The Puzzling Personal Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Yet, despite these impressive advances, for most of this period economies around the world have been stuck in an era of slow productivity growth. Individuals are also experiencing their own version of the productivity paradox. What accounts for this personal productivity paradox?

hyper-connected pattern seeking

Harold Jarche

Workers have to be able to recognize patterns in complexity and chaos and be empowered to do something with their observations and insights. Innovative and contextual methods mean that standard processes do not work for exception-handling or identifying new patterns.

Idiots, Networks and Patterns

Harold Jarche

The Physics of Finance: The more chaotic our environment & less control we have, the more we see non-existent simple patterns , or as Valdis Krebs pointed out, seeing fictitious patterns in random data is called “ apophenia &#. Igoe and Mota point out that digital manufacturing is beginning to do to manufacturing what the Internet has done to information-based goods and services. Tweet Here are some interesting things that were shared via Twitter this past week.

Learning products

Harold Jarche

Heike Philp recently made this comment in response to Media & Messages : What I am sorely missing right now are ‘learning products’. To me a product has product specifications (specs) just as much as a computer has a list of specs or software has a list of features.

UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

Adaptive Path

In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. They may not even be aware of the way in which they have built their biases into the machinery that they use to find these patterns.

Collective intelligence patterns

Clark Quinn

In his presentation on The Landscape of Collective Intelligence, he comes up with four characteristics of design patterns (or genes, as he calls them): What (strategy), Who (staffing), How (structure & process), & Why (incentives/alignment). This is a really nice systematic breakdown into patterns tied to real examples. The implications for informal learning are obvious, I’ll have to think more about formal learning.

Reflections on Innovation, Productivity and Job Creation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop on Information Technology and Economics sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). I have also been thinking a lot about the impact of these innovations on the productivity of the service sector of the economy in general, and in particular, on the kinds of jobs that we can expect to be created over the next decades to replace those jobs that might decline or disappear as a result of such productivity improvements.

Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 : Andrew McAfee’s Blog

Andy McAfee

Andrew McAfee’s Blog The Business Impact of IT Home Home RSS Search Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 June 10 2009 Comments to this post A Pattern Language , published in 1979 by Christopher Alexander and his colleagues, was a landmark book in architecture that also became a landmark in other fields like computer science ; one review called it “The decade’s best candidate for a permanently important book.&# First is a set of patterns where 2.0

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Patterns of Business Innovation in China and India

John Hagel

From a strategist’s viewpoint, though, what I miss in such coverage is any deep analysis of the patterns of business innovation that might help to explain the explosive growth in both economies or the implications for Western companies.

New Tools Beget Revolutions: Big Data and the 21st Century Information-based Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Thus was microbiology born, leading to major discoveries in biology, medicine, public health and food production in subsequent decades and centuries. On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Retailers and Customers

John Hagel

Almost a decade ago, I detected an intriguing pattern regarding the unbundling and rebundling of firms (purchase unfortunately required). Of course, the pace and trajectory of unbundling (and related rebundling) differs across industries and geographies – the patterns are complex and fractal.

The Information Diet: Not Just A Book, A Movement For Conscious Consumption of Information

Beth Kanter

I’ve been curating resources and teaching workshops on the topic of information coping skills for a couple of years. This was in the era before Facebook and there was far less information available compared today. (My To encourage consumption of local information.

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Camtasia - problem is it destroys the object-base of presented media & symbolic information VCR recording - done in background through projector - you don''t need software on the presentation computer - eg. matterhorn open source lecture capture - object information is lost Object-based - object remains intact, can be searched, etc - but you need dedicated recording and replay software - eg.

Experimentation: chocolate cakes and communicators | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

What gets us moving beyond our customary habits and patterns? And what a wonderful and productive, chocolately surprise that can be. Viv McWaters on 29 Sep 2008 at 8:48 pm Hi Nancy Synchronicity does it for me every time – wakes me up when I start seeing a pattern.

State of the Net 2012 – People Tweet Tacit Knowledge – Part Two

Luis Suarez

That’s the full impression you will get as well from this keynote and it’s all probably down to his perception of how we are all Irrational creatures , pattern based intelligences , and not information processing devices.

Social Business Forum 2011 – Communities or Organisations – The New Collaboration Ecology

Luis Suarez

IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Knowledge Tools Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

The Learning Layer – Review

Harold Jarche

technologies have created “socially aware&# systems that can identify some behaviour patterns between systems and users, giving us various levels of adaptation. Amazon.com is the best known commercial application of this, with its product recommendations.

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70:20:10 – Above All Else It’s a Change Agent

Charles Jennings

People aren’t hired to learn, they’re hired to increase productivity or capability. There are productivity expectations and organizational needs to be met.” In other words, ‘informally’.

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I Know It When I See It

Andy McAfee

product?&# – are just windowdressing on products that are still essentially geared for Collaboration 1.0. Whose products at present come closest to enabling Web 2.0-style collaboration and interaction in enterprise environments? These are all activities that help patterns and structure appear, and that let the cream of the content rise to the top for all platform members, no matter how they define what the cream is.

Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

This may be the year where newspapers finally drop the idea of treating all news as a product, and all readers as customers. Then, in March, the New York Times introduced a charge for readers who crossed a certain threshold of article views (a pattern copied from the financial press, and especially the Financial Times ) which is generating substantial revenue. The easy part of treating digital news as a product is getting money from 2% of your audience. Clay Shirky.

