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Securing the Foundations of our Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 1 the Commission issued its final Report on Securing and Growing the Digital Economy. The interconnectedness and openness made possible by the Internet and broader digital ecosystem create unparalleled value for society,” notes the report in its Executive Summary. “But these same qualities make securing today’s cyber landscape difficult. Why wasn’t stronger security designed into the original Internet infrastructure?

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. But, as with the Internet, the Web and other major technologies, the blockchain has now transcended its original objective. In addition to developing standards and organizing promotional activities, these various organization make available open source implementations of their software releases, thus encouraging collaborative, open innovation.

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The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) was organized in 2013 by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee to examine the impact of digital technologies on the world. How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation? To help come up with breakthrough, real-world answers to these tough questions, IDE launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) last year.

White House: Innovation in Higher Education

George Siemens

The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. My thoughts below are suitably vague so as to not identify who else was there and the specifics of the meeting. The White House is secure.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) was organized in 2013 by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee to examine the impact of digital technologies on the world. How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation? To help come up with breakthrough, real-world answers to these tough questions, IDE launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) last year.

[liveblog] Data & Technology in Government

David Weinberger

Part of the importance of this is that students at the Kennedy School are agitating for a much strong technology component to their education on the grounds that these days policy makers need to be deeply cognizant of the possibilities technology offers, and of the culture of our new technology development environment. Tomorrow there is an afternoon of discussions sponsored by the student-led Technology for Change group. Todd Park, White House Technology Advisory.

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Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

innovators of today") Q: are we looking at ways to. 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. Need a sustainable transformation that''s relevant and meets local needs. So, we see this huge growth in technology.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: GIO 3.0 - The 2007 Global Innovation Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. with back-to-back meetings in New York City, one of which I was the host for.

Using Agile Processes to Develop AI-Based Solutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s also quite applicable for mission critical software and infrastructure projects where security, availability, scalability and other ilities are paramount. Agile development is evolutionary in nature, based on the early availability of experimental prototypes, user feedback, continuous improvements, and rapid responses to technology, market and user requirements. In June, Adobe announced Technology Previews, an agile development approach for building AI-powered solutions.

Could AI Reshape the Global Balance of Power?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) was established by the US Congress in Fiscal Year 2019 to “advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies by the United States to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.” serious mistakes and unintended consequences if public and private sector institutions adopt powerful AI technologies before they’re ready.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a world that’s increasingly governed by digital transactions and data, our existing methods for managing security and privacy are proving inadequate. Protects user privacy and ensures control over personal data: includes strong privacy and security safeguards, while giving users access to, and control over who can access their data. But, like other innovations, digital ID technologies can be used both to benefits society and for undesirable purposes.

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The Long-Term Future of Work and Education: Three Potential Scenarios

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“Experts differ widely in their predictions about how technological innovation will change the labor market, but they all see a need for changes in education,” write British professors Ewart Keep and Phillip Brown in a recently published article, Rethinking the Race Between Education and Technology. Every past technological transformation ultimately led to more jobs, higher living standards and economic growth.

How Will the Pandemic Reshape Labor Markets?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In a 2017 article , urban studies professor and author Richard Florida wrote: “The most important and innovative industries and the most talented, most ambitious, and wealthiest people are converging as never before in a relative handful of leading superstar cities that are knowledge and tech hubs.

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An Increasingly Digital “New Normal”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

About a dozen years ago, I attended a conference where I was interviewed on stage by then WSJ technology columnist Walter Mossberg. A world in which agile ways of working are a prerequisite to meeting seemingly daily changes to customer behavior.”. The most successful business transformation are those that leverage a firm’s core assets, and bring them into the future by integrating the core assets with the new technologies and market models.

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AHT Group expands its team: Insights from our Sydney team meeting

Ross Dawson

The meeting room at Hub Sydney was packed with sixteen of our talented team members, including Chairman Ross Dawson and workers from a wide variety of disciplines. It was eye-opening to meet team members who have started their own cutting-edge businesses, built apps or worked in 3D printing. In future, we also intend to hold meetings in smaller sub-teams to maximise focus and efficiency. A major focus of the meeting was process development.

