Artificial intelligence has been on the horizon for decades, fueled by science fiction writers and futurists. From 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 to Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity concept, AI has been presented as something we will experience… someday. But there are consumer-level AI services available in the marketplace now. I’ve lived with two AI services … Continue reading My Life with Artificial Intelligence
A corporation has a strange life. It is founded in the spirit of change, with key people leading a messy, tenuous advance toward new adventures. If lucky, the corporation achieves some success in the forms of profit, market share, and notoriety. Then, it starts to shift its attitude. It wants to replicate its successes, so … Continue reading When you really solve a big problem, something breaks.
Google announced they are giving away Nik, a set of Photoshop plug-ins that used to cost $500. In November 2015, they open sourced the code for Tensorflow, their machine learning system [AI]. Of course, they already provide a giant list of products and services that are accessible at little or no cost. And it’s not … Continue reading We Are All Going Out of Business
Twenty-five years after design thinking was applied to commercial purposes by IDEO’s founder David Kelley, the concept seems to have landed in the mainstream business community. [If you have been encouraged to “think outside the box,” you’ve been exposed to one element.] Of course, when a concept moves from the fringe to the center, problems … Continue reading Design Thinking Is Not the Answer
You will hear it again soon: CEO resigns after something critical surfaces. It happens all the time. Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned less than a week after the 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Gregg Steinhafel resigned as CEO of Target in 2014, following a highly publicized data breach. Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy was asked … Continue reading Do We Expect the CEO to Resign During Crisis
I’ve made up a new law called The Rule of Splintering. If psychologists and economists can do it, anyone else has the same power. Ready? The Rule of Splintering: every idea fractures into variations, and each variation has a trajectory and lifespan independent of the original idea. Is its earliest form, human mobility meant human … Continue reading The Rule of Splintering
If you’re new to the “intersection of ideas,” Cure Violence is an excellent demonstration of intersection in action. Dr. Gary Slutkin was an expert in infectious disease… who was asked to help address gang violence in Chicago. How could he help? He had no background in criminal justice, but he saw a familiar pattern in the … Continue reading Cure Violence