Continuous learning : it’s a mindset not a technology or product
MAY 23, 2015
In this fast-moving world, we constantly need to learn new stuff. In the workplace, this is particularly important, as I showed in an earlier blog post, where Jacob Morgan talks of the future employee moving from “knowledge worker” (knowing stuff) to “learning worker” (learning new stuff).
Enterprise social technologies
JANUARY 30, 2014
I am presenting on enterprise social technologies, learning and performance at the Learning Technologies conference in London today. Office 365 productivity tools. SocialLearning Technology
Serving Experience As The Product
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
The experience is the product. Whether we talk about greeting cards, mobile apps, or vacation get-aways, the experience is the product. Many of the products we spend the most on and spend the most time with are platforms for services.) Serving experience as the product.
Can IBM Watson Workspace Save Our Productivity?
OCTOBER 28, 2016
Apparently, our productivity as employees has been plummeting since the mid 70s. Yet, productivity still is very weak and we don’t seem to succeed in figuring out who (or what) is to blame for that. Yes, indeed, you are reading it right, since the mid 70s !
Five emerging technologies for rapid digital transformation
APRIL 4, 2017
The enterprise world of technology is finally catching up with the consumer world. Here are some representative examples of new enabling products for faster digital change
UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design
AUGUST 7, 2014
In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. Josh Clark: My career path naturally didn’t begin with internet technology or mobile or multi-device stuff.
How Playing Games at Work Can Help Boost Your Productivity
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
all of them having been blamed, over the course of decades, for being responsible as well for people’s lack of productivity and for getting us all far too distracted from real work. But what happens *if* playing games actually makes you *more* productive?
Technology, Marketing and Storytelling
FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Digital technologies, - mobile, cloud, social, Internet of Things, big data and analytics, AI… - are transforming just about every aspect of business. In addition, technology is now amplifying the impact of storytelling on the customer experience.
The New Era of Smart, Connected Products
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
An equally optimistic view was expressed in another excellent article, - How Smart Connected Products are Transforming Competition , - published in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review by Michael Porter and James Heppelmann. . IT is now an integral part of the products themselves.
From Mass Production to Mass Individualism
JULY 16, 2014
Technology and globalizations have significantly reduced the employment opportunities and earning of middle-skill, middle-wage jobs. All kinds of new products and services, like Airbnb, are now coming to market.
Fourteen game-changing enterprise products for 2014
APRIL 20, 2014
As enterprise technology often struggles to keep up with the consumer world, here are the high impact products breaking into the mainstream with excellent chance to help companies keep up and get ahead. CXO Cloud Emerging Tech IT Priorities Software Tech Industry
The Puzzling Technology Adoption Discrepancy Between Individuals and Institutions
DECEMBER 11, 2013
The Foundation index, measures the fast moving advances in technology performance and adoption, as well as the shifts of global public policy that are reducing the barriers to entry and movement. This discrepancy in technology adoption has been observed for the past few years.
As more jobs are automated, how many of us will still have productive work?
OCTOBER 8, 2013
published by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. … Our findings thus imply that as technology races ahead, low-skill workers will reallocate to tasks that are non-susceptible to computerisation – i.e., tasks requiring creative and social intelligence.
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.
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.
Cloud, Services and the Transformation of Production
MARCH 26, 2014
It will undoubtedly transform the information technology (IT) industry, but it will also profoundly change the way people work and companies operate. What do we mean by the production of services ? Production includes both manufacturing and ICT-enabled services.
Technology Integration in K-12
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JULY 4, 2013
I was asked, I''m curious as to what you think the three most important things for new teachers to know about technology integration in k-12? The exact technology doesn''t matter much, and has evolved over the years, from the days of email mailing lists, to community bulletin boards, to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. That''s because of the question you asked, which focuses on new teachers and technology integration in the classroom.
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.
A Growing Backlash Against the Relentless Advances in Technology?
JULY 2, 2014
Given the relentless impact of technology-based innovation on just about all aspects of society, I like reading the views of different people on the subject, especially those outside my own worlds of technology and business.
The Materials of Digital Products
MARCH 16, 2011
The first was a commitment to craft and an understanding of its importance to the final product's quality. The second was a sense of pragmatism and, for lack of a better word, accountability for how the design would impact the final product. I loved to hear designers take execution into account during the creative process due to the fact that I was someone who was often responsible for creating the final product.
Learning with people, not technology
JANUARY 23, 2012
The HR director explains “New employees are given time to look around and get to know the products, ask questions, go online, read literature and shadow experienced employees.
Modernising Classroom Training through Technology (Online Workshop)
FEBRUARY 7, 2016
This workshop looks at how to modernise classroom training through the integration of technology. So why not actively encourage participants to make use of them in training in a productive way and at the same time increase participation and engagement in the training room?
