Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read Where is Technology Taking the Economy? , The first era, in the 1970s and 1980s, brought us Moore’s law and the dramatic advances in semiconductor technologies. But, as we well know, there are serious downsides to technology-based automation.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Scientific American , in collaboration with the World Economic Forum , published a special report on The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017. Off-Grid Devices Draw Drinking Water from Dry Air - “Sunlight-powered moisture-absorbing technologies are becoming economical”.

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knowledge-sharing, post-technology

Harold Jarche

Given the diminishing choices, enterprise knowledge-sharing today is even less about the technology. Quite often the largest share of the budget in any ‘digital workplace’ initiative goes toward the technology. Communities PKMastery Technology

Gender Diversity, Empathy and Technology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What’s the value of gender diversity in technology-based disciplines? Is gender diversity an asset for technology-based companies? Are men inherently better than women at technology-based jobs? These are questions that have long been discussed.

What’s next for educational software?

George Siemens

Most educational software instantiates physical learning spaces. Essentially, we use new tools to do the work of old tools and largely fail, at first, to identify and advance the unique affordances of new technology. Instead of creating central spaces of learning, our focus (and reflected in Stephen’s grsshopper software) in subsequent courses turned to encouraging students to own their own learning spaces. What do you want the software to do?

The enterprise technologies to watch in 2014

Dion Hinchcliffe

Big Data Cloud Enterprise Software IT Priorities Networking Tech Industry Emerging tech often takes a while to get into the enterprise. This year''s watchlist shows that there''s plenty of hot new spaces to watch, while a few much older trends are just now reaching mainstream.

Can technology improve business innovation?

Dion Hinchcliffe

Today, technological aids are increasingly employed to improve and amplify the innovation process. CXO Emerging Tech Enterprise Software Enterprise 2.0 Useful innovation is one of the most meaningful outputs of human creativity. Now new social methods, especially crowdsourcing, have fundamentally altered how innovation is achieved and even who does it. Tech Industry Social Enterprise

Does technology improve employee engagement?

Dion Hinchcliffe

The endless parade of technologies to improve workforce collaboration has certainly led to the shrinking of time and distance, but has it actually let to a long-term increase in engagement and business performance? CXO Enterprise Software IT Priorities Unified Comms Enterprise 2.0

Technological Unemployment: Not Just for the US

Andy McAfee

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. They fill it up with hardware and software, just like we do in the US.

Can technology improve business innovation?

Dion Hinchcliffe

Today, technological aids are increasingly employed to improve and amplify the innovation process. Software Useful innovation is one of the most meaningful outputs of human creativity. Now new social methods, especially crowdsourcing, have fundamentally altered how innovation is achieved and even who does it.

7 critical aspects of Tibbr’s big step forward for enterprise social software

Ross Dawson

Marc Benioff of Salesforce once asked “why isn’t all enterprise software like Facebook?&#. When I first heard about Tibbr my first thought was about the potential for enterprise social software to integrate deeply into the nuts and bolts of enterprise applications. Tibbr is from the outset linked to all applications, drawing on the 140 technology and application adaptors that TIBCO has developed.

Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

Andy McAfee

Autor included a chart very much like the one below, which tracks US corporate spending over time on digital stuff — hardware and software — as a percentage of GDP: The most striking pattern in this graph is the sharp increase in the late 1990s, and the steep falloff since then.

Harnessing the True Potential of Internet of Things Technology

John Hagel

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.

Control Technology Choice, Not Technology Use

Andy McAfee

For me, the most interesting part of the conversation came as I gave him one of my standard pieces of advice: exercise tight control over technology choice, and as little as possible over technology use. Tight control over technology choice ensures that a big organization doesn’t wind up with hundreds of disjointed deployment efforts and fragmented technology environments. I talked a couple days ago with the CIO of a huge global organization.

Should Employees Be Incented to Use Social Technologies?

Dan Pontefract

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 ?”.

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

PKM is not a technology

Harold Jarche

PKM is not a technology, an enterprise system, a piece of software, or a platform. The best technology for enabling PKM is the Internet. In other words, PKM is not about collecting things and filing them away, no matter how fancy it looks on some software platform.

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How technologies will expand and replace human work

Ross Dawson

The Australian Financial Review is today running a special feature on the world to 2100, including an article on technology trends titled Connecting to a rising tide of data. It begins by quoting me on the impact of technology on the world of work.

Embedding social learning into texts and enterprise software

Jay Cross

So why are so many of the forays into learning technology anti-social? Joe has been marrying people, technology, and learning since the early days. He ran Michael Milken’s Knowledge Universe Interactive Studio before he became VP, Platform & Technology for Second Life at Linden Labs. Most of our pitiful attempts to enhance learning with technology have been focused on the technology, not on the social or collaborative aspects that make it successful ultimately.

