly contested issues.

Speaking of character

Doc Searls

It seems fitting that among old medical records I found this portrait of Doctor Dave , my comic persona on radio and in print back in North Carolina, forty-five years ago. The artist is Alex Funk, whose nickname at the time was Czuko (pronounced “Chuck-o”).


The Post-Pandemic Future of Work: An Optimistic Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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Natural science as counter-factual

Dave Snowden

I originally intended to publish this post way back in May and got all the notes together but a mixture of work pressure and ill health (a bad foot infection now resolved) have hit the backlog.

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battling elves and building civilizations

Harold Jarche

Why do we follow others? Because we trust them for their knowledge, advice, support, vision, etc. “We follow others for various reasons, some because of their knowledge, some because of their vision, some because of their inspiration, and all for the confidence we place in them.

Webinar: Optimizing Content Operations: Reimagining Your Learning Content Lifecycle


Content is a vital competitive advantage, but it’s rarely treated as such. For customer learning content, the push toward a 100% digital experience is creating challenges—and opportunities—for your education services team.

The Transformation of Digital Spaces and Digital Life

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to a survey: Please tell us how you imagine this transformation of digital spaces and digital life will take place: What reforms or initiatives may have the biggest impact? What beneficial role do you see tech leaders and/or politicians and/or public audiences playing in this evolution?

What Musical Mindsets Can Teach Us About Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In their recently published book, Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation , Panos Panay and R. Michael Hendrix argue that “the mindsets developed by musicians make them good entrepreneurs.”

Representation Matters

Clark Quinn

There is a deep sense of where and how representation matters. Then there are less critical, but still important ways in which presentation counts. It includes talking about stereotypes, and calling out inappropriate labeling. Concepts matter, clarity matters, transparency matters.

Siphonophorae not hybrid (1 of 2)

Dave Snowden

I am indulging myself a little with the title to this post. For those who don’t know it describes a type marine entity which, while it appears to be a single organism is in fact a colony of different zooids that are different morphologically and are functionally specialised.


Harold Jarche

In 2013 I wrote that work is already a game. Adding badges or other extrinsic motivators to professional learning only detracts from the real game. Gamification also creates incentives that, when removed, may result in going back to previous behaviours.

Webinar: 3 Ways Your Content is Holding You Back


Content is a vital competitive advantage, but it’s rarely treated as such.

How to Design Engaging eLearning Content


Organizations cannot thrive without training their employees. According to Indeed.com, employee training promotes knowledge, skills, and compliance. These motivators cause companies to spend millions of dollars each year on L&D programs. LMS remote training engaging learning content TOPYX LMS

The Coming Era of Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The last 15 years have been tough times for many Americans, but there are now encouraging signs of a turnaround,” wrote economists Erik Brynjolfsson and Georgios Petropoulos in The Coming Productivity Boom , a recent opinion article in the MIT Technology Review.

Jay Cross Memorial Award 2021: Sahana Chattopadhyay

Clark Quinn

Jay Cross was a deep thinker and a man of many talents, never resting on his past accomplishments. Following his death in November 2015, the partners of the Internet Time Alliance — Jane Hart, Charles Jennings, Harold Jarche, and myself — resolved to continue Jay’s work.

Pleaches, Liggers & the ‘C’ words

Dave Snowden

Two interesting sets of interactions on social media triggered today’s post. One was a distinction made between cutting down a tree and trimming a hedge. That one came from a tweet by Sonja in which she said “ I liked the analogy of hedge trimming vs tree felling.

ITA Jay Cross Award 2021

Harold Jarche

The Internet Time Alliance Award, in memory of Jay Cross, is presented to a workplace learning professional who has contributed in positive ways to the field of Informal Learning and is reflective of Jay’s lifetime of work.

4 Amazing Benefits of Play

KCC Business Psychology

4 Amazing Benefits of Play. Summertime is here! Are you ready for a break? The wonderful truth is that taking a break and making time for play and fun actually creates lots of benefits in other areas of your life.

4 Benefits of Social Learning for Enterprises


The terms “ learning management system (LMS) ” and “social learning platform” are often used interchangeably. For the 70 percent of L&D departments in North America that are using a learning management system, this is good news as social learning is highly beneficial for enterprises.

The Transformation of Logistics in the Retail Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the spring of 2018, MIT launched the Work of the Future Task Force to understand the impact of our increasingly intelligent machines on the future of work, and how to best harness these technological innovations for social benefit.

My ‘Man on the Moon’ Project

Clark Quinn

There have been a variety of proposals for the next ‘man on the moon’ project since JFK first inspired us. This includes going to Mars, infrastructure revitalization, and more. And I’m sympathetic to them. I’d like us to commit to manufacturing and installing solar panels over all parking lots, both to stimulate jobs and the economy, and transform our energy infrastructure, for instance.

Too fast, too soon?

Dave Snowden

This post picks up on the idea of shallow monogamy in my post of a few days ago looking at some of the obstacles to the adoption of complexity thinking.

post-production society

Harold Jarche

Technology at Work v6.0 — The Coming of the Post-Production Society , is the latest research report from Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions, published in June 2021 [Disclosure: Citi is a client]. One year ago I summarized the previous version, The New Normal of Remote Work.

Spotting anomalies

Dave Snowden

From time to time I get very frustrated at the ability of consultants and academics to correctly diagnose reasons for failure or success with the benefit of hindsight but fail to realise why the diagnosis of itself is not enough to make a difference the next time round.

15 years on

Dave Snowden

So on this day, 15 years ago I wrote my first ever blog post. I was just settling into staff accommodation at Nanyang University (The banner picture I grabbed from Google Street View but I can’t remember exactly which one) for a three-month sabbatical.

Maps or charts?

Dave Snowden

I’ve always talked a lot about maps and the importance of managing the evolutionary potential of the present. I’ve also emphasised the importance of starting journeys with a sense of direction rather than having goals, and by the way, talking about how things should be is a form of goal.

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Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Always urgent, but never specific. That should get the result you want.” ” — @MeetingBoy.

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At the Complexity turn …

Dave Snowden

We live, as the Chinese curse tells us, in interesting times; and those times, to paraphrase Lincoln require us to both think anew and act anew. As ever any radical change is “ piled high with difficulty ” to extend the Lincoln quote. It was true in 1862 and it is true today.

Siphonophorae not hybrid (2 of 2)

Dave Snowden

Yesterday I raised the idea of using a colony of different organisms that have evolved to collaborate as a single entity as a metaphor for new forms of organisation.

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making meaning

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “The hardest part of teaching: Having to justify to students that what they’re learning in school is relevant and will be useful in the future.”

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