Latest issues and trends facing decision makers in the digital world
I discovered Jaron Lanier when I heard him playing in a Berkeley concert in 1999. I have since followed his passion for music and technology, and started to read his books. Thanks to him, I started learning about VR. Anyone who works in VR should read his new book, Dawn of the New Everything: A Journey Through Virtual Reality. This is the story of how we got to where we are today in virtual reality.
On The Next Web: In marketing circles it is well understood that the foreseeable future of customer engagement is content. The public is wary of advertising, particularly younger generations. In your face advertising has lost its appeal—evident in the declining effectiveness of banner ads and TV commercials. Today banner ads achieve only a .06 percent click through rate. But content is less salesy. By presenting interesting information or entertainment, a brand can put its name behind something that customers enjoy. Better still, they can put themselves right in the middle of a good story. […]
Don't miss this research report by Constellation Research. "This report presents findings from the 2017 Digital Transformation Survey conducted by Constellation Research. Constellation asked survey respondents about the key drivers for their current digital transformation projects, both in terms of process change and IT investment, particularly in the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and synchronous ledger technologies." [...]
On ITProPortal: As businesses of all sizes around the world look to implement more and more technology into the workplace, a major scene change is appearing in many organisations. […]
On Jisc: Within the world of publishing, we are seeing some new trends emerge. Born from a desire to change the current publishing landscape, dominated by a handful of large commercial publishers, there is an increase in new publishing models, being led by universities and academics […]
On OnBase Blog: Organizations are awash in content. Invoices. Reports. Emails. Whether it’s a hospital network managing patient information, an insurance company handling claims or a mortgage lender reviewing loan applications, organizations thrive via their ability to effectively manage their content. After all, the information contained within that content informs the decisions, impacts the service and drives the business processes that determine success or failure in the marketplace. […]
On Forbes: Even though we haven’t quite hit the final quarter of 2017, you could say it’s been an eventful year in digital transformation. Just as I predicted last year at this time, user experience (UX), big data, smart machines — and of course, change itself—have proven big players in the business landscape this year. As we round the bend to 2018, we get a sense of what’s ahead in the digital transformation—barring any unexpected disruptions, of course.[…]
On Forbes: Thanks to 4G and social media, the highlight reels of the lives of others often stir a jittery feeling. We sometimes find ourselves experiencing FOMO, or the “fear of missing out” and asking ourselves, “Why am I not doing those things?” FOMO is an experience that leaves some feeling like we really ought to do something more, something different and something spectacular. In business, FOMO is real and needs to be addressed, especially in a time where both traditional companies and disruptive new entrants are fighting for market share and trying to outdo one another. […]
On Digital Meets Culture: A year ago, University of Alabama professor won a $1 million TED Prize for her work in “space archaeology” — using satellite imagery beamed down from space to search for archaeological sites lost through time. Today, Parcak launches GlobalXplorer, a citizen science platform that encourages people around the world to identify and preserve our collective heritage.[…]
On VentureBeat: "Onfido, an identity and document verification startup based in the U.K., has raised $30 million in a series C round of funding led by Crane Ventures Partners, with participation from existing investors, including Salesforce Ventures. Microsoft Ventures also joined the company’s roster of investors for the first time. […]
On Forbes: Although the concept of “digital transformation trends in high-tech” may sound like a redundancy, it’s far from it. Despite the millions of apps, service models, and artificial intelligence (AI) being developed around the world, there are only a handful of major companies that are currently using them—or attempting to develop them—to their fullest advantage. The following are my top picks for high-tech trends making a mark in the digital landscape. […]
On Digital Trends: "Data is the new oil, or so the saying goes. So why are we giving it away for nothing more than ostensibly free email, better movie recommendations, and more accurate search results? It’s an important question to ask in a world where the accumulation and scraping of data is worth billions of dollars — and even a money-losing company with enough data about its users can be worth well into the eight-figure region.[…] " It's time to get paid for our data!