Farming the meatware

Euen Semple

When I am asked what the next big thing on the web will be I say patterns. We have increasingly been opening up and sharing stuff, which is in itself useful and interesting, but the real benefits start to come when we make sense of the patterns that this activity shows us. We know that Facebook makes its money out of the information we share and the patterns that that information makes.

Social Physics - Reinventing Analytics to Better Predict Human Behaviors

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We were now able to reliably predict how large groups of people make decisions by analyzing how information and ideas flow from person to person. who is likely to try this newly-launched product?;

Dimensions of difficulty

Clark Quinn

Addressing complex product complaints can be much more complex. That could be trying to put information into the world if possible. Using our brains for complex pattern matching and decision making is likely better than remembering arbitrary and rote steps.

Experimentation: chocolate cakes and communicators | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

What gets us moving beyond our customary habits and patterns? And what a wonderful and productive, chocolately surprise that can be. Viv McWaters on 29 Sep 2008 at 8:48 pm Hi Nancy Synchronicity does it for me every time – wakes me up when I start seeing a pattern.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Fractal Spikes and Global Competition

John Hagel

At a time when information technology is supposed to make location irrelevant, we need to wrestle with the paradox that location is becoming more, rather than less, important. For many, including myself, it is about the patterns that emerge from countless encounters and conversations.

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI suffers from what’s become known as the AI effect : AI is whatever hasn’t been done yet, and as soon as an AI problem is successfully solved, the problem is no longer considered part of AI. “The same pattern will continue in the future,” notes the report. “

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Human Capital and the Changing Nature of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the same time, technology is creating opportunities, paving the way for new and altered jobs, increasing productivity, and improving the delivery of public services.”. Already evident in developed countries, this pattern is starting to emerge in some developing countries as well.”. In many developing countries a large number of workers remain in low-productivity jobs, often in informal sector firms whose access to technology is poor.

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A Historical Perspective on the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

If we examine the long term historical big picture, patterns emerge which can help guide our understanding and planning for the future. . Even after 40 years, the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution is far from complete.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As new data is ingested, the system rewires itself based on whatever new patterns it now finds. Deep learning looks for patterns of patterns, with each successive layer looking for patterns in the previous layer.

Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Powerful computers and intelligent algorithms are enabling us to make sense of all that data by searching for patterns and doing something with the results, including computer vision, natural-language processing, language translation, face recognition and digital assistants.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They invest in applications close to their core business, such as customer service, operations and product development. They see AI-driven innovation as driving increased revenues and higher productivity rather than just cutting costs. AI is now seemingly everywhere.

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Infomediaries - A Significant Untapped Opportunity

John Hagel

It was a new word that we made up, short for “information intermediary.” We as customers wanted more personalized value at much lower cost, but to get that personalized value we would need to share information about ourselves. Second, digital technology was making it far easier to capture and share information about ourselves. Third, we as customers were facing more and more choices in terms of products and services that were rapidly evolving.

Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This has been a particular issue with information technologies in general, including the Internet and AI. We all thought that the Solow paradox was finally behind us when IT-driven productivity surged between 1996 and 2003.

Harnessing the True Potential of Internet of Things Technology

John Hagel

Another popular early application involves using IoT technology to monitor the movement of parts and products in logistics chains. It used to be that, if you were in the product business, your goal was to sell the product, get the transaction done and book the revenue. In part, this was because once the product left your store or warehouse, you had very little visibility into how it was being used. What are product vendors doing on this front?

Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This was followed by the age of steam, coal, iron and railways starting in 1829; steel, electricity and heavy engineering in 1875; and oil, autos and mass production in 1908. But our current information era is only half way through its diffusion path.

Data-Driven Decision Making: Promises and Limits

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I believe that the power of Big Data is that it’s information about people’s behavior - it’s about customers, employees, and prospects for your new business,” he says. Most of the products that were stocked for the storm sold quickly, the company said.”.

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Peering into a Confusing, Paradoxical Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Weak economic growth will persist in the near term, a result of shrinking workforces and diminishing productivity gains in advanced economies, and threatening poverty reduction in emerging and developing countries.

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The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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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Disruption by Trusted Advisors

John Hagel

It’s someone who, rather than sitting on the other side trying to push more and more products and services to me, crosses the table to sit next to me and gets to know me so well that he/she can proactively recommend things to me that I had not even asked about, but that turn out to be extremely relevant to my context, needs and aspirations. We don’t have to submit to detailed interviews or fill out endless questionnaires to provide this information. What’s “the next big thing”?

AI - the Creation of a Human-Centric Engineering Discipline

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Similarly, the machines of the 21st century digital economy are making up for our cognitive limitations, - augmenting our intelligence, problem solving capabilities and ability to process vast amounts of information. AI is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era.

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Learning as a Network

Harold Jarche

people and information) (external level). Here is Chris Argyris’ double-loop learning theory in a nutshell: There are four basic steps in the action theory learning process: (1) discovery of espoused and theory-in-use, (2) invention of new meanings, (3) production of new actions, and (4) generalization of results. People need to make connections and see patterns and then reflect, criticize and detect errors. Well let me you tell a story … Tags: Informal Learning

A Framework for Building AI Capabilities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Datafication , - the ability to capture as data many aspects of business and society that have never been quantified before, - is now becoming an integral part of just about every product, service and system.

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Exploring Business Types and Business Models

John Hagel

Let’s focus on the three business types – infrastructure management businesses, product innovation and commercialization businesses and customer relationship businesses – as a context for discussing business model choices. Product innovation and commercialization businesses. This business type is all about coming up with creative new products and services, bringing them to market quickly and accelerating their adoption. OK, I’ve created some confusion.

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