How to Make your Big Business more Agile

This statement of former CEO and Chairman of General Electric, Jack Welch, has never been more meaningful: “if the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”

And if somehow you are still questioning whether you should accelerate your game, here are two cases (out of the many popping up daily), which crystallize the answer – Netflix and Über.

But let me set the record straight: this is not an article about how ‘small is beautiful,’ nor is it about how young players are out-innovating old ones. It’s more intricate than that – it’s about how one can be agile and big at the same time. Or rather, it’s about how does one become agile when one is already (too) big?

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Switch and Shift. Social is the answer.

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If We Want Humane AI, It Has to Understand All Humans

Fei-Fei Li, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, is working to create AI that’s relevant to everyone.

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By Kelsey Dake. “This is a field that’s producing technology that is so relevant to every aspect of human lives,” Li says. As such, it’s vital that people doing the work have the perspective to make such a crucial technology relevant to every human’s life. “To bring diversity into a highly innovative and impactful field fundamentally has good value.”

What the Internet Needs vs. What the TPP Demands

Who should make the policies that will determine the future of the Internet?
A select list of corporate lobbyists and unelected government officials, meeting without public oversight or involvement?
Or — Internet users and digital policy experts, using digital tools and thoughtful processes, combined with review and sign-off by elected decision makers and the general public?

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By Reilly Yeo. Now that the final text of the TPP chapter on Intellectual Property has been released by Wikileaks, we can see how it compares to the three recommendations that came from our crowdsourced agenda for free expression. Does what lobbyists and unelected trade representatives put together reflect what Internet users want?

Jobbing out is the latest trend

Few people would deny that the world of work is changing.  Gone are the days of a job for life with the promise of a gold watch and a pension after 40 years of faithful service.  Today the employment market is volatile, fast moving and in a constant state of flux.  The past 20 years have seen the emergence of many new forms of work (teleworking, co-working, crowdworking, job sharing etc.) and now up to 30 different types of labour contract are in use in many countries. Today, however, we are witnessing the emergence of a brand new phenomenon, with people resigning from secure employee positions to go-it-alone as independent workers.

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By Dennis Pennel. Why workers are turning their backs on the classic employment model and going it alone

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Robot Culture: Research Bots Share What They’ve Learned | MIT Technology Review

A robot at Brown University learned how to perform a task from a very different robot at Cornell University.

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By Will Knight. The work is part of an effort to figure out how robots might share information in useful ways. That could reduce the need for meticulous reprogramming, and it could allow robots to adapt to quickly when faced with a new task or an unfamiliar setting.

(Future 10) Three More ‘Must Read’ Books about our Future

The Connectivist

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Recommended reading if you want to know what is Changing Fast.

I. “Exponential Organizations”

Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, and cheaper than yours (and what to do about it)Paperback– October 14, 2014

In business, performance is key. In performance, how you organize can be the key to growth.

In the past five years, the business world has seen the birth of a new breed of company―the Exponential Organization―that has revolutionized how a company can accelerate its growth by using technology. An ExO can eliminate the incremental, linear way traditional companies get bigger, leveraging assets like community, big data, algorithms, and new technology into achieving performance benchmarks ten times better than its peers.

Three luminaries of the business world―Salim Ismail, Yuri van Geest, and Mike…

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The next step in Industry 4.0: rule-based analysis of production data

At our factory in HomburgIndustry 4.0 is a very important topic – which is why we have a wide range of exciting projects running to help make this vision a reality. I’d like to briefly introduce one of these projects: rule-based analysis and processing of production data with help from software designed especially for manufacturing experts. The idea is to reduce the effort and expense that goes into monitoring relevant process data. To do this, we have implemented a tool to oversee our processes, which means we can respond to deviations and faults more quickly. We are currently using it in injector assembly and in throttle plate production.

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Michael Eisenbart describes an Industry 4.0 initiative at the Bosch Homburg plant: a rule-based analysis and processing of production data.

Discover the Power of Potential Quotient – PQ

Have you ever measured your Potential Quotient? Do you even know that PQ is?

Everyone is familiar with IQ and what it measures, and EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is a common term in personal development. Now we are turning our focus not only to products and services, but to people and purpose. In order to do this the world needs to understand potential … specifically Influence Potential, known as your Potential Quotient or PQ.

In a recent Time cover article, Questions to Answer in the Age of Optimized, Eliza Gray points to the newest trend in hiring: personality testing for all applicants. Gray writes:

“The New Rage for personality testing is being driven by a collision of two of the business world’s hottest trends. The first is Big Data [collecting as much data as possible]…the second…is called analytics [wherein data patterns are analyzed] to optimize performance.”

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#PQ can be measured through a unique, scientifically validated assessment called the Keller Influence Indicator®.

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Software Development Team Looks To Build Functioning ‘Samantha’ AI Assistant

Hutoma, a new London based start up specialized in machine learning, has launched a new crowd funding project with the aim to create a real-life Samantha digital assistant, like the one that was featured in the movie, Her.

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Hutoma believes virtual assistants can be more than just finding an ATM, conducting a web search, or deleting a calendar entry