The robots haven’t just landed in the workplace – they’re expanding skills, moving up the corporate ladder, showing awesome productivity and retention rates, and increasingly shoving aside their human counterparts. One multi-tasker bot, from Momentum Machines, can make (and flip) a gourmet hamburger in 10 seconds and could soon replace an entire McDonalds crew. A manufacturing device from Universal Robots doesn’t just solder, paint, screw, glue, and grasp—it builds new parts for itself on the fly when they wear out or bust. And just this week, Google won a patent to start building worker robots with personalities.
But hold on a minute. Let’s add some perspective here and practise some of that empathy we hear human beings are good.
Let’s consider what worries robots.
The smartphone market continues to rapidly evolve. Who thinks about a smartphone these days as simply a device to make phone calls and send text messages? I don’t – a smartphone is a powerful computer that also makes phone calls and sends text messages.
That thought came to me more than once or twice while I watched and listened to Samsung’s press event via live video stream from the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on Sunday evening. The company announced their next smartphones in the Galaxy model line – the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – held aloft by DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics, in the photo above.
While both devices look pretty similar to the current Galaxy S6 equivalents, there’s no doubt that the S7 takes things up a few levels in many areas. Obvious things you’d perhaps expect – more RAM, richer graphics
How’s your blog doing? How big is your audience, and what are you doing to grow it? Is blogging a hobby, an awareness-raiser, or a money-spinner?
We’ve joined up with Canterbury Christ Church University to launch our first ever UK Blogger Survey in a bid to find out what blogging is all about in 2016. We’re asking bloggers all over the country what kind of blogs they’re writing, how popular they are, and how commercial they want to be.
The survey takes just seven minutes to complete.
We know you’re busy, so we’ll be entering all respondents into a prize draw. We have one iPad Mini 4 and one Lily Drone to give away – and the survey closes at the end of next week, so don’t delay!
We’ll also give respondents a sneak peak of the findings prior to publication, so you’ll know
Within two years, 20 percent of business content will be authored by machines or “robo writers,” as Gartner puts it in its list of ten predictions of an algorithmic and smart machine-driven world that the analyst firm published last October.
It was a topic I used as a focal point in my presentation about PR measurement and how it’s getting smarter partly through automation that captured close attention from the 50+ PR pros in the audience at a CIPR event in London last week.
Content that is based on data and analytical information will be turned into natural language writing by technologies that can proactively assemble and deliver information through automated composition engines. Content currently written by people – such as shareholder reports, legal documents, market reports, press releases and white papers – are prime candidates for these tools.
The context in which I talked about this was in how so
In early 2005, I joined a select group of business communicators who were social media early adopters to found a new research organization and think tank that would explore new communication tools and technologies.
It had a clear vision:
To be the leading think tank for the advanced study of new communications tools, technologies and emerging modes of communication, i.e. blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasts, collaborative tools and the growing phenomena of participatory communications and their effect on traditional media, marketing, public relations and advertising, as well as their broader impact on business, politics, entertainment, culture, education, religion and society.
To investigate, develop, share and transfer in-depth and forward-facing insights resulting from our deep ongoing study, learning, and continuous mastery of new communications tools and technologies with the academic community and industry for the promotion of best practices.
This new organization was called the Society for New Communications
Wrap up your week on a fun and exciting note. Liz Urheim, Vice President of Collaboration and Smarter Workforce, will share her perspectives and summarize the week. She will then be joined by Erik Wahl, author of Unthink, who will inspire you to let go of your traditional thought patterns. His unique artwork-infused presentation will help you better understand how to create disruptive strategies of innovation. In this session you will learn that your best sustainable edge is being better at mastering change and innovation than your competition. Erik will share approaches to unlock new ways to make you and your organization more creative, more productive, and ultimately more profitable.
Breakout Session at IBM Connect 2016: Employee Engagement and Social Technology: Driving Success Together:
This session will share the top drivers of engagement across industries and around the world. Then social technological approaches to addressing challenges in each of these key areas for business success will be discussed. It is all about driving the business through employee engagement and arming leadership with the right tools to get the job done! Come to learn how business metrics are affected by engagement and how organizations are achieving success by action planning around key drivers.
