Darrell M. West is vice president and director of Governance Studies and holds the Douglas Dillon Chair. He is founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings and Editor-in-Chief of TechTank. His current research focuses on educational technology, health information technology, and mobile technology.
To understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of social and digital business, MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with Deloitte, conducted its fourth annual survey of more than 4,800 business executives, managers and analysts from organizations around the world. The survey, conducted in the fall of 2014, captured insights from individuals in 129 countries and 27 industries and involved organizations of various sizes. The sample was drawn from a number of sources, including MIT alumni, MIT Sloan Management Review subscribers, Deloitte Dbriefs webcast subscribers and other interested parties. In addition to our survey results, we interviewed business executives from a number of industries, as well as technology vendors, to understand the practical issues facing organizations today. Their insights contributed to a richer understanding of the data. Surveys in the three previous years were conducted with a focus on social business. This year’s study has expanded to include digital business...
The Talent Challenge
Maturing digital organizations don’t tolerate skill gaps...
For 20 years, there were only five university labs in the world working on it. Today those five labs are very famous [Ed note: the five are University of Toronto, Université de Montréal, New York University, Stanford University and University of Oxford]. Everybody who comes out of them gets picked up by Google, or Facebook or a top university.
What are the differences between the ways that humans and machines learn? Are there specific weaknesses of the deep-learning approach that you are aware of?
You teach at Singularity University and you specifically teach about deep learning as an “exponentially advancing technology”. What resources need to be unlimited for the exponential growth of deep learning?
That’s a really good question. I actually think deep learning could be the first truly exponential technology.
...There is now, in fact, a deep-learning network for building deep-learning networks! And, indeed, the networks that they come up with are, in fact, much better than those that humans have created.
I understand you’ve been teaching yourself Chinese through a very data-intensive learning algorithm. I’m wondering how this personal learning experience, in your own brain, has informed your ideas about deep learning in silico.
... I wanted to learn more about human learning, so that I could use that knowledge to increase my machine-learning ability...
ICTA research leader in artificial intelligence, Professor Toby Walsh, says Watson is well suited to solving problems that involve sifting through large volumes of unstructured data.
As the volume of data available to humans increases, he says tools like Watson will be essential for helping make sense of it all. An early application of Watson is in helping clinicians make better decisions.
“The number of scientific papers being written is beyond the remit of any one person to read any more, and often it is unstructured text,” Walsh says.
One of the first Australian organisations to sign up to Watson is Victoria’s Deakin University. Chief digital officer, William Confalonieri, says the university is using Watson initially to create an intelligent digital guide for students. Deakin has received the highest ranking of any Victorian university for learning satisfaction for the past four years, and Confalonieri says the use of Watson is intended to cement this...
Congratulations to John O’Brien on his selection as the next CEO of EDUCAUSE. I don’t know John, but from what I can see from his background, (and knowing how thorough EDUCAUSE is with these sorts of processes), it seems that he will be a great choice to lead the organization. John will be taking over an EDUCAUSE on June 1st that, thanks to Diana Oblinger, is an excellent shape.
I’ve always been impressed by Diana’s professionalism and deep commitment both to the educational technology profession and to higher education. If you’ve been to the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference you know that it is an extremely well-run event. Diana has been able to build an efficient, productive, and service oriented organization at EDUCAUSE...
Can women have successful careers in the tech world? The Economic Survey 2014-15 says the IT and ITeS sector including Business Process Management (BPM), continues to be one of the largest employers in the country, directly employing nearly 35 lakh people. This sector will continue to thrive. Software products and services revenues for 2015-16 are projected to grow at 12-14 per cent. Women need to be a part of this growth trajectory...
