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Design management for wicked problems - ADMC 2020 Systemics and design principles in support of Tiago Forte’s PARA framework A brief, informal guide to doing grounded theory Keeping the buzz in buzzwords Student Acquisition, Engagement, and Retention: Analogies from tech startups The National Youth Leadership & Innovation Summit How the world sees itself Commenting systems — don’t moderate; facilitate On Ice Buckets! On “Your Pain Is Real” future ages will scarce believe On Treading Water memorialleadership: Notes from Remzi Cej’s talk at MSLC 2013 Contemplative Education and Extra/Co-Curricular Programming Defining “Global Leadership” “Attention Density” and Behaviour Change - the “moment of insight” Notes from a TEDtalk - Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future Summarizing the Centre for Creative Leadership’s 2011-2012 Annual Report
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Researchers detail huge hack-for-hire campaigns against environmentalists TED and YouTube launch global climate initiative The ‘Amazon effect’ is flooding a struggling recycling system with cardboard John Kerry, Arnold Schwarzenegger wage ‘World War Zero’ on climate change 2019 Tech Trends Report — The Future Today Institute Medical Crowdsourcing: Harnessing the “Wisdom of the Crowd” to Solve Medical Mysteries Former Go champion beaten by DeepMind retires after declaring AI invincible MTA floods NYC subway entrance because ‘climate change is real’ The Demon Haunted World Fukushima reinvents itself with a $2.7 billion bet on renewables Resources How Tesla’s first Gigafactory is changing Reno, Nevada README.txt: Introducing Into the Dataverse, the article series
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README.txt: Introducing Into the Dataverse, the article series The Tyranny of Categorization I’ve actually heard a project manager say, “You know, any line of code that my developers write to audit what they’re doing, to put stuff in a database, is a line of code that they’re not putting in developing the application Data Science, let’s break this down into components: Data used to be a relatively simple thing
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This view chimes with other data presenting “Generation Z”, and which seem to suggest that while they are incredibly demanding, many are also very needy and much more reliant — perhaps on parents, teachers and lecturers — than previous generations
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Systemic Strategy: Systemic Design Methods for Complex Systems Change Google’s ads just look like search results now Systemics and design principles in support of Tiago Forte’s PARA framework “Level Up”: Leveraging Skill and Engagement to Maximize Player Gameplay Beautiful is Good and Good is Reputable: Multiple-Attribute Charity Website Evaluation and Initial Perceptions of Reputation Under the Halo Effect Resources Keeping the buzz in buzzwords This conflated design seems reasonable at first, but hinders efforts to classify a file in more flexible ways. Applied Systems Thinking design not for what we expect to see, but for what we actually believe we’re seeing I don’t think that data scientists and data engineers at most organizations that I’m working with have figured out how to communicate with anybody Today’s interview is with Rie Nørregaard, a Managing Creative Director of SY Partners, a consultancy based in New York and San Francisco Finding the Emic in Systemic Design Leverage Analysis in Systemic Design The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment’s (2018) systemic theory of change design can be directly weaponised by the design team itself The corollary to this is to never solve the problem at the wrong level Here is one thing I gained from this Analysis. Multiple scales. In a 2016 book, “The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty,” the professor and design theorist Benjamin Bratton sets out to, in his words, propose a “specific model for the design of political geography tuned to this era of planetary-scale computation,” by drawing on the “multilayered structure of software, hardware and network ‘stacks’ that arrange different technologies vertically within a modular, interdependent order Creative Education Futures We can build software to eat the world, or software to feed it When designers center around the user, where do the needs and desires of the other actors in the system go? LABS | InVision Luck is the residue of design The view that negative impacts are an inevitable consequence of development has blinded us to the obvious [T]he anthropologist characteristically approaches such broader interpretations and more abstract analyses from the direction of exceedingly extended acquaintances with extremely small matters [I]t is not necessary to know everything in order to understand something Understanding a people’s culture exposes their normalness without reducing their particularity Our reaction to these atrocities can cloud our judgment, biasing us in favor of war How Empathy Makes People More Violent - The Atlantic Purpose’s gender-neutral bathroom signs When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe Designers … seek to choose rather than predict the future [S]chools are designed based on the average The Ten Most Common Mistakes In Setting Up A Social Lab - Social Labs Design In Tech Report 2015 Design Kit Social Innovation Lab Guide - The Rockefeller Foundation Mike Monteiro, “Why you need design”. Mike Monteiro, “Why you need design”. Calling someone a creative doesn’t elevate How the world sees itself Your Calendar Needs an Upgrade Lab journeys as a design tool Climb Every Mountain Jack of all trades, Master of none? Insourcing: Why organisations are looking to design Microtainer: lab resources (July 2015) - Social Innovation Generation Why Is a Designer Using Medium?!? “Generalists change the world; specialists perfect it http://t. The World’s First and Only Completely Honest Résumé of a Graphic Designer. Material Design is Google’s new visual look for Android, Chrome OS, and more
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As Lambda students speak out, the school’s debt-swapping partnership disappears from the internet IBM expert Tamreem El Tohamy on bridging the skills gap in Africa Resources Education is delivery; learning is discovery. Carleton University and Shopify’s bachelor of computer science program is a great example of a work-integrated education initiative to foster homegrown talent Innovation is a Buzzword (but it doesn’t have to be) Innovation Education Education Systemics New job posting: RECODE Social Innovation Fellow The residential university she hopes to create would differ radically from what’s been done traditionally. Your generation will set goals for what you want to become – like an engineer, health worker, writer or community leader. The university of the 21st century has three roles: to create knowledge, to share that knowledge, and to use and apply it. An EdTech Buzzword Bingo Card Second Policy Switch: From Predetermined to Curiosity-Led Learning Acquiescence is a good word for this. Habits of creative thought cannot be cultivated by assuming that inquisitive young minds must be moulded into established patterns of thinking Four Solutions We Believe In On Full Horizon Planning and the Under-Appreciated Power of Workflow Systems - Study Hacks - Cal Newport ReSchool 2015 Keynote: Dr David Helfand on Transforming the Future of Education Systems Mapping The Rise of Open Curriculum — Bright Nobody is average, every student deserves personalized learning — Changemaker Education [S]chools are designed based on the average Pollinating systems change in higher education through evaluation athenahealthVoice: What Doctors Aren’t Learning In Medical School And Why It Matters Educating Data | MIT Technology Review Transforming a notorious Winnipeg neighbourhood into a hub for education Higher education almost completely ignored Marshall McLuhan’s central insight: new modes of communication change what can be imagined and expressed But almost all arguments about student privacy, whether those calling for more restrictions or fewer, fail to give students themselves a voice, let alone some assistance in deciding what to share online A Personal Cyberinfrastructure (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE. Making Transcripts More Than ‘a Record of Everything the Student Has Forgotten’ June News: Share. http://t. http://pic. Contemplative Education and Extra/Co-Curricular Programming
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2019 Tech Trends Report — The Future Today Institute Resources Collectively, then, these are what Wei cheekily calls “status-as-a-service” businesses Creating Economic Opportunity for Workers in the Digital Era Research that is simply beyond belief Millions of worlds. Billions of cultures. Quadrillions of people. Decillions of interrelationships. And you want me to reduce it to order. Syringe-injectable electronics Designers … seek to choose rather than predict the future ReSchool 2015 Keynote: Dr David Helfand on Transforming the Future of Education What new power looks like The automation myth: Robots aren’t taking your jobs— and that’s the problem Educating Data | MIT Technology Review How Uber Hides Behind Its Algorithm Distribution … now Paul Saffo’s approach to forecasting. The End of Leadership The Next Wave | Edge. What worries me about the future of Silicon Valley, is that one-dimensionality, that it’s not a Renaissance culture, it’s an engineering culture The question is, how does this current bubble end? Not when, but how? What constitutes a bubble? For me, I can clearly see we’re in a bubble economy when relatively more money is chasing relatively few good ideas We’re at that stage, where our expectations have outrun the reality of the technology Utopian Capitalism The end of interest rates Can civilisation reboot without fossil fuels? On Ice Buckets! Notes from a TEDtalk - Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future
