Concerns in the larger research body of research on platforms often leads to a subset looking into the impacts of the platform economy. Let’s try some more digests responding to questions.
The rise of the platform economy may be described either by the metaphor of “We Don’t Know Who Discovered Water, But We Know It Wasn’t a Fish” or the fable of the “Boiling Frog“.
daviding November 12th, 2018
The term “platform” is now popular in a variety of contexts. What do “platforms” mean, and what research might guide our appreciation?
Let’s outline some questions:
The articles cited below are not exhaustive, but they may give a sense of the ballpark.
The industrial age was typified by descriptions of “supply chains” and “value chains”, which otherwise may be called “pipelines”. Marshall Van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Sangeet Paul Choudary write:
… platforms differ from the conventional “pipeline” businesses that have dominated industry for decades. Pipeline businesses create value by controlling a linear series of activities — the classic value-chain model. Inputs at one end of the chain (say, materials from suppliers) undergo a series of steps that transform them into an output that’s worth more: the finished product. [….]
daviding November 7th, 2018
The October 2018 acquisition of Red Hat by IBM gives me hope. Both IBM and Red Hat have been champions in promoting open sourcing behaviours.
Open sourcing is an open innovation behaviour related to, but distinct from, open source as licensing. [Ing (2017) chap. 1, p. 1].
The label of open sourcing frames ongoing ways that organizations and individuals conduct themselves with others through continually sharing artifacts and practices of mutual benefit. The label of private sourcing frames the contrasting and more traditional ways that business organizations and allied partners develop and keep artifacts and practices to themselves. [Ing (2017) sec. 1.2, p. 5].
The label of open source is most readily recognized from software development. An open source license allows free use, modification and sharing. Open sourcing is a norm where the resources of system internals, e.g. artifacts and practices, are shared in a community beyond the originators. Private sourcing is coined as a norm where the resources of system internals are reserved within a privileged group. [Ing (2017) sec. 1.3, p.6]
This deal continues a socio-economic trajectory by IBM …
daviding November 2nd, 2018
The theme of “New Developments of Systems Thinking: From IoT to AI” at the Tenth International Symposium on Service Systems Science presented an opportunity to look at changes currently happening with contemporary technologies. For a short talk, my agenda focused on three assertions:
The relevance of the research for my dissertation (currently in review at Aalto University) became a frame for examining IoT, cloud and cognitive. With both commercial and noncommercial contributors working alongside each other, content creators and makers should think ahead to conditions they wish to place on others who may derive from their works. The previously posted slides on the Coevolving Commons have been synchronized with the digital audio recording.
The lecture and subsequent questions-and-answers are available online as web video.
For those who just want to listen, downloadable audio files (some with digitally boosted volume) are an option.
daviding June 26th, 2017
Dear Microsoft: After a 4-year separation with Windows 7, the constructive divorce that you’ve set for Windows 10 on July 29, 2016 will come into force. I’ve just spent 30 hours trying to make things work. I know that Lenovo says that the Windows 10 upgrade should work, but we’re spending so little time together that I don’t have energy to keep fighting.
We never really got married. There was a time that I was spending up to 12 hours per day with you. Our relationship has a long history:
Over the past few days, the messages you’ve been giving me have been more than frustrating.
On the Thinkpad X200, you told me “We couldn’t install Windows 10”, and “0xC1900101 – 0x20017 The installation failed in the SAFE_OS phase with an error during BOOT operation” five times over 24 hours.
The BIOS is up to date and antivirus was removed. I tried with both the automated installation and Media Creation Tool on USB, both with and without the online updates. There were also long “Checking for update” delays, where I had to intervene.
Trying on the Thinkpad X230 Tablet, you told me “Something happened”. “Sorry, we have having trouble determining if your PC can run Windows 10”. This computer is on the “Lenovo supported systems list for Windows 10 Upgrade“, so is the trouble my fault or your fault?
You led me to the Windows Update Troubleshooter, which found that the “Service Registration is missing or corrupt”. The automated install didn’t fix everything, so I spent 15 minutes copying-and-pasting commands manually into a terminal window. Thanks, that fixed the Service Registration problem. However the “Something happened” message is unchanged.
I’m not new to intense relationships. I have to admit to not being fully committed to Microsoft for some decades.
daviding June 26th, 2016
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The average Canadian worker has (at least) some college or university education. This fact is counter to presumptions in a question on the first day at the World Economic Forum by Fareed Zacharia, in an interview with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Zacharia asked:
What do you say to the average worker in Canada, who may not have a fancy college degree — and I’m thinking about the average worker in America or in Europe, as well — who looks out at this world and says “I don’t see what globalization is doing for me. The jobs are going to South Korea and China and Vietnam and India. Technology is great, but I can’t afford the new iPad Pro, and more importantly, this technology means that it increasinly makes me less valuable. Why shouldn’t I be angry and involved the politics of progress?”
The response by Trudeau spoke to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the theme of the Davos conference. He didn’t actually respond to the presumption on education.
In a national picture of educational attainment:
In 2012, about 53.6% of Canadians aged 15 and over had trade certificates, college diplomas and university degrees. This was an increase of 20.9 percentage points since 1990.
… says “The Indicators of Well-Being in Canada (2016)“, by Employment and Social Development Canada.
In the Economic Indicators for Canada,
Between 1999 and 2009, the proportion of adults aged 25 to 64 with tertiary education in Canada increased from 39% to 50%. In 2009, Canada had the highest proportion of the adult population with tertiary education among all reporting member countries of the OECD. By comparison, the 2009 OECD average was 30%.
… says Statistics Canada in “Educational Attainment and Employment: Canada in an International Context (February 2012)“.
If there’s going to be another industrial revolution, an educated population should be better positioned for it. What’s the fourth industrial revolution? The World Economic Forum describes “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means, how to respond“:
daviding January 20th, 2016