On Every Page is Page One:In the Top Gear Patagonia Special, the presenters come upon an incomplete bridge and have to construct a ramp to get their cars across. This is a great metaphor for technical communication, and, indeed, communication of all kinds: the incomplete bridge. […]
On The Social Science Research Network Electronic library Who wouldn’t want a personal butler? Technological developments have moved us closer to that dream. The rise of digital personal assistants has already changed the way we shop, interact and surf the web. Technological developments and artificial intelligence are likely to further accelerate this trend. Indeed, all of the leading online platforms are currently investing in this technology. […]
On The Content Wrangler: Our world revolves around content. These days, buying decisions are often based on experiences not with products, but with information about products. People consume more content in more ways than ever. We have printed books, newspapers, and magazines. We have e-readers, smartphones, and tablets. We have TV, radio, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Hulu. We consume more content in more ways than ever before. […]
On TOKYO and ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM): Japan today announced that Sony Corporation and Sony Global Education, a subsidiary of Sony that works to provide global educational services, have developed a new blockchain-based student education records platform. With the solution, school administrators can consolidate and manage students' educational data from several schools, as well as record and refer their learning history and digital academic transcripts with more certainty. The new platform, developed using IBM Blockchain, uses blockchain technology running on the IBM Cloud to track students' learning progress, as well as establish transparency and accountability of scholastic achievements between students and schools."
On The World Economic Forum: While it is clear that digital technology will transform most industries, there are a number of challenges that need to be understood. These include factors such as the pace of changing customer expectations, cultural transformation, outdated regulation, and identifying and accessing the right skills – to name just a few. These challenges need to be addressed by industry and government leaders to unlock the substantial benefits digital offers society and industry. (Bruce Weinelt)[…]
On Re/code: "It’s more than a pivot to video — it’s an evolution of text. Reports of the death of the written word are greatly exaggerated. The much-lamented and much-snarked-about phrase “pivot to video" is, if I'm being honest, somewhat warranted — video advertising is becoming central to every digital media company’s revenue model. But along with the effects on advertising, we’re also massively misunderstanding a pretty critical shift in journalism itself.
On The Guardian "There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people.
On I'd Rather Be Writing: "Write the Docs Podcast Episode #7: in this podcast, we first explore the flourishing community of technical writers in Poland, discussing why the tech writing scene in Krakow is taking off so quickly and what trends this young tech writing community is embracing. We're joined by special guest Pawel Kowaluk, a Polish tech writer who runs SOAP (a tech comm conference based in Poland). writer?
On I'd Rather Be Writing:"On Many tech writers have a heavy disdain for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in documentation. At first this disdain seemed a bit unfounded and elitist to me, but now, after a recent project, I'm starting to understand the reasons for the disdain. All too often the FAQ format is abused by non-writers who want an easy way to write. The list of random questions grows with each incoming question until it's a ridiculous hodgepodge of information thrown together, with no larger story or narrative."
If you laugh at how older people use computers, Masako Wakamiya, a 82-year-old from Japan is going to set you straight. Masako Wakamiya is making the news for an app she created and for attending the WWDC.
On Stumbleupon: "The Beatles sang it and countless philosophers have claimed it, the best things in life are free. But is it really the case? Well, if you’re hanging out on the Internet, the answer is a resounding “yes”. To see why, check out the sixteen fantastic free things you can do online down below. If all of this online awesomeness has you feeling a bit nostalgic for the old days of the Internet, take a trip back in time and check out 14 websites from the 1990s that are somehow still around."
