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Work in the time of Covid

By now, it’d be safe to assume that you are thoroughly versed in social distancing, rigorously practiced in hazmat antiseptic procedures and have joyfully embraced the art of living prophylactically. All things routinely proscribed by the Germaphobe’s Handbook of Acceptable Hygiene. Where once you went about your every day errands grudgingly resigned you now view […]

Fed Up, IBM Eats Its Own Lunch, Doesn’t Much Care for the Taste

Once upon a time there was a technology company whose prowess was the envy of the world. Their vision could see past horizons. Their imagination could invent the future. The world beat a path to their door just to get a glimpse of the doodles on their napkins. The only trouble was that they couldn’t […]

Facebook: An Annus Horribilis

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared in the Epilogues tab as the conclusion to The Curse of the Walled Garden – Facebook’s Inevitable Implosion Begins. To understand the complete context of the events mentioned here you might want to review that post in its entirety.   So, in the interests of wrapping things up, if you […]

AI: Crossing the Chasm One Clock Radio at a Time

Things set in motion acquire inertia and with luck inertia acquires purpose and with purpose accomplishments follow. At least that’s the theory. I was reminded of this the other day while reconfiguring the settings and linkage from Alexa and my smart home hub for the umpteenth time. This usually happens after a change of seasons, […]

A Perfect Storm?

Is the age of the too big to bust techno-trust about to come to and end? Have political, economic, sovereign and consumer butterflies created a techno-bombogenesis of dynasty ending proportions? Have the monopoly making network effects of multisided platform flywheels finally reached their asymptotic limit? Will the simple humility of sound business practices, fidelity to […]

Privacy, Blockchains and Balkanization: The Rise of Custody and The End of Adtech as We Know it

What is bigger than Y2K, more expensive than an Oracle upgrade and sneakier than a Sasser worm on a vintage Windows PC? That’s right. GDPR. GDPR may sound a little bit like a German political faction and, in fact, German political factions may have helped get it started but the cold truth is the letters […]

AI: “What’s reality but a collective hunch?”

In case you’ve missed it, MIT Technology Review has been doing a spectacular and somewhat sobering series on the current state of Artificial Intelligence, which I believe they plan to culminate in a dedicated year-end issue. And not a moment too soon. You know things have gotten out of hand when to say that the […]

Greed Is Good….

Could VC’s twist from their own petard? The first time I saw a venture capitalist was in 1974. Florsheim shoes, Brooks Brothers suit, school tie, horn-rimmed, tortoise shell glasses and according to my sources a pedigree that read like the marketing brochure from a trendy Cambridge sperm-bank: yada yada Harvard, yada yada Stanford, yada yada […]

Innovation: Power Laws, the Adjacent Possible and the Accumulation of Continuity

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose  You can do some really nifty things with math. For instance, were you aware that winning the lottery is not as hard as everyone makes it out to be? If you start with a universe of say 36 or 42 or 56 possible numbers you don’t have […]

HPE Builds a Boat in its Basement

But will it still float if they ever get it out? Recently, Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) has been losing ballast like a leaky freighter in a raging storm. Coming off the much anticipated separation of HP into HP and HPE there have been a number of additional strategic transactions executed by HPE including the sale […]

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