Radical Open Innovation News week 33-2019

Welcome to our biweekly selection of digital innovation news. Created using our opinionated automated selection algorithm with a twisted text rank summary creator. We present some top innovation news items to get you thinking, debating and take action in order to make our world even better.

1 AI Explainability 360

The AI Explainbability 360 toolkit is an open-source library that supports interpretability and explainability of data and machine learning models. The AI Explainability 360 Python package includes a comprehensive set of algorithms that cover different dimensions of explanations along with proxy explainability metrics. This toolkit is serious open research work released as OSS from IBM.

(IBM AI 360)

2 fastText NLP

fastText is a library for efficient learning of word representations and sentence classification. Models can later be reduced in size to even fit on mobile devices.

Created by Facebook Opensource, now available for us all. Also used for the new search on StackOverflow, see https://stackoverflow.blog/2019/08/14/crokage-a-new-way-to-search-stack-overflow/


3 Harnessing the power of AI to transform agriculture

AI can be part of the solution. AI is already transforming agriculture. Already, AI is beginning to transform agriculture in important ways. Last year, ICRISAT received a Microsoft AI for Earth grant to support continued development of AI solutions that focus on sustainable agriculture in developing parts of the world. Can AI improve their ability to grow food to feed a hungry world?


4 Why Software Architects Must Be Involved

Today’s major defense systems rely heavily on software-enabled capabilities. However, many defense programs acquiring new systems first determine the physical items to develop, assuming the contractors for those items will provide all needed software for the capability. But software by its nature spans physical items: it provides the inter-system communications that have a direct influence on most capabilities, and thus must be architected intelligently, especially when pieces are built by different contractors. For example: a satellite was due to launch with new software, so the existing ground segment software was not designed to work with it, but the new ground segment software was not complete. If, instead, system acquirers ensure that systems engineers address software concerns at the same time as the physical solution is conceptualized, acquirers can opt for a slightly different physical system, whose software architecture is tuned to optimize the provided capabilities. Many interaction and schedule problems resulted, partly because the segments had different schedules.

(Software Engineering Institute )

5 Three Lessons From Germany’s Platform Economy

The lessons we abstracted from leading platforms there can be particularly helpful and instructive for executives contemplating a platform business model. At the same time, don’t think all the rules of B2C platform leaders apply in your B2B network. On the other hand, some companies are not only building open platforms, they are making openness a part of the value proposition. To that end, we’ve identified three imperatives for B2B platforms that will help them grow, remain competitive, and stave off digital disruptors. But the growth of the platform economy in Germany speaks to the tipping point of opportunity, especially for economies dependent on manufacturing.

(MIT Sloan Management Review)

6 Here’s a cool project: completely revolutionize shopping online

They may say “my shopping cart” (a search for that one yields 3.1 billion results), but what they mean is their shopping cart. Think instead about how you would outfit your own shopping cart: one you might take from store to store. The client—that’s you—is the calf, and the Web site is the cow. Your personal shopping cart should be a way for you to get scale across all of e-commerce. You also don’t need to start with a shopping cart.

(Doc Searls Weblog)

7 A solar-powered version of Low-tech Magazine

Low-tech Magazine questions the belief in technological progress, and highlights the potential of past knowledge and technologies for designing a sustainable society. Because a web redesign was long overdue — and because we try to practice what we preach — we decided to build a low-tech website that meets our needs and abides by our principles.. This website is a solar-powered, self-hosted version of Low-tech Magazine. It has been designed to radically reduce the energy use associated with accessing our content.


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