Learn how Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company of Arkansas planted the seeds of social within their organization and have gone from a single mindset to reaping the harvest of a social business. Hear from AFB’s Bobby Wood how they overcame the challenges of not wanting to be social and the turn-around to being a truly collaborative enterprise. With their new social intranet introduced to their users, they have gone from being a little house on the prairie to a neighborhood (community) where they can use one another’s talents to better the company. Their agents have learned how to share best practices and easily find the subject matter experts to help them streamline their leads process to go from initial contact to point of sale.
Breakout Session at IBM Connect 2016: Panel Discussion: Facilitating a Highly Engaged Workplace:
Hear first hand from three customers how they created effective solutions to challenges around creating and maintaining an engaged and efficient workforce. Each was on a journey to get their workforces engaged. In this session, presentations by Steffanie Markham (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas), April Lewis (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Dawn Sly-Terpstra (Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company), MC’d by Anthony Fiorot (IBM).
Breakout Session at IBM Connect 2016: How Gamification Makes Social Collaboration Work: Case Studies and Economic Impact:
63% of global workers are not engaged in the workplace. That represents $500B in lost productivity globally. To exacerbate matters, investment in social software has gone down 50% in the last few years. With gamification you not only motivate your employees, but also keep them motivated. Enterprise gamification directly impacts your bottom line. Customers who successfully deployed enterprise gamification programs have seen an ROI of over 260% with a payback of less than one month. Another customer deployed gamification to enhance and motivate knowledge sharing across the company. They found that for every $1 they spent, they saw $25 in time savings. Presentation by Karen Hsu of Badgeville.
IBM’s Enterprise Social Solutions provides the platform of tools you need to transform your organization into a social business, enabling you to reach your customers and partners faster, drive innovation, share content and expertise, and complete work faster. This session explored what’s changing the nature of work – trends and disruptions – IBM’s vision for the coming year and for the future of work with new innovations for personal insights, teamwork, and more.
Breakout Session at IBM Connect 2016: Deploying IBM Verse and Connections Cloud at IBM:
IBM Verse and Connections Cloud represent the best-in-class tools for the #NewWayToWork. That means that IBMers needed access to these solutions from the day they were available. The challenge – how to deploy new tools to over 400,000 IBMers and contractors as fast as possible. The result – a complete rollout in a matter of months. The learnings – numerous and ready to share! In this session, IBM Vice President Ed Brill discussed how the IBM CIO organization deployed Verse and Connections Cloud using an agile approach, rapidly, and globally. Significant features of the programme: the importance of change management, communications, and support.
Breakout Session at IBM Connect 2016: Enterprise Social Networks – The Nerve Center of Future Organizations:
Today we live in a world which is volatile, complex and highly interconnected. However, most organizations still utilize structures and principles which made them successful in the past, but no longer allow them to sense and react in fast changing markets. German industrial firm Robert Bosch GmbH, faced with similar challenges and opportunities, started a global program in 2012 to transform into a highly connected and agile company. This session explored the motivation, current achievements and best-practices in driving one of the biggest enterprise social networks (ESN) in last three years. In addition, this session looked ahead to Bosch’s ESN of the future.
IBM Connect 2016 began today in Orlando, Florida, starting with two scene-setting general sessions:
General Session Part 1 “Turn Moments into Momentum”
In this opening General Session, Jason Silva, host of National Geographic’s Brain Games, set the stage by describing the potential to extend collaboration with technologies like cognitive computing, ultimately changing the way we work and live. We then illustrate how IBM plans to bring these future capabilities to your business as we share our vision of an Engaged Enterprise. Then, hear the inspirational story of how East African entrepreneurs have been empowered through the use of IBM collaboration and cloud technology to create a fair trade climate and we wrap the session by recognising the next generation of business leaders as we chat with the winners of the university collaboration challenge.
In a few short days, I’ll be taking part in my first IBM Connect event, IBM’s annual social business conference and expo that attracts business partners, clients, exhibitors, IBMers and more. It’s my first public outing, as it were, since I joined IBM at the beginning of January.