Abhijit Bhaduri works as the Chief Learning Officer for the Wipro group. Prior to this he led HR teams at Microsoft, PepsiCo, Colgate and Tata Steel and worked in India, SE Asia and US. He has been voted to be one of the top HR influencers on Social Media by SHRM. He writes a popular weekly post on movies, music and management for his website abhijitbhaduri.com. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/abhijitbhaduri. Abhijit is the author of two best sellers – Mediocre But Arrogant and its sequel Married But Available. His latest book is called “Don’t Hire the Best” is about how to find a fit between the person and the organization. The views are personal
Europe is undergoing a significant technology entrepreneur brain-drain to the United States because it is not doing enough to retain information and communication technology (ICT) start-up companies.
A report by researchers from Imperial College Business School, initiated by the EIT ICT Labs and published today, found that ICT is a major economic driver for Europe. Between 2005 and 2010, investment in the sector accounted for one-third of all economic growth in the region, while ICT innovations bring positive, knock-on benefits for other industries.
The report – ‘ICT innovation in Europe: Productivity gains, start-up growth and retention’ – found that European countries are leading the way in nurturing talent, but do hardly enough to retain it. In fact, 43 percent of successful EU start-ups end up being acquired by US companies.
The main thing teachers constantly lack is time. My new book, Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom addresses just that: how to manage the classroom so it is easier on the teacher and much more effective for the 21st century student.
In writing the book, the big question was: as teachers,how can we be more effective in the classroom and make our lives easier? Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But it isn’t with the Blended Learning model supporting teachers.
The goal of Moonshots is to support teachers in the classroom, to make teaching easier and more relevant to today’s world within the existing structure of education while simultaneously making it more effective for students.
Businesses, all businesses, have a common enemy: isomorphism. The academic definition of isomorphism, which comes from the field of sociology, is something along the lines of the similarity of an organization’s processes or structures to those operating in the same environment.
The technology industry will see acceleration in existing trends, as well as some brand new innovations in 2015.
MBA students and business graduates with professional or entrepreneurial aspirations in the sector should be ahead of the curve on any significant developments, so what can we expect the year to bring?
More MBA recruitment
Technology companies have stepped up their MBA recruitment efforts this year, while graduates have exhibited more interest in careers in the industry. In spring 2014, tech showed the strongest increase in onsite business school hiring of any industry for the second consecutive year...
We’re excited to launch Female Founder Stories, a collection of interviews with 40 of Y Combinator’s female alumnae. We asked them about things like how they got started, their experience at Y Combinator, their experience as female founders, and what they wish they'd known when they were younger. As you'll see, their answers are fascinating, both individually and in their variety.
This is the biggest collection of interviews with female startup founders I've seen in one place, and as a result we have an unprecedented opportunity to notice patterns in their experiences (and just as interesting, where there aren't patterns).
One of the most consistent patterns is how many founders wished they'd learned to program when they were younger...
The percentage of startups we accepted with female founders was identical to the percentage who applied. (And this happened organically; we didn't check the numbers until after.) Which implies the percentage of female founders we fund will increase in proportion to the percentage of female applicants...
"We must identify the potential and the problems of MOOCs and decide on this basis whether they offer added value for individual universities," says HRK President, Professor Dr. Horst Hippler. To assist universities within this process of orientation and decision-making, HRK now publishes its MOOC-Reader in English. “Due to the importance of the subject and numerous requests of international partners we decided to make our MOOC-Reader available to a broader public,” explains the HRK President.
"MOOCs are very resource-intensive and are therefore not suitable as instruments to save money,” Hippler emphasises. The HRK is in favour of further investigation of the possibilities offered by developing digital teaching formats. These formats include Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)...
This course focuses on the concepts and tools behind reporting modern data analyses in a reproducible manner. Reproducible research is the idea that data analyses, and more generally, scientific claims, are published with their data and software code so that others may verify the findings and build upon them. The need for reproducibility is increasing dramatically as data analyses become more complex, involving larger datasets and more sophisticated computations. Reproducibility allows for people to focus on the actual content of a data analysis, rather than on superficial details reported in a written summary. In addition, reproducibility makes an analysis more useful to others because the data and code that actually conducted the analysis are available. This course will focus on literate statistical analysis tools which allow one to publish data analyses in a single document that allows others to easily execute the same analysis to obtain the same results.
