Nine Tricky Questions And Nine Honest Answers Regarding Purpose

Dan Pontefract

A reader took the time to read “ The Purpose Effect ” and then asked me a few questions. I answered those questions, and have decided to post the responses in this space. For example, there are very few realtors who set out to become realtors in their teens.

Text-to-Speech Examples

Tony Karrer

Javed Alam pointed me to a couple of Text-to-Speech eLearning Examples, so I thought I’d capture a few of the examples here. I would welcome pointers to additional examples! Example #1 - Introduction to Venice - Qwiki uses Text-to-Speech in really interesting ways.

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Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Teaching forces you to take a fresh look at the subjects you are covering, so I find myself revisiting questions I’ve long been thinking about: What is the essence of innovation in the digital economy and how does it differ from the industrial age innovation of the past two hundred years?

[2b2k] Back when not every question had an answer

David Weinberger

I began using WordStar and ran into an issue pretty quickly. ” So, it’s 1982 and you have a programming question. Let me remind you young whippersnappers what looking for knowledge was like before the Internet (or “hiphop” as I believe you call it).

Five Key Questions

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. A secondary but nonetheless no less pressing issue is the cost of providing access to education generally. This creates a central issue revolving around the strategic design of distance and online learning. The challenge of defining this new delivery model is the central issue of the field, and most discussion and research revolves around it.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I t’s very hard to come up with precise answers to these questions. Self-driving vehicles, for example, will lead to new careers in transportation engineering and urban planning.

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The Long Term Impact of AI on Jobs - Some Lessons from History

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The June 25 issue of The Economist includes a special report on artificial intelligence. What will life be like in such an AI future? “After 200 years, the machinery question is back. The advent of automated teller machines (ATMs) in the 1970s is another, more recent example.

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The rise of social shopping in 2011: 7 examples of where it is going

Ross Dawson

ShopSocially combines sharing purchases and getting feedback from friends, with facilitating people being able to ask questions about shopping to their personal network. These 7 examples are in the vanguard of a far broader shift to true social shopping.

The Simple, Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In their opinion, “the best way to assess the impact of radical technological change is to ask a fundamental question: How does the technology reduce costs?

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Questions from and for the Digital Public Library of America workshop

David Weinberger

For example, the session opened with a discussion of public versus research libraries (with the “versus&# thrown into immediate question). So, here are some of the issues we discussed yesterday that I found came home with me. See the next question.). This could turn out to be a killer issue. Which brings me to the final question I left wondering about: How disruptive should the DPLA be?

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, as noted in his personal website , his chief occupation is Chief of Confusion,“ helping people ask the right questions , trying to make a difference through my work- speaking, writing, teaching.” . Recombinant innovations, remixes and mashups are all examples of creating new contexts.

What’s the Value of Blockchain?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Suppliers, for example, assume that when products are shipped their task is over and they will soon be paid. Each piece of information provides critical data points that could potentially reveal food safety issues with the product.

The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“In Retreat: Global companies in the era of protectionism,” reads the cover of the January 28 issue of The Economist. But it raises issues that are too big and too interconnected for business alone or government alone to solve.”. From 1990 to 2010, for example, 1.2

Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers. So do white-collar, information-based activities like accounting, record keeping, dealing with simple customer service questions, and many kinds of administrative tasks.

Are meetings a force for good?: Some questions for the authors of The Org

Dan Pink

Because I thought Pink Blog readers would find the book intriguing, I asked Fisman (he teaches at Columbia) and Sullivan (he’s editorial director of Harvard Business Review Press) to answer some questions. * * *. This really builds on our answer to the third question.

Are meetings a force for good?: Some questions for the authors of The Org

Dan Pink

Because I thought Pink Blog readers would find the book intriguing, I asked Fisman (he teaches at Columbia) and Sullivan (he’s editorial director of Harvard Business Review Press) to answer some questions. * * *. This really builds on our answer to the third question.

Is your focus prevention or promotion? 5 questions for Halvorson & Higgins

Dan Pink

Because I know Pink Blog readers love the sort of actionable social science found in this book, I figured out Heidi Halvorson’s and Higgins’s approaches (they’re both promotion-focused) and convinced them they had a lot to gain from answering some questions. * * *.

Is your focus prevention or promotion? 5 questions for Halvorson & Higgins

Dan Pink

Because I know Pink Blog readers love the sort of actionable social science found in this book, I figured out Heidi Halvorson’s and Higgins’s approaches (they’re both promotion-focused) and convinced them they had a lot to gain from answering some questions. * * *.

Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2005, for example, the National Innovation Initiative listed “Build the Base of Scientists and Engineers” as one of its top recommendations, noting that “unless the United States takes swift action, the demand for S&E talent will far outstrip supply.

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The Coming Robotics Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Hi, Robot: Work and Life in the Age of Automation , reads the Hamlet-inspired cover of the July, 2105 issue of Foreign Affairs. Everyday examples include speaking a language, riding a bike, driving a car, and easily recognizing many different objects and animals. .

AI and Public Policy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is organized into three main sections: Section I described the key research trends influencing AI’s future; Section II examined the key economic sectors that are most likely to be impacted by AI; and Section III looked into issues surrounding AI and public policy.

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several weeks ago, the McKinsey’s Global Institute (MGI) published a report addressing these questions. Digital technologies are all around us, - increasingly ubiquitous and commoditized. But, are they a major source of competitive differentiation ?

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The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the years I’ve learned that when trying to explain a complex new concept or product, it’s important to engage in a kind-of conversation with your intended audience, where you talk about what's in your mind, your questions, your doubts, what you know and what you don't know.

Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The June, 2015 issue of the Harvard Business Review includes a spotlight on Man and Machine: Knowledge Work in the Age of the Algorithm. Another example that, as a recent article observed , “Artificial intelligence is suddenly everywhere…”.

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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 ?

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The Collaborative, Sharing Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

There is a lot I find appealing about it, in particular, its potential impact on the really critical issue of jobs in the digital economy. The roundtable addressed some really critical questions , including: what is the future of jobs; where will jobs come from in the coming years?;

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of higher productivity and better jobs,” said The Economist in a special report on Technology and the World Economy in its October 4th issue. “The

“Flexible Security”: A Sensible Social Policy for our Digital Age

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As the July issue of Foreign Affairs reminds us with five articles on the subject, advances in AI and robotics “are causing us to take yet another world-historical leap into the unknown.” I, for example, joined IBM in June of 1970 and retired in May of 2007 - 37 years later.

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Winter issue of strategy+business includes a very interesting article on theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, - The Fortune 500 Teller. Can we find empirical mathematical models that might allow scientists to ask big questions about life, aging and death?

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I found the most satisfying answer to this seemingly Socratic question in an excellent 2002 paper - Complexity and Robustness - by professors Jean Carlson and John Doyle. The immune system , for example, has developed multiple, overlapping lines of defense against pathogens of all sorts.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Datafying cities : “ICT will be used in a multitude of different manners that will allow the creation of new data streams in a city space, assisting with issues such as transport, energy and water management at a city level, urban planning, etc.

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What Will Digital Life Be Like in 2025?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A second report, Digital Life in 2025 , analyzed the responses of over 1,800 experts to an open-ended question: “Good and/or bad, what do you expect to be the most significant overall impacts of our uses of the Internet on humanity between now and 2025?” .

The MIT Second Machine Age Conference

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And question-answering systems like IBM’s Watson are enabling us to solve increasingly complex problems. . “We’re She also talked about the issues involved in human-robot cross training, the subject of another recent paper. The DRC is another example of human-robot collaboration.

The Big Data Era Is Here

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In my presentation, I tried to briefly address these questions based on three key observations. Such systems have to deal not only with tough technology, hardware and software issues, but with the even tougher issues involved in human behaviors and interactions. .

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The Emerging, Unpredictable Age of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Today’s AI-driven revolution is coming so fast that we have trouble even imagining how it will turn out.” In the future, for example, it’s quite likely that robots won’t just build cars and trucks but also drive them.

Jobs in the Age of Watson

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

match between Watson , IBM’s question-answering system, three students from the Harvard Business School and three students from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. The question is who gets those new jobs as they emerge.” They include performing calculations, record keeping, dealing with simple customer service questions, and many kinds of administrative tasks.

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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Amazon, for example, sponsored a project on how to raise the share of wallet of Amazon Prime customers, based on the analysis of over 200 million anonymized data points.

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Customer Service and Trust in the Internet Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Let’s look, for example, at the recent collapse of the planned Comcast - Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. . The government’s verdict on the merger and its stance on net neutrality were separate issues, but they were very much intertwined. The real issue was broadband.” .

Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The debate was built around the question: Are Smart Cities Empty Hype? The debate was inspired, I believe, by The Multiplexed Metropolis , an article Siegele published in the September 7 issue of The Economist which explored the impact of big data on cities.

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A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report was based on the responses of nearly 1,900 experts to a few open-ended questions, including “Will networked, automated, artificial intelligence (AI) applications and robotic devices have displaced more jobs than they have created by 2025?”