Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Rethinking Education in the Digital Age

Center for Digital Intelligence™
Have you considered how the traditional textbook author/publisher, teacher, student and parent relationship should change as a result of digital transformation?  In this article let's explore how this traditional process can be greatly enhanced with digital technologies.  Traditionally a physical textbook is published in one format for all students.  Sometimes, at a great expense, they can be translated to another language.  There are several challenges with that.  Not all students learn in the same manner or language, physical textbooks can only use images and texts on paper, and today's students are more accustomed to accessing, reading, watching and listening to content in a digital format on smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Digital formats, however, can be integrated with all kinds of digital media.  The devices or hardware that reads digital formats (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.) also mostly support GPS and mapping.  With GPS sensors, authors can integrate location data from Google Field Trips, to make their textbooks location-aware and more contextually relevant to the reader.  For example a student could be reading about Lewis and Clark's explorations, and their digital textbook could automatically show them nearby locations, photos, video clips, notes, podcasts, etc., related to that journey.  In addition, virtual reality and augmented reality applications could then be created to bring historic events to life.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Silicon Valley Series: Using Data the Google Way with Kevin Benedict & Tom Thimot

In this Silicon Valley Series I have the privilege of interviewing very smart and experienced Silicon Valley veterans on a variety of important business trends, technologies and strategies.  I hope you find this series of short interviews interesting.

In this episode I am joined by my friend and veteran Silicon Valley CEO Tom Thimot.  We dig into the lessons Google has taught all of us on the value of data, and how data can be used as a competitive advantage.  Enjoy!


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Friday, November 10, 2017

Digital Expert Interviews: Futurist Frank Diana

I had the pleasure of interviewing futurist and TCS's thought leader extraordinaire Frank Diana today.  In this interview we discuss the impact of automation on jobs, the role of platforms, the accelerating pace of innovation and how ethics and purpose need to be considered.  Enjoy!



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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Digital Intelligence Weekly by Kevin Benedict

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In this weekly report I collect, curate and comment on interesting topics related to emerging technologies and digital trends.  Enjoy!

Question: Why is 2017 a record year for retail stores in the USA?  Answer: A record 6,700 retail stores have already closed in the USA in 2017, and as many as 8,600 will close by the end of the year. Online stores are capturing more market share, and fast fashion is overturning traditional retail business models and supply chains. [KRB Comment] This is our fault.  We like to shop online. We like access to global inventories and next day shipping.  We like to be able to conveniently return products that don’t work for us.  We like personalized product offerings.  We like recommendations. We like lower prices.  We like shopping from our couches and beds.
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Question: How do you dupe Americans out of more personal information without their knowledge and then sway an election?  Answer: Offer them a free personality test on Facebook, and then use that information to create psychographic data. Cambridge Analytica built psychological profiles of over 200 million Americans in part by using information they shared on social media.  For example, many Americans took personality quizzes spread by the firm on Facebook, which were designed to reveal how they score on measures of the so-called “big five” personality traits.  [KRB Comment] I am guilty of taking both personality tests and political leanings tests on Facebook.  I am now sure the results were ultimately combined to create a profile that could be used for nefarious purposes.  I don’t think this is what Mark Zuckerberg had in mind when he first programmed Facebook at Harvard.
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Silicon Valley Series: Security as a Service and Managing Enterprise Security, Processes and Policies

In this Silicon Valley Series I have the privilege of interviewing very smart and experienced Silicon Valley veterans on a variety of important business trends, technologies and strategies.  I hope you find this series of short interviews interesting.

In this episode, I interview the CTO of Cybric, Mike D. Kail, and discuss Security-As-A-Service, and the challenges involved in managing the digital security of a large enterprise when there are so many wireless and mobile connected devices and objects in your IT ecosystem.  Enjoy!



Monday, November 06, 2017

Silicon Valley Series: Cultural Impact on Digital Transformation

In this Silicon Valley Series I am honored to interview a number of very smart and experienced Silicon Valley dignitaries on a variety of important business trends, technologies and strategies.  I hope you find this series of short interviews useful.

In this episode, I interview Tom Thimot, a veteran three time CEO of Silicon Valley companies, on the importance of developing the right culture in your enterprise so you can compete successfully in an age of digital transformation.  Enjoy!


Thursday, November 02, 2017

Silicon Valley Series: Customer Analytics, Personalization, Privacy and Context

In this Silicon Valley Series I was honored to interview a number of very smart and experienced Silicon Valley dignitaries on a variety of important business trends, technologies and strategies.  I hope you find this series of short interviews useful.

In this episode, I have the honor of learning from Silicon Valley veteran CMO (Chief Marketing Officer), brand and digital marketing expert, Mark Lewis (Twitter @marklewis_sf).  We discuss the latest trends and strategies in personalization, opportunities and privacy challenges.



Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Silicon Valley Series: Evolution of Cloud, Analytics, AI and Human Integration

In this Silicon Valley Series I was honored to interview a number of very smart and experienced Silicon Valley dignitaries on a variety of important business trends, technologies and strategies.  I hope you find this series of short interviews useful.

In this episode, I interview Silicon Valley veteran and three time CEO Tom Thimot on how artificial intelligence and automation are evolving from hybrid models to more trusted automation models.



Friday, October 27, 2017

Digital Intelligence Weekly by Kevin Benedict

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Center for Digital Intelligence
In this weekly report I collect, curate and comment on subjects related to emerging technologies and digital trends.  I hope you find it useful.

Question: Where are VC's placing their money today?  Answer: Vijay Pande, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, says, “We’re interested in companies in the healthcare and biology space with machine learning at their core."

Question: When will Twitter finally be profitable according to GAAP rules?  Answer: The fourth quarter of 2017 according to Reuters. KRB Comment:  Google, Microsoft and Facebook all had great quarters, so it is about time for Twitter to be profitable.

Question:  How can the German e-commerce company, Otto, predict, with 90% accuracy, what they will sell in the next 30 days?  Answer: They use artificial intelligence (AI) to analyze around 3 billion past transactions and 200 variables (such as past sales, searches on Otto’s site and weather information) to predict what customers will buy each week.  The AI system has proved so reliable—it predicts with 90% accuracy what will be sold within 30 days.  Source: The Economist  KRB Comment: Those numbers are truly impressive, and Otto now let's the AI system order products in advance of sales, WOW!  The list of functions that AI can do better than humans is growing quickly.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The 12 Step Plan for Digital Transformation Speed

It took Magellan’s crew three years sailing ships to circumnavigate the earth.  Today, at hypersonic speeds of 7,680 MPH, it takes just over three hours to circumnavigate the earth.  Data on the Internet, however, travels at 670 million MPH, which means it only takes milliseconds to circumnavigate the earth.  In this age of digital businesses and digital interactions, companies must digitally transform to work effectively in a world where mass information moves at these unimaginable speeds.

It's not just IT systems that are impacted by the volume and speed of information.  The creators of business processes that were designed and developed in an analog area, simply never envisioned a business environment that would require these operational tempos.  Analog business processes were designed to have humans involved.  These dependencies were designed to slow down the process to ensure accuracy, compliance and accountability.  Today, however, operating at the slow speeds of an analog, human dependent business process, will doom your company.  Analog business processes must be quickly automated via robotic process automation using artificial intelligence and machine learning to effectively interact with impatient digital customers and B2B partners.