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Should You Take an App For That?

"Mobile health care apps now number in the thousands on the Apple and Google online stores, and many of these are targeted toward mental health."
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"I think a lot of these mobile digital health technologies would like to take the role of new pharma, which is especially interesting since there hasnt been any new blockbuster drugs for mental health in a while, says John Torous, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School and coauthor of the 2015 study."
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"There are also practical issues a feasibility study on an app designed to help manage schizophrenia, found that while users found the app to be effective, the most common technical problem was people forgetting to charge their phones."
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"In the UK, the National Health Services launched a Health Apps Library in March 2013."
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"Last month, economist Simon Leigh at the University of Liverpool co-authored an article in Evidence Based Mental Health that reported among the 14 apps for depression and anxiety recommended by the NHS, only four had any research to back up their claims and only two of those used validated measurement tools to test their effectiveness."

#Mobile #FutureTechnologies #TodaysChallenge #BuildResilience   #HumanResources   #wellbeing  

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Going Meta

"Psychologists and educational researchers, for example, stress how metacognition — the awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes — is integral to enhanced learning and better decisions. Rigorous “thinking about thinking” boosts cognitive capabilities, and framing business competences and aspirations in meta-context invites ingenuity around their fundamentals."
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"Here’s an example: At a professional services firm rolling out KPI dashboards, a breakthrough came when a cross-functional design group and IT considered creating a KPI dashboard to manage KPI dashboards. What literally began as joking comments about “dashboard management” turned into creative debates around designing “master dashboards.” How could disparate KPIs be effectively aggregated and synthesized across the enterprise?

That macro-perspective fundamentally altered the mission. Designing KPI dashboards for KPI dashboards transformed how the team perceived its opportunity to impact top management, as well as individual users."

#DriveInnovation #DecisionMaking #leadership #metacognition 

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Human-in-the-loop Computing

"A machine learning model takes a first pass on the data, or every video, image or document that needs labeling. That model also assigns a confidence score, or how sure the algorithm is that it’s making the right judgment. If the confidence score is below a certain value, it sends the data to a human annotator to make a judgment. That new human judgment is used both for the business process and is fed back into the machine learning algorithm to make it smarter. In other words, when the machine isn’t sure what the answer is, it relies on a human, then adds that human judgment to its model."
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"Human-computer interaction is much more important for artificial intelligence than we ever thought. In each case: chess, driving, facebook and ATMs, making sure computers and humans work well together is critical for all of these applications to work. Notably, however, there’s a different interface between the computer and the human in each but it’s the pairing of humans and machine–not the supremacy of one over the other–that yields the best results."

#ArtificialIntelligence   #FutureTechnologies  

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The Inexorable March in the Quantification of Me

Great post by +Julian Stodd 

Wearable technology will transform every aspect of everything we do.

"It will geolocate and contextualise information depending upon who you are with, where you are and what you are doing.

"It will help you achieve that thing you are doing by both pulling in new information and letting you share your story as you learn.

It will move us from formal, abstract, old world models of learning to ‘on demand‘ learning and performance support fit for the Social Age.

"It will ground our learning in facts of performance and support us in changing those facts."

#Lifelogging #Social #OnDemand #Storytelling  

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Isolated innovators

Where does innovation happen in this age of collaboration? Crowdsourcing and group brainstorming? Are we excluding the potential of individualistic introverts? No, networked communication can connect silos  without forcing open workspaces upon people who need solitude to mull insights. 

"Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature."
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"Solitude has long been associated with creativity and transcendence. “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible,” Picasso said."
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"Marcel Proust called reading a “miracle of communication in the midst of solitude,” and that’s what the Internet is, too. It’s a place where we can be alone together — and this is precisely what gives it power."

#Innovation #creativity #Collaboration #HumanResources

HT +Rotana Ty cc +David Pidsley 

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Tech to encourage and support employee engagement

"From the ubiquitous, but now updated, employee survey to social media platforms and collaboration tools, technology offers businesses a way to get staff working together, discussing the firm’s mission and bonding socially, all in ways that are quantifiable and observable by management."
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"For years, the easiest way for companies to figure out how motivated their workers were was to just ask them, usually in infrequent employee surveys or once-a-year reviews. The logic behind this is still sound, but technology now allows firms to do it continuously and less obtrusively with online platforms. Instead of a long survey at the end of the year or a one-off opportunity at the yearly appraisal, staff can give feedback daily or weekly with mini-questionnaires on platforms such as TINYPulse or even just emotional responses – a simple click on a smiley, angry or sad emoticon with software such as or emooter. Real-time feedback like this can help companies to pinpoint any problems before they get serious, something that’s particularly useful when the issue is a minor one. If dirty coffee cups in the kitchen are enraging your staff to the point where it’s a distraction, that’s valuable information with an easy fix."