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Van Horn and Perona open with a brilliant one-liner: the world is long-tailed All these examples tell the same story: that the world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information which is getting ever vaster ever more rapidly SOLVE@MIT: A participant’s perspective
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Systemic lessons from South Korea’s Patient 31 our review identifies several approaches that show some promise for improving the use of research in population health policy. One theme was the importance of ensuring that policymakers are provided with research syntheses and summaries that match their needs This was also the message from a 2011 study from the US, which tested four different types of policy briefs on mammography screening with nearly 300 policymakers The first thing to note is that, although we identified over 300 papers on the use of research in health policymaking, the vast majority of these were descriptive
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Intuition is confident abductive-inferential thinking Researchers detail huge hack-for-hire campaigns against environmentalists Why are we exceeding the Earth’s carrying capacity? Roger Martin, Bianca Andreescu, and systemic strategy Systemic lessons from South Korea’s Patient 31 Divide & conquer Can Snow Clearing Be Sexist? As Lambda students speak out, the school’s debt-swapping partnership disappears from the internet “Bring It On, Haters”, With Special Guest Ben Thompson Starting the Decade by Giving You More Control Over Your Privacy Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data Google’s ads just look like search results now Interference by Sue Burke Microsoft wants to capture all of the carbon dioxide it’s ever emitted US announces AI software export restrictions for China Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages This wireless power startup says it can charge your phone using only radio waves Segway’s newest self-balancing vehicle is an egg-shaped wheelchair Twitter announces Bluesky: a team seeking and developing an open standard for social media Elon Musk attempts to explain Twitter to normal people in court TED and YouTube launch global climate initiative Embracing multilingualism to enhance complexity sensitive research The ‘Amazon effect’ is flooding a struggling recycling system with cardboard John Kerry, Arnold Schwarzenegger wage ‘World War Zero’ on climate change Combining semantic and term frequency similarities for text clustering Bad RCS implementations are creating big vulnerabilities, security researchers claim 2019 Tech Trends Report — The Future Today Institute Medical Crowdsourcing: Harnessing the “Wisdom of the Crowd” to Solve Medical Mysteries Report Launch - OPSI Primer on AI for the Public Sector “Level Up”: Leveraging Skill and Engagement to Maximize Player Gameplay Beautiful is Good and Good is Reputable: Multiple-Attribute Charity Website Evaluation and Initial Perceptions of Reputation Under the Halo Effect Piret Tõnurist & Systems Change: how to get started and keep going? 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MTA floods NYC subway entrance because ‘climate change is real’ The Demon Haunted World How to recognize AI snake oil A Systemic View of Research Impact Nobel Economics Prize Goes to Pioneers in Reducing Poverty Adam Savage on Lists, More Lists, and the Power of Checkboxes Systems Practice, Abridged Fukushima reinvents itself with a $2.7 billion bet on renewables How Tesla’s first Gigafactory is changing Reno, Nevada “This is Sticking with Them:” Professor Explores Benefits of Model-Based Learning README.txt: Introducing Into the Dataverse, the article series A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day The Tyranny of Categorization Paul Jarvis on Hurry Slowly: Small is Beautiful DeepMindʼs StarCraft 2 AI is now better than 99.8 percent of all human players Spotify is cracking down on family plan sharing — again. Pretty soon, whenever any traffic cop didn’t enter a license number when writing a ticket, it would automatically get assigned to Tartaro. Mail clients should allow remote images but load them anonymously, through a proxy server perhaps. The internet has given billions of people a way to amplify their voices, but the trade-offs have become tangible. From the Future Today Institute’s recent release. How do you handle life’s inputs and prioritizing? This conflated design seems reasonable at first, but hinders efforts to classify a file in more flexible ways. These companies are trying to usurp the word podcast for one simple reason: people love podcasts. The findings add to a string of worrying revelations about what apps are doing with the health information we entrust to them. Problems with shared technology usually arise because (1) the formulas and protocols about how to use the applications are not well defined, and/or (2) not everyone plays appropriately, so the data is incomplete or unreliable. I consider myself, not the computer, to be the artist,” he says I choose not to describe matters of technique and implementation in more depth, because these subjects are inherently alienating,” Snell told The Verge over email The most impressive new feature is one that will solve whiteboard interactions in meetings with remote participants We introduce a metric called generality that is defined in order to evaluate the accessibility of each concept, considering the ontology like a strongly connected graph In light of Facebook’s long list of wrongdoings, a temporary service outage might not seem like a big deal Collectively, then, these are what Wei cheekily calls “status-as-a-service” businesses Google says that it won’t pull Absher, a controversial government app from Saudi Arabia, from its app store, telling California representative Jackie Speier that it did not violate its policies, and that it would remain up, according to Business Insider One popular criticism of Facebook and other tech platforms is that they never compensate users for their time, their data, or their contributions One popular criticism of Facebook and other tech platforms is that they never compensate users for their time, their data, or their contributions We in Canada can learn a lot from these examples. HIATT: By all accounts, Square runs more smoothly than Twitter at the time I expressed frustration at interviews about tech platforms’ challenges that place the CEO at the center design not for what we expect to see, but for what we actually believe we’re seeing think of the tech industry as being built on an ever-increasing number of assumptions: that you know what a computer is, that saying “enter your Wi-Fi password” means something to you, that you understand what an app is, that you have the desire to manage your Bluetooth device list, that you’ll figure out what USB-C dongles you need, and on and on The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook had begun working on a feature that would encourage users of opposing political beliefs to interact in a more positive way Enter Elowan, a cybernetic plant unveiled this month by Sareen and his team Amrute joins the institute’s leadership at the culmination of a strategic planning process to strengthen Data & Society’s unique dual focus on convention-challenging research and targeted field engagement That’s why, starting on January 14th, we’ll be publishing Better Worlds: 10 original fiction stories, five animated adaptations, and five audio adaptations by a diverse roster of science fiction authors who take a more optimistic view of what lies ahead in ways both large and small, fantastical and everyday The point here is simple: if Canadian universities want to contribute to economic growth, they need to start actually paying attention to how their curriculum and pedagogy is improving skills. what are the scaling challenges tech companies have that do relate to post-secondary? Scientist He Jian Kui allegedly used the gene-editing tool CRISPR cas-9 to disable the CCR5 gene in 31 embryos with the goal of making children who were more resistant to HIV Zen practices refer to a “beginner’s mind There’s an event, a problem, an opportunity coming toward me I can’t see yet But if you’re already in a mess, you’re not free to make one How easily you can make a mess is how truly productive you can be Facebook built Watch Party after finding that live videos encouraged more social interactions than prerecorded ones The Fall Economic Statement also included a commitment of up to $755 million over the next ten years to establish a Social Finance Fund, and $50 million over the next two years for an Investment and Readiness stream aimed at building capacity in organizations wanting to explore social finance opportunities But what is it doing to us? I know my perception of time has been totally skewed; something that happened last week has flattened into things that happened in the past, a category that holds everything from that @horse_ebooks tweet to the screening of Black Panther I saw in February in Los Angeles Last month, men in South Sudan engaged in a bidding war over a 17-year-old girl after they saw a post on Facebook advertising her for marriage I actually have a specific anomaly that I saw the other day, where I’m hiring a new data scientist in Denver the biggest problem here about this lack of process around management, around data engineering, the communication between data engineering and data science, this lack of management, if you want to specialize, you want to have a data liaison…do you want to have a data engineer specialist, because the earliest data science project, like the smallest one, data scientist is doing the data engineering work too When queried to unpack the idea of a “data liaison” more and provide additional clarity and whether this person could be a “project manager”, Miner indicated “…in a consulting construct, that both myself and Niels [co-founder] provides in some of our larger projects I agree that in the beginning of the project it’s