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One of the most important websites for the future of big data & AI is up for sale this week

Mon, 23 May 2016 18:47:39 +0000

The future of the world will be impacted in major ways by big data and artificial intelligence.  That much is undeniable, right? But how is data accessed and how does AI make connections and recommendations between technologies, data sets, and users?  Through something called an API, or Application Programming Interface. APIs are already big but they’re […]

Ethics in Autonomous Corporations, Investments in Human Community, and the Strategic Value of Social Media: Three Good Twitter Conversations This Week

Sun, 22 May 2016 18:34:19 +0000

Last weekend I started what I’d like to make a regular series of blog posts rounding up some of the most interesting conversations I was fortunate enough to have over the previous week on Twitter. Here’s last week’s about blockchain, news algorithms, and people discovery. Above: thinker @LAPrice, CMX community summit founder David Spinks, and marketer Dave Ewart. […]

Overzealous surveillance puts innovation at risk

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:26:16 +0000

The FBI has been demanding web browsing, cell location and other data from technology providers, without a warrant, for over a decade, it was demonstrated this week with a court ruling that ungagged a National Security Letter delivered to an internet service provider.  Techmeme coverage roundup here. You know why this bothers me?  For lots of […]

The Social Path Beyond the Clockwork Universe

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:55:53 +0000

“It is now very clear to me, that the world of L&D [Learning and Development] is splitting in two. “There are those who think that the old ways of training are still valid and sufficient for today’s workforce, and there are those who realise that the world has moved on and a new approach to […]

What the world will be like in 2020 (extrapolation)

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:54:54 +0000

In 5 years (2020), we’ll each be sharing 32 times as much data as we are today (“Zuckerberg’s Law” Sharing doubles per person each year), and each computer will be 8 times more powerful than it is today (Moore’s Law: computing power doubles every 18 months).  Those computers will be processing that data in networked […]

Foresight today is systematic, participatory, and focused on intelligence to impact the future 

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 19:08:55 +0000

As I work through business decisions I’m experimenting with foresight inspired models to try to think through all the things. I came across a great summary of the state of foresight research since the turn of the 21st century and an expansion of the field beyond a primary focus on quantitative models and prediction.  I […]

Two challenges in facing the future: past & deserved success

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 14:17:27 +0000

Reading Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive over my morning coffee, I took note of the following and thought I’d share. (paraphrased)  Two of the biggest cost centers are things that used to work but no longer do & things we think deserve to work but for some reason don’t. Instead of presuming all initiatives should […]

Klout kills Perks, influencer engagement 1.0

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 22:17:59 +0000

TechCrunch reports that Klout has killed its Perks program and will replace it with a more sophisticated platform called Klout perquisites. Just kidding about the perquisites part. There was a time when influencer marketing was presumed to start and finish with nothing more than finding popular people, giving them free stuff and hoping they’ll say […]

Yes, getting retweeted does drive revenue growth.

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 02:30:37 +0000

“Getting your 100,000th ‘Like’ on Facebook, or having your latest pearl of wisdom retweeted 200 times is all well and good, but are these activities driving revenue? ” so asks McKesson marketing leader Rohit Prabhakar in a post on his otherwise excellent looking blog. Common question. The answer is YES. Getting retweeted does drive revenue, […]

How to do influencer marketing so it drives tons of business opportunity

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 06:30:32 +0000

I read a pretty good post titled How to Succeed at Influencer Marketing: Ten Tips From the Experts and I thought I should write down my approach. This is a simple and enjoyable, if challenging, way for people and companies to drive tons of business their way using social networks.  This is how I built my […]

What will businesses do with data 2 years from now?

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 21:22:52 +0000

Trend-spotter-spotters and the next step of competitive data science in business “What we think will take ten years will likely take two or less,” says Frank Diana, Principal in Business Evolution at the $80B IT services firm Tata Consultancy Services, in a recent blog post.  I think the near term future will be characterized by… […]

Hold on to your hat

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 17:51:50 +0000

We’re entering a time in which multiple forms of exponential change will combine and their combinations will have a huge impact, in addition to the technologies themselves. That’s from futurist Gerd Leonhard, who illustrates the point with this graphic by Frank Diana – from this KPMG talk. (KPMG Executive Symposium on Automation + Robotics) I […]

XOXO Day 2

Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:03:48 +0000

Care more about other people, but care less about what they think of you.  That seemed to be a key message from day 2 of Internet maker festival XOXO.  The details that made up the presentations were compelling. Good show! Far more in-depth write-up of Day 1 here.  It’s great to see people who are […]

What Got Said at XOXO Day 1

Sun, 13 Sep 2015 02:15:32 +0000

Here’s my account of the seven remarkably well-curated sessions at Day 1 of Internet culture-maker festival XOXO in Southeast Portland, Oregon.  This is my first year at the event, for which I had to apply to be granted a submission to a drawing to get a 24 hour window to pay $500 for a ticket, […]