Innochat Archive

What do you need for innovation?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Are you involved in innovation in your organization? If so, what skills, knowledge, and understanding do you need for that?

Risky Innovations

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

As automation and artificial intelligence are applied to a wider range of purposes, many people have become increasing concerned about the potential weapons which operate autonomously. Almost all innovations involve potential risks and there are variety of aspects to managing them.

Organizational Innovation in 2017

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Let's revisit one of the major areas of activity generated by the current interest in the field of innovation. It is commonly known as "innovation management", but it is more general than simply management, so let's refer to it as "organizational innovation". We'll discuss its importance and a variety of issues involved in its effectiveness.

Presentation and interaction innovations

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Let's discuss innovation in the presentation of information and the means of interaction with systems that we use. With developments ranging from augmented reality to voice-controlled facilities (such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa) and numerous others, the ways in which we interface with devices and sytems continues to change substantially.

Single Points of Failure and Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Many of the systems that we use have single points of failure which can stop the whole system. But many other systems have redundancies and backups. Let's discuss innovations which introduce or remove single points of failure.

Burning platforms and how to avoid them

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

Innovation essentially involves making a step change, and the information and decisions involved in making that change. These decisions are primarily: what to change to, and when to make the change.

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.

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