Enterprise social technologies
JANUARY 30, 2014
I am presenting on enterprise social technologies, learning and performance at the Learning Technologies conference in London today. SocialLearning Technology
Automation Technologies and the Future of Work
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work. “Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,”
From “learning technologies” to “social technologies”
JUNE 14, 2012
Social technologies now play a big part in everything we do, and it is quite clear that many knowledge workers use a variety of social tools and networks not only to help them get work done, but also to learn efficiently while on the job.
JULY 28, 2016
I first came across the work of Ursula Franklin through her CBC Massey Lecture series on The Real World of Technology. In political terms, prescriptive technologies are designs for compliance.” Prescriptive technologies limit human potential. Technology
Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
Few topics are as important, - and as challenging to anticipate, - than the future of work given our justifiable fears of rising technological unemployment. One such discussion took place this past September at the The World Summit on Technological Unemployment in New York.
Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology
MARCH 12, 2014
Both were written by first-rate researchers, none of whom specialize in studying the impact of technology. And both came to the same conclusion: that digital technologies were largely responsible for the phenomena they examined.
Informal learning, the 95% solution
JANUARY 4, 2012
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. Today there is no agreed-upon informal learning design methodology. Informal Learning
Informal Learning – the other 80%
APRIL 16, 2013
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.
Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?
MAY 17, 2016
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.
Technologies for collaboration and cooperation
APRIL 14, 2011
Informal, opportunity-drive (serendipitous) collaboration is more like the free-for-all of an event like #lrnchat. There is an opportunity for platforms like Yammer & Socialcast or Brainpark to bridge the structured with the informal.
Learning with people, not technology
JANUARY 23, 2012
Yes, everyone’s jumping on the e-learning bandwagon today, but before you do, ask yourself ‘How does sitting at a computer taking in information align with the value our employees deliver?’
Harnessing the True Potential of Internet of Things Technology
MAY 4, 2016
Despite all the hype, businesses are still significantly under-estimating the business impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Now, I'll use IoT technologies to illustrate how just one of many technologies will enable the evolution of business models. Like all digital technologies, the price/performance of IoT technologies is evolving at an exponential rate. Current applications for this technology. IoT technologies generate a torrent of data.
The right information is not enough
NOVEMBER 28, 2012
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. SocialLearning Technology
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
lessons scripted around 1:1 laptop); IT issues - we were a Windows network, with everything on our own domain - we needed to open eg printing etc O - consumer technology far more accessible in 2012 esp. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Most classrooms still dominated by teachers teaching answers and students remembering them We can change the technology but if we haven''t changed the goal we really haven''t accomplished anything.
PKM is not a technology
AUGUST 16, 2012
PKM is not a technology, an enterprise system, a piece of software, or a platform. The best technology for enabling PKM is the Internet. Knowledge – connecting information to experience (know what, know who, know how).
Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle
AUGUST 22, 2016
It has been great for reducing the costs of searching, collaborating, and exchanging information… Overall, the Internet has enabled many positive changes - for those with access to it - but it has serious limitations for business and economic activity.”.
Technology’s Real Benefits (Hint: They’re Not Economic)
MAY 3, 2013
A couple recent articles, one in the WSJ by Dennis Berman and one in the NYT by Eduardo Porter , have raised the question of why all the amazing technologies we have these days aren’t showing up more strongly in the productivity and GDP growth statistics.
Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future
MARCH 13, 2013
I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future. The workshop was sponsored by UC Irvine’s Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI).
5 uncertainties that will shape the future of wearable technology
OCTOBER 15, 2014
The rise of wearables is one of the biggest emerging trends in consumer technology. Over the last decade our primary interfaces with connected technology have shifted from fixed computers to devices that we can carry in our pockets or bags. While it is always hard to predict consumer response to new technologies, it is safe to say that any early adopters will take to the next generation of devices with alacrity. Health Mobile Technology trends Uncategorized
Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?
MAY 9, 2011
Social collaboration technologies such as internal instances of blogging, micro-blogging, video sharing, discussion forums, idea sharing, wikis, and so on are all key aspects of being collaborative. Which brings me to the question, “ Should employees be incented to use social technologies ?”.
Enterprise Social Technology – Review
FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Scott Klososky sent me a copy of Enterprise Social Technology with this handwritten note, “ If nothing else, it shows what can be done using crowd sourcing. The story of how this book was written provides an interesting subtext to its main subject.
