Web Exploring: our selection of articles, papers, and reports from the web


Archive:  2019

WEB EXPLORING - March 2020




The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2

Autors: Kristian G. Andersen, Andrew Rambaut, W. Ian Lipkin, Edward C. Holmes & Robert F. Garry
Nature Medicine, March 17, 2020

“Here we review what can be deduced about the origin of SARS-CoV-2 from comparative analysis of genomic data. We offer a perspective on the notable features of the SARS-CoV-2 genome and discuss scenarios by which they could have arisen.”

Coronavirus might last on surfaces for a lot longer than we thought

Autors: Charlotte Gee
MIT Technology Review March 24, 2020

“A study found traces on the Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after it emptied of passengers”

How to Clean and Disinfect Yourself, Your Home and Your Stuff

Autors: Jess Grey
Wired, March 19, 2020

“These are our in-depth best practices for keeping yourself (and just about everything else) clean and virus-free.”

Managing the flow of ideas in a pandemic

Autors: Alex Pentland
MITSloan Management Review, March 25, 2020

“Tools and tactics for maximizing effective communication and decision-making while minimizing the spread of illness”

Is the Covid-19 outbreak a black swan or the new normal?

Autors: Andrew Winston
MITSloan Management Review, March 16, 2020

“While we continue to grasp the scale of this pandemic, the new challenges we face point to more permanent changes we must make in our lives and how we do business”

Is it time to rethink globalized supply chains?

Autors: Willy Shih
MITSloan Management Review, March 19, 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for managers and prompt them to consider actions that will improve their resilience to future shocks.”

Covid-19: 10 steps for transferring your course online

Autors: Jaci Eisenberg, Alma Escobar
World Economic Forum, March 26, 2020

“Here are 10 steps to take into account as you convert your school, university or corporate learning course online”

Which Covid-19 drugs work best?

Autors: Antonio Regalado
MIT Technology Review March 23, 2020

“Not all is well. “The problem,” says Andrew Dunbar, “is that ‘internet of things’ is such a broad, almost meaningless term. What’s more, the whole idea of IoT has been massively oversold, more in enphasis than in inaccuracy. It’s all connected underwear and connected bathmats, and that bores people because they can’t see the application.””

Beyond coronavirus: the path to the next normal

Authors: ​Kevin Sneader, Shubham Singhal
McKinsey & Company, March, 2020

“The coronavirus is not only a health crisis of immense proportion—it’s also an imminent restructuring of the global economic order. Here’s how leaders can begin navigating to what’s next.”

The heart of resilient leadership: Responding to Covid-19

Autors: Punit Renjen
Deloitte, March 16, 2020

“Five fundamental qualities of resilient leadership distinguish successful CEOs as they guide their enterprises through the COVID-19 crisis. Learn specific steps that can help blunt the crisis’s impact—and enable your organization to emerge stronger”

The two economic stages of coronavirus

Autors: Christian Odendahl , John Springford
Centre for European Reform, March 26, 2020

“European policy-makers must offset the huge costs of containing the virus, while keeping debt sustainable in all eurozone member-states. But they also need a plan to stimulate a V-shaped recovery.”



WEB EXPLORING - February 2020





A framework for the utility customer od the future

Autors: Vari.
Deloitte Insights, February 19, 2020

“To maintain and grow their relationship with households, utilities will need to meet customers’ changing expectations and support their evolving role as energy consumers and, increasingly, producers. How can they leverage technology to offer elevated human experiences to their customers?”

Looping in your new sidekick

Autors: Vari.
Deloitte Insights, February 6, 2020

“Given the increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence and machine algorithms, using machines to analyze data could yield time and cost efficiencies and enhance the value of insights derived from the data.”

Mindfulness can help unlock your company’s collective intelligence

Autors: Vari
Knowledge@Wharton, February 7, 2020

“Companies increasingly are setting up agile, cross-functional teams to tackle complex problems that need to be solved through teamwork and collective intelligence. Are there ways that firms can nurture these abilities among employees? According to research by Boston Consulting Group and Awaris, a ten-week mindfulness program can lead to a measurable increase in collective intelligence. This was the conclusion of a study involving 31 teams and 196 members. Christian Greiser, Jan-Philipp Martini, Liane Stephan and Chris Tamdjidi, the co-authors of this opinion piece, led the research study. ”

Learning technology tools: measurement first

Autors: Vari
Kogan Page, February 11, 2020

“Technology continues to expand our frontiers. SpaceX launched rockets that can orbit the earth and then return to a landing pad, ready to be refueled and launched again. Submarines stay submerged for months on stealth missions, and Google is prototyping driverless cars. What an incredible time to experience new technologies!”

Are Offices Obsolete?

Autors: Benjamin Kessler
Insead Knowledge, February 18, 2020

“The COVID-19 epidemic has highlighted the vulnerabilities of the traditional physically co-located office, forcing many Asian companies to work remotely. However, a small but growing number of tech companies are intendedly going “all-remote”. They may well be harbingers of the future of work.”

To protect trust in the 4IR, we need to become experts in distrust

Autors: Vari
World Economic Forum, February 11, 2020

“The vast majority of technologies, processes, and assumptions underlying the innovations that will lead to a more prosperous future rely on the use and flow of data. More and more information must be exchanged between the various actors in ever-growing ecosystems in order for the economy to continue to function. At the same time, however, the threats caused by cyberattacks or the misuse of data are increasing – and pose a threat to entire ecosystems. Even more important than the huge economic damage, however, is the erosion of trust: the most valuable asset of modern societies and economies for the digital transformation.”

