In search of the perfect potato
Pipelines and platforms
Pipelines and platforms
You are becoming a cyborg
Start redesigning systems so the problem no longer exists
With increasing amounts of information available to us, our challenge is turning information into knowledge
When Gods and kings could no longer provide a single source of truth, we created systems of record instead
The purpose of education is to convey knowledge and skills to the next generation.
We need stories. Stories let us build worlds. And worlds are containers for the narratives that allow us to connect and comprehend everything.
Could citizenship be entirely virtual and independent of location?
How might we understand the new full, convincing, immersive virtual world
What if only big tech can keep big tech in check?
Having a choice and making a choice are two very different things
To solve our problems we have to willing to abandon them
To the system, a person has to be treated as an object. Systems can only understand objects, they are unable to understand subjects
Leadership of the future is distributed and decentralised across multiple interconnecting technology systems.
The human desire to create, in all its forms, provides the capital of our society that we all utilise and benefit from
The productivity paradox asks the question; why doesn’t productivity increase when we invest in new technologies?
The big problem that technology has yet to solve is how to coordinate people to achieve goals bigger than we can achieve on our own
What does billionaires in space have to do with billions of people on earth?
We’ve created systems that enable people to do things that go against maintaining order, and then we have to put rules in place to try to ensure people don’t do those things.
To connect, we communicate, and for many of us technology is the answer. We’re just not sure what the question is.
Plastic pollution poses a far greater threat, we just don’t realise it.
“A computer can never be held accountable. Therefore a computer must never make a management decision.” (IBM) But can a person be held responsible? What about the systems that affect us all?
The Doomsday Clock was designed by Martyl Langsdorf in 1947 as symbol of how close humanity is to destroying itself. Today, the clock is set at 100 seconds to midnight. The closest it’s ever been.
You probably feel pretty special right now. You’re part of the only Homo genus of the hominid species to currently inhabit planet earth. Go you!
If you see a red flag raised, take the warning and get out of the way, because whatever it brings will not change course to avoid harming you.
We talk of change itself as a disruptive force when instead it is the misaligned rates of change that cause disruption and disconnection.
Rationally, we tell ourselves that we consider the factual content most when deciding what to think and how to act. But we make our decisions emotionally.
We are all attention grabbers. We try to get people to pay attention to our emails, chat messages and tweets. Grabbing and holding someone’s attention is an ethical choice. One we all make. One that we don’t consider nearly enough.
The British Film Institute’s critics think Vertigo is the greatest movie of all time. Empire says it’s Lord of the rings. Time Out think 2001: A Space Odyssey is the best. But they’re all wrong
Epictetus thought that all external events are beyond our control. But, he said, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline. And here lies the paradox.
The OSS Simple Sabotage Manual describes how saboteurs can slow the pace of work in an effort to hinder the production capabilities of the enemy, and parallels the bureaucratic work practices that we all love to hate.
When we no longer conceive of things as having an end then we build things that we expect others to take over. We expect these future others to fix our mistakes, correct our errors of judgement, or to just pass them on to their future others.
What if attention is only the result of having something to pay attention to. What if, without things to distract us from our work and convince us to buy things we have no attention.
Sometimes our behaviours take on responsibility towards others and the cost to ourselves, sometimes we don’t take responsibility and put the cost onto others, and sometimes take some responsibility whilst minimising the cost.
Optimists expect the best in any given situation. Pessimists don't. Their starting assumption is often that things are more likely to be bad, go wrong, and fail.
When asked to come up an idea our brains tend to go to what we already know and use it as the basis for generating that new idea. This limits our thinking and means the first idea we have is usually the most obvious rather than the best.
On the timeline of the whole of existence, life is just the briefest of flashes. The universe existed long before life came about, and it will exist long after the flash has burned out.
Without the switch, the modern computer could not exist. Without computers, the modern age would not exist. Without the modern age, the technological future, with all the possibilities it brings could never come to pass.
A paradigm is a fundamental set of assumptions that determine our worldview, the model that we frame our understanding with. It’s such a part of how we understand things that we hardly even think about it. Until it changes.
Originally written by Voltaire as “Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien”. In our quest to find solutions we often fail to apply problem solving thinking to how we think about solving problems.
Where an organisation draws the line between the promotion of its chosen values and the indoctrination of those values in ways that prevent challenge, is the line between seeking equality and enabling fascism.
Any kind of creative production and trading activity always results in a Pareto distribution of goods and wealth.
Of all the rooms in our homes, the kitchen has been through the most change over the last hundred years. It shows us the need for digital transformation based on excellent user experience.
If we want to change we have to change the way we change. Try something else. Experiment. Design the way forward as we go. Change shouldn’t have predictable outcomes, it should be uncertain and with results that emerge as it progresses.
A memeplex occurs where a number of compatible memes join together in mutually supportive ways. New ideas piggy-back on well established ideas, memes come together to change each other, some memes replace others.
A graph showing businesses by number of employees would have a power law distribution with a long tail of small businesses. Over the coming years, the creator economy will extend that tail much much farther.
We like to push our opposing narratives but different ways of looking at something are a good thing. They help us question our thoughts and balance our opinions and reach a better understanding... if we let them.
We are part of multiple complex systems that interact in unpredictable ways. Our aim for change shouldn’t be to develop some grand plan but instead to create our own islands of coherence in our own situations and systems.
We hold onto the mindset that accomplishing something takes coordination, and bigger things require more coordination. But what if individuals could choose their own way of contributing towards the goals of teams, companies and movements.
HCD separates humans from nature and makes interaction a point-in-time event with linear consequences only for that user. Alternatively, systems-shifting design places greater emphasis on the systems being interacted with.
Our sense of direction, and the symbolic meaning we associate with them gets embodied into our technologies and the virtual and conceptual worlds they create. We would do well to consider how they orientate, or disorientate us.
How often we are surprised by new and unexpected information can give us a good sense of how much uncertainty there is in our work, our lives and our world in general.
Small steps let you steer in the right direction more easily, and correct your course if you head in the wrong direction. They are easier to stop and to step back from if they are wrong.
Liquid employment is the future of work. The remote/hybrid/office debate is nothing more than groundwork for what is to come. Liquid employment sees people shifting roles, jobs and companies as and when their skills are needed.
More and more things in life and work demand digital skills. Shopping, applying for jobs, searching for information, finding your way, managing emails and chat, watching TV. Everyone needs digital skills to participate in modern life.