Tag: technology

  • We can Get at Truth When we Stop Searching for Answers and Start Asking More Questions

    We can Get at Truth When we Stop Searching for Answers and Start Asking More Questions

    “As the body assimilates what is homogeneous to it, so will a man retain what interests him; in other words, what coincides with his system of thought or suits his ends.” Schopenhauer argued the world is a representation, Vorstellung. His work followed Kant's claim that our knowledge and experience of the world is always indirect.…

  • Is the Internet a Significant Break from the Past?

    Is the Internet a Significant Break from the Past?

    And if so, how should we think about what we do with it? Innovation is not a single thing, a eureka (Greek for I have found) moment. There are many factors that go into taking a discovery to making an impact. Bringing something new to the world means standing on the shoulders of giants across…

  • Does the World Need New Storytelling?

    Does the World Need New Storytelling?

      “If all you offer is money, all you get are mercenaries,” says Frederik Gieschen. Incentives shape behavior. Wall Street may indeed need new storytelling.# Michael Lewis says the system is stale and needs a breath of new imagination. When a story gets stale, the business attached to it is stuck. Perhaps Wall Street's story…

  • Is Intelligence Artificial?

    Is Intelligence Artificial?

      “Intelligence is the ability to recognize patterns, recognize relationships, reason about it and make a prediction or plan an action. That’s what intelligence is. It has nothing to do with general intelligence, intelligence is just solving problems.” That's Jensen Huang's definition of the word. Huang is CEO of Nvdia Corporation, an American multinational technology…

  • Technology’s Impact on Narrative and Culture

    Technology’s Impact on Narrative and Culture

      “Artificial Intelligence (AI) agents will pull information for us on the basis of parameters we establish and control. They will deliver it to the social networks that exist inside our own data network. Web 3.0 is the true era of conversation, where the real dialogue begins.” I wrote those words here in 2007. Was…

  • Is ‘Authority’ Enough to Create Cultural Change?

    Is ‘Authority’ Enough to Create Cultural Change?

    Although we are seeing a Renaissance in the products arena—wearable technology, 3D printers, all kinds of sustainable materials, ways of building, modes of transport like bicycles, etc.—we are squarely in a service economy.  From software to transportation as a Service. I call it the promise economy. The level of confidence in what you offer comes…

  • Meta Dissonance

    Meta Dissonance

      Peripheral vision is where we sense and notice, the human instinct alive. Enter the Metaverse to take that away. Facebook just went Meta. It's consistent with the idea that the algorithm and information management supersede human experience. Aristotle wrote the blockbuster book Physics. His students titled his second work Metaphysics. The Greek prefix—for “after,”…

  • What to do About Platform Sameness

    What to do About Platform Sameness

    Current subscribers will remember at some point I was looking into platforms (see tools) for the future of the letter. Things I'm considering are: fees per number of subscribers, ease of use and communication, community component. To that list I'm adding easy ways to pay. It still feels like many of the platforms I looked…

  • Innovation-Speak

    Innovation-Speak

    Lee Vinsel and Andrew Russell wrote a book that draws a distinction between “innovation-speak” and innovation and creativity (I added imagination because it's step one). Spoiler-alert, the book is really about the critical role of maintenance in enduring work. Can you guess why we don't we talk more about that? Because repairing and routines are…

  • Why How we Work Shifts What and Who has Power

    Why How we Work Shifts What and Who has Power

    In a recent conversation with Cal Newport, Jason Fried explains how email has ushered in a world where conversations happen out of context. The trouble this mechanism creates has a cumulative negative effects on how we work. And you're not going to solve it with hacks. There's no hacking human nature. Conversation is important because…