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Hundreds of AI tools have been built to catch covid. None of them helped.

A really useful analysis of the use of AI-based tools over the past 18 months. The disappointing conclusion is based on a catalog of errors and lack of

Amazon will pay you $10 in credit for your palm print biometrics

So, $10 in exchange for your palm print. A good deal? https://techcrunch.com/2021/08/02/amazon-credit-palm-biometrics

The CEO of Pfizer on Developing a Vaccine in Record Time

Absolutely fascinating discussion of the Pfizer journey. A “must read” on what it takes for a Large Established Organization to act in an agile way. What does it

With open banking on the horizon, the fintech-SME love story is just beginning

Another great example of data-driven innovation is Open Banking. And its impact are just starting to become clear. This is a great summary of why. https://techcrunch.com/2021/07/16/with-open-banking-on-the-horizon-the-fintech-sme-love-story-is-just-beginning/ Since open

O2O

Some fascinating illustrations of O2O from Andrew Ng. https://www.andrewng.org/video/ There is a rise of O2O (online to offline) services, in which users are using their cellphones to get

Importance of Trust in AI

A very useful discussion of the different influences on trust in AI. A really key topic as AI-based systems become more widely used. https://medium.com/geekculture/importance-of-trust-in-ai-622b303dc91f In this article, we

Business Agility Value Stream

The SAFe people have recently updated their Business Agility article. This is the keystone article that defines and explains what we mean by Business Agility, and the value

Who has access to your health data?

Here is a new “Data Uses Register” from the NHS. It lists who has access to which datasets and why. https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/nhs-digital-launches-data-uses-register-to-improve-transparency The new data release register provides an

Latest MIT Sloan article by John Cotter on culture change

Just saw this latest article by John Kotter on dealing with culture change as we come through the pandemic. Is there anything remotely new here? Hasn’t this been

Home or office? Survey shows opinions about work after COVID-19

Another interesting survey and analysis about the future of work after the pandemic. This one is from the World Economic Forum and involved polling of 12,500 people across

Shock treatment: can the pandemic turn the NHS digital?

More on covid and its implications for digital transformation in the public sector. https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/07/shock-treatment-can-the-pandemic-turn-the-nhs-digital/ Spoiler alert: No.

5 Key Lessons from HBS’s Pandemic Teaching Transformation

Good solid advice, and very much inline with my own experiences teaching online. https://hbsp.harvard.edu/inspiring-minds/5-key-lessons-from-hbs-pandemic-teaching-transformation

Apple vs Facebook: how the war between the Silicon Valley giants is changing tech

I really enjoyed this article. It clearly lays out some of the biggest digital economy challenges of our time: Control of the internet, exploitation of personal data, how

‘Ventilator challenge’ to equip NHS for Covid lost £143m of public money

This is one of the reasons that you have to be very, very careful with “open innovation” approaches and mass hackathons. The opportunities for waste and inefficiency is

The UK’s Most Valuable Unicorns

Who knew?

World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge opens in Amsterdam

One of the key digital revolutions in the past decade is 3D printing. It’s starting to have more and more of an impact to the extent that major

FinTech-as-a-Service

Another interesting example of the component-based platforms approach to building new solutions using a pre-built digital technology stack. https://www.railsbank.com/ Prototype, build and scale any financial use-case using our

In business schools, are we teaching management or entrepreneurial skills?

This is a fascinating discussion by Steve Blank about the way he shifted his thinking about teaching entrepreneurial skills at business schools and the use of experiential approaches.

Your AI pair programmer

Interesting development to apply AI to software code development with Github’s Copilot and the new features in VisualStudio’s IntelliSense. https://copilot.github.com/ https://code.visualstudio.com/docs/editor/intellisense Use machine learning to improve developer productivity.