And what an event to be part of!
IBM Connect 2016 takes place in Orlando, Florida, from January 31 to February 3 – four days of experiences to listen, learn, discuss and connect with people, ideas and opportunities.
The event offers participants a huge menu of choice:
Discover how social collaboration and digital experience can integrate with, and transform, even the most mundane business processes into engaging, social and smarter processes
Hear how social and digital experience technologies are using cloud and hybrid cloud, analytics, mobile, and security capabilities to drive rapid ROI and deeper engagement, and minimize risk and disruption
It’s utterly nuts but, wow, what fun! Imagine the virtual participations, immersive spectating via the net, seeing the race through the lens of the drone’s video camera stream.
Well, it’s coming to a venue in the USA soon. Check this out:
Is drone racing the sport of the future?Welcome to the multimillion-dollar Drone Racing League. It feels like pod racing from Star Wars, but could very well become the first sport of the 21st century.
Posted by Quartz on Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Think of the Formula 1 motor racing experience and the bird’s-eye view from a driver’s perspective with a camera streaming live video from above the driver’s head. A wholly different experience to that of actually being at the physical location where the race takes place.
Similar choices here, too.
I shared Quartz’ video on Facebook earlier today (post in the walled garden), prompting these comments:
I saw this a few times now but I wonder why they are flying real drones if they have a VR set on anyway. What is the difference to doing it only in the computer? Looking more real? The thrill that something can really brake [sic]? More interesting for the audience? Just curious … btw, not saying that it isn’t cool
So much to nail down before this takes off, as it were. But where there’s the will, there will be the way. So set your view to HD full screen and crank up the volume.
Detailed story at Quartz: There’s now a drone racing league that feels like pod racing from Star Wars.
(Image of Parrot Bebop Drone via Parrot. There’s no suggestion that either Parrot or this type of drone is involved in any way with the story I’ve posted here, the image is purely for illustrative purposes. Nice looking drone!)
Bonus video: Watch Intel’s award-winning spectacular Drone 100, “a magical and elaborate airborne music and light experience created by a fleet of 100 unmanned aerial vehicles that redefines art, enabled by Intel-powered PCs and digital artists.”
Just as with the drone racing video, set your view to HD full screen and crank up the volume!
If I left my smartwatch at home one day, I wouldn’t drive back to get it, says Walt Mossberg in his weekly column in Re/code.
It’s a statement that I’m sure would be reflected by many smartwatch owners, me included.
Why? Because all the things that current smartwatches can do – messages from Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, for instance; or monitoring your heart rate and how many steps you’ve done today; perhaps streaming music from your phone; taking and making phone calls; and even showing the time – are great but hardly compelling on such a device.
I mean, is any of that so essential that you’d turn right around and head home to get the watch if you forgot it? (I bet it would be the same situation if you forgot a normal watch, the type we all used to wear before smartwatches came along.)
But you’d do
Who can predict what will happen in today’s fast-moving world, asks CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
[…] I don’t know where all this goes but in periods like it, open systems like America’s will do better than closed ones.
The US often looks like a dysfunctional country because all its problems are on display and debated daily. Everthing – economic strategy, monetary policy, homeland security, police practices, infrastructure – is out there, open for constant criticism.
But this transparency means that people have information and it forces the country to look at its problems, grapple with them and react.
While it’s a messy, sometimes ugly process, the American system actually takes in a lot of diverse contradictory information and responds. It seems dysfunctional but it’s actually highly adaptive.
Recently, I wrote about email as one of the elements in transforming an organization into a social, collaborative enterprise. A classic example is the role Atos’ zero-email program plays in such an exercise.
While I cited Atos in my post as part of the concluding point I wanted to make that email is (or can be) an enabler for social business – and which must have the “it depends…” filter added – the conclusion isn’t the key point here.
What I think is more significant, and which requires far greater attention, is the journey itself where many elements are in play that require help to ensure the important ones arrive at the right destination.
My favourite metaphor here is a jigsaw puzzle rather than a map as a puzzle represents more of the reality of the chaos theory-like environment that is often typical of organizations especially large monolithic ones.