Education Technology Strategies - Day One
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
Research - 2012-2014 - already indicators - web-based email increasing vs in-house email (38% - 56%) - cloud-based productivity software increasing 27-46% SWOT (Helpful / Harmful, Internal / External) S - removed fixed cost of laptops and servicing, gave parents a choice to purchase better device W - how to help teachers deal with these disruptive devices (eg. dates to classical Greece How does technology change this? - Using technology to find more (vs.
Technological Unemployment: Not Just for the US
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
Even though hourly manufacturing labor costs in China are only 4% of those in the US, it’s still attractive for Chinese factories to replace people with technology over time.
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.
Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake
MARCH 22, 2012
Smart guy Jared Bernstein came to MIT yesterday and gave a talk to the seminar Erik Brynjolfsson and I are organizing on how technology is affecting the economy. It’s a graph of American labor productivity growth and employment growth for the whole post-war period.
Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Personal Productivity Tips for Nonprofits
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
The first Nonprofit Blog Carnival of 2015 is on the theme is personal productivity. But maintaining productivity, especially online, can be challenging. What is personal productivity? How are nonprofits folks strengthening their personal productivity muscles in 2015?
Angry Birds and productivity at work: why distractions can help
SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
billion of worker productivity is lost to playing Angry Birds. I was quoted: Chairman of Advanced Human Technologies Ross Dawson told news.com.au today that workers already do a number of things that are not considered productive – like going to the bathroom or talking to colleagues without any actual loss in productivity. The fact someone is spending time playing a game or browsing doesn’t mean a productivity loss,” Mr Dawson said. “It’s
MAY 1, 2013
I don’t usually talk about products, particularly ones I’ve received as opposed to have chosen. mobile technology However, there are a couple of mentions worth making: GOOD. I won a copy of Navigon. I’d always wanted a GPS, but didn’t want to buy one, figuring they’d get outdated. I was glad to get it, as Google Maps wasn’t allowed to do turn-by-turn on the iPhone. I’ve used it a number of times, and have been very satisfied.
The Myth of the Myth of Technological Unemployment
JANUARY 23, 2013
Over at Slate, Matt Yglesias has a post titled ‘ The Myth of Technological Unemployment ‘ accompanied by a graph showing that hours worked in the US have been rising and falling in lockstep with output. ” Again, that looks like technological unemployment.
Better Education Through Technology
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 10, 2011
me) on seeing a sight like this is to suggest that everybody would be better off with a little more investment in technology. But they could instead higher fewer people, pay them more, and use technology to make up the difference. But third, and perhaps most critically, you don't actually get any improvements in output using the technological solution. It is in this context we need to read an article like Kentaro Toyama's Can Technology End Poverty?
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. This force has led to a substantial decline in employment in clerical, administrative support and, to a lesser degree, production and operative employment.”.
The Secret Sauce for Productive Nonprofit Meetings that No One Talks About
SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
So much of our work life is being in meetings, but many times are a participant, not the meeting leader. What can we do as a participant to make meetings more productive? Flickr Photo by Iain.
Healthy and Productive Meetings: Free Guidestar Webinar on Feb. 12th
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
I have learned a lot – and the results have helped me be way more productive (and drop a lot of pounds toos!). I’ll be doing a Guidestar Webinar on health and productive meetings on Feb. Flickr Photo by Lynn Friedman.
Jobs, work and technology
DECEMBER 2, 2011
For example, CAD systems have enabled engineers to develop far more complex products than they could have done otherwise. Continuing increases in worker productivity add yet more to the surplus. Social technology is creating the effect of “social heads in the sand” by believing popular and influential ” are more important than the meaningful and significant. Tweet Here are some of the observations and insights that were shared on Twitter this past week.
A critical point in the MegaTrend of Creative Enablement: DSLRs are revolutionizing video production
JULY 13, 2011
One of the biggest, broadest, most important trends of the last few decades has been how technology has democratized the tools of creation and production. Now the means of production are in place to fulfil the massive emerging demand for video. Technology trends Uncategorized
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. Production: the bundling of different content into a final market-ready product, - a newspaper, TV schedule, cable package or DJ’s playlist.
Services, Production and Clouds
OCTOBER 20, 2011
Last week I wrote about the workshop I recently attended in IBM’s Almaden Research Lab on The Co-Evolution of Future Technologies, Skills, Jobs, and Quality-of-Life. Given the major advances in the power and costs of information technologies, many more such service activities are now amenable to be transformed into algorithms and embodied in software. Over the past several years I have given a number of seminars on technology and innovation in services.
How True Advertising Can Save Journalism From Drowning in a Sea of Content
JANUARY 26, 2017
Walt concludes, It’s no easy task to either make money online as a publisher or to advertise your product in a world where attention is so fleeting and divided. Journalism is in a world of hurt because it has been marginalized by a new business model that requires maximizing “content” instead.