Is it possible that we have yet to see breakthroughs in artificial general intelligence – or AGI – because machines are the epitome of order and humans are the epitome of chaos, and until machines can handle chaos, then they can never be human – or human-like? I’ve been reading a tome called Seeing Like…
Now, more than ever (BTW, don’t you hate that phrase too), we live constrained within our own little realities. Our own little bubbles. Sometimes we build these realities on our own, and other times we allow these realities to be created around us. Sometimes it feels that we are slowly sinking ever more deeply into…
To prepare for some of our design thinking ideation sessions, we spend time interviewing and observing our typical customer. Now, this is difficult for me sometimes because I am such a compulsive problem solver that I sometimes have a tough time just sitting there and observing. I want to jump up and help the customer…
I have a real problem with electric cars – I keep wondering how the electricity was generated. What if the power was produced in a coal-fired plant? If it wasn’t cleanly produced, is there a point to having an electric car? But I digress. The main reason I have yet to buy an electric car…
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In a survey of CFOs completed by Robert Half last fall, the main reasons why innovation is floundering comes down to three main points:
By this, we mean the long and convoluted process many companies use in order to process (although it sometimes feels like squash) innovative new ideas.
To Innovate, You Must Do Something Different. It’s Harder Than It Sounds.
Just read (actually listened to) Smarter Faster Better, the latest book by Charles Duhigg, the author of the Power Of Habit (also another great book). Great book, highly recommended. In one of the chapters, he describes an interesting experiment.
The Solution to the High Cost Of Housing Are Modular Tiny Houses…But Will They Be Allowed?
Here in the San Francisco Bay area, (and likely in many other urban areas) the cost of housing has reached levels of ridiculousness never before seen. As I write this, the minimum rent – yes, the absolute minimum rent, for a tiny studio apartment (they just made it legal to make apartments as small as 250 sq ft), in likely a very bad neighborhood is $3500. That means that you need to make a minimum of $100,000 a year in order to survive with some comfort in order to live in San Francisco. Insane.
Creativity Is Your Choice
“Creative” has become a “buzzword” according to LinkedIn. Since Creativity is my area of expertise, this was of great interest to me. In response to the LinkedIn’s finding, experts say you should not use the word in your profile because the word is losing its meaning and it makes you sound like everyone else. It’s a shame that a word that represents the most significant gift of human intelligence has been trivialized by overuse.
Don’t Repeat Yourself
There is a well-known principle in software development known as DRY, or Don’t Repeat Yourself. Here is the Wikipedia definition:
In software engineering, don’t repeat yourself (DRY) is a principle of software development, aimed at reducing repetition of information of all kinds, especially useful in multi-tier architectures.
The Trackers Are Here
How would you live differently if you knew exactly how your environment was affecting you?
Back in 2007, I wrote a set of predictive stories about what life would be like 10 years out. Really interesting to go back to that time and see how much of that is on the way to actually happen: some of it – like 3d printers, are definitely moving along at a rapid clip. Others, not so much. Here is one of those posts, reprinted from here.