Technology

Greatest Threat Of AI is Not What You Think

Stop worrying about AI becoming your overlord. The real threat is much more obvious and interesting. We’ve all heard the prophetic apocalyptic predictions for AI’s future. Elon Musk has said that it’s our “biggest existential threat” and has likened it to “summoning the demon.” Other great minds are similarly vocal about their fears. The late Stephen Hawking said that AI ...

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Are Petrol Stations the Future of Starbucks?

Recently the Seattle Times published an article from the Washington Post highlighting a gas station in Maryland that has made the bold move of turning off its gas pumps and installing electric charging stations in their place. Which got me thinking… Given that in the early days of automobiles you had to go to the pharmacy and buy gasoline in ...

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Facebook’s Latest Move Should Terrify You

The biggest risk facing the rise of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon isn’t privacy, it’s this. If you fear the conversation about the loss of privacy, which has brought companies such as Facebook to the forefront of our collective psyche, then this should terrify you. You’ve likely seen news coverage about the back and forth between Democratic ...

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The Most Important Work of Jeff Bezos is Not Amazon

For all his wealth and power the most important work Jeff Bezos is doing is about as far removed from Wall Street and Silicon Valley as you can get. At a surprise appearance during Wired’s 25 anniversary summit Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he has plans to spend over $1 billion yearly to support Blue Origin, according ...

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The World is on the Verge of Getting Smaller

As many of you may already know, recently I joined Oracle to help build a new innovation and digital transformation offering that leverages design thinking and other tools to engage prospective North American customers of Oracle in human-centered problem-solving focused on solving their most pressing challenges. One of the attractions to this particular role was the opportunity to work for ...

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How mature is your technology?

As a technologist it’s important to know the maturity of a technology. Like people, technologies are born, they become children, then adolescents, then adults and then they die. And like with people, the character and behavior of technologies change as they grown and age. A fledgling technology may have a lot of potential, but it can’t pay the mortgage until ...

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Apple Inadvertently Revealed its Next Big Thing

and it’s not what you think… Eclipsing yourself when you’ve just finished changing the world isn’t easy, it’s nearly impossible. But here’s one way Apple might just pull it off, again. There’s a blessing in being a company as loved as Apple, but there’s also a curse. When you’re both that large and that innovative, the market expects you to ...

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Let’s Stop Calling it ‘Artificial’ Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and the Consulting Industry

The fatal flaw in AI isn’t the technology or its intelligence, it’s something far more difficult to change. Air France flight 447 wasn’t doomed because its technology couldn’t handle the weather but because its pilot wasn’t able to weather the storm. The challenge of artificial intelligence isn’t so much the technology as it is our own attitude about machines and ...

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