really good to get everybody in the room due to the amount of communication that needs to happen something that we advise our clients on all the time, and is a major portion that I think takes people by surprise sometimes, is that most organizations is that their default is to treat their data science projects like software engineering projects that they’re currently running at the organization I’ve actually heard a project manager say, “You know, any line of code that my developers write to audit what they’re doing, to put stuff in a database, is a line of code that they’re not putting in developing the application [it] is a symptom of really bad project management I don’t think that data scientists and data engineers at most organizations that I’m working with have figured out how to communicate with anybody in our consulting engagements, and also two other data science consulting companies that I know and work with, if we have a pure play data science project, meaning that the data engineering’s not in scope, the customer said that they were going to take care of it, we won’t start work until we have proof that the data’s been loaded I’ve never heard of anybody having a data engineering undergrad class, but you’re starting to hear data science classes pop up There is a seemingly myriad of terms to describe people who interact with models Over the past five years, we have heard many stories from data science teams about their successes and challenges when building, deploying, and monitoring models Over the past five years, we have heard many stories from data science teams about their successes and challenges when building, deploying, and monitoring models The disparity in ways that file selection is presented or obstructed in apps is bewildering and frustrating. The other major announcement: an independent oversight body to review appeals for content removals What struck me was the language Zuckerberg used to discuss this issue — it’s different than anything he has said before. One point of discussion that researchers across many different strands of visualization researchers agreed upon was the visualization research is not as visible as it should be to the many people designing, critiquing, and otherwise using visualization in the world There’s another thing I don’t like about these standard datasets, however, and that’s that they are missed opportunities As impressive as the fruits of innovation have been, the pace of change seems relentless and, at times, almost mindlessly linear Networks have emerged as a transformational adaptation to a community service environment characterized by complex social and economic issues, and the needs of a diverse population. our review identifies several approaches that show some promise for improving the use of research in population health policy. One theme was the importance of ensuring that policymakers are provided with research syntheses and summaries that match their needs This was also the message from a 2011 study from the US, which tested four different types of policy briefs on mammography screening with nearly 300 policymakers The first thing to note is that, although we identified over 300 papers on the use of research in health policymaking, the vast majority of these were descriptive Population health policies stand a much better chance of succeeding if they’re informed by research evidence BSR and the UN agree on one thing, and it’s an easy one: Facebook ought to provide country-specific data on hate speech and other violations of the company’s community standards in Myanmar Facebook launched a country-specific version of Myanmar in 2015, and added it to its since-discontinued Free Basics program a year later I began reading the report in the hopes that it would clarify the connection between hate speech posted on social media and real-world violence While a burgeoning number of data science bootcamps, undergrad programs, etc You could say “Once you learn the jargon, you save precious time accessing and using it to communicate to (and having your ideas accepted by) others in the field, including your instructors. If you haven’t installed Unpaywall yet, try it The whole point of posting is to find other people like you, and the promise of the internet is that you’ll come to know the people who understand you better than anyone else If the language of depression and anxiety rules the internet, relatability is its cause; relatable accounts and posts — which I’m defining as ideas that mirror your lived experience — tend to earn the most attention In 1917 a Russian guy, Viktor Shklovsky, came up with a word for this: defamiliarization Even very important things can be on cruise control and not on your mind Even very important things can be on cruise control and not on your mind About the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society  Today’s interview is with Rie Nørregaard, a Managing Creative Director of SY Partners, a consultancy based in New York and San Francisco To find out what one of our region’s universities thoughts are on innovation training, I spoke with Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University Watch OPSI’s Piret Tonurist discuss ‘Systems Approaches in Policy Practice’ and give real life examples, drawn from current OECD case studies. OPSI is developing a model for public sector innovation and we want your input. we have seen that universal approaches can sometimes deepen inequities—the political adage “a rising tide lifts all boats” only applies when all are equipped with adequate boats to begin with Targeted Universalism A collaborative effort, driven by a diverse group of stakeholders united behind a common goal, can serve as a catalyst for addressing inequities at a systems level A meme is a social virus American leaders have always been mythologized; throughout the country’s history, there’s been a concerted effort by supporters to whitewash political leaders — presidents especially — and minimize the worst actions they took in the course of their stewardship of the country Without questions, the data rambles on and on and on… — https://flowingdata.com/2018/10/17/ask-the-question-visualize-the-answer/ By now, it should be easy to see how different questions about your data can lead to different visualization types. Paradoxically, the marginalized are largely missing from a conversation that uses them as a justification In the past five years, multiple spaces have emerged to facilitate discussions about AI, from new multi-stakeholder organizations like the Partnership for AI to research centers like AI Now and projects like the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative Complex adaptive systems thinking is an exciting approach, and the popularity of the theory in the policy literature is testimony to this Frequent mention is made in the academic literature to the need to clarify the way that this approach can be put into practice empirically, or as Holmes and Noel put it, move from “systems thinking-talking to systems thinking-action” Klijn suggests that some elements of this approach, specifically non-linearity and behaviour that is not dependent on central control, can be found in existing policy theories Perhaps due to the variety of definitions of complex systems, there is a lot of variation amongst the claims made for their application to policy Complex systems thinking is experiencing a moment of popularity within the worlds of policy research and practice Last week, Nicholson wrote a stem-winder of a piece for IRPP. For the sake of illustration, I will highlight a possible combination of social and policy labs, transformative scenario planning, deliberative polling, civic tech, and creativity techniques that together increase impact, convergence between stakeholders, and public acceptance of outcomes. Experiments in participatory and deliberative democracy, creativity, and collective intelligence show that high-quality deliberation requires at least the following seven ingredients: Policy makers readily admit that they are not equipped to communicate with their constituents, as a recent survey of government communications leaders conducted by communications firm WPP revealed Such initiatives are welcome supplements in the diet of a poorly nourished political body The good news is that by bringing people together, they strengthen civic education, engagement, and public conversation Yet, in the past few years, deliberate experiments in new forms of public collaboration around the world have proven that such skepticism may be overblown Your key argument on the neuroscience side seems to be that we’re hardwired to have theory of mind — basically trying to read and guess other people’s emotions — and that makes narratives enjoyable even if they’re wrong or impossible to prove The problem is, these historical narratives seduce you into thinking you really understand what’s going on and why things happened, but most of it is guessing people’s motives and their inner thoughts At AI SF, Mehdi Miremadi from McKinsey Global Institute corroborated in “Have we reached peak human? Van Horn and Perona open with a brilliant one-liner: the world is long-tailed These days with fast commodity networking, the economics of cloud services don’t resemble “commodity servers” circa early Hadoop at all At AI SF, Danny Lange presented how to train puppies: “On the road to artificial general intelligence” — game simulations Unity3D plus reinforcement learning used to train virtual puppies to play “fetch” and other skills. Check out her Altimeter Group white paper, “The Customer Experience of AI: Five Principles to Foster Engagement, Innovation and Trust” A central theme in Amber’s work is about calm technology, the opposite of products which steal attention Under the initiatives pillar, young people’s leadership, creativity and innovation skills will be harnessed to bolster their ability to be agents for positive change during the run-up to the fifth anniversary of the SDGs in 2020 The EPCC and the wider university is working with partners in government, industry and other