4 great reads: digital citizenship, robots vs. jobs, data in healthcare, IoE goes public

Fri, 2015-08-14 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

Why digital citizenship is a vital part of education
An interesting Q&A on the Verizon website features two experts in digital citizenship talking about why kids need an early introduction to appropriate use of technology. To put it in perspective, Meagan Dorsch writes: "With the rise in awareness of such digital behavior as cyberbullying, inappropriate photo posting, and other regrettable or even dangerous web activity, it's never been more important to teach kids how to behave with integrity, empathy and self-awareness online." She spoke to Diana Graber, co-founder of CyberWise, a digital hub of educational resources, and creator of CyberCivics™, a digital citizenship program now being taught in schools, and David Ryan Polgar, an Ed Tech expert and co-founder of the Digital Citizenship Summit, which will take place in October. Verizon is a Council Lead Partner.

What healthcare can learn from Big Weather
In a post on the Government Health IT site, Stuart Sim offers some fascinating insights on how, by recognizing the interconnectivity of data, the healthcare industry can reap big rewards. Sim, who is Director in West Monroe Partners’ Advanced Analytics practice, cites IBM's Deep Thunder system as an example. It can provide hyper-localized weather predictions – snowfall, for instance -- up to three days in advance. As Sim notes, such predictions can help homecare providers prepare themselves and their patients and caregivers for what's coming. He adds: "Ambulance routing services are already wired into real-time traffic information and knowing where at risk patients are in the path of a weather event will provide for even greater optimization of scarce resources." Sim also talks about how sensors, the Internet of Things, social media feeds and more can all improve health outcomes. West Monroe Partners is a Council Associate Partner; IBM is a Lead Partner.

Robots vs. jobs?
A big concern with the advent of more robots joining the workforce is that they'll replace human jobs. Mike Wilson, General Industry Sales and Marketing Manager for ABB Robotics in the UK, takes a stab at dispelling that concern. He mentions a blog ABB posted back in 2013 about research by Metra Martech and the International Federation of Robotics that suggested robotic automation has helped, both directly and indirectly, to actually create millions of jobs around the world. Admitting many have questioned the accuracy of the figures, he notes that Germany, South Korea and Japan rank among some of the world’s top adopters of robots, yet have some of the lowest unemployment figures. More to the point, perhaps, Wilson says: "In most cases, the sort of duties that robots are typically brought in to handle are not the sort of jobs that people should be doing or that our education system should be preparing them for. Dangerous, hot, heavy, repetitive or boring tasks are all examples of the sorts of things that can be given to a robot." ABB is a Council Associate Partner.

Internet of Everything trends in the public sector
An ExecutiveBiz interview with Diane Gongaware, senior director of Cisco’s U.S. public sector partner organization, provides examples of how Internet of Everything (IoE) connectivity plays out in the public sector. "IoE is transforming cities, campuses, and government agencies with connected physical security, transportation, smart lighting and parking," she says. Asked where average citizens will see the impact of IoE, she gave this example, among others: "With smart street lighting systems, cities can save money by eliminating waste, help citizens feel safer and allow local businesses to tap into the connected infrastructure to build apps using the available data and network" Cisco is a Council Lead Partner.

Related resources…
Robots offer more access to health care (with less wait time)
Cisco video: Internet of Everything transforms Hamburg into a smart connected city
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