Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read The Human Strategy , a very interesting article on Human-AI decision systems by MIT Media Lab professor Sandy Pentland. Perhaps the most critical function of any organization or society is its decision systems,” wrote Pentland. “In

systems thinking

Harold Jarche

Leyla Acaroglu has an excellent post on Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking. “In Interconnectedness : Set up diverse sources of information. This means we have to first engage the system and then learn from it.

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Never Under-Estimate the Immune System

John Hagel

Every large and successful institution has an immune system – a collection of individuals who are prepared to mobilize at the slightest sign of any “outside” ideas or people in order to ensure that these foreign bodies are neutralized and that the existing institution survives intact and can continue on course. In more stable times, institutional immune systems are very effective at keeping institutions focused and on course, resistant to the distractions that might lead to their downfall.

a triple operating system

Harold Jarche

There are advocates for a dual operating system to deal with the complexity of the networked era: one that is hierarchical and another that is networked. This trinity is not three separate operating systems.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But part of my fascination with the subject is that I often ask myself similar questions when thinking about the equally mysterious world of highly complex emergent systems, that is, systems where the whole can at times be quite different from the sum of their parts.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In thinking about this question over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems. So is the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex, as is the case with systems biology and evolution. .

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Informal learning is effective because it is personal.

Learning and Performance Support Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This post is to introduce you to our Learning and Performance Support Systems program, a new $19 million 5-year initiative at the National Research Council that I will be leading.

Don’t drink the informal learning snake oil

Jay Cross

CBT Systems told the world it was being reincarnated as SmartForce, the eLearning Company. I fear that charlatans and dummies are taking informal learning down the same road. An Informal Learning Sequel? Numerous consultants are offering to help manage informal learning. (It

Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the first week of October I participated in a Cognitive Systems Colloquium hosted by IBM at its Thomas J. These systems will learn and interact to provide expert assistance to scientists, engineers, lawyers, and other professionals in a fraction of the time it now takes.” .

gaining insight through social and informal learning

Harold Jarche

These five triggers can be enhanced through informal and social learning. While courses cannot be developed to directly improve these human traits — curiosity, creativity, empathy, passion, and humour — systems can be put in place to promote them at work.

Controversy over Informal Learning

Jay Cross

When the book on informal learning came out, nay-sayers attacked me as some kind of loony. QUESTION: How do you know that informal learning works? QUESTION: How can we assess the ROI of informal learning? QUESTION: How do you know learning on the job is 80% informal?

Informal learning, the 95% solution

Harold Jarche

Tweet Informal learning is not better than formal training; there is just a whole lot more of it. Supporting informal learning at work is not as clear-cut as something like ISD. The modern workplace is a complex adaptive system. Informal Learning

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

Adaptive Path

Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. The other thing is, I think a lot about the relationship between designing and operating systems and designing and operating organizations. This is where organizational design and system design really become inseparable. And our systems get better and better as we go.

Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets. Toward the end of the roundtable, the moderator asked us to reflect on the kinds of controls needed to make financial systems more stable and less prone to another major crisis. Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems.

A Neural, Digital System for the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Dr. Arthur is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and visiting researcher at PARC’s Intelligent Systems Lab. This second, digital economy is essentially acting as the neural system for the overall economy. A major portion of every complex biological organism, including us humans, is the autonomic nervous system. The need for sophisticated control functions to help manage complex systems applies not just to complex biological systems, but to man-made ones as well.

Only open systems are effective for knowledge sharing

Harold Jarche

Seth Godin makes a very good point about trusting the select few to curate information, whether they be leaders, managers, certified professionals, researchers, or any other group of experts. Only an open system can ensure this, which is why I highlighted the knowledge sharing paradox.

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are enabling us to develop systems with huge numbers of interconnected components and sophisticated software that infuses them with seemingly unlimited capabilities. We are increasingly able to pull all these capabilities together and develop sociotechnical systems, which combine the powerful, inexpensive and ubiquitous digital technologies with the people and organizations they are transforming.

Networks, Information, and Complex Adaptive Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The first part is designed to be very broad, as a "view of the universe as a self-organizing information system that can, in some sense, be seen to have knowledge and to change through co-adaptation of its parts." Let''s look at what is included in this sentence: It''s a ''view of the universe'' that is self-organizing that is an information system that can be seen to. I''m not sure anything is an information system.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is the first time in human history that we have the ability to see enough about ourselves that we can hope to actually build social systems that work qualitatively better than the systems we’ve always had. On May 22 I attended the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium.

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The right information is not enough

Harold Jarche

There is quite a bit of research on the significant value of making the right information available to the right person at the right time – and quite a bit of research shows clearly that Enterprise Search has a direct impact on the success of organizations.