higher education centres to create a vibrant cluster of activity based on data science — the collecting, organising and interpreting of large sets of digital information Interpretability is needed when auxiliary criteria are not met and questions about bias, trust, safety, ethics, and mismatched objectives arise Youtube is failing its creators Instagram is built for people to project their best selves; the aspirational version of everyday life where a cozy, rainy day cup of coffee post removes the part where I forgot an umbrella, stepped in dog shit, and am currently in the middle of a wicked anxiety spell Charisma Star, real name Charis Lincoln, has used the phrase “shining stars” to describe her viewers since the beginning of her career as a way to bring them closer All these examples tell the same story: that the world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information which is getting ever vaster ever more rapidly Contemporary extremism is designed to increase polarization Last week, Facebook and Twitter were accused during a Congressional hearing of having conservative bias Accusations of conservative bias are not evaluated through evidence because reality doesn’t matter to them We’ve seen that some careers have had huge positive effects, and some have vastly more than others This last point is illustrated by the chart below, which compares the impact of doctors in different countries Researchers largely agree that medicine has only increased average life expectancy by a few years Using a standard conversion rate (used by the World Bank among other institutions) of 30 extra years of healthy life to one “life saved,” 140 years of healthy life is equivalent to 5 lives saved Many people who want to help others become doctors one of the first questions we asked was “how much difference can one person really make?”We learned that while many common ways to do good, such as becoming a doctor, have less impact than you might first think; others have allowed certain people to achieve an extraordinary impact There’s an argument to be made, from Apple’s perspective, that if most people aren’t using the audio dongle, putting one in the box with every iPhone is environmentally and economically wasteful We are cyborgs. If they want to convince people they are serious about WIL and not just go through the motions for a year or two to placate politicians who are temporarily hot for the idea because it’s the “new thing”, they need to do a lot more than write a letter. This is about where I start to get worried/skeptical about WIL. Azeem’s end note What if a society wants to embed bias in algorithms? Reportedly, Google plans to launch a censored search engine in China that will blacklist search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest Education is delivery; learning is discovery. Meme warfare, a term coined by Andrew Boyd in 2002, is real, and it’s an important component of any great marketing or public relations campaign — even if not referred to in those specific terms Natasha Noy, a research scientist at Google AI who helped created Dataset Search, says the aim is to unify the tens of thousands of different repositories for datasets online Google’s goal has always been to organize the world’s information, and its first target was the commercial web Can you tell me a little bit about the qualities that you look for in coaches, what you think makes a good coach and what, their qualities are well? Nicolas: The 4 dimensions that we have in mind for an intrapreneurs’ coach profile correspond to the 4 activities previsously descrive: innovation skills, networking within Orange, human relationship abilities, and the being ready to work During the application stage, the intrapreneur fulfills 10 questions from an online file, and based on this file, we select some of them for what we call pre-coaching, where we help them to enrich their application. Evan Burton is a UX Designer, Usability Engineer, Data Science Enthusiast, finishing a master’s degree in Usability Engineering. What silence looks like online is hard to describe, because it’s necessarily individual: I have a different threshold than you, for example, for dealing with Twitter trolls or rogue Instagram commenters Learning how to live sustainably in an always-online society is mostly about learning where your limits are, and learning how much connection you can handle before it’s time to withdraw Despite the achievements of ubiquitous computing, this discipline is still overlooked in business process management A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research — which is crucial in the NIRF framework — and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research — which is crucial in the NIRF framework — and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use Litzsinger agrees: “To me, cyberpunk does feel inherently political in that its protagonists almost always operate on the fringes of the law, whether because of criminal activity or the inability for the law to keep up with technology I personally think that any cyberpunk work worthy of the name needs to show that dehumanizing, unequal relationship of power and politics as part of its makeup,” says Pondsmith “Body modification is a great avenue for empowering stories for groups routinely denied bodily autonomy: disabled people, trans people, women as a whole, etc “It is a setting that is focused on the human experience, and how far we can push the limits of both technology and ourselves,” says Litzsinger Certain central themes spring up repeatedly in cyberpunk design can be directly weaponised by the design team itself there’s a lot of potential in collaborating to illuminate the systems that create data TYE: We touched on data provenance earlier, but I want to come back to it from the perspective of quantitative data DAWN: I’m always curious about how data scientists measure the consistency or sensitivity of results from datasets https://www. TYE: One thing I’ve observed about ethnography is that ethnographers often collect metadata simultaneously to collecting data—e the research process is somewhat similar, from what I have experienced. While both areas have a core set of expectations, they both have to extend beyond their core in order to deal with data about social life—data which has very real social consequences Data science, across its variety of forms, is rooted in statistical calculations—involving both the technical knowledge and skill to assess the validity and applicability of these calculations, and the knowledge and skill to implement software or programming functions that execute the calculations Ethnography is now used across anthropology, sociology, marketing, strategy, design, and other fields, but regardless of where it’s used, the core is about understanding people’s beliefs and behaviors and how these change over time Research combining quantitative and qualitative methods have been around for a while, of course The work of data science is increasingly ubiquitous—computational systems are there “in the wild” when ethnographers go into the field, and have consequences for the human experience that is so central to ethnographic understanding The work of data science is increasingly ubiquitous—computational systems are there “in the wild” when ethnographers go into the field, and have consequences for the human experience that is so central to ethnographic understanding We regularly see data science and ethnography conceptualized as polar ends of a research spectrum—one as a crunching of colossal data sets, the other as a slow simmer of experiential immersion “So,” wondered science journalist Caroline Williams, “if brain training isn’t the way to apply it, what should we be doing?” Williams is the author of My Plastic Brain: One Woman’s Yearlong Journey to Discover if Science Can Improve Her Mind The inspiring project was done with coaching from The Spike Lab, whose mission is to help students develop their passions into “Spikes”, meaning unique achievements, that will help them stand out among the hundreds of thousands of university applicants each year The Spike Lab, set up in 2016 in New York by two Americans, has helped students enter top institutions by bringing into fruition their self-initiated projects, including publishing a book crowdsourced from high school writers from around the world, creating data visualizations to help small nonprofits become more efficient, and designing an experiential classical violin concert through a series of mini popup concerts “Losing Earth,” written by Nathaniel Rich, is also set to be the subject of an upcoming book Google calls this “solutions journalism,” and it is meant to spark dialogue about how to make things better, rather than wallowing in how everything is terrible Three Modes of Creative Conversations: Webinar Recap Dorsey’s leadership style fosters caution, according to about a dozen people who’ve worked with him This view closely tracks my own discussions with current and former employees Dorsey’s leadership style fosters caution, according to about a dozen people who’ve worked with him If used sensibly, these fairy tales can be used for children to be informed of the dangers that lurk around them, and how to deal with them I imagine the Renaissance creative community would have been a fascinating thing to witness. NAF adopted the Success Factors platform which includes a robust learning management system to serve as their technological solution for myNAFTrack When everything was smaller, we all loved it more,” she said Whitney Phillips, an assistant professor of communication, culture, and digital technologies at Syracuse University, said that “the takeaway for establishment journalists is stark, and starkly distressing: just by showing up for work and doing their jobs as assigned, journalists covering the far-right fringe… played directly into these groups’ public relations interests. Makes sense, as long as @jack understands: principles enforced impartially will lead to an imbalanced result under conditions of asymmetric polarization, where one