#Social   #TextAnalytics   #HumanResources   #Collaboration   #DecisionMaking   #Collaboration  

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Fusing Narrative with Analytic Thinking

+Stephen Denning writes,
"Analytic, abstract thinking is ideal for reporting the regular, the expected, the normal, the ordinary, the unsurprising, the mundane, the things we often take so much for granted that we are hardly conscious that we know them at all.

"By contrast, narrative thinking, encapsulated in stories and storytelling, is ideally suited to discussing the exceptional. Narrative thrives on the disruptions from the ordinary, the unexpected, the conflicts, the deviations, the surprises, the unusual. Stories flourish in the overthrow of the existing order by some event or thought that changes our perspective. Stories derive their power from a violation of the normal and the legitimate and the ordinary, which in turn generates the fear and curiosity and excitement which we all feel when listening to a good new story. In this way, stories appeal not only to the mental process of the brain, but are grounded in the feelings of the listener. They thus appeal to both the mind and the heart.
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"Storytelling doesn’t replace analytical thinking. It supplements it by enabling us to imagine new perspectives and new worlds, and is ideally suited to communicating change and stimulating innovation. Abstract analysis is easier to understand when seen through the lens of a well-chosen story and can of course be used to make explicit the implications of a story. The Springboard does not recommend abandoning abstract thinking, nor does it suggest that we should give up the advances that have emerged through experimentation and science. It discusses the discovery of the power of storytelling and the mechanisms by which it operates, thus remedying the neglect of storytelling, but not so as to jettison analytic thinking. It proposes marrying the communicative and imaginative strengths of storytelling with the advantages of abstract and scientific analysis."

#Storytelling   #DriveInnovation  

Featured in Data Storytelling for Disruptors 

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Death by database and database arts

The most chilling thing about the Disposition Matrix is that it works (kills) on the basis of random associations, rather than purpose driven analysis.  When people make mistakes, then in theory at least, they are responsible. When incorrect inferences are drawn on the basis of random association logic at the heart of #BigData , where does the responsibility lie? Can it be the Data that is responsible?

What is inspiring is James Brindle's use of a database as an artform. He is pioneering #databasearts , which could be the antidote to so called #datascience .


London-based artist James Bridle has previously given viewers a peek into the realities of mass surveillance and drone warfare. Bridle’s latest work takes those occasional glimpses we get of the drone war and collates them all in one place: a single database of everything to do with drones.

“A Quiet Disposition” is named after the Disposition Matrix—the name given to the shadowy “kill list” of suspects targeted by US military drones.

“Somewhere at the heart of the covert drone war is this database."

The absence of comprehension ties back into Bridle’s statement on the unknowability of Big Data: Just having the information doesn’t make it mean anything.

He credited his friend and fellow artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan with showing him that WikiLeaks and the NSA actually have a very similar view of the world. “They both believe there’s a massive secret out there, and if they just get hold of the secret everything will be better," Bridle said.

To be clear, Bridle is generally not against transparency and is for greater equality of information; he just doesn’t believe that simply knowing more will help anything. His database shows the inadequacy of a computer system to process information with meaning, but it also reveals our own incapability to do the same.

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We'd especially like to thank those of you who often take notice of and contribute to the content shared here: +Colin Kilburn +Gregory Esau +Luis Vidal +Jann Van Hamersveld +Maria Nieves Lorenzo Galés  +Rotana Ty  +Marie Kenerson +Jan Wyllie +Peter Feltham +Ferananda Ibarra +Michael Josefowicz  +Inma VP 

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HealthMap software flagged Ebola 9 days before outbreak announced

Citation: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

HealthMap uses algorithms to scour tens of thousands of social media sites, local news, government websites, infectious-disease physicians' social networks and other sources to detect and track disease outbreaks. Sophisticated software filters irrelevant data, classifies the relevant information, identifies diseases and maps their locations with the help of experts.

#EmergencyServices   #PredictiveAnalytics   #Maps   #Africa  

Posted by +Dan Durrant w/ +David Pidsley 

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