Innochat Archive

Do standards help or hinder innovation?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Standards enable products to operate in combination, and interchangeably with one another.

But do these standards help or hinder the adoption of innovations?

Understanding Diffusion

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Today I met a leading researcher in a field of medical research, whose field is the development of new research methods (i.e. a meta- or possibly meta-meta- field!) These methods are often very different from methods in current use. So he is particularly interested in the adoption of these new methods by researchers in his field.

During a presentation, he remarked that adoption of a particular method had initially been fairly steady, but had then flattened off, and that this was contrary to his expectations of exponential growth.

Organization for Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

If innovation is so important, how do we organize ourselves to enable innovation to happen effectively?

How Safe Are Your Algorithms?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 29, 2017

In a Turing Lecture earlier this year, Ben Shneiderman described the problems cause by unsafe algorithms, and proposed a solution. Let's discuss this issue and whether this solution makes sense in the context of how safety issues are handled.

Automation in Journalism

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Recently, Ken Gordon, @quickmuse, of this chat wrote about the uptake of Artificial Intelligence in journalism, in this post on the innochat Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/innochat/permalink/664823340370019/

The Bicycle is 200!

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

It is 200 years (and 3 days) since the first reported ride on the invention which became known as the bicycle. Its adoption has been extremely widespread. What can we learn from the bicycle as an innovation?

Electronic voting - why not.

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Why not vote over the Internet? As digital facilities are available for increasing numbers of purposes, why not vote electronically in elections? Or is voting on area that requires special consideration.

Digital Systems Maturity

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Are digital systems ready for the purposes to which they are being put? Is their capability, including their range of behaviour, their resilience, functionality, performance, security, etc. up to the tasks for which they are being used?

What happens without innovation?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 25, 2017

"Innovation is essential", we hear! But is it? How important can innovation be when many people seem to think of it as optional?

Responsibilities for Risks of Innovations

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 18, 2017

Any innovation has risks. Who is responsible for managing them?

Recent ransomware attacks have illustrated the risks of operating information systems connected to the Internet. Operation of safe systems requires customers to follow procedures, including management of passwords and updating products to maintain their effectiveness, including their safety.

How are the responsibilities for managing the risks of innovations split between vendor and customer?

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