side is drifting toward the extreme at a faster rate than the other In a 2015 paper, MIT professor of political science Adam Berinsky found that rather than debunking rumors or conspiracy theories, presenting people with facts or corrections sometimes entrenched those ideas further Who doesn’t want to think that the truth will always win in the end, that information not only wants to be free, but that this freedom will lead us toward a more just world — especially when it is your job to share information? In this midst of so much complexity, perhaps the best we can do is frame good questions Innovation is about people who recognize challenges and seek to implement creative solutions to overcome and improve Fundamental research is absolutely necessary for Canada In his latest book, How We Can Win, Anthony Lacavera, founder of WIND Mobile, makes a similar point: “A lot of small business owners have very good ideas about ways to make their companies more productive,” Mr Since 1980, the planet has experienced a 50-fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat; a bigger increase is to come you probably read in your high-school textbooks that these extinctions were the result of asteroids the geological record shows that temperature can shift as much as ten degrees or more in a single decade The U Most people talk as if Miami and Bangladesh still have a chance of surviving; most of the scientists I spoke with assume we’ll lose them within the century, even if we stop burning fossil fuel in the next decade yet when it comes to contemplating real-world warming dangers, we suffer from an incredible failure of imagination In other words, we have, trapped in Arctic permafrost, twice as much carbon as is currently wrecking the atmosphere of the planet, all of it scheduled to be released at a date that keeps getting moved up, partially in the form of a gas that multiplies its warming power 86 times over Norman said for people who want to take steps to reconciliation, the acknowledgement should lead to more questions about who the people listed in the acknowledgement are and how their land came to be possessed by settlers. “When we talk about the newness of territorial acknowledgements, these aren’t new. A lot of people are unaware of Canada’s actual history and this gets people talking and conversations starting,“ he said It also explains why people in Silicon Valley who claim to be so obsessed with data are simply ignoring it when it comes to everything from the clear and well documented benefits of diverse teams to the diminishing returns on productivity and health if you work more than 50 hours a week When companies are celebrated for breaking laws, founders are given total control, there’s no board oversight, and young men are told to “ask forgiveness, not permission” are we really surprised that predators like Justin Caldbeck thrive? That men exploit the power asymmetry to see what they can get away with? — https://pando.com/2017/07/14/toxic-masculinity-bubble-has-burst/0d5efd5a53ecfa494d5ac08cc1fed87cd49226d1/ The “real man” syndrome is a reflection of what psychologists call precarious manhood: the view that masculinity has to be earned over and over again When sociology professor Michael Kimmel asked his students what it means to be a real man, responses included being authoritative, taking risks, and suppressing any kind of weakness This view chimes with other data presenting “Generation Z”, and which seem to suggest that while they are incredibly demanding, many are also very needy and much more reliant — perhaps on parents, teachers and lecturers — than previous generations Asked to choose from a list of 15 different options which ones they thought impact on a student’s ability to thrive at university, almost nine in 10 (89 per cent) of university admissions officers cited “not being able to think and learn independently”. The basic principle for any incentive scheme is this: can you measure everything that matters? If you can’t, then high-powered financial incentives will simply produce short-sightedness, narrow-mindedness or outright fraud And yet we persist in doing idiot things that can only possibly have this result: No one has ever asked for release from research. 80/15/5 The theme here is scaling your brain The corollary to this is to never solve the problem at the wrong level Here is one thing I gained from this Analysis. I would call this as The hierarchy of ‘Troubleshooting Software Problems’ ( as a parallel to Maslow’s hierarchy of NEEDS) innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. YOU ARE NOT SAFE As theory, the stack remains mostly a speculative exercise: What if we imagined the whole world as software? And as a popular term, it risks becoming an empty buzzword, used to refer to any collection, pile or system of different things In a 2016 book, “The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty,” the professor and design theorist Benjamin Bratton sets out to, in his words, propose a “specific model for the design of political geography tuned to this era of planetary-scale computation,” by drawing on the “multilayered structure of software, hardware and network ‘stacks’ that arrange different technologies vertically within a modular, interdependent order Ten years before that, you wouldn’t have been asked about your stack at all — though an obnoxious time traveler from the Silicon Valley of 2017 might insist that a phone system, a parcel service and credit-card companies composed, more or less, a mail-order stack The stack isn’t just a handy concept for visualizing how technology works In 1990, when computers were still merely in the process of taking over the world, John Daugman, a computer scientist and researcher at Harvard University, published an article titled “Brain Metaphor and Brain Theory,” noting a habit he had observed among his peers Decision rules of this sort are fast, in that decisions can be made quickly, without a computer; frugal, in that they require only limited information to reach a decision; and clear, in that they expose the grounds on which decisions are made The huge triumph of [deep learning] has been figuring out that as long as you can pose a problem in a differentiable way and you can obtain a sufficient amount of data, you can efficiently tackle it with a function approximator that can be optimized with first order methods - from that, flows everything The urgency for action is clear and growing We can build software to eat the world, or software to feed it When designers center around the user, where do the needs and desires of the other actors in the system go? Twitter is a powerful publishing platform that has become the de facto official medium for famous people to make public statements about what is going on right now. Warren Buffett manages to entertain and inform in his 2015 letter to shareholders. Loren Grush writing for The Verge on the potential impact of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)’s gravitational wave discovery on research and innovation in science. Umair Haque on one of the modern Web’s most important problems. The residential university she hopes to create would differ radically from what’s been done traditionally. Luck is the residue of design [T]he widely used term “strategic planning” has become debased by association with the creation of deterministic, one-sheet 5- and 10- year plans: for us this suggests an unhelpful rigidity in thinking about the future. Your generation will set goals for what you want to become – like an engineer, health worker, writer or community leader. Neuroscientists decode the brain activity of the worm A business model describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value Such ideas can be ingenious, but they all suffer from the vanity of trying to impose a technological solution on what is a problem of poverty This required the greatest peacetime mobilization in the nation’s history. Levchin, Thiel, and Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, had planned a book, to be titled The Blueprint, that would “explain where the world’s innovation has gone The (further) verification that spooky physics has important implications for cryptography. Self-awareness is the enemy of all creativity The most successful social platforms will be those that reverse the cycle of abuse that is a product of stagnation A profound change is sweeping across the entrepreneurial landscape. James Greyson on “precycling”. The view that negative impacts are an inevitable consequence of development has blinded us to the obvious The data mindset is good for some questions, but completely inadequate for others. In a world where everything is tracked and kept forever, like the world we’re for some reason building, you become hostage to the worst thing you’ve ever done. A more recent and less fictitious example is electronic logging devices on trucks. Kepler’s astronomers decided to found Planet Hunters, a program that asked “citizen scientists” to examine light patterns emitted by the stars, from the comfort of their own homes. Acquiescence is a good word for this. Habits of creative thought cannot be cultivated by assuming that inquisitive young minds must be moulded into established patterns of thinking When the evidence is powerful, it can prompt action [T]he anthropologist characteristically approaches such broader interpretations and more abstract analyses from the direction of exceedingly extended acquaintances with extremely small matters [I]t is not necessary to know everything in order to understand something Understanding a people’s culture exposes their normalness without reducing their particularity We are not, or at least I am not, seeking either to become natives (a compromised word in any case) or to mimic them Eclecticism is self-defeating not because there is only one direction in which it is useful to move, but because there are so many: it is necessary to choose The money that has poured into the system has not made the startups any better Life is not a zero-sum game John Scalzi. Abuse is killing the social