Smarter Planet — IBM Research’s Cognitive Systems Colloquium —

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Today’s Cognitive Systems Colloquium at IBM Research brings together leaders in science, technology and psychology to craft a shared agenda for the future.

Jay Cross's insight:

"The move to this era is being driven by four synergistic factors: big data, mobile connectivity, social networking and the Internet of Things. Every element here has exponential growth.

There are no physical limits to the growth of data—which will challenge our ability to process and store it. If we try to use current-generation computing against this wave, we’re done. So we need a whole new set of systems.”


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Why The Next Big Thing In Computing Is Conversation

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For 30 years the dominant metaphor in computing has been the desktop: files folders and documents. But with apps like Apples Siri and Google Now…

Jay Cross's insight:

Conversations are the stem cells of learning. And maybe of future computing, too.


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The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier, by Ocean Robbins

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Our world is pretty messed up. With all the violence, pollution and crazy things people do, it would be easy to turn into a grouchy old man without being either elderly or male.

Jay Cross's insight:

"1) Keep a daily journal of three things you are thankful for. This works well first thing in the morning, or just before you go to bed.

2) Make it a practice to tell a spouse, partner or friend something you appreciate about them every day.

3) Look in the mirror when you are brushing your teeth, and think about something you have done well recently or something you like about yourself.”


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Jay’s Important Stuff Page

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The Important Stuff Page is a virtual library of documents, video, and URLs that inspire me. It covers these topics: Complexity in Business   |  Business Evolution  |   Learning   |  Internet   |  …

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The Important Stuff Page is a virtual library of documents, video, and URLs that inspire me. It covers these topics: Complexity in Business   |  Business Evolution  |   Learning   |  Internet   |   Schooling   | Culture   |    Foundations   |   Organizations   |   Other   |   Video

From now until December 4, I’m crowd-sourcing suggestions for new things to put here,anything from a single-panel cartoon to a link to an important, soul-stirring book.

First prize, of $50, and other prizes will be announced during my presentation at Online Educa, Berlin.

Suggest something cool. Send me the item, the URL, where it came from, and why it’s important to the topics covered here. Tell me if I should or shouldn’t credit you on the page.


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Important Stuff

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 Consider these pages a museum of things that have inspired my thinking since the ‘net lit up. My interests embrace business strategy, networks, innovation, and learning. Here you will find inspira…

Jay Cross's insight:

Important Stuff Consider these pages a museum of things that have inspired my thinking since the ‘net lit up. My interests embrace business strategy, networks, innovation, and learning. Here you will find inspirations from Doug Engelbart, Tim O’Reilly, Kevin Kelly, Dave Snowden, John Dewey, Ivan Illich, Roger Schank, and others.Perpetual beta, never up to date but contact me if you have suggestions on how to improve the list.

Complexity in Business   |  Business Evolution  |   Learning   |  Internet   |   Schooling   |Culture   |    Foundations   |   Organizations   |   Other   |   Video

Glossary  |  Jay’s Research Pointers  |  Important Stuff bookmarks  |   Jay’s Bookmarks  |  


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Lee Smolin

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Jay Cross's insight:

Time is the universal constant. 

I’m reading Smolin’s Time Reborn. It’s wonderful. 

Click around this site and change your thinking. 


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10 leadership principles that never go out of style, from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos | SmartPlanet

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‘Be willing to fail. Be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time.’

Jay Cross's insight:

1. Base your strategy on service, not gadgets. Products and technologies will always change. What never goes out of style is a commitment to “wider selection, lower prices and fast, reliable delivery.”

2. Obsess over customers.

3. Be willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time. Bezos tends to take a long-term view on innovations that don’t pay off right away.

4. Work to charge less. Many companies try to charge as much as they can, when they can — Amazon’s culture emphasizes frugality.

5. Determine what your customers need, and work backwards. “Specs for Amazon’s big new projects such as its Kindle tablets and e-book readers have been defined by customers’ desires rather than engineers’ tastes,” says Anders.

6. “Our culture is friendly and intense, but if push comes to shove we’ll settle for intense.”Data — not social cohesion — rules Amazon.

7. Be willing to fail — often. Amazon recognizes that failure is a natural part of the innovation process.

8. “In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.”