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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Innovation, Fundamental Research and Universities

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The MIT Work of the Future Report

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The world now stands on the cusp of a technological revolution in artificial intelligence and robotics that may prove as transformative for economic growth and human potential as were electrification, mass production, and electronic telecommunications in their eras,” said the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future in its recently released interim report. Automation anxieties continued to resurface in the 20th century, right along with advances in technology.

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Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Leadership in the Twenty-First Century , a report by a CFR-sponsored Task Force to assess the future of work and its implications for the US economy and national security. competitive success in a global economy that will continue to be reshaped by technology and trade.” .

Is the Blockchain Now Reaching a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published its annual list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016. The technologies on the list have been worked on for years. The Blockchain is one of the technologies in this year’s list, selected by the WEF panel of global experts because of its emerging potential to fundamentally change the way markets and governments work. . Emerging technology solutions.

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The New Era of Smart, Connected Products

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past few years, some have justifiably questioned whether innovation has been going through a period of stagnation , especially when compared to major 19th and 20th century innovations like electricity, cars and airplanes. Others argue that while the nature of innovation is definitely changing as we evolve and adapt to an information-based digital economy, it’s impact is no less transformative.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - following World War II - saw the advent of computers, digital technologies, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. There’s general agreement that the 4th Industrial Revolution is primarily driven by a fusion of once separate technologies that when joined together are integrating the physical and digital worlds. A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made.

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These systems were optimized for simplicity and flexibility, and their graphical user interfaces led to many innovative applications, including the new web-based applications in the 1990s. This transformation is driven by the continuing advances of technology. Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high. To overcome these major challenges we must fundamentally rethink the IoT’s technology strategies, business models and overall designs.

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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. Former national security advisor Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano serve as chair and vice-chair respectively. To gather the necessary information for its short- and long-term recommendations, the Commission is holding public meetings around the country, each focused on a different sector of the economy.

The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These included a significant expansion of government support for scientific research in universities and R&D labs, leading to product innovations from the private sector and better weapons from the defense industry, - and making the US the most prosperous and secure nation in the world. A recent task force on Innovation and National Security noted that “Washington has failed to maintain adequate levels of public support and funding for basic science.

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Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Traditionally, decision systems have been confined to individual physical domains, such as logistics, physical plant, and human resources, and more recently virtual domains such as cyber, by both policy and technology, resulting in challenges with the integration of information across disparate domains.”. These cross-team ties help to break down silos and increase an organization's productivity and ability to innovate.”.

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The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The meeting was organized by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), - the nonprofit research institution founded by former IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano to study the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society. The CEOs at the meeting in China concluded that their highest research priority was the evolution toward Digital Supply Chains (DSC), and its potential to transform organizations and the conduct of business around the world.

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A related initiative, the Future of Life Institute (FLI) was founded a year ago as a volunteer-run research organization with the mission to help humanity steer a positive course when embracing new technologies, including the potential risks from the development of human-level artificial intelligence. Validity (Did I build the right system?) : how to ensure that a system that meets its formal requirements does not have unwanted behaviors and consequences;”.

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The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Institutional Environment , a measure of the institutional conditions enabling digital money adoption; Enabling Infrastructure , which measures the technological and financial infrastructure needed to support digital money; Solution Provisioning , consisting of the industries and functions driving digital money solutions; and. Propensity to Adopt , which captures the extent to which consumers and businesses embrace digital innovation. .

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A lot is going on with blockchain, so much so that last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) named The Blockchain one of its Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016. Blockchain has the potential to make our digital infrastructures much more secure, efficient and trustworthy, but it will take time. Get on the blockchain learning curve now or wait until the technology is more mature before jumping in? A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

The Emergence of Industry 4.0

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - following World War II - saw the advent of computers, digital technologies, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. There’s general agreement that the 4th Industrial Revolution is primarily driven by a fusion of once separate technologies that when joined together are integrating the physical and digital worlds. A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made.