web, and hence it isn’t peripheral to internet business models — it’s central Laszlo Bock, Google’s Head of People Operations, on how to manage Google’s talent. Sam Altman on the launch of Y Combinator’s new research lab. Treat your blog as your drafts folder Our reaction to these atrocities can cloud our judgment, biasing us in favor of war In his book Healing Night (2006), the sleep psychologist Rubin Naiman tells of a game he played with his mother as a child When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe Designers … seek to choose rather than predict the future Human prosperity, we are told, is an unalloyed perfect metal, forged in the crucible of the industrial revolution. [S]chools are designed based on the average ewb: “A new chalkboard wall at national office makes it #fun and easy to share what we’ve been working on! Ten Hacks Towards World Class Evaluation - Social Labs i feel like the big game hunters should be forced to compete for our pleasure on a game show where they take on the animals An important argument for humility. I’m collecting stories of “oh no this data project could go terribly wrong” - more here https://t.co/qGbwpVf3YO - ping me if you have any! — @zararah (http://twitter.com/zararah/status/626449923148525569). “concat() is actually spanish [T]he only luxury is time — the time you spend with your family auerswald: “Daniel Kahneman: “We think of our future as anticipated memories. Figuring out how to live forever is expensive. That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket Futuristic brain probe allows for wireless control of neurons upsetmagazine: “Interview: @ENTERSHIKARI: “A band can really stand for something” http://t. Accustom thyself to attend carefully to what is said by another, and as much as it is possible, be in the speaker’s mind Art is the inexplicable urge to manifest feeling, intent, or question as a specific experience outside the artist’s mind Visualizing RNA activity within the brain tissues of live mice for faster and more accurate discovery and development of novel drugs Higher education almost completely ignored Marshall McLuhan’s central insight: new modes of communication change what can be imagined and expressed But almost all arguments about student privacy, whether those calling for more restrictions or fewer, fail to give students themselves a voice, let alone some assistance in deciding what to share online Organisations are essentially factories for making decisions “No one ever gave me a reason why they didn’t want the hologram to appear,” said Craze Fest promoter Malcolm Jones. Paul Saffo’s approach to forecasting. Mike Monteiro, “Why you need design”. Mike Monteiro, “Why you need design”. Calling someone a creative doesn’t elevate positive error messages Visualizing city densities Demographic changes, exponential technology, and scarce resources are all beautiful opportunities for public innovation labs @MindLabDK — @tprehn (http://twitter.com/tprehn/status/622068427700764672). Comparing a node in a neural network to a neuron, though, is at best like comparing a toaster to the space shuttle One sign of success: MindLab’s owners are now actively seeking the involvement and advice of MindLab when they plan and execute core strategic agendas Get a rat and put it in a cage and give it two water bottles. What worries me about the future of Silicon Valley, is that one-dimensionality, that it’s not a Renaissance culture, it’s an engineering culture The question is, how does this current bubble end? Not when, but how? What constitutes a bubble? For me, I can clearly see we’re in a bubble economy when relatively more money is chasing relatively few good ideas We’re at that stage, where our expectations have outrun the reality of the technology By championing “failing fast,” we kill great ideas prematurely, leaning into trends — not true innovation — to be successful Fructose produces less rewarding sensations in the brain “True leaders lead people to an impossible destination. “Ever wanted the ability to get the attention of people in channel there and/or working? Another way of looking at iOS development is everyone is a “freelance contractor” working for Apple, just like drivers work for Uber https://t. “Chloe & April of @easternedge making their speech as they’re inducted into @FortisProp Arts Hall of Honour #nlarts http://t. http://t. “Friend in Japan just sent me this sign. http://t. “Generalists change the world; specialists perfect it http://t. http://pic. http://t. http://pic. Start automating your business tasks with Slack http://t. http://t. In the north, we were strong and free. From Prophecy, one of the Canada 300 plays. Nature already has design figured out Amy Webb, Pew Internet Digital Life in 2025 Walking Backwards, Moving Forward Except… even dogs don’t eat each other. …for the Romans, sensus communis meant common sense but also humanity and sensibility… future ages will scarce believe memorialleadership: The American dream is alive and well in China. This talk by professor Shimon Schocken was good for me.
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Intuition is confident abductive-inferential thinking Piret Tõnurist & Systems Change: how to get started and keep going? IBM expert Tamreem El Tohamy on bridging the skills gap in Africa The changing work of innovation for public value and social impact Paul Jarvis on Hurry Slowly: Small is Beautiful As impressive as the fruits of innovation have been, the pace of change seems relentless and, at times, almost mindlessly linear To find out what one of our region’s universities thoughts are on innovation training, I spoke with Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University OPSI is developing a model for public sector innovation and we want your input. Last week, Nicholson wrote a stem-winder of a piece for IRPP. The EPCC and the wider university is working with partners in government, industry and other higher education centres to create a vibrant cluster of activity based on data science — the collecting, organising and interpreting of large sets of digital information A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research — which is crucial in the NIRF framework — and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research — which is crucial in the NIRF framework — and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use In this midst of so much complexity, perhaps the best we can do is frame good questions Innovation is about people who recognize challenges and seek to implement creative solutions to overcome and improve Fundamental research is absolutely necessary for Canada innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. Innovation is a Buzzword (but it doesn’t have to be) Innovation Education Innovation Systemics Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Innovation and Economic Development: Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers The National Youth Leadership & Innovation Summit Warren Buffett manages to entertain and inform in his 2015 letter to shareholders. New job posting: RECODE Social Innovation Fellow Creating Economic Opportunity for Workers in the Digital Era TEDxOxbridge - Marc Ventresca - Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems Don’t build a start-up, become a systems entrepreneur - Social Innovation Generation Levchin, Thiel, and Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, had planned a book, to be titled The Blueprint, that would “explain where the world’s innovation has gone Systems Mapping How Startups are Prototyping The Future of Business on Fogo Island - Social Innovation Generation What do software engineers who earn $500,000 a year do? Design Kit Social Innovation Lab Guide - The Rockefeller Foundation Innovating a Canadian innovation ecosystem Using Social Incubation to Drive Local Innovation (SSIR) One sign of success: MindLab’s owners are now actively seeking the involvement and advice of MindLab when they plan and execute core strategic agendas Our Blueprint for Social Justice Philanthropy Microtainer: lab resources (July 2015) - Social Innovation Generation June News: Share. http://t. [MindLab] shows how the work of public servants can benefit from innovation capacity - resources and platforms such as facilitation experts, physical space and social technology. Notes from a TEDtalk - Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future
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Contemporary extremism is designed to increase polarization Last week, Facebook and Twitter were accused during a Congressional hearing of having conservative bias Accusations of conservative bias are not evaluated through evidence because reality doesn’t matter to them Google calls this “solutions journalism,” and it is meant to spark dialogue about how to make things better, rather than wallowing in how everything is terrible Editorial Training | NPR Stepping on a Slippery Slope Media might finally start giving Black Twitter the recognition it deserves Commenting systems — don’t moderate; facilitate
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Amrute joins the institute’s leadership at the culmination of a strategic planning process to strengthen Data & Society’s unique dual focus on convention-challenging research and targeted field engagement American leaders have always been mythologized; throughout the country’s history, there’s been a concerted effort by supporters to whitewash political leaders — presidents especially — and minimize the worst actions they took in the course of their stewardship of the country Dorsey’s leadership style fosters caution, according to about a dozen people who’ve worked with him Dorsey’s leadership style fosters caution, according to about a dozen people who’ve worked with him Multiple scales. Leadership is… The National Youth Leadership & Innovation Summit Don’t build a start-up, become a systems entrepreneur - Social Innovation Generation Tony on AcdB athenahealthVoice: What Doctors Aren’t Learning In Medical School And Why It Matters The 5 Essential Skills of a Successful Project Manager The End of Leadership http://pic. http://pic. On Ice Buckets! memorialleadership: Notes from Remzi Cej’s talk at MSLC 2013 If you’re not making any mistakes, you’re making a mistake. Defining “Global Leadership” “Attention Density” and Behaviour Change - the “moment of insight” Notes from a TEDtalk - Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future Summarizing the Centre for Creative Leadership’s 2011-2012 Annual Report
