Overcoming Dystopian Visions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Overcoming Dystopian Visions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

During the span of one single career, I’ve moved from dreaming about a $149 TI calculator to replace my slide rule to being able to summon 4 terabytes of storage directly to my door for $95 upon a mere voice command to a device in my kitchen. This is despite such well-known predictions as “I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse” (Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com) and “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share” (Steve Ballmer).

And all of this will pale relative to the changes that will be brought about by the next industrial revolution. The fourth industrial revolution will be driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning and will offer all sorts of opportunities for radically redefined and streamlined processes and ways of working.

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The Pushmi-Pullyu Impact of Technology Innovation on Information Preservation

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The Pushmi-Pullyu Impact of Technology Innovation on Information Preservation

On the one hand, technology has revolutionized both the access and potential value of very long-term archival information -- much of which originated as paper -- exposing it to the light of day after years in the basement and giving it new life.  

And on the other hand, rapid and escalating technology innovation and the accumulation of ever-increasing cascades of digital information -- usually with no thought to how access will be preserved for future generations -- is creating a worrisome digital preservation scenario. Much of the world’s cultural, economic, social, and political memory is at some long-term risk. Will this information be available and digestible 75 years from now?

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What have we learned about managing content at scale?

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What have we learned about managing content at scale?

I thought I would share my 7 key takeaways from the Content Services keynote at the recent OpenText Enterprise World event (Disclaimer: OpenText paid my way).  And here’s number 1…

1 - Every organization as a starting point — and it's unique to that organization.

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