What is driving IoT apathy?

Autors: Josh Sims
Raconteur, February 18, 2020

“Not all is well. “The problem,” says Andrew Dunbar, “is that ‘internet of things’ is such a broad, almost meaningless term. What’s more, the whole idea of IoT has been massively oversold, more in enphasis than in inaccuracy. It’s all connected underwear and connected bathmats, and that bores people because they can’t see the application.””

Connected world: an evolution in connectivity beyond the 5G revolution

Authors: ​Vari
McKinsey Global Institute, February, 2020

“Connectivity is undergoing evolutionary change in most parts of the world—and, in select areas, a genuine leap into the frontier.”

Move beyond digital transformation and improve your ROI

Autors: Tom Puthiyamadam and David Clarke
Strategy+Business, February 19, 2020

“Confronting sizable skills gaps, companies have stopped waiting for higher education to meet their rapidly shifting competitive needs.”

How can organizational design improve employee experience

Autors: Virginia Matthews
Raconteur, February 18, 2020

“Creating a purpose-driven employee experience means rethinking how and why organisational structures work. In order to overcome disruption and drive real change, people leaders need to be courageous and tear up the existing human resources rulebook.”



WEB EXPLORING - January 2020




Deloitte – Tech Trends 2020  (Report, free download)

Autors: Vari.
Deloitte Insights, January, 2020

“Trends evolve in unexpected ways. And often, the most interesting opportunities happen at the places where they intersect. Several of this year’s trends represent fascinating combinations of macro forces and other technology advances. For instance, digital twins represents the culmination of modernized cores, advanced cognitive models, embedded sensors, and more—a recipe that is in itself a trend, even as it builds on evolving individual technologies”

The Global Risks Report 2020 (Report, free download)

Autors: Vari.
World Economic Forum, January, 2020

“The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report is published as critical risks are manifesting. The global economy is facing an increased risk of stagnation, climate change is striking harder and more rapidly than expected, and fragmented cyberspace threatens the full potential of next-generation technologies — all while citizens worldwide protest political and economic conditions and voice concerns about systems that exacerbate inequality. The challenges before us demand immediate collective action, but fractures within the global community appear to only be widening. Stakeholders need to act quickly and with purpose within an unsettled global landscape”

Four Ways Leaders Can Gain Value fom AI Advanced Analytics

Autors: Ravi Bapna
Knowledge@Wharton, January 15, 2020

“Advanced analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning are arguably the most powerful general-purpose technologies invented since the dawn of modern computing. Extracting value from these is an imperative for business and society. It requires a deeper understanding and self-reflection among leaders of human strengths and frailties in contrast to that of modern, software-based machines and algorithms.”

New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget Accounts for Success Based on More Than Money

Autors: Sarah Robson
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2020

“Instead of simply pegging success to traditional economic measures, like GDP, New Zealand wants policymaking to be driven by what will make the biggest difference to the well-being of people, their communities, and the environment”

Where AI can held your business (and where it can’t)

Autors: Phanish Puranam
Insead Knowledge, January 17, 2020

“Machine learning, the latest incarnation of artificial intelligence (AI), works by detecting complex patterns in past data and using them to predict future data. Since almost all business decisions ultimately rely on predictions (about profits, employee performance, costs, regulation etc.) it would seem obvious that machine learning (ML) could be useful whenever “big” data are available to support business decisions. But that isn’t quite right.”

The benefits of personalization in the workplace

Autors: Oliver Pickup
Raconteur, January 31, 2020

“Consumers expect targeted services and offers, so why should it be any different in a working environment?”

Is your innovation process a corporate illusion?

Autors: Vip Vyas
Insead Knowledge, January 24, 2020

“The term “innovation lab” evokes images of millennials engaged in creativity, play and quick-fire collaboration. You can often recognise such a venue by its trademark features: open spaces, funky furniture, eye-catching pictograms, tables littered with gadgets, boxes of Lego and LCD panels showing futuristic videos on an endless loop. You may even spot the odd robot poised for action.”

Getting practical about the future of work

Authors: ​Bryan Hancock, Kate Lazaroff-Puck, and Scott Rutherford
McKinsey Quarterly, January, 2020

“Adapting to a digital age will require organizations—and not just employees—to equip themselves with new capabilities.”

Education, Disrupted

Autors: Michael B. Horn
Mit-Sloan Management Review,January 27, 2020

“Confronting sizable skills gaps, companies have stopped waiting for higher education to meet their rapidly shifting competitive needs.”

Optimistic, Collaborative, Persistent

Autors: Hans-Paul Bürkner , Sandeep Chugani , Mai-Britt Poulsen , and Vaishali Rastogi
Boston Consulting Group, January 8, 2020

“In the busy rush of our lives, it can be hard to stop and take stock of where we are and how we’re doing. All too often, we snatch snippets of information as we dash from one thing to another, we grab the news in bite-sized headlines, and we hastily check what’s happening through our Twitter or other social media feeds. This diet of half-truths, overblown opinion, and gossip leaves us with a sense of doom and gloom. If we are to believe what we hear, then a triple-whammy of disasters is going to send us hurtling to hell in a handcart: secular stagnation will rob us of the opportunity to grow, digital technology will make us redundant, and climate change will wipe us out.”