In the last five months, the NSA's surveillance practices have been revealed to be a massive international operation, staggering in scope. But how do all of the NSA's programmes fit together – and what does it mean for you?
I learned something surprising this weekend. A rule I was taught back in elementary school turned out not always to be true. In the process, I discovered something worrisome about myself and how we prepare our children to be innovators.
Maria Scileppi: We need [the next generation] to be able to discover a better way to do something, to try new things” #innovation #learning
Mitchell Duneier loved teaching sociology to 40,000 students online. But, fearing that legislators will use MOOCs like his to gut public colleges, he put it on hold.
Personally: I think experimenting with the mix of real class and a MOOC as for example a replacement or addition to the articles/books people read can be of great value... and in general: let the debate about the use and purpose begin.
"It's unclear how many professors have been invited to license their courses. Another MOOC-teaching Princeton professor, Jeremy Adelman, says he has not been approached with an offer like the one Mr. Duneier received. Starting in September, he will once again teach "A History of the World Since 1300" on Coursera."
Traditional project-centric approaches to IT are outdated.
Unfortunately, when it comes to IT's ability to allocate investments in response to the new work environment, traditional governance processes prove grossly outdated. Some of the key challenges:
Companies don't identify the very best ideas for investment because most capital allocation processes start with business partners' existing ideas about projects to fund. As we've noted in our previous blog, senior business partners might not be that knowledgeable about what actually drives productivity on the front lines.Companies allocate capital to the wrong investments because our traditional emphasis on ROI-based business cases undermines IT's ability to invest in high-return-but-hard-to-measure areas like improving knowledge worker productivity.Companies tend to spread their capital allocation bets too thinly across business groups or functions, often for political reasons. This practice helps 'keep the peace' but means that often the most transformational opportunities get short-changed.
A few years ago, digital humanists at Stanford mapped the Republic of Letters, carefully detailing the social networks that connected thinkers during the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century.
A few years ago, digital humanists at Stanford mapped the Republic of Letters, carefully detailing the social networks that connected thinkers during the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Now Olivier Beauchesne, a data scientist in Canada, has used data visualization techniques to map out a more modern set of relationships – collaborations taking place among scientists across the globe.
When science will have answered all questions on man, will we then know the secret of man? In 1959, British scientist and novelist C.P. Snow pointed to the growing gap between the ‘two cultures’, between the truth claims of hard science on the one hand and the ‘lived’ truth of the humanities on the other.
What is happening to our ideal of knowledge, values, truths, morals, thinking and acting under the influence of science? Lets find out @ Nexus lecture
The Road Not Taken - by Robert Frost.Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;...
On Leadership: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost
After looking at how a chair manufacturer redesigned its products with their future life in mind, Rich Gilbert decided to apply the same thinking to the toaster
Designing a product without an understanding of where it will end up is useless.
We wanted to see how we could apply this thinking to electrical products. We had seen from the recycling centres that anything smaller than the diameter of a household bin is unlikely to get recycled, so we decided to design toasters, a simple everyday product. We named our toasters the Realist, the Pragmatist and the Optimist.
Future generations will live in a world more connected in almost every way, but how will human interaction suffer, asks author Tad Williams.
We are Data hunter gatherers
We are social animals, but as the dangers of being different have diminished since we started (the presence of large predators can do a lot to compel uniformity) individualism has become a greater and greater force in our societies and ourselves. Modern technology is one big reason, and two very powerful forces are now rapidly altering the dynamics of self-versus-society – monofocus and the transfer of allegiance from vertical societies to more fluid, horizontal groups.
The change in perspective won't stop there. Technological shifts are moving us closer to our own physical selves as well.
The United Nations Global Pulse team is trying to bring real-time monitoring and prediction to humanitarian efforts, using technology to improve aid distribution.
The research labs are initially working on demonstration projects to show the potential of the technology. “But the larger role of Global Pulse is as a catalyst to foster a data ecosystem for development, bringing together the private sector, universities and governments,” said William Hoffman, an associate director who leads the data-driven development program at the World Economic Forum, which has worked with Global Pulse.
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