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AI: Still Crossing the Chasm

OK, file this one under future inevitabilities. Back in 2018, in a post entitled “AI: Crossing the Chasm One Clock Radio at a Time”, we speculated that, without some serious beer goggles, the land rush into smart speakers looked a bit dubious. The first clue was the estimated market size for voice initiated consumer transactions, […]

Metaverse or Bust

What’s hot for Christmas this year? Minidrones with HD cameras? Version 14 of a 2007 mobile phone? Wearables that measure your significant other’s libido level? A couple of tons of bituminous coal so you don’t freeze to death? What you probably won’t be getting is a $1500 Meta Quest Headset to immerse yourself in a […]

The Fuse is Lit for the Next Cambrian Explosion

Back in 2016 in a post entitled “AI: The Next Cambrian Explosion” we speculated about the role open source might play in the acceleration of value created by potential AI solutions. At the time most of the major players were contributing some or all of their AI platforms to the open source community in hopes […]

The Search for El Dorado Continues

About ten years ago in a post entitled “The Search for El Dorado” we explored the burgeoning conundrum that social media posed for marketers of all stripes. At the time, social media was still a relatively recent phenomenon but one that was growing appreciably year after year. Shifts in media mind share on the part […]

AI’s Inconvenient Truth – Part II

Nearly three years ago, here in Epilogues, in the initial post entitled AI’s Inconvenient Truth, we mentioned that something didn’t seem right about IBM’s Watson Health unit. And we weren’t the only ones to notice. There didn’t appear to be any traction. But that wasn’t the only thing we noticed. If you scanned the entire […]

IBM Orders the NooB

Well, it’s official. Caught in the same share of margin trap that ensnared the likes of DEC and HP (see HP Builds a Boat in Its Basement – December 2016) it appears that IBM has employed the same elite consulting advisors to plot their next move. After all, spinning out your managed service offering seems […]

Work in the Time of Covid…Well, that didn’t take very long

I was speaking with a high school teacher recently and she was explaining some of the frustrations that arise from conducting classes remotely. Apparently, during a regularly scheduled Zoom class with multiple participants, she noticed one young man’s demeanor seemed somewhat static. As the class progressed she could see him periodically nod and go “um […]

The Ineluctable Entropy of Being

About a year ago, in a previous post here in Epilogues entitled The Curse of the Walled Garden – Facebook’s Inevitable Implosion Begins, we flat out said that not only was Facebook toast but that Verizon’s Walled Garden pretender “Oath”, a combination of AOL and Yahoo! was also kaput. Just by way of reference, the […]

Identity and Sovereignty

A couple weeks back, both VentureBeat and Techcrunch published pieces on a new entity called; the word entity seems apt as appears to be an amalgam of philosophies, concepts, technologies, foundations and flat-out, for profit opportunism. The press mentions were coincident with the announcement of’s new application #My31. Built on top […]

HPE: Getting the Boat Out of the Basement

Recently, HPE announced that it was committing to becoming a leader in intelligent edge computing and to substantiate its intentions it announced it was going to put $4b towards this initiative over the next four years. The details concerning how this money would be invested weren’t released, however, it did intimate that it’s “memory-driven computing”, […]

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