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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
We don’t realize how tied to culture we really are. In every interaction, in every transaction, in every feeling, in every community and in every decision there is culture.
Let’s try this on as a working definition:
Culture is a series of ideas about the world, and how those ideas manifest in society is through you and your actions.Read More
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.Read More
My brain immediately goes to the macro; the big messy problems that the world is attempting to navigate in the face of 21st century-change. In situations that required my full-attention in the here & now, my mind hops the next train out of the city in pursuit of something BIGRead More
In the face of the global conversation, take a side but be willing and able to change your mind quickly.Read More
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.Read More
In the 21st-century let's leave mindless things to things with no mind. In the not so distant future, it will be a chore to not get automated. To do work that matters in a formal marketplace that needs you less and less. This will likely result in a revolution of human-centered, creative work.Read More
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.Read More