Sat.Jan 06, 2018 - Fri.Jan 12, 2018

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI is being successfully applied to tasks that not long ago were viewed as the exclusive domain of humans, matching or surpassing human level performance in more and more domains.

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth Kanter

The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

collaborating with the enemy

Harold Jarche

Collaborating with the Enemy by Adam Kahane gives a framework of how to work with people you don’t agree with, like, or trust. Kahane developed it through his years of conducting collaboration workshops such as the Mont Fleur sessions to prepare for a post-apartheid South Africa.

And Listen

Clark Quinn

Listening is a vital skill. It’s something that made my mother very popular, because she listened, remembered, and asked about whatever you said the next time you saw her. She cared, and it showed. I wish I was as good a listener! But it’s critical to really listen (or as some have it, not just listen, but hear ). It’s part of a skillset necessary to innovate. Innovation can be about problem-solving, and design thinking has it that it’s really about problem- finding.

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China's Top Scientific Advance in 2017: Train Simulator

Nine Shift

The top scientific advance for 2017 in China's universities was named last week. It is a high speed train simulator.

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Meanwhile Back to the Future

Nine Shift

This will blow your mind. On China high speed railways, face-recognition technology is used in some major railway stations and is expected to be promoted nationwide. This also from the Telegraph story here.

A Few Thoughts About Nonprofits and Digital Transformation in 2018

Beth Kanter

Over the past year, I have felt less optimistic than ever about the power of connectivity and networks for social good. And, if the truth be told, almost to the point of wanting to crawl up on a fetal position and never another look at a screen again.

Trump administration seeks $18bn from Congress for Mexico border wall | US news | The Guardian

Harold Jarche

“The Trump administration is seeking nearly $18bn from Congress over the next decade to start extending and reinforcing a border wall with Mexico, the first financial blueprint for the president’s election campaign promise.

Conversations not content

Euen Semple

The internet still holds so much potential to helps us understand and improve ourselves and the world around us. Sadly much of it has been turned into one big content farm. It doesn't need to be this way. It is not too late. Each of us can ask our selves every time we share, like, or write something: Will this post trigger people to think more deeply about its topic? Have I written it in a way that is more likely to open up debate than close it down?

Trains Keep Getting Better

Nine Shift

It's another train week at NineShift. . Wi-Fi is going to be available on all high-speed trains in the future, said Huang Min, the deputy general manager of China Railway Corporation, the country’s railway operator, according to a report by that was covered by The Telegraph in this story. . The stability of the internet in tunnels and mountainous areas is a major obstacle to overcome in improving Wi-Fi services on high-speed trains.

AI and Nonprofits: Will Bots Make Transition from Functional to Friendship?

Beth Kanter

The next disruptive technology phase is already upon here and it includes a technology designed to emulate human conversation – chatbots programmed with artificial intelligence.

MWL Newsletter No 46

Jane Hart

Happy New Year! Here are the posts, articles and news about Modern Workplace Learning (MWL) selected by Jane Hart for the week 31 December 2017 – 6 January 2018. Social learning

Social media is a symptom not a cause.

Euen Semple

I am currently reading Johann Hari's excellent new book Lost Connections in which he explores the real reasons for the increased depression and anxiety in modern society. As he approached the topic of the internet in the chapter on connection with other people I hoped he wasn't going to indulge in the common knee jerk response of blaming technology for our ills. He doesn't.

Choo Choo 2018. First U.S. Private Train Starts This Week!

Nine Shift

Happy 2018. We start out the New Year with big news. Brightline, the first all-private (track and train) passenger train in the U.S. in over fifty years, starts this week. The train will run from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach, Florida. Soon the big Miami train station will open for service. And Brightline has already received federal approval to build the track to Orlando. Orlando to Miami is the goal.