Posts tagged business
David Alston's Uncanny Valley

In 1970 a professor of robotics named Masahiro Mori called the eerie likeness of Robots to human the Uncanny Valley. In this Valley a robot can behave in spectacular ways and may look just like us, but there is something off. The only way to describe it is a feeling. ‘For whatever reason,’ we say, ‘Something’s just off.” Try as it might, the robot cannot convince us, that they are us.

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Global Agreements

In Globalization 4.0 Klaus Schwab offers 10 keys to future prosperity and every one of them begins with the words ‘Global Dialogue.’ The problem is that we could argue a truly Global Dialogue has never happened and is bordering on the impossible. It certainly is not, and will never, happen on Twitter or Facebook. You could point to the United Nations as our one hope for global agreements but we’d be forgetting two key things; it assumes the voice each nation is bringing to the table is actually the voice of it’s people and not a narcissistic dictator and it assumes we can reach consensus

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Note to Self: Take the Option

So much of life seems to be about anticipating and taking the option. Putting yourself in a position to take the option is harder than it reads but the potential upside is too delicious to pass up. Antifragility, something that gains from randomness, is a non-obvious idea. We are so often taught to only consider the downsides of risk that we neglect things that gain from disorder.

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The First Stones of the Cathedral

The question is, why would we do this? It’s simple; the opportunity to contribute to something greater. Something more. Something beyond one’s self. Legacy is a strange thing because not one of us get’s to witness legacy unfold once we’re gone. Somehow, and this seems incredibly unlikely in the scheme of things, the knowledge that our work will continue is enough for us. That makes me hopeful.

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Governing the Future

Governing the follow through of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be incredibly hard and fascinating to watch. If it is the old governing the young, the young will revolt. If it is the young governing the old, they will move quickly and not explain their policy well. Success is likely found in the middle; change as the future demands but ensure all those who are able are along for the ride.

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Tales of an Urban Indian

As we pulled in to the dark, familiar haze of Dominion Park, Nick’s death hit me the hardest.  He was 15, First Nation’s Canadian, living in reserve squalor and drank himself to death. I looked left, out the bus window and out on to Saint John’s green west side.  Really what I was doing was trying to look away from Craig. Immediately I was blushing with guilt that rose from...I’m not quite sure. What I knew was that I regretted the fact that the first time I was in arm’s length of understanding the First Nation’s experience in Canada was 90 minutes on a quiet, dark bus in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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The Terrible Fear of Missing the Point

Once infected you can think of little else but the symptoms.  In the case of an idea-infection the symptom is an opening of doors that is irreversible. Each breadcrumb of information leads further down the path....to where? Nowhere. There isn't a 'there.'  There isn't such thing as arriving. There is no destination.  You're stuck on this path forever pal and you best deal with that.

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Thinking Fast & Slow- Our Systems Weren't Built for This

Our tech systems were built with a fear & loathing of System 2.  This likely explains ugly phenomena like Africa Fatigue; we engage with the world via notifications and sound bites and imagine that we're showing empathy.  This isn't possible.  Empathy takes time.  We imagine when we do a 4-minute meditation track on the next great app that we're being mindful.  This isn't possible.  Mindfulness takes time.  We imagine by sending our friends an emotionally jarring notification that we are improving our relationships.  This isn't possible.  Relationships take time

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