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Real Profitability Part II: classical System Integrators

Martijn Linssen

Still, the quest continues, and this post contains the same calculations for the classical system integrators: Accenture, Capgemini, Logica and Atos Origin. For now, I think youll just feel bad for the poor system integrators - or at least their employees? Business or Pleasure? -

Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets

Tony Karrer

Here are some specifics of what this reader is going for: We need to figure out a way to get information from other departments to make sure we have the most current information available. We need to set up a process to determine all courses the information will impact. Without an eLearning Strategy defined and the specific objectives defined, then you can’t possibly figure out the right systems.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most measures of economic performance used by government officials to inform their policies and decisions are based on GDP figures. We see the influence of the information age everywhere, except in the GDP statistics. Don’t we have access to more information than ever before?” .

Dr. Watson, Please Report to the Health Care System

Andy McAfee

For example, Watson might recognize that the kidney failure in our patient is linked to kidney failure in a patient in Buffalo and another in San Antonio; all three patients, he might inform me, were taking a “natural” weight loss supplement that contained a Chinese herb, aristolochia, that has been associated with more than 100 cases of kidney failure. I can also easily imagine Dr. Watson asking for more information: “Andy, have you traveled abroad in the past month?

A learning system to meet the needs of a complex knowledge era

George Siemens

I gave a talk on the type(s) of learning system(s) that are needed to address complex knowledge needs. We gain an understanding of needed learning systems, I argue, by evaluating the attributes of information in digital networks and through focusing on the nature of knowledge needs in complex settings I had the opportunity to stop by edX last. A video the talk is available here.

Information, Money and Related Subjects

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given this intangible character of money, it is not surprising that major advances in information technologies have in turn led to major advances in the way we deal with money and payments. Money is continuing its centuries old transformation from being embodied in objects with intrinsic value, like gold and silver, to being nothing more than information in the digital wallets of our mobile devices as well as in our digital accounts someplace out there in the cloud.

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Solving Big Problems in Our 21st Century Information Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article reminds me how much our society has changed in the last twenty years, in particular, the different way we solved big problems at the zenith of our 20th century industrial economy versus the way we now do so in the early stages of the 21st century information economy. . Then, following the Cold War and the advent of the Internet we started our transition to an information society.

The Future of High-Performance Work Systems – Towards Meaningful Work

Luis Suarez

The Ambient Acoustic Spaghetti Western Awarenessing Connectivity System

Adaptive Path

The Ambient Acoustic Spaghetti Western Awarenessing Connectivity System. Our world is full of ambient information, full of social cues, that are produced with no intentional effort, and are simply the incidental products of our everyday interactions with our physical surroundings.

The Ambient Acoustic Spaghetti Western Awarenessing Connectivity System

Adaptive Path

The Ambient Acoustic Spaghetti Western Awarenessing Connectivity System. Our world is full of ambient information, full of social cues, that are produced with no intentional effort, and are simply the incidental products of our everyday interactions with our physical surroundings.

The Ambient Acoustic Spaghetti Western Awarenessing Connectivity System

Adaptive Path

The Ambient Acoustic Spaghetti Western Awarenessing Connectivity System. Our world is full of ambient information, full of social cues, that are produced with no intentional effort, and are simply the incidental products of our everyday interactions with our physical surroundings.

Bigger is Not Necessarily Better in Our Information-Rich Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, according to Maney, another mass-related concept became a hallmark of the second half of the 20th century, - the hotel chain. “Hotel chains grew out of a lack of information,” he explains. “In Not surprisingly, things are now changing in our information-rich digital economy.

How to evaluate social and informal learning

Jay Cross

That’s our new responsibility, baking ideal practices for learning into the system. What you can do is evaluate the system in order to make improvements. Value network analysis could yield economic information that social network analysis fails to cover.

[2b2k] [berkman] Alison Head on how students seek information

David Weinberger

Alison Head, who is at the Berkman Center and the Library Information Lab this year, but who is normally based at U of Washington’s Info School, is giving a talk called “Modeling the Information-Seeking Process of College Students.” Omitting key information.

Insights into the next phase of crowdfunding: tearing down legal constraints and building reputation systems

Ross Dawson

Crowdfunding and reputation systems. When there are no reputation measures then you need highly detailed and extensively monitored disclosure of information relevant to investors.

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.

Total information war

Mind Hacks

Called ‘Military Social Influence in the Global Information Environment: A Civilian Primer’ – the piece is written by psychologist Sarah King who outlines the theory and practice of US information warfare as it stands today.

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How to support informal learning

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Cross is a champion of informal learning, Web 2.0, and systems thinking. They are currently refining informal/web 2.0 Every day, thousands of people read his blogs, Internet Time and Informal Learning Blog. I’m the Johnny Appleseed of informal learning. Interview.

AI and the Productivity Paradox

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.