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895 - Farewell, Jay Cross; Google TensorFlow; Curated Learning Content

Learning TRENDS by Elliott Masie - November 11, 2015.
#895 - Updates on Learning, Business & Technology.
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Host: Learning 2016 - Oct 23 to 26, Orlando, Florida.

1. Jay Cross, Innovator and Informal Learning Remembered.
2. Google Open Source Machine Learning Code: TensorFlow.
3. Learning 2015 Curated Content and Flow.

1. Jay Cross, Innovator and Informal Learning Remembered: Whenever I received an email from learning innovator and colleague Jay Cross, I smiled. Jay’s emails would push me, disrupt some of my thinking and make me smile. Yet, the email that came the other day made me cry.

Jay Cross died at his home in California on Nov. 6, 2015.  Very appropriately, Jay was working on his latest project, “Real Learning”, advocating for a strong slice of DIY in learning.

Jay leaves us with great work, strong thinking, rich dialogue and learning disruption. One cannot change a field without disruption - and Jay brought that, with a smile. I have known Jay for decades, spanning our mutual work in IT, Learning and Innovation. His passing leaves a gap in our field and his contributions have moved our field forward.

Here is a great collection of tributes to Jay Cross and samples of his work, compiled by David Kelly:

Goodbye and Farewell, Jay!

2. Google Open Source Machine Learning Code: TensorFlow. Google made an exciting announcement about the open sourcing of their new Machine Learning Framework, TensorFlow.

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome.

Check out TensorFlow and follow the exploration of how we engineer a construct of “learning” into machines and programming. It may have intriguing implications for workplace learning and the performance support field. TensorFlow info at:

3. Learning 2015 Curated Content and Flow: We were honored to have 2,066 global learning professionals participate in Learning 2015 last week. It was an amazing 3 1/2 days of content, context and collaboration. We are now starting the curation of the sessions and conversations from Learning 2015 and will post waves of links in the weeks ahead.

Get started by looking at the cool graphic illustrations of our six keynote sessions - including interviews with WOZ (Steve Wozniak), Sal Khan, Karl Kapp and Susan Cain:

Check these out at:

Watch for more content and video clips to be curated and published.

Yours in learning,

Elliott Masie
Host, Learning 2016
Twitter: emasie

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