Why Pivoting People Is a Strategic Priority

No startling insights here, but a good summary of the opportunities and challenges for people in the workforce as we transition in post-pandemic to a digital economy. https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/why-pivoting-people-is-a-strategic-priority

Pentagon cancels $10bn ‘Jedi’ contract

Digital technologies move forward quickly….often much more quickly than governments can manage the contracting for those technologies. Add to that the political dimensions of very large high-profile infrastructure

The Great Resignation

I know from personal experience that many people have taken the last few months as time to reflect on their lives, jobs, and what they want to do

Fintech doesn’t matter

Excellent commentary from Dave Birch making the point that innovation in financial services is not going to bedriven by fintech (digitizing what they do now) but regtech (changing

Get ready for years of new tech regulations

Maybe it is not just death and taxes we have to look forward to…..add to the list “lots of new tech regulations”. Sigh. https://www.axios.com/microsoft-big-tech-regulations-7d1565a1-c807-4006-bda0-4920a2f01427.html It’s not just antitrust

Data saves lives: Reshaping health and social care with data (draft)

Based on lessons from the past 18 months, here is the NHSx data strategy for how to make data more accessible for health care use. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-saves-lives-reshaping-health-and-social-care-with-data-draft/data-saves-lives-reshaping-health-and-social-care-with-data-draft The strategy

The commodification of trust

Here is a very useful view on the emergence of a new kind of trust mechanism: online reputation management services, distributed ledgers, and AI-based predictive systems offer familiarity,

When money has no meaning, the idea of “value” gets weird

This is a very good discussion about startup funding, and a reminder that the startup world has its own views on “value” and “valuation”. https://sajithpai.medium.com/exhaust-fumes-or-understanding-startup-valuations-610897d7bcf8 “Early stage valuations

Move fast and break things

Not sure that motto comes out so well in today’s post-pandemic era where responsibility and fairness are at the fore… https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/amazon-destroying-stock-scotland-warehouse-b1870624.html

The top trends in tech

From those clever people at McKinsey….. https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/mckinsey-digital/our-insights/the-top-trends-in-tech Which technologies have the most momentum in an accelerating world? We identified the trends that matter most.

The UK hits milestone of 100 UK tech companies valued at $1bn or more

Who’d have thunk it? https://technation.io/news/the-uk-hits-milestone-of-100-uk-tech-companies-valued-at-1bn-or-more

The Future of Leadership and Amazon’s Leadership Principles

Very interesting to read more about Amazon’s leadership principles and the focus on innovation across the organization. Be interesting to see how these align with the digital transformation

Tim Berners-Lee auctioning off original source code for the web as NFT

Looking to invest in a bit of ancient source code? Have I got a deal for you! https://sdtimes.com/softwaredev/tim-berners-lee-auctioning-off-original-source-code-for-the-web-as-nft/

Microsoft’s New 6-Word Remote Work Policy Is Brilliant. Here’s Why Your Company Should Steal It

Simple is best. "Moving forward, it is our goal to offer as much flexibility as possible to support individual work styles, while balancing business needs and ensuring we

In Online Ed, Content Is No Longer King—Cohorts Are

I love this article. It points out that in a world with tons of content providers where there is a race to the bottom on the price of

China’s tech workers pushed to limits by surveillance software

Coming soon to a working environment near you? https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/The-Big-Story/China-s-tech-workers-pushed-to-limits-by-surveillance-software In China’s tech industry, where rapid technological development, paired with poor labor regulations, has created a potential for labor

Walletmor rolls out payment implants

OK, now we’re talking. Get your payment technology implanted just below the skin. Never lose your credit card ever again! What are you waiting for? https://www.finextra.com/newsarticle/38198/walletmor-rolls-out-payment-implants British-Polish startup

Europe’s Digital Compass

The EU Commission presents a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_983 The Commission proposes a Digital Compass to translate the

Anatomy of AI

On the surface it just looks like a friendly device in the corner of the room assisting me to play music, find out the weather forecast, and learn

Friendly hackers are reshaping the digital economy

Its an ill wind…. And one of the those benefiting from the Covid crisis has been the “ethical hacker” community. Several people on HackerOne have earned over $1M

So you want to be a software company?

A really interesting article looking at the challenge for Large Established Organizations (LEOs) wanting to transform to digital business models and software-driven solutions. Spoiler alert: It is not