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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group: Turning AI Upside Down

April 27th, 2015 by

Turning AI Upside Down, Invitation #13

In both scientific research and professional practice, the focus today seems to be on how to utilize state-of-the-art Big Data technologies to make sense of a rapidly exploding deluge of data and derive useful information from data. Even if this effort is successful, it cannot solve the “information overload” problem that we have been facing since even before data became “big.” In some cases, the increasing abundance of useful information may exacerbate information overload. Therefore, knowledge is still the most valuable asset and learning continues to be important to individuals and organizations.

Knowledge and learning are especially essential to innovation and entrepreneurship because new technologies, practices, and ideas require organizations and their people to learn new knowledge as they develop and deploy the innovations. On Monday, April 27, 2-3 pm, in Hornbake 2116, at the 13th meeting of the iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group, we will discuss a classic case of how world-class Artificial Intelligence innovators in a large bureaucratic corporation utilized organizational structure, technology at hand, and political wisdom to foster learning and share new knowledge, in order to implement change and innovation. With their grass-root, bottom-up philosophy, these innovators “stood the AI approach on its head, so to speak.” Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

On April 27, we will discuss the following article:
Bobrow, D. G. and Whalen, J. “Community Knowledge Sharing in Practice: The Eureka Story,” Reflections: The SOL Journal on Knowledge, Learning, and Change (4:2), 2002, pp. 47-59, available at

Emily Goering from the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore, will lead the discussion.

The iSchool Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reading Group ( aims to disseminate and advance knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship. In Spring 2015, we meet on Mondays, 2-3 pm to discuss classic and new articles on key issues in innovation and entrepreneurship, in conjunction with INST 621: Managing Digital Innovations in Organizations. All members (students, staff, and faculty) of the UMD community are welcome to attend any session. This group is sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of Communities and Information (CASCI) and hosted by Dr. Ping Wang ( See our full schedule at .