Education, Work and US Leadership in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Leadership in the Twenty-First Century , a report by a CFR-sponsored Task Force to assess the future of work and its implications for the US economy and national security. Their comprehensive report, - over 150 pages and 276 citations, - explored in great depth the changing nature of work as global competition and advanced technologies like AI, robotics, and smart IoT devices transform jobs and careers. Technology and Work.

Human-AI Decision Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Traditionally, decision systems have been confined to individual physical domains, such as logistics, physical plant, and human resources, and more recently virtual domains such as cyber, by both policy and technology, resulting in challenges with the integration of information across disparate domains.”. These cross-team ties help to break down silos and increase an organization's productivity and ability to innovate.”.

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Blockchain’s Potential for Environmental Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Blockchain technologies promise to significantly improve the efficiency and security of business transactions and data sharing among participants in a global ecosystem, such as supply chains, financial services, and similar complex applications involving multiple institutions.

The Untethered, Hyperconnected Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Top down strategy plans take too long to formulate and generally don’t work so well because technologies and markets are changing so fast. Unlike the academic panel, the CIOs emphasized the need for ROI analysis and careful planning, especially when considering big technology bets. There is bad-legacy , which costs too much to support and constrains innovation. The key objective of a startup is to bring their new innovation to market as quickly as possible.

The Evolution Toward Digital Supply Chains

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The meeting was organized by the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), - the nonprofit research institution founded by former IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano to study the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society. The CEOs at the meeting in China concluded that their highest research priority was the evolution toward Digital Supply Chains (DSC), and its potential to transform organizations and the conduct of business around the world.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

After a full day of talks and discussions, the sense of the meeting was that cloud computing has the promise to bring a real paradigm shift to the IT world, although, as the conference organizer succinctly put it in his closing remarks: “There is a clear consensus that there is no real consensus on what cloud computing is.” Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

Global Trends 2030 - Living Through a Transformative Period

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

GT2030 explores in detail six such game-changers: a crisis-prone,volatile global economy; governments inability to adapt to a fast changing world; the potential for increased conflicts; wider regional instabilities; the impact of new technologies; and the future role of the United States. And in particular, it is a good framework for thinking about our continuing digital technology revolution and its transformational impact on economies and societies around the world.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A lot is going on with blockchain, so much so that last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) named The Blockchain one of its Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016. Blockchain has the potential to make our digital infrastructures much more secure, efficient and trustworthy, but it will take time. Get on the blockchain learning curve now or wait until the technology is more mature before jumping in? A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

Extreme Scale Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the quest for the fastest machines, supercomputers have always been at the leading edge of advances in IT, identifying the key barriers to overcome and experimenting with technologies and architectures that generally then appear in more commercial products a few years later. Through the 1970s and 1980s, the fastest supercomputers were based on vector architectures and used highly sophisticated technologies and liquid cooling methods to remove the large amounts of heat they generated.

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. It’s a natural way of explaining what the new innovation is all about. This is now the case with blockchain and related technologies. Communications have played a major role in my work over the past few decades.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Third, - s tarting in the 1960s, - saw the advent of digital technologies, computers, the IT industry, and the automation of process in just about all industries. Now a Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century,” he noted. “It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.”.

Digital Common Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On May 30 and 31 I attended a meeting in Washington, the Rights and Bytes: Law and Big Data Workshop. But, as as Internet and digital technologies are increasingly integrated into just about all aspects of our lives, the laws, policies and institutions we developed for the physical world are way too impractical for our fast moving, fast changing digital world. A key characteristic of common law systems is their ability to continuously evolve to meet changing societal needs.

The Passing of an Era

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Mainframes were built using fairly sophisticated and expensive technologies. By the late 1980s, advances in microprocessor technologies were enabling a new generation of vendors to compete with mainframes, supercomputers and minicomputers with significantly less expensive client-server solutions based primarily on PC and workstation platforms. The new client-server products became the fast growing platforms where most of the innovations now took place.