What we read this week (6 July 2018)

Welcome to Things we read this week, a weekly post featuring articles from around the internet recommended by BMJ’s Digital Group members.

Publishing and Open Science

Slate discuss the impact of Facebook’s retreat from the news business.

There’s a great quote in this article:

“The internet is a completely different place every 18 months, and that’s been true since we launched in 1996,”

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How to Easily Introduce Chatbots to Journalism Students

If I had a penny for every piece of technology fleetingly considered the “future of journalism,” then I suppose I’d have quite a lot of pennies by now, if not quite enough to retire on. Chatbots are one such technology, with CNN, the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian among those launching experimental versions within Facebook Messenger….

Read full post How to Easily Introduce Chatbots to Journalism Students on MediaShift.

How the practice of design enhances artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems can perform amazing feats of problem-solving. But no matter how accurate AI solutions are, they won’t be relevant, insightful and adopted by people without great design work.

The practice of design is about problem solving. It starts long before the visual look and feel is created and continues long afterward. It creates a vital connection between humans and machines that allows AI systems to perform at their best.

In this article, I’ll focus on discrete cognitive machine tools and systems built for specific tasks, rather than Artificial General Intelligence. Continue reading “How the practice of design enhances artificial intelligence”

Innovation is Overrated: How Execution Can Make Up For an Average Idea

The tech media is obsessed with innovation. Front pages of sites like The Verge, Wired, or Fast Company tell us very clearly that innovation is all about cool, new ideas. Pragmatic iteration is overlooked as the boring rehashing of old things, while exciting ‘moonshots’ and 10X leaps are fetishised. However, the opposite is often true: the most successful companies in the world focus on nailing iterative execution, not constant reinvention. Continue reading “Innovation is Overrated: How Execution Can Make Up For an Average Idea”

Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence?

It’s difficult to overstate the speed of technological progress, and equally difficult to comprehend the extent of its sophistication and efficiency. In a single day, we now process as much data as we did in a month only a decade ago. With a revolution unfolding at such a breakneck pace, questions have naturally arisen as to how technology, especially artificial intelligence (AI), will affect the workplace – and our way of life. If it can impact everyone from taxi drivers to attorneys, what sort of world will we see, even in just a few years? Do we need to fear AI? Continue reading “Should we be afraid of artificial intelligence?”

Five innovative audio implementations in the news industry

Did you hear the news? Five innovative ways of implementing audio in newsrooms

The second half of 2017 has been saturated with talk about news organisations investing significantly in video. In all that talk and speculation, I noticed an important topic being overlooked: audio. Here, I’ve looked into some recent experiments in digital audio news and podcasting I was curious to learn more about. Continue reading “Five innovative audio implementations in the news industry”

Artificial intelligence: Transforming the workplace and world

When humans develop their own cognitive abilities, it’s called “natural intelligence.” When computers begin to think like humans, it’s “artificial intelligence” (AI).

About a year ago, the New York Times featured a section on The Great A.I. Awakening, showcasing Google’s mission to transform its Translate service with AI. Continue reading “Artificial intelligence: Transforming the workplace and world”

Innovation Isn’t About What You Control, But What You Can Access

Completed in 1928, Henry Ford’s River Rouge plant was a marvel of its age. It was almost 100% vertically integrated, even producing its own steel and by the 1930s over 100,000 employees worked there, producing nearly every component for the cars that Ford built. It was, at the time, considered to be a key advantage.

Nobody makes factories like that anymore though. It wouldn’t make any sense. In today’s economy, it would be impossible for any one firm to be competitive in more than a handful of the thousands of components that go into a modern automobile. That’s why today we have global supply chains.

All to often, we think of innovation as an problem of developing internal capabilities but in today’s world, far more value can be unlocked by widening and deepening connections. So we need to learn to use the entire ecosystem, including partners, suppliers, customers and open resources and think in terms of value networks rather than value chains. Continue reading “Innovation Isn’t About What You Control, But What You Can Access”

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