9. “Everyone has to be able to work in a call center.” Perhaps a page borrowed from the US Marine manual, in which every marine, regardless of rank or specialty, is a rifleman first. All Amazon managers are expected to be trained as call center representatives.

10. “This is Day 1 for the Internet. We still have so much to learn.” Bezos first said that in 1997, and still believes it.


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A New Year’s Challenge: Health, Happiness, Peace, Joy |

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Same Sex Married Life | 10 Thousand Couples online same sex married life magazine, same-sex couples news, profiles in courage, relationship advice, healthy marriage, healthy families, global

Jay Cross's insight:

This is a great list of hints for leading a better life. Don’t be put off by the fact that it comes from a gay site and is three years old. 

Health:

1. Drink plenty of water. 
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 
4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy 
5. Make time to be thankful. 
6. Play more games. 
7. Read more books than you did in 2009. 
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 
9. Sleep for 7 hours. 
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

Personality:

11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 
12. Don’t have negative thoughts on things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. 
13. Don’t over do. Keep your limits. 
14. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 
15. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip. 
16. Dream more while you are awake. 
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 
18. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. 
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others. 
20. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present. 
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra 
class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. 
23. Smile and laugh more. 
24. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree…

Society:

25. Call your family often. 
26. Each day give something good to others. A good word really matters. Change Lives
27. Forgive everyone for everything. 
28. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6. 
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day, better yet, make them LOL!. 
30. What other people think of you is none of your business. 
31. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Life:

32. Do the right thing! 
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 
34. The Creator heals too. 
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 
37. The best is yet to come. 
38. When you awake alive in the morning, give thanks for it. 
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least:

40. Please feel free to share this with the people you care about, I just did.


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What Is Time? Determinism, Quantum Physics, Consciousness, Information, Free Will, Causality…

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Jay Cross's insight:

Half an hour video. FIve minutes in, I’m being lectured very rapidly about muons and relativity. If you don’t know this stuff before you came in, you aren’t going to find it here. Skip this one. 


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7 Exceptionally Easy Ways To Make Someone’s Day

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By Martha Beck

Jay Cross's insight:

Why not be and make others happy?


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elearnspace › What’s next for educational software?

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Jay Cross's insight:

How granular can learning go? Very, says George Siemens, who writes:

I’ll take it a few steps further: in the near future, all learning will be boundary-less. All learning content will be computational, not contrived or prestructured. All learning will be granular, with coherence formed by individual learners. Contrived systems, such as teaching, curriculum, content, accreditation, will be replaced, or at minimum, by models based on complexity and emergence (with a bit of chaos thrown in for good measure). Perhaps it will be something like, and excuse the cheesy name, learnometer. Technical systems will become another node in our overall cognitive systems. Call it embodied cognition. Or distributed cognition. Or appeal to Latour’s emphasis that technical nodes in knowledge system can be non-human and actually be seen as equal to human nodes. I’ve used the term connectivism to describe this. Others have emphasized networked knowledge and combinatorial creativity.

The terminology doesn’t really matter.

The big idea is that learning and knowledge are networked, not sequential and hierarchical. Systems that foster learning, especially in periods of complexity and continual changes to the human knowledge base, must be aligned with this networked model. In the short term, hierarchical and structured models may still succeed. In the long term, and I’m thinking in terms of a decade or so, learning systems must be modelled on the attributes of networked information, reflect end user control, take advantage of connective/collective social activity, treat technical systems as co-sensemaking agents to human cognition, make use of data in automated and guided decision making, and serve the creative and innovation needs of a society (actually, human race) facing big problems.

 

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WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson

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One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from? With Where Good Ideas Co…

Jay Cross's insight:

Chance favors the connected mind. 


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Good Leaders Get Emotional

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But how much emotion is too much?

Jay Cross's insight:

HBR starts to catch on. People are emotional creatures. Business is people. Hence, business is emotional. Time to admit it. 


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Estimating Complexity

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Over the last few years, teaching people the Cynefin framework early on in engagements has really helped me have useful conversations with my clients about when different processes are appropriate….

Jay Cross's insight:

Great article on using the Cynefin framework to wrestle with complex situations. 


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What Is Resilience? by Brian Walker - Project Syndicate

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“Resilience,” like love, is difficult to define, yet everyone – from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to government agencies, company boards, and community groups – is talking about how to build or maintain it.

Jay Cross's insight:

Resilience is the new strength.


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