Posts tagged Culture
The Moral Machine: Am I An Extremist?

After our live podcast at SHAD 2019 at UNB I took the Moral Machine test by MIT’s Media Lab. The test is simple: you’re presented with a series of morality problems built in to code. Ex: a self-driving car is heading down the highway and an impossibly difficult problem comes about: hit and kill a small child or hit and kill an older person? Between code and a hard place. How will we code our morality?

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Coding Culture: My Favorite Question at SHAD 2019

My favorite question was about the very intersection we deal with here: the intersection of culture, business & technology.

It was related to an MIT study called the Moral Machine. The bright young man asking the question referred to the Trolley Problem: a seminal morality question that requires you to codify your morality in real-time: a train is running on a track directly at 5 unassuming victims and you as the bystander can save them by pulling the lever. The lever diverts the train on to track 2 and will kill only 1 person. Do you pull the lever or let fate take its course? The analogy to self-driving cars is clear: when it comes time to make the decision between one life or the other, what does the car choose? Of course by car we actually mean algorithm. What does the algorithm choose? It depends on how we code culture.

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The Pillars of Proximity to Power

The world is shrinking and it’s irreversible. Over 250 Million humans are on the move in the midst of the largest tide of humanity in history. The era of the homogeneous community is over. The era of the homogeneous government is over. The era of the homogeneous classroom is over. The era of the homogeneous company is over.

If we do it right, a truly multicultural society could be the key to unlocking long-term prosperity.

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The Anthropology of Business: The Ties That Bind

Apple and Disney are two of the worlds most iconic corporations for a reason. Yes, you trust them to knock it out of the park because they frequently do. Yes we’re berated by our peers that we have to see what the iPhone X camera can do and we can’t miss seeing Frozen, but that’s the easy stuff.

 What they both do better than anyone is they sell us a story. Indeed, even more than that, they sell us new worlds. Limitless possibility and limitless potential. Especially Disney. We enter into relationship with them because of what could be! The opportunity to be something more. To do more. To want more. To expect more. They sell us the story that gives us a why.

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Remembering Tony Bourdain

We will never make sense to each other on Twitter. It’s not possible. It’s not going to happen. Abandon ship. But we will make sense to each other across the table. Breaking bread is like sharing a piece of us. A hold over from the times we visited each others fires and sharing food was life or death. The feeling you get when you’re welcomed into a warm kitchen is unlike anything else. It’s deep within us. Good food and conversation with people are different than I am is one of my few true loves.

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The Human Side of Automation Pt. 3: Redefining Work

Remember: when our current models of energy, mobility and communication change, we are headed for a revolution my friends; from combustion cars powered by oil and telephone use, to electric-power, autonomous vehicles empowered by internet communication. Life is changing as we know it.

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The Human Side of Automation Pt. 1: Will I be Needed?

Dotted across the United States of America you see industrial-era graveyards. Entire towns where men & women all worked at the factory until the world became small and the factory left. As factories outsourced production and moved to South-East Asia their labor did not move with them. Humans move slowly, corporations move very quickly. General Mills, the steel plant and Ford are long gone, the people are still there.

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