Radical Open Innovation News week 44-2018

Welcome to our weekly selection of digital innovation news. Based on our opinionated always changing automated token based selection algorithm we present some top innovation news to get you thinking, debating and collaboration on making our world better.

1 Introducing AdaNet: Fast and Flexible AutoML with Learning Guarantees

AdaNet builds on our recent reinforcement learning and evolutionary-based AutoML efforts to be fast and flexible while providing learning guarantees. Importantly, AdaNet provides a general framework for not only learning a neural network architecture, but also for learning to ensemble to obtain even better models. Users who have already integrated a TensorFlow model in their system can easily convert their TensorFlow code into an AdaNet subnetwork, and use the adanet.Estimator to boost model performance while obtaining learning guarantees.

(Google AI Blog)

2 Preparing for the Coming Skill Shifts

Ensuring that the right skills are in place at the right time is shaping up as one of the biggest corporate challenges of our time. But they’ll also need so-called “softer” skills to do the work that machines aren’t capable of doing. Given the winner-takes- most dynamic that we are already seeing, first with digital transformation more broadly defined and now in more pronounced fashion with AI and automation, no company can afford to underestimate the coming skill shifts and how those may affect their prospects.

Given the complexities of implementing the new technologies, companies will, of course, need people who can design the right algorithms and interpret the data. So in the AI era, companies should double down on retraining the people they have, with an emphasis on lifelong learning and adaptability.

(MIT Sloan Management Review)

3 It’s not okay to pretend your software is open source

Free software, is defined by the free software definition, published by GNU. Projects using the Commons Clause have also been known to describe their license as “permissive” or “open”, some even calling their software “open source”. Claiming your software is open source, permissively licensed, free software, etc, when you use the Commons Clause, is lying. FOSS refers to “free and open source software”. Instead of being a new software license, it tries to stick itself onto other respected licences – often the Apache 2.0 license.

(Drew DeVault’s Blog)

4 Sharing by proxy: Invisible users in the sharing economy

With the future of work increasingly data-driven, platforms automate decisions based on the collection of vast quantities of user data. We focus on the ramifications of users-by-proxy for the future of work and their significance for the limits of data-driven decision-making.

However, non-users constitute a challenge as they provide little to no data for either platforms or other users. In this conceptual contribution, we provide a definition of users-by-proxy as a third category between users and non-users, developing a typology of users-by-proxy based on motives of non-/use. Users-by-proxy make use of sharing services but they are not themselves part of the sharing transaction.

(First Monday)

5 The Evergreen Web Application

You may have heard the phrase “use the platform”, and an evergreen web application is full embrace of the spirit of that phrase. Rising to meet the needs of users across all browsers and devices, have come amazing and powerful tools for building web applications. However, I think for anyone starting a new project, evaluating an “evergreen” approach is worth exploring for any developer / business case. Please feel free to reach out and say hi!  In addition, libraries and frameworks like React, Angular and Vue provide more than just component / syntax models, and so I urge you to deeply understand their paradigms, ecosystems, and tradeoffs.

(JS Foundation)

6 Innovation Challenges in Latin America

Thus, the innovation process has been analyzed from different perspectives, finding different definitions and classifications (Porter, 1998; Cooke, 2008; McCann and Ortega-Argiles, 2015; Geldes et al , 2017a). Given the above, we propose this “special issue” of the Journal of Technology Management and Innovation (www.jotmi.org), with the purpose of contributing to the discussion of the challenges to promote innovation in Latin America. In fact, in the case of Latin America, studies started late and are relatively scarce (Ketelhöhn and Ogliastri, 2013; Olavarrieta and Villena, 2014). Innovation emerges as an option for companies to achieve growth and sustainability in a dynamic, complex and increasingly competitive environment. In addition, it has been established that business innovation is determined by internal and external factors that are specific to each industrial sector and country, so those general recommendations can only be made to promote innovation in developing or emerging countries (Brenes et al , 2016; Geldes et al , 2017a; Heredia et al , 2018a).

(Journal of Technology and management)

7 IBM’s Old Playbook

And if the answer is that “Red Hat is open”, at what point do increasingly sophisticated businesses build it themselves? It was miraculous…Gerstner’s insight was he went around and talked to a whole bunch IBM customers and found out that the customers didn’t actually like any of his products. This was Gerstner’s key insight when it came to mapping out IBM’s future…In Gerstner’s vision, only IBM had the breadth to deliver solutions instead of products. IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to address this issue and accelerate hybrid multi-cloud adoption. That, though, gets at the strategy’s weakness: it seems more attuned to IBM’s needs than potential customers.

(Stratechery by Ben Thompson)

8 Open Source Model Management Roundup: Polyaxon, Argo, and Seldon

One of the most common questions the Anaconda Enterprise team receives is something along the lines of: “But really, how difficult is it to build this using open source tools?” This is certainly a fair question, as open source does provide a lot of functionality while offering a lower entry price than …


9 Load Balancing Across the Cluster

When using an RPG to transfer data between nodes, the protocol is designed to balance the load across the cluster pretty evenly. The connection has to be drawn from the Processor to the Remote Process Group, and the Input Port has to be chosen. Rather than connecting Processor A to Processor B, we end up connecting Processor A to Remote Process Group. If the number of nodes in our cluster changes (i.e., a node is removed from the cluster or added to the cluster), then the data will also be re-partitioned. With each release of Apache NiFi, we tend to see at least one pretty powerful new application-level feature, in addition to all of the new and improved Processors that are added.

(Apache Foundation)

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