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Industry 4.0 with eyes on the future

In France it is termed “Industrie du Futur”, in Japan “Society 5.0 and Connected Industries”, while in Canada it is called “Innovation and Skills Plan”, and the European Union launched in 2016 “Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market”, but the most commonly used term globally is the German “Industrie 4.0”. However, the different approaches to this development give indications on the complexity of the phenomenon. Basically it is… Continue reading

The design thinking process of building a drone for disaster-zones, MIT research

eLearningworld News Engineers at MIT have designed a drone that can work without interruption for more than five days. At the same time as it stays connected, and can continue gathering data as well as provide temporary telecommunication, even if it is in a disaster zone where communication-problems goes with the territory. However, these vehicles do already exist, but the engineers at MIT have with new design managed to lower the cost dramatically, while the… Continue reading

After programming: The future of work

Even if something technologically feasible does not mean it will be generally adopted. Innovation does not matter, more than to early adopters, if the new solution does not start from and adapt to human prerequisites. Feng Li, Professor of Information Management at Cass Business School writes the following about future work: “Robots, AI and other technologies are very good at certain tasks but this does not mean they can replace humans.  My guess is, some… Continue reading

Developing an ICT-enabled public sector in the EU and Entrepreneurship

The EU Commission’s action plan to digitalise the European public sector until 2020 includes an ambitious vision of providing borderless, personalised, user-friendly, end-to-end digital public services to all citizens and businesses in the EU. The plan is based on the following principles: 1. Digital should be default for public services with a one-stop-shop via different channels. 2. Once only principle, where citizens and businesses only should need to supply the same information once to a public… Continue reading

Modern knowledge management in practice

Knowledge is power! However, today this is a truth with modification since knowledge becomes outdated much faster than before. Consequently, you will gain less if you save the knowledge in your own hideouts. The challenge for companies and the public sector but also schools is to manage to translate individual knowledge into organizational awareness and then to manage the knowledge-base with constant updates with focus on usability and pedagogy. Information management or knowledge management Traditionally,… Continue reading

Responsive and responsible keys to Modern Leadership -but some disconnect

eLearningworld in RealTime The fourth industrial revolution is here and it progressing. In this spirit, and the fact that too many people are lagging behind in the development the motto of the World Economic Forum in Davos is “Responsive and responsible leadership”. Unfortunately, several national political leaders seem to have another agenda today, their own and their political party’s power-position is more important, and people are seen as an overshadowing problem. These are the ones… Continue reading

Ancient Age Computer – how did it work?

The year of 1901 by Antikythera, a Greek island, a shipwreck was found with many interesting artifacts, like money, works of art and crafts etc. However, the item that made the archaeologist Valerios Stais (and later many others) most curious and confused was a lump of bronze and wood where he discovered a gear within it. What was it then that was found at the bottom of the Ionian Sea? The item that later has… Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence uses intuition to win Poker Games against professional players

A research team from University of Alberta, Canada and Charles University and Czech Technical University have developed a poker bot called DeepStack that have defeated several professional human players in one-on-one games of no-limit Texas hold’em poker. The research team writes about their invention: ”It combines recursive reasoning to handle information asymmetry, decomposition to focus computation on the relevant decision, and a form of intuition about arbitrary poker situations that is automatically learned from selfplay… Continue reading

Taking workplace engagement and effectiveness to the next level

How can you make the work environment more effective with interactivity, more human-centric and last but not least … fun? Ok, let’s see, imagine the scene where the staff of a project entering the conference room, the project leader says: “Watson, bring me the last working session.” The computer recognizes and greets the project staff, then retrieves the materials used in the last meeting and displays them on three large screens, and the work can… Continue reading

Entrepreneurship on all levels while integrating in the Digital Age

The term “Industrie 4.0” originates from the high-tech strategy of the German government, which promotes the digitization of manufacturing. The term after the introduction in 2011 rapidly became generally acknowledged and used all over the world. Industrie 4.0 has been followed by SME 4.0 and Teaching 4.0 in Germany, and the terms has gained ground and flourished from a more general active entrepreneurial spirit. A favourable mood that call for an active (and successful) integration of new citizens, a… Continue reading