On Digital Book World: "Take a look around at any given point throughout the day, and chances are you’ll see a fair amount of people in your vicinity with their eyes glued to mobile screens. What is it they are consuming? Perhaps the latest text or breaking news headline has captured their attention. However, research by Towards Maturity suggests that 67 percent of people access some form of learning resource via their smartphones. Could it be that those around you are reading, watching videos or brushing up on career-related skills? The mobile learning industry is projected to grow to $38 billion in the next few years, as I mentioned in my previous blog post outlining the ways publishers can increase their mobile advantage. Individuals are reading and learning more on their phones and tablets now than ever before – giving rise to a true transformation of the digital learning landscape.…
On New Republic: "A recent change in the way the giant e-tailer sells books has publishers scrambling. Amazon has long ceased to simply be “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore,” which was how it described itself back when it launched in 1994. It’s now the Everything Store, a place where you can buy underwear and bananas. It is the largest e-retailer in the world, accounting for more than half of all e-commerce growth in 2016. But that does not mean that books have ceased to be important to Amazon—and it certainly does not mean that Amazon, which dominates the book industry in the United States, has ceased to be important to publishers. That’s why a recent tweak in the way Amazon sells books has publishers and authors very worried.
On Word of Pie: "It’s been a while since I wrote a book review, mostly because I’ve been reading fiction and history, neither of which really fit this blog. However I just finished a book that definitely deserves a review, Women In Tech. First, the TLDR: Read the book!"
On TechCrunch: "Algorithms are designed to make our lives easier. The problem is, they're designed by us." When Netflix recommends you watch “Grace and Frankie” after you’ve finished “Love,” an algorithm decided that would be the next logical thing for you to watch. And when Google shows you one search result ahead of another, an algorithm made a decision that one page was more important than the other. Oh, and when a photo app decides you’d look better with lighter skin, a seriously biased algorithm that a real person developed made that call."
On BBC News: "Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference. Usually, the students would want the glory. And they had, just a couple of days previously. But their families talked them out of it. A few weeks earlier, the Stanford researchers had received an unsettling letter from a shadowy US government agency. If they publicly discussed their findings, the letter said, it would be deemed legally equivalent to exporting nuclear arms to a hostile foreign power. Stanford's lawyer said he thought they could defend any case by citing the First Amendment's protection of free speech. But the university could cover legal costs only for professors. So the students were persuaded to keep schtum.
On BetaNews: "Bob Taylor, who far more than Al Gore had a claim to being the Father of the Internet, died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease last Thursday at 85. Though I knew him for 30 years, I can’t say I knew Bob well but we always got along and I think he liked me. Certainly I respected him for being that rarity -- a non-technical person who could inspire and lead technical teams. He was in a way a kinder, gentler Steve Jobs. Bob’s career seemed to have three phases -- DARPA, XEROX, and DEC -- and three technical eras -- mainframes, local area network (workgroup) computing, and the Internet."
KMWorld: "The term “data scientist” has been around for a decade, and the job function has existed even longer, but only recently has awareness really hit the mainstream. The primary reason for its growing relevance is the need to analyze large amounts of data. With a combination of heavy-duty technical skills, proficiency in analyzing big data and an orientation toward extracting value from complex data environments, data scientists are in a good position to pick and choose from a large number of job opportunities"
On SecurityIntelligence: "Phishing is one of the internet’s oldest online threats. Its history traces back to the mid-1990s, but it unfortunately continues to escalate in numbers. Based on social engineering, phishing can be delivered to an email address or through an SMS message with a URL inside. It can even come from inside a document saved locally on the recipient’s endpoint. Phishing attacks have been successful throughout the years because: they trigger the basic human instinct to act, they have become more convincing than ever and are difficult for recipients to visually detect, they advance in technical terms as their perpetrators come up with new and stealthy ways to serve them to unsuspecting victims."
Wednesday December 13
On Medium: Acquiring your first 100k active users is an art, but a messy one—especially if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on marketing and paid acquisition. Winnie…
Wednesday December 13
On TechCrunch: Professional social networks like LinkedIn have long been a mainstay of business, but what if you are more of a creative bent where LinkedIn looks pretty stuffy? In the…
Wednesday November 29
On BetaNews: Most data thefts are down to relatively simple techniques, like phishing, in order to get hold of login credentials. But even where systems are well protected, hackers can…
Wednesday November 29
On BetaNews: Machine learning is taking the tech world by storm. Recently, an announcement that Google was open-sourcing Tensor Flow, their machine learning (ML) software, and Microsoft quickly followed suit. Baidu and Amazon unveiled their own deep learning…