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“This is Sticking with Them:” Professor Explores Benefits of Model-Based Learning There is a seemingly myriad of terms to describe people who interact with models Van Horn and Perona open with a brilliant one-liner: the world is long-tailed At AI SF, Danny Lange presented how to train puppies: “On the road to artificial general intelligence” — game simulations Unity3D plus reinforcement learning used to train virtual puppies to play “fetch” and other skills. Interpretability is needed when auxiliary criteria are not met and questions about bias, trust, safety, ethics, and mismatched objectives arise Education is delivery; learning is discovery. Learning how to live sustainably in an always-online society is mostly about learning where your limits are, and learning how much connection you can handle before it’s time to withdraw NAF adopted the Success Factors platform which includes a robust learning management system to serve as their technological solution for myNAFTrack No one has ever asked for release from research. The huge triumph of [deep learning] has been figuring out that as long as you can pose a problem in a differentiable way and you can obtain a sufficient amount of data, you can efficiently tackle it with a function approximator that can be optimized with first order methods - from that, flows everything The university of the 21st century has three roles: to create knowledge, to share that knowledge, and to use and apply it. The digital economy doesn’t solve everything. Courses Does sleep-learning really work? Nobody is average, every student deserves personalized learning — Changemaker Education Educating Data | MIT Technology Review You might be using Twitter wrong (because I was) Contemplative Education and Extra/Co-Curricular Programming
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The internet has given billions of people a way to amplify their voices, but the trade-offs have become tangible. These companies are trying to usurp the word podcast for one simple reason: people love podcasts. HIATT: By all accounts, Square runs more smoothly than Twitter Facebook built Watch Party after finding that live videos encouraged more social interactions than prerecorded ones the biggest problem here about this lack of process around management, around data engineering, the communication between data engineering and data science, this lack of management, if you want to specialize, you want to have a data liaison…do you want to have a data engineer specialist, because the earliest data science project, like the smallest one, data scientist is doing the data engineering work too What struck me was the language Zuckerberg used to discuss this issue — it’s different than anything he has said before. The whole point of posting is to find other people like you, and the promise of the internet is that you’ll come to know the people who understand you better than anyone else To find out what one of our region’s universities thoughts are on innovation training, I spoke with Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University American leaders have always been mythologized; throughout the country’s history, there’s been a concerted effort by supporters to whitewash political leaders — presidents especially — and minimize the worst actions they took in the course of their stewardship of the country Such initiatives are welcome supplements in the diet of a poorly nourished political body The good news is that by bringing people together, they strengthen civic education, engagement, and public conversation Yet, in the past few years, deliberate experiments in new forms of public collaboration around the world have proven that such skepticism may be overblown Your key argument on the neuroscience side seems to be that we’re hardwired to have theory of mind — basically trying to read and guess other people’s emotions — and that makes narratives enjoyable even if they’re wrong or impossible to prove The problem is, these historical narratives seduce you into thinking you really understand what’s going on and why things happened, but most of it is guessing people’s motives and their inner thoughts Under the initiatives pillar, young people’s leadership, creativity and innovation skills will be harnessed to bolster their ability to be agents for positive change during the run-up to the fifth anniversary of the SDGs in 2020 Accusations of conservative bias are not evaluated through evidence because reality doesn’t matter to them We’ve seen that some careers have had huge positive effects, and some have vastly more than others This last point is illustrated by the chart below, which compares the impact of doctors in different countries We are cyborgs. During the application stage, the intrapreneur fulfills 10 questions from an online file, and based on this file, we select some of them for what we call pre-coaching, where we help them to enrich their application. “Body modification is a great avenue for empowering stories for groups routinely denied bodily autonomy: disabled people, trans people, women as a whole, etc Ethnography is now used across anthropology, sociology, marketing, strategy, design, and other fields, but regardless of where it’s used, the core is about understanding people’s beliefs and behaviors and how these change over time In a 2015 paper, MIT professor of political science Adam Berinsky found that rather than debunking rumors or conspiracy theories, presenting people with facts or corrections sometimes entrenched those ideas further Norman said for people who want to take steps to reconciliation, the acknowledgement should lead to more questions about who the people listed in the acknowledgement are and how their land came to be possessed by settlers. A lot of people are unaware of Canada’s actual history and this gets people talking and conversations starting,“ he said Laszlo Bock, Google’s Head of People Operations, on how to manage Google’s talent.
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Microsoft wants to capture all of the carbon dioxide it’s ever emitted Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages The Demon Haunted World That’s why, starting on January 14th, we’ll be publishing Better Worlds: 10 original fiction stories, five animated adaptations, and five audio adaptations by a diverse roster of science fiction authors who take a more optimistic view of what lies ahead in ways both large and small, fantastical and everyday Scientist He Jian Kui allegedly used the gene-editing tool CRISPR cas-9 to disable the CCR5 gene in 31 embryos with the goal of making children who were more resistant to HIV I actually have a specific anomaly that I saw the other day, where I’m hiring a new data scientist in Denver the biggest problem here about this lack of process around management, around data engineering, the communication between data engineering and data science, this lack of management, if you want to specialize, you want to have a data liaison…do you want to have a data engineer specialist, because the earliest data science project, like the smallest one, data scientist is doing the data engineering work too When queried to unpack the idea of a “data liaison” more and provide additional clarity and whether this person could be a “project manager”, Miner indicated “…in a consulting construct, that both myself and Niels [co-founder] provides in some of our larger projects something that we advise our clients on all the time, and is a major portion that I think takes people by surprise sometimes, is that most organizations is that their default is to treat their data science projects like software engineering projects that they’re currently running at the organization I’ve actually heard a project manager say, “You know, any line of code that my developers write to audit what they’re doing, to put stuff in a database, is a line of code that they’re not putting in developing the application [it] is a symptom of really bad project management I don’t think that data scientists and data engineers at most organizations that I’m working with have figured out how to communicate with anybody in our consulting engagements, and also two other data science consulting companies that I know and work with, if we have a pure play data science project, meaning that the data engineering’s not in scope, the customer said that they were going to take care of it, we won’t start work until we have proof that the data’s been loaded I’ve never heard of anybody having a data engineering undergrad class, but you’re starting to hear data science classes pop up There is a seemingly myriad of terms to describe people who interact with models Over the past five years, we have heard many stories from data science teams about their successes and challenges when building, deploying, and monitoring models Over the past five years, we have heard many stories from data science teams about their successes and challenges when building, deploying, and monitoring models About the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society  Complex adaptive systems thinking is an exciting approach, and the popularity of the theory in the policy literature is testimony to this there’s a lot of potential in collaborating to illuminate the systems that create data TYE: We touched on data provenance earlier, but I want to come back to it from the perspective of quantitative data DAWN: I’m always curious about how data scientists measure the consistency or sensitivity of results from datasets https://www. TYE: One thing I’ve observed about ethnography is