Curating our personal technology configurations
MAY 10, 2011
(Crossposted on Technology for Communities and Network Weaving CoP ). What is a Technology Configuration? Curating Resources – mostly the same as sharing information, but with the added layer of tags, rating mechanisms, aggregation tools.
A quick case for social technologies
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Social technologies remove artificial organizational boundaries and let knowledge be shared more easily. I put this one together as an aid that might be helpful in presenting a few aspects of the positive impact of social technologies in the workplace. Communities Informal Learning SocialLearning WorkI have been reviewing a number of resources I have collected on social media , social learning and return on investment. The bottom line seems very clear to me.
Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 15, 2013
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.
The evolution of the CIO – the transformation of the role of the Chief Information Officer
FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Some CIOs and IT functions are being marginalized as the business leaders come to believe that technology is a commodity and that technology functions should be performed increasingly efficiently, starving them of resources. Future of work Technology trends
Education Technology Strategies - Day Two
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
So the Achieving Excellents has four major objectives: - achieving excellence - ensuring equity - promoting well-being - competence We''ve also been partnering with the Council of Directors of Educations (CODE - ''superintendants'') - this boosts what we know about technology and enabling innovations. We also find these technologies are giving students with special needs a new voice, and to connect with their teachers and classmates. So, we see this huge growth in technology.
A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Last week I discussed a recent Pew Research report on the impact of AI, robotics and other advanced technologies on the future of jobs. These activities are neither candidates for technology substitutions, nor can they be easily complemented with technology-based tools. .
Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
But I’m not so sure that the impact of digital technologies tapered off to the extent the graph above would have us believe. Information processing equipment is simply a vehicle for software, in much the same way that a bottle of 5-hour energy is a delivery system for caffeine.
Technology and the Future of Media
AUGUST 18, 2015
Most everyone will agree that advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the business landscape. Our free-for-all technology-mediated world can help us quickly learn about different tastes and opinions.
Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy
NOVEMBER 17, 2011
The focus for this year’s conference was Digital Technologies for 21st Century Democracy. I was invited to attend the conference, and participate in the opening plenary panel on D igital Technologies and the Future of Governance. The panel was moderated by Beth Noveck , Professor of Law at the New York Law School , who until recently served in the White House as Deputy Chief Technology Officer and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative.
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
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.
Keynote slides: The Future of Information Infrastructure
AUGUST 1, 2011
This morning I am giving the opening keynote at Implementing Information Infrastructure Symposium , organized by the Storage Network Industry Association and Computerworld. Here are the slides to my keynote on The Future of Information Infrastructure. Cloud Technology trends
Foradian Technologies Interview
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
I specialized on online learning, media and collaborative technologies. Since 2001 at NRC I have worked on learning object standards and repositories, content recommender systems, collaborative content authoring technology, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). How technology help in improving the teaching practices? Technology makes it possible for experts to include novices and others in their day-to-day practice in ways unimagined even a decade ago. Questions 1.
How the next generation of display technologies will transform mobile computing
JUNE 18, 2014
This morning I was interviewed on the Morning Show about next generation technologies including holograms on smartphones, machine to machine (M2M) communication, neuro-hacking and brain implants. Mobile Technology trends Uncategorized
Technology, Capitalism and “The American Way of Life”
APRIL 10, 2017
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.
Information: What am I missing?
MAY 30, 2011
What can we do now with information that we could not do in the past? In this case, the “something new is the ways in which new tools allow us to mess around with information. I’ve compiled a list of nine attributes or new possibilities that new technologies, especially the internet, enable. What can we do with information that I’ve overlooked? Create information and easily. information. Pull together information from.
Will fashion lead the next wave of technology? 8 insights into the future of fashion
APRIL 30, 2014
Will the next big technology company come out of the fashion world? Perhaps the next technology giant will come from the fashion space. Technology will no longer be about devices but will dissolve into our environment, probably into our clothes more than anywhere.
Time’s Up – Learning Will Forever Be Part Formal, Part Informal and Part Social
FEBRUARY 6, 2011
With society wrapped in a cultural transformation expedited by technology, we continue to use an evaluation model that, quite simply, was built on the premise that learning occurs solely in a classroom. Learning is and forever will be, part formal, part informal and part social.
How technological and social change are feeding on each other in an accelerating spiral
JULY 26, 2011
In my recent keynotes I have frequently used variations on my Transformation of Business framework , which looks at how Technology Drivers and Social Drivers lead to a changed Business Landscape , and in turn New Drivers of Success. Yes, the forces of technological change are extraordinary.
Information, Money and Related Subjects
JANUARY 26, 2012
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.