A cost crisis, changing labour markets and new technology will turn an old institution on its head
MOOCs will disrupt different universities in different ways. Not all will suffer. Oxford and Harvard could benefit. Ambitious people will always want to go to the best universities to meet each other, and the digital economy tends to favour a few large operators...
That’s the spirit with which we’re today opening up our lab in Nairobi, Kenya, to more than 200 guests for our colloquium, “Africa in the New Era of Computing.” IBM researchers and business partners will explain the strategy for executing Project Lucy, our 10-year $100 million effort to take on many of Africa’s grand challenges by harnessing IBM Watson and other sophisticated technologies.
As Tech City marks its third year, the government has welcomed a new report (pdf) published today (6 December 2013) which highlights the rapid growth of Tech City, from a local initiative created 3 years ago to establishing itself as the digital capital of Europe. Independently produced figures from the report highlight how London tech companies are contributing to economic growth, inward investment and high value jobs across the country.
In Europe’s biggest ever app challenge the EU is offering €400 000 in prizes to best new applications that help build smarter cities and smarter businesses. Campus Party, the world’s largest geek forum, will manage the contest, judged by specialized engineers from the EU-funded FI-WARE Consortium.
The only condition of the competition is that app entries should build on the building blocks deployed in the EU’s project to build the core platform of tomorrow’s internet.
50 of these existing building blocks already exist – and are freely available through the FI-WARE Open Innovation Lab for developers to experiment with. They provide generic functions that can be used by a wide range of different applications from all kinds of sectors, like cloud hosting, big data analysis, identity management or the Internet of Things. This app challenge seeks to enable services based on those building blocks.
200,000 euros per idea and final 30 projects could get 2 million euros each. Company must be created in France. Themes: Energy Storage, Recycling, Sea-life protection, Vegetable proteins and chemistry, Personalised medicine and the "silver economy"
A cette occasion, un tchat vidéo Glowbl permettra de donner la parole à
Nelson MACULAN, ancien Secrétaire d’Etat à l’Enseignement supérieur du Président Lula au Brésil. En direct de Rio Peretz LAVIE, Président de l’Université Technion, Israël. En direct de Haifa Young SOHN, Directeur général de la stratégie de Samsung, Corée. En direct de Hawaii Mostapha Bousmina, Président de l’Université euro-méditerranéenne, Maroc. En direct de Fès Sam Pitroda, Conseiller du Premier ministre indien, Président du Conseil national de l’innovation en Inde. En direct de Chicago
Por tercer año consecutivo, Innovadores menores de 35 España presenta a los 10 jóvenes con los proyectos más punteros en ciencia y tecnología en el país. Estos innovadores son un ejemplo de la capacidad de los jóvenes de generar ideas disruptivas y de la valentía de llevarlas a cabo.
Nuevos medicamentos que actúan sobre el cuerpo humano como un ecosistema.
Guide URJC: Plataforma de guiado accesible y universal para espacios interiores y exteriores.
ADAPTABLE: Mesa de paciente para mejorar la eficacia en la administración de radioterapia.
‘Grafeno fotónico’ para láseres ultraeficientes y almacenamiento de energía solar.
INFANTIUM: Tecnología cognitiva, inteligencia artificial y ‘big data’ para personalizar el aprendizaje infantil.
EYE2021: Gafas que mediante un sistema acústico mejoran la independencia de personas ciegas.
F2TE3: Material superaislante para una mayor sostenibilidad y libertad en el diseño de edificios.
Fabricación de tejidos biológicos (córneas artificiales) que se integren en el cuerpo humano.
PALMIBER y ENLAZA: Vehículo lúdico e interfaz para rehabilitación de niños con parálisis cerebral.
ROSA MARÍA JIMÉNEZ-RODRÍGUEZ
Kit para un cierre definitivo y menos agresivo de grandes heridas abdominales.