Author: Babak

Jobs disappear not because of robots but because of customers

Common belief these days is that technology is becoming so intelligent that it is replacing smart employees. I think jobs are disappearing because they are outsourced to smart customers. What is left is dumb routine jobs, and robots have always…

How to permanently step out of your filter bubble

Do you live in a filter bubble? Do you see more Trump-related news every time you click on Trump-related news? If the answer is yes then you probably do live in a filter bubble, like most of us using the internet. But some of us try to burst the bubble. Here are some tips from my side on how I try to burst my filter bubble.

Kravet om å tenke radikalt nytt i digitalisering kan virke handlingslammende

Mange som oppmuntrer til digitalisering setter det nærmest som et krav at digitalisering skal ta utgangspunkt i radikalt nye måter å jobbe på. Digitalisering skal for all del ikke resultere i en digital versjon av det man allerede gjør! Det man glemmer er at det er krevende å finne på helt nye måter å jobbe på, og attpå realisere det ved hjelp av digitale støtteverktøy. Derfor kan et krav om å tenke helt nytt virke handlingslammende. Når det gjelder digitalisering må virksomheter kunne balansere inkrementell innovasjon med radikalt ny langsiktig tenking.

What goes wrong when students reflect on their research methods

In 2017 Elena and I ran the IT3010 course at NTNU on the topic of qualitative research methods in computer science. This was the first time we had the course run as a realistic run-up to a research conference with papers presented by students. The last deliverable in the course was a reflection report where each student was asked to reflect on the who process. Here I want to summarize some tips to students after having graded this last deliverable.

Tips for the first-time academic publication referee

In this blog post I have collected some tips for writing a good referee report in the research methods subject IT3010 that I teach at NTNU together with Elena Parmiggiani. The tips are based on actual review reports that the students submit. So new students will benefit from carefully reading this blog post. Please provide your feedback in the comments field if you have questions or suggestions for more tips.

Literature study of patient empowerment and ICT

My student Thor Jarle and I published a short paper in PETRA last year summarizing the results from a literature review. The study was about how ICT tools currently empower patients with chronic diseases living in the community.

My lecture on assistive IT for NEET youth

Today I had the pleasure to hold a ten minutes talk at NTNU medicine library’s welfare technology seminar. My slides are on SlideShare. The topic of the talk was how to use IT to help NEET youth back to work or education. NEET is for “Not in Employment, Education or Training”, and denotes a group of youth who have fallen out of school. Our initiative Yoin at SINTEF tries to build a consortium to work with this topic and this user group. Contact me if you are interested in the topic!

Six management ideas applied to research leadership

Researchers can be regarded as extreme knowledge workers. A fresh research manager will no doubt face some challenges: How do you lead people who know more than you, who are more intelligent than you, who can think more strategically than you? Management ideas that work for Walmart or for Microsoft will not work for research organizations. But what will work then?

My summer with a smart watch

I broke my wrist watch just before leaving for summer vacation this year. I decided to borrow a smart watch from our lab and test it during the summer. Who knows, maybe I would decide to ditch my Tissot for a smart watch? after two weeks I decided not to. But at the same time, I became even more interested in smart watches as a platform for assistive technologies.