Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Which hot technology innovations, - e.g., artificial intelligence, the blockchain, cloud computing, - will end up having a big impact and which are destined to fizzle?

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past several years, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has published an annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that would likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The technologies on the list are not new.

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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.

Our New Head of Service Design: On the state of the industry, its value, and why Capital One

Adaptive Path

She’s also a stellar explainer, which is why we’ll help you to get to know her by asking her four questions: Q: You’ve led service design at Cooper and are now joining one of the largest internal service design teams around. Where is the industry headed? Good question. The industry is enthusiastically heading toward creating the right conditions to deliver experiences that are co-created with customers, communities, and diverse, multi-disciplinary teams.

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?

Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. But, how are these transformations playing out industry by industry?

People, Organization, Technology?

Martijn Linssen

Headed for my personal trash bin: ‘People, Process, Technology.’ For the rest, technology should enable serendipity rather than predictive process. It may be People, Organization, Technology; although we should not be in a rush to replace a failed triplet with another.

Which Technologies Will Be the Biggest Deals?

Andy McAfee

I’m digging in on a project to better understand the ongoing digitization of business: the penetration of computer technology into more and more and more aspects of work. It seems to me that I need to practice what I preach, so I’m going to crowdsourcing some of my ideas and questions here in the coming weeks. So here’s question #1: Which recent digital innovations will have the biggest impact on the business world over the next decade ?

How 3D printing will transform the retail industry: The opportunities

Ross Dawson

The piece begins by discussing the news that a company is developing technology for the 3D printing of meat. This points to a new industry emerging for local assembly of 3D printed parts. 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

Steve Jobs’s Legacy: The Best Answers to the Most Important Question

Andy McAfee

Today I want to highlight just one thing that he and his company got right over and over, while the great majority of the tech industry continues to get it wrong. Jobs and Apple have done the best job of answering with their products the question posed by wiki inventory Ward Cunningham : What’s the simplest thing that could possibly work? Remember all the predictions from members of the technorati that the iPad would fail ?

Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Much has been written about our digital technology revolution and its impact on economies, societies and individuals. Our present age of information and communication technologies (ICT), whose starting point she pegs at 1971, is the fifth such major revolution.

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June Round-up of Learning Industry News

Xyleme

Participants at the Summits shared ideas, asked questions, and walked away with a clearer vision of how they can help lead the education technology transformation.” Edgenuity recently completed 13 Online and Blended Learning Summits involving over 700 school and district leaders.

The Need to Adapt to the Speed of Change or Die: lessons for L&D from the retail industry

Charles Jennings

Each of the above were overtaken by circumstances (and technologies) that changed faster and to a greater extent than they thought possible, understood, and planned for. Have they never posted a question online? Yesterday another great British institution slid into the history books.

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A New Strategy for Higher Education and Training Shirley Alexander Some intro stuff about the buildings being built for the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Technology''s role. turns a perfect event into time- and space- independent mode - make optimal use of current technology for recording, storage, distribution, etc - provide added value: replay, searching, browsing, etc.

Launch of Creating the Future of PR – shaping an exceptional future for the industry

Ross Dawson

Advanced Human Technologies Group has just launched Creating the Future of PR , a publication that looks at how the Public Relations industry can create an exceptional future for itself and its clients in a fast-changing world.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But it’s recent advances based on machine learning and related data-driven technologies are still relatively new, making it hard to predict where AI will be heading over time. Like no other technology, AI forces us to explore the very boundaries between machines and humans.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, be it railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.

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The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data has been closely intertwined with our digital technology revolution since the early days of the IT industry. Ever since, digital technologies have been permeating just about every nook and cranny of the economy, society and our personal lives.

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Buzzword: Micro-learning

Xyleme

I was introduced recently to a new buzz word making its way across the learning & development industry: Micro-learning. Some people do talk about sending text (SMS) messages to learners – perhaps a question or a brief statement of fact/opinion. Industry Talk

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Blockchain Can Reshape Financial Services… But it Will Take Significant Time and Investment

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not only are there major technology and standards issues to be worked out, but the industry will have to collaborate with governments around the world to develop the appropriate legal frameworks and regulatory environments.

The Importance of Personalized Learning – Part 1 of 3 – K12

Xyleme

Personalization, and the technologies that support it, are innovations that threaten to upend the entrenched interests in learning content and technology. At the end, they are given comprehension questions that measure what they understood. Industry Talk L&D

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.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is It took several decades for electric appliances, the assembly line and mass production to emerge and help create whole new industries.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The School of Design in London’s Royal College of Art has long been expanding the boundaries of industrial design. But a number of recent articles have been asking an intriguing question. It is not confined to an art medium or to any technology.”.

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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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.” .

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The carnage might be more pronounced in the fast-changing IT industry, but no industry is immune. 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.

What’s the Value of Blockchain?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Such real-world use cases are particularly important when introducing a new, complex set of technologies in the marketplace. They’re the best way of getting on the learning curve for the new technologies as well as of explaining the kinds of problems they help us address.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Its ensuing digital products have been generating all that data and its drastically lower technology costs have made it possible to store and analyze those oceans of information.

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The Rise of the Platform Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Platforms have long played a key role in the IT industry. 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.

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The Future of the Globally Integrated Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Governments in the emerging world welcomed the jobs, exports and technology that global firms brought. Then around the late 1980s, technological and market forces started reshaping multinationals into something new, the globally integrated enterprise.

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.”. What impact is it likely to have on jobs, companies and industries?

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The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Last year, a panel of global experts convened by the World Economic Forum selected blockchain as one of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016, based on its potential to fundamentally change the way economies work.

Man, Machine, and Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

People have long worried about the impact of technology on society, whether discussing railroads, electricity, and cars in the Industrial Age, or the Internet , mobile devices and smart connected products now permeating just about all aspect of our lives.

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What Are Good Things About Having A Lousy Boss? - Bob Sutton

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. Adam Penenberg: Tragic Indifference: One Mans Battle with the Auto Industry over the Dangers of SUVs. Dorf & Byers: Technology Ventures. I have a weird question for Work Matters readers, one I've been fretting over for a couple weeks. 

The President’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Commission is composed of twelve individuals from the world of business, technology and academia. During our 90 minute panel, we each made introductory remarks based on our previously submitted briefing statements and then answered the commissioners’ questions.

The Giant Zero

Doc Searls

We also invented clothing and shelter as privacy technologies thousands of years ago, and we have well developed manners for respecting personal boundaries. We lost a lot of that when Industry won the Industrial Revolution. A question. The world of distance.

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The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn’t whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode and tempo of that alteration. That kind of question comes up a lot. It’s a tough one to answer, not just because the answer is unlikely to make anybody happy, but because the premise is more important than the question itself. This is, as Tainter notes in his book, an open question. newspaper industry.

The Growing Importance of Storytelling in the Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since retiring from IBM in 2007, I’ve continued my involvement with technology-based initiatives, - AI and blockchain most recently, - through my consulting and academic activities as well as the weekly blogs that I’ve now been writing for the past dozen years.

Skills and Jobs in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Technological revolutions are highly disruptive to economies and societies. This was the case for much of the Industrial Revolution, as is the case today. “The These white-collar activities have been prime candidates for technology substitution or automation. .