s spawned by the technological revolution:
increased transparency and the opportunity to participate in
decision-making processes, easier access to knowledge, more effective
medicine, better services, improved efficiency and much more. But they also deal with the risks inherent to these changes.
Hardly anyone has pointed out such dangers and risks more
trenchantly than Jaron Lanier. His criticism, however, is not culturally
pessimistic, nor is it luddite; instead, Lanier seeks to caution his
readers from the vantage point of a knowledgeable oppositionist who
still remains fundamentally loyal to the cause. This is what endows his
convictions—which he has presented inbooks, articles, speeches and
interviews—with such an illuminating quality. And this is exactly
why he will be awarded the Peace Prize of the German Publishers and
Booksellers Association today. Laudatory Speech by Martin Schulz
oice and video, and certain classes of sensors and actuators. As the number & diversity of network-connected devices grow exponentially, however, it will be impossible to forecast bandwidth demand, routing patterns, or quality-of-service requirements. As a result we will need smarter and higher-capacity optical networks that are extremely adaptable to changing bandwidth requirements. Designing systems where users and applications have a continuous presence on the network, able to seamlessly move across multiple networks without interuption - even enter and exit the enterprise network or the residential network and cross over to the carrier network - therefore becomes one of the major challenges.IN TODAY'S HYPERCONNECTED WORLD, CONVENIENCE IS [unfortunately]
THE ULTIMATE CURRENCY of THE still BURGEONING HIDDEN PERSUADERS
de ago, in many cases our awareness—whether as individuals, organizations or nations—is
still limited and local. To use an analogy from biology, even though our actions affect the larger
ecosystem of which we are a part—in fact the multiple interacting economic, social, political and
environmental ecosystems—we sill behave as though our actions are narrow in scope and impact.
We see ourselves as part of a far smaller, more isolated ego-system."
Scharmer and Kaufer explain why actions based on this “ego-system” awareness not only result in recurring crises, but doom any attempt to resolve them—we are trying to meet new challenges with an obsolete mindset. To show the shape of the emerging future they bring this ecosystem awareness to bear on areas such as labor, capital, production, technology, leadership, ownership and many others, offering a blueprint for a new society based on a profound understanding of how the actions of each affects the many.
This book’s journey is about a path and a method of dropping the baggage of old habits of thought and then crossing through the gate to an economy that operates more consciously, inclusively, and collectively.
THIS book addresses what we believe to be a blind spot in global discourse today: how to respond
to the current waves of disruptive change form a deep place that connects us to an emerging future,
rather than reacting against the patterns of the past, which usually means perpetuating them.
Robotic process automation (RPA) is the use of software with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to handle high-volume, repeatable tasks that previously required a human to perform.
What distinguishes RPA from traditional IT automation is RPA software's ability to be aware and adapt to changing circumstances, exceptions and new situations. Once RPA software has been trained to to capture and interpret the actions of specific processes in existing software applications, it can then manipulate data, trigger responses, initiate new actions and communicate with other systems autonomously. Large and small companies will be able to reap the benefits of RPA by expediting back-office and middle-office tasks in a wide range of industries, including insurance, finance, procurement, supply chain management (SCM), accounting, customer relationship management (CRM) and human resource management (HRM).
RPA software is expecially useful for organizations that have many different, complicated systems that need to interact together fluidly. For example, if an electronic form in a human resource system is lacking a zip code, traditional automation software would flag the form as having an exception and an employee would handle the exception by looking up the correct zip code and entering it manually on the form. Once the form was complete, the employee might send the completed form on to payroll so the information could be entered into the organization's payroll system. With RPA technology, however, software that has the ability to adapt, self-learn, and self-correct would handle the exception and interact with the payroll system without human assistance.
Although RPA software can be expensive, the technology offers companies an alternative to outsourcing and can ultimately result in lower operating costs, decreased cycle times and increased productivity for human employees who no longer are tasked with boring work. Because RPA technology tracks and monitors all the tasks that it automates, it can also help companies to become more audit- and regulatory- compliant. Though it is expected that automation software will replace up to 140 million full-time employees worldwide by the year 2025, many high-quality jobs will be created for those who are able to maintain and improve RPA software.