A Useful Framework for Analyzing the Impact of Technology on Jobs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. .

Better Education Through Technology

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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?

Social Software Adoption

Tony Karrer

Not surprising, the terms most closely associated with Adoption are Adoption of Social Software and Adoption of Enterprise 2.0. There are some great resources on this such as: Ten tips for choosing & using social software Adoption of Web 2.0 technologies.

Education Technology Strategies - Day Two

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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. One of the things we''ve done recently is to create a $150M tech fund over 3 years, to invest in tablets, software, cameras, etc., So, we see this huge growth in technology.

A CIO's guide to the future of work

Dion Hinchcliffe

Top technology leaders are seeking an orderly path to improvement, yet the the way forward remains more turbulent than ever. Collaboration Consumerization Enterprise Software IT Priorities Mobility Unified Comms Enterprise 2.0 Today''s digital workplace is constantly inundated with new applications and devices, as tech investment also decentralizes. Fortunately, there are perspectives that can help.

How we can create open standards for social business

Dion Hinchcliffe

The proliferation of social networking silos, the growth of proprietary social media technologies, and fragmentation of digital conversation must be addressed. Collaboration Data Management Enterprise Software IT Priorities Software Development Enterprise 2.0 Here''s one way we can do it and you''re invited to contribute. Tech Industry Leadership

Productivity and Employment (and Technology): In the Jaws of the Snake

Andy McAfee

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. I think that technology is another big part of it.

The digital workplace 2014: Plight and promise of today's employees

Dion Hinchcliffe

While technology has thoroughly infused the workplace, its strategic adoption and meaningful application by the typical worker is actually just beginning. CXO Consumerization Enterprise Software Unified Comms Enterprise 2.0 Here''s how the digital workplace will look this year. Business Intelligence Leadership Social Enterprise

Businesses have digitized, but not transformed

Dion Hinchcliffe

The average lifespan of the traditional enterprise is plummeting rapidly, largely due to inability to adapt to today''s fast changing technologies. Enterprise Software

From learning to working technologies

Harold Jarche

Tweet Here is a graphic of Moore’s technology adoption curve. Inspired by Jane Hart , this is my view of the current state of the learning technologies industry: The Late Majority and Laggards are focused on meeting their compliance needs.

HubSpot and RentJuice: When New Technologies Meet Old Ways of Working

Andy McAfee

More and more, I struggle to find any industry, company, process, task, or function that’s not being affected these days by technology. Its founders felt that the classic methods — cold-calling, blanketing prospects with snailmail and email, setting up booths at trade shows, buying advertising, and so on — were losing their effectiveness in a world of caller ID, spam filters, search engines, TiVo, social networking software, and limited attention spans.

Fourteen game-changing enterprise products for 2014

Dion Hinchcliffe

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

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

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

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.

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Old skool influential software

Doc Searls

At least I got to play with a PC and an Apple II then, because my company did the advertising for a software company making a game for them. So I got to see first hand what Dave Winer is driving at in MacWrite and MacPaint, a coral reef and What early software was influential? How is it that wanting software to do everything defeats the simple purpose of doing any one thing well? One current victim of cruftism is Apple, at least in software and services.

What’s the right technology for schools?

Clark Quinn

At the end of a conversation the other day, the topic turned to technologies in schools. Of course the device would be equipped with a camera, microphone, wifi, bluetooth, etc, and a suite of software, but I really think that one platform isn’t enough, and two is too many, and a PDA is too small for creation and consumption and a tablet too small for fieldwork, so what you want is a hybrid hardware platform.

AI and The Future of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New technologies have been replacing workers and transforming economies over the past two centuries. But, over time, these same technologies led to the creation of whole new industries and new jobs.

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Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Take that base scaffolding and then wrap a learning community around it, based on great teaching, great technology, and the power it provides. I see that technology today, in pockets. We could develop courses by ourselves pre-technology. technology standards.

AI, Automation and the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But it’s recent advances based on machine learning and related data-driven technologies are still relatively new, making it hard to predict where AI will be heading over time. Like no other technology, AI forces us to explore the very boundaries between machines and humans.

Digital Identity - the Key to Privacy and Security in the Digital World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

assets , which can be tangible, e.g., cars, buildings, smartphones; or intangible, e.g., patents, software, data sets. Digital technologies are increasingly intertwined with the evolution of blockchain infrastructures.

The Rise of Winner-Take-All Urbanism

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Whenever a product, service or process is captured in software and digitized, it becomes digital capital and the economics of abundance take over. Earlier this year, Richard Florida published Why America’s Richest Cities Keep Getting Richer in The Atlantic.

Is Blockchain Ready to “Cross the Chasm”? Lessons from the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These survey results are not surprising for a technology as new and complex as blockchain. With such technologies, you typically have a relatively small number of early adopters. Is it a currency, commodity or technology?