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Blockchain and the Music Industry: Turning Pennies into Dollars

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Just about every industry has been significantly transformed in the past few decades. But few have been as disrupted as the music industry. Everything seems to be changing at once, from the way content is produced and delivered, to the sources of revenue and profits.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

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Perez replied that our digital revolution is the deepest transformation of everyday life, as well as the most global. “Even after 40 years, the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution is far from complete.

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The Simple, Economic Value of Artificial Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Similarly, the economic value of the Internet revolution can be described as reducing the cost of communications and of search, thus enabling us to easily find and access all kinds of information, - including documents, pictures, music and videos.

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A Historical Perspective on the Digital Economy

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Even after 40 years, the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution is far from complete. Their efforts, hopefully supported by business and society, could be the basis for the global golden age of the information economy.”.

Human-AI Decision Systems

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In modern societies, decision systems provide a leader the ability to make informed and timely decisions, supported by a complex enterprise of distributed information and communication systems that provide situational awareness.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

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Six quantum information science experts told the Committee that “ the emerging technology’s progress is at an inflection point worldwide and more federal funding is needed to train experts and advance real-world applications.”.

The Emerging Data Economy

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Beyond their use in operations, the information generated by these various applications was collected in data warehouses , and a variety of business intelligence tools were used to analyze the data and generate management reports.

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The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

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Runners Up : Hogaru - “Ninety percent of the 30 million cleaning workers in Latin America work informally - without a contract and usually for low wages. Its service provides point of sale and enterprise management software to informal merchants, helping them grow their business.”.

A Novel Approach for Measuring the True Impact of the Digital Economy

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As soon as a company put up a website, offering customers the ability to access information and conduct transactions, their competitors quickly followed.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

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A few years later, the Web’s open standards, - HTML , HTTP , URLs , - made it possible for any PC connected to the Internet to access information on any web server anywhere in the world. Earlier this year, IBM conducted the largest study to date on the state of adoption of blockchain.

The True State of Globalization

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Its most recent report , released in November, 2016, “shows that global connectedness, measured by cross-border flows of trade, capital, information and people, surpassed its 2007 pre-crisis peak during 2014.

Minds and Machines

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It suppresses complexity and information that might contradict its coherent story, unless System 2 intervenes because it realizes that something doesn’t quite feel right.

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Jobs, Skills and Education

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In technologically advanced economies like the US, large numbers of mid-skill jobs, mid-wage jobs, - where a high school education previously sufficed, - have been automated by information technologies or have moved to less expensive regions around the world.

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Reliably forecasting demand is a way to use AI’s ability to digest disparate data and automatically adjust to new information. AI is now seemingly everywhere.

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

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The universal reach and connectivity of the Internet were enabling access to information and transactions of all sorts for anyone with a browser and an Internet connection, making existing business processes more efficient, as well as enabling all kinds of new business models.

Globalization at a Crossroads

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Although the internet is a global network, it is used primarily to transmit information within national borders.”. Countries that are deeply connected to international information flows are less likely to view their cultures as superior.

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On the Governance of Blockchain: Lessons from the Internet

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How we govern the internet of information as a global resource serves as a model for how to govern this new resource: through a multi-stakeholder approach using what we call global governance networks.”.

Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

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Within a company, integration across business units or geographical regions can enhance information flows, efficiency gains, and innovation. Having lived through IBM’s near-death experience in the early 1990s, respect for the forces of the marketplace is edged deep in my psyche.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

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But, these supply chains were quite fragmented, with limited interactions and information sharing among their various functions and steps. Two years ago, a group of leading CEOs from around the world met in China to discuss the major issues facing their companies in the global marketplace.

The Growing Value of a Dual-Track Education

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Internships for example, are generally more informal and less rigorous than apprenticeships, and can be paid or unpaid. A few weeks ago I read a very interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education , - Why Colleges Need to Embrace the Apprenticeship.

Is Blockchain the Major Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet

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Over the past few decades, we’ve been moving to a world where information of all kinds is digital, and where many different kinds of online transactions are now taking place between people, institutions, and things.

The Datafication of Business and Society

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Their 2013 Foreign Affairs article does a very good job of articulating why “big data marks the moment when the information society finally fulfills the promise implied by its name.” These commercial applications dealt mostly with structured information in those early decades of computing.

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Automation Technologies and the Future of Work

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It did so by analyzing the extensive data in O*NET , a web-based application sponsored by the US Department of Labor which includes the most comprehensive information on US occupations.

Disruptive Innovation Revisited

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Is our digital technology revolution similar to these previous ones, or is it leading to a very different digital economy and information-based society ? .

Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

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the primer starts out by asking. “In an increasingly borderless and digital world, privacy and security cannot be ensured through the construction of walls around sensitive information.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

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Big data ,- including analytics , data science , artificial intelligence and related information-based technologies - are now everywhere. “Is Big data has been rising rapidly for the simple reason that there’s so much more digital information than ever before.

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The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

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Technology has empowered individuals, giving them access to huge amounts of information only a few clicks away.

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Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

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Learning systems today primarily push information to students. However, the Internet now allows students to pull information and resources to them in the moment. I like to tell people that the key to being and/or sounding smart is to hang out with smart people.

The Competitive Value of Data: From Analytics to Machine Learning

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AI-based tools are enhancing our own cognitive powers, helping us process vast amounts of information and make ever more complex decisions. A recent article by NY Times reporter Steve Lohr discussed the rising importance of data as a major competitive differentiator.

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

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Over the past few decades, the firm has been going through dramatic changes , driven by both advances in information technologies and the heightened competitive pressures brought about by globalization.

Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

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Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.

The Transformative Power of Cloud Computing

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This kind of information-based intelligence is helping make companies, industries, organizations and economies more efficient, productive and responsive.

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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

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All these data is enabling us to better understand the world’s physical, economic and social infrastructures, and to infuse information-based intelligence into every aspect of their operations.

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Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work

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So do white-collar, information-based activities like accounting, record keeping, dealing with simple customer service questions, and many kinds of administrative tasks.

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

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Design has long played a major role in product innovation. But in the last few years, a shift has been underway bringing design to the very core of the business. “ The Evolution of Design Thinking : It’s no longer just for products.

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Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

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Vendors must provide transparency, and the police and other users of these systems must fully and publicly inform public officials, civil society, community stakeholders, and the broader public on each of these points.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

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Both advertising and marketing data are affected by the unique quality of markets in information: the marginal cost of additional capacity (advertising) or incremental supply (user data) is zero.” .

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The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions

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In their personal lives, individuals are enthusiastically harnessing the power of rapid technological advances and the information flows they unleash to create more value.

The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

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Last month, the McKinsey Global Institute published Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead. As is generally the case with McKinsey, this is a well researched, well written report. There are few surprises.

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Open Innovation 2.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Twelve Principles for Open Innovation 2.0 , an article published last year in Nature by Martin Curley.