that ethnographers often collect metadata simultaneously to collecting data—e the research process is somewhat similar, from what I have experienced. While both areas have a core set of expectations, they both have to extend beyond their core in order to deal with data about social life—data which has very real social consequences Data science, across its variety of forms, is rooted in statistical calculations—involving both the technical knowledge and skill to assess the validity and applicability of these calculations, and the knowledge and skill to implement software or programming functions that execute the calculations Ethnography is now used across anthropology, sociology, marketing, strategy, design, and other fields, but regardless of where it’s used, the core is about understanding people’s beliefs and behaviors and how these change over time Research combining quantitative and qualitative methods have been around for a while, of course The work of data science is increasingly ubiquitous—computational systems are there “in the wild” when ethnographers go into the field, and have consequences for the human experience that is so central to ethnographic understanding The work of data science is increasingly ubiquitous—computational systems are there “in the wild” when ethnographers go into the field, and have consequences for the human experience that is so central to ethnographic understanding We regularly see data science and ethnography conceptualized as polar ends of a research spectrum—one as a crunching of colossal data sets, the other as a slow simmer of experiential immersion “So,” wondered science journalist Caroline Williams, “if brain training isn’t the way to apply it, what should we be doing?” Williams is the author of My Plastic Brain: One Woman’s Yearlong Journey to Discover if Science Can Improve Her Mind We can build software to eat the world, or software to feed it Loren Grush writing for The Verge on the potential impact of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)’s gravitational wave discovery on research and innovation in science. The data mindset is good for some questions, but completely inadequate for others. The pharmaceutical industry has something called Eroom’s Law (which is ‘Moore’s Law’ spelled backwards). Haunted By Data Kepler’s astronomers decided to found Planet Hunters, a program that asked “citizen scientists” to examine light patterns emitted by the stars, from the comfort of their own homes. Courses How Empathy Makes People More Violent - The Atlantic Daniel Kahneman: ‘What would I eliminate if I had a magic wand? Get a rat and put it in a cage and give it two water bottles. http://t. Facilitating Citizen Science through Gamification
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What part of “viral” content makes platforms want to encourage its spread? The internet has given billions of people a way to amplify their voices, but the trade-offs have become tangible. That’s why, starting on January 14th, we’ll be publishing Better Worlds: 10 original fiction stories, five animated adaptations, and five audio adaptations by a diverse roster of science fiction authors who take a more optimistic view of what lies ahead in ways both large and small, fantastical and everyday Facebook built Watch Party after finding that live videos encouraged more social interactions than prerecorded ones The Fall Economic Statement also included a commitment of up to $755 million over the next ten years to establish a Social Finance Fund, and $50 million over the next two years for an Investment and Readiness stream aimed at building capacity in organizations wanting to explore social finance opportunities What struck me was the language Zuckerberg used to discuss this issue — it’s different than anything he has said before. BSR and the UN agree on one thing, and it’s an easy one: Facebook ought to provide country-specific data on hate speech and other violations of the company’s community standards in Myanmar Last week, Facebook and Twitter were accused during a Congressional hearing of having conservative bias While both areas have a core set of expectations, they both have to extend beyond their core in order to deal with data about social life—data which has very real social consequences Twitter is a powerful publishing platform that has become the de facto official medium for famous people to make public statements about what is going on right now. New job posting: RECODE Social Innovation Fellow Umair Haque on one of the modern Web’s most important problems. TEDxOxbridge - Marc Ventresca - Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems Don’t build a start-up, become a systems entrepreneur - Social Innovation Generation The digital economy doesn’t solve everything. League of Intrapreneurs Uber can’t be stopped, and that should scare you How Startups are Prototyping The Future of Business on Fogo Island - Social Innovation Generation The Ten Most Common Mistakes In Setting Up A Social Lab - Social Labs Design Kit Social Innovation Lab Guide - The Rockefeller Foundation Using Social Incubation to Drive Local Innovation (SSIR) Our Blueprint for Social Justice Philanthropy Microtainer: lab resources (July 2015) - Social Innovation Generation June News: Share. What is the future of human rights in a data-saturated world? http://pic. http://t. The Builder’s High On Ice Buckets! [MindLab] shows how the work of public servants can benefit from innovation capacity - resources and platforms such as facilitation experts, physical space and social technology. The future of work: 4 trends for 2014 You might be using Twitter wrong (because I was) There’s no such thing as a social media expert who describes themselves as a social media expert.
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Amrute joins the institute’s leadership at the culmination of a strategic planning process to strengthen Data & Society’s unique dual focus on convention-challenging research and targeted field engagement In the past five years, multiple spaces have emerged to facilitate discussions about AI, from new multi-stakeholder organizations like the Partnership for AI to research centers like AI Now and projects like the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative
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Roger Martin, Bianca Andreescu, and systemic strategy
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As Lambda students speak out, the school’s debt-swapping partnership disappears from the internet “Bring It On, Haters”, With Special Guest Ben Thompson Starting the Decade by Giving You More Control Over Your Privacy Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data Google’s ads just look like search results now Microsoft wants to capture all of the carbon dioxide it’s ever emitted US announces AI software export restrictions for China This wireless power startup says it can charge your phone using only radio waves Segway’s newest self-balancing vehicle is an egg-shaped wheelchair Elon Musk attempts to explain Twitter to normal people in court Bad RCS implementations are creating big vulnerabilities, security researchers claim 2019 Tech Trends Report — The Future Today Institute Medical Crowdsourcing: Harnessing the “Wisdom of the Crowd” to Solve Medical Mysteries Report Launch - OPSI Primer on AI for the Public Sector “Level Up”: Leveraging Skill and Engagement to Maximize Player Gameplay IBM expert Tamreem El Tohamy on bridging the skills gap in Africa Former Go champion beaten by DeepMind retires after declaring AI invincible What part of “viral” content makes platforms want to encourage its spread? How to recognize AI snake oil How Tesla’s first Gigafactory is changing Reno, Nevada README.txt: Introducing Into the Dataverse, the article series A ton of people received text messages overnight that were originally sent on Valentine’s Day DeepMindʼs StarCraft 2 AI is now better than 99.8 percent of all human players Multiple scales. Carleton University and Shopify’s bachelor of computer science program is a great example of a work-integrated education initiative to foster homegrown talent How can Canada expect to retain its engineers if the leadership in ideas takes place outside Canada? Such ideas can be ingenious, but they all suffer from the vanity of trying to impose a technological solution on what is a problem of poverty This required the greatest peacetime mobilization in the nation’s history. The Rise of Open Curriculum — Bright Uber can’t be stopped, and that should scare you What do software engineers who earn $500,000 a year do? Design In Tech Report 2015 Educating Data | MIT Technology Review How Uber Hides Behind Its Algorithm Uber’s Phantom Cabs Facebook opens up Internet. Never Read The Comments Figuring out how to live forever is expensive. The Long Game: Google-Backed Calico Partners With Ancestry. Higher education almost completely ignored Marshall McLuhan’s central insight: new modes of communication change what can be imagined and expressed The Web We Need to Give Students — Bright But almost all arguments about student privacy, whether those calling for more restrictions or fewer, fail to give students themselves a voice, let alone some assistance in deciding what to share online A Personal Cyberinfrastructure (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE. Police shut down show by Chief Keef’s hologram The Next Wave | Edge. What worries me about the future of Silicon Valley, is that one-dimensionality, that it’s not a Renaissance culture, it’s an engineering culture The question is, how does this current bubble end? Not when, but how? What constitutes a bubble? For me, I can clearly see we’re in a bubble economy when relatively more money is chasing relatively few good ideas We’re at that stage, where our expectations have outrun the reality of the technology Grappling with Genomic Sequencing of Newborns | MIT Technology Review Start automating your business tasks with Slack Facilitating Citizen Science through Gamification
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