Today we’re talking about mimetic theory. Its an interesting philosophy that only just came across – when I first heard the name thought it had to do with memes because memes are powerful ways of communication nowadays – if you ask me so communication happens through means that we almost think that they are more…
There is a fantastic amount of misinformation out there on this pandemic. Much of it is designed, in my view, to throw people into a panic. In our practice, we have a playshop called “Reality Group Coaching” which was inspired by Robert Greene, from his book, The Laws of Human Nature. In this book, he…
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Stop Asking The Customer To Jump Through Your Hoops In some ideation sessions that I’ve been a part of when attendees start the description of the idea with “the customer needs to” or “the customer should” or “the customer will,” I inwardly cringe. Typically, the rest of that sentence usually is asking the customer to…
In a world With Ultra Smart AI Based Bots, Are Humans Useful?
Not a day goes by that there isn’t yet another story discussing how an AI has bested a human in something – typically a game, which we all know are microcosms of the real world.
First chess, then Go a few months ago. Now the AI developers have set their sights on MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, with much more complex rules engines. Just the other day, a bot from OpenAI bested the best players in Dota 2, a multiplayer online battle area, where players, team up in teams of 5 to destroy the other teams Ancient (the center of the enemy base), a loose tower defense game – a bit like capture the flag.
It’s Called A Feed Because You Are Being Fed. Up That Is.
Ever wonder why when you have a spare moment, no matter where you are, whether it’s waiting in line, at a stoplight at an intersection, or at the coffee shop, you pull out your phone and check your feed. For our purposes, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Facebook feed, a Twitter feed, a Snapchat feed, or News feed that you are subscribed to.
Welcome To The World Of Hyperconnected Just-In-Time-And-Place
The concept of just-in-time appears in only three spaces according to Wikipedia – just-in-time manufacturing, a production strategy where things are built as they are demanded, computer programming, where just-in-time compilation can compile code just before use to improve run-time performance, and a recent addition, just-in-time teaching, a strategy to improve learning outcomes.
Have You Strayed From Your Focus?
I’ve read Wired magazine for over 20 years – I remember seeing my very first issue in a very eclectic bookstore in Toronto (now sadly gone) called “This Ain’t The Rosedale Library”. Like City Lights in San Francisco, it specialized in carrying both mainstream and subversive books, magazines, and zines. I used to go there during high school with my friend Matthew, patrolling the stacks of interesting stuff looking for the new and different.
Doctor: “I’m afraid the patient is terminal. There is a cure, however, it has some serious side effects”
Patient: “I’ll take it! What are the side effects?”
Doctor: “Well, mainly cultural change. All of those really well-formed hierarchies and communications channels might break down. People might actually talk to each other and there might be cross-functional communication. People may decide to spend some of their time thinking about the future of the company instead of doing their immediate jobs and may come up with creative new ways of doing business or new products. You might change so much that you’ll be a completely new company”
What does the employee of the future look like?
There’s been a recent article in The Wall Street Journal which I tweeted out to my followers the other day about the future of employees.
I thought was an interesting article because I’ve said since 2002 that the nature of employment is changing from the old industrial complex of working for these medium to large corporations as employees, providing us with a basket of benefits, such as health insurance, stock options, etc.
Do we get more innovation from addressing a specific problem, or just imagining new things and letting the market decide if they are useful?
This is a question many seasoned business executives and entrepreneurs have been asking for decades. The truth is that it is really a combination of both as in the end; especially with consumer products, the market does eventually decide the usefulness even to the point of dictating the lifespan of the product.