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Gregory Esau has been at 22 events

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Social Media Today144,838*Does Social Business Make Sense?* _Not just for people but for the organizations as well?_ *Social Business is the focus of every business owner and CEO.* As we transition to a world of people, connections and relationships where advertising and traditional marketing do not work like they used to, the trend is to reposition a business to work harder for its employees, better with its customers and for its community. When the traditional model of a business gives us some very strong, clearly defined guidelines, driven by the irrefutable logic of the balance sheet, *does it make much sense to really talk about social business?* Is it a distraction? *And if not, can there be a workable path that can transition a legacy business to a modern, social one?* Discussing some of the key questions will be TEDx speaker and author @105103058358743760661. *A former Microsoft executive and a thought leader in the field of technology, people and organizations,* Gideon will be sharing some of his insights with us. Hosting the discussion will be @115620878851836664537  with @102000982871890720967  and at the controller's helm, making sure that everything runs smoothly will be @100470926227322431614 with @115000108263064481690. *Don't forget to join the conversation!* We want your questions, highlights, and feedback prior to, during, and after the event so make sure to tweet @socialmedia2day using the hashtag #SMTPowerTalk  or leave us comments on the Google+ or YouTube event pages! Let's get this conversation started!Does Social Business Make Sense?2015-01-22 18:00:00208  
Peter H. Diamandis344,973Exponential Medicine2014-10-27 19:00:0043  
ISOOSI Research Engine3,542*Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing* with Dr. Mani Saint-Victor ( @118176779352783168766 ) and @107656088609554509650  In our last show we discussed how words shape brands, both to those within, and without the company.  Building from that understanding of words, tone, voice, this week we go to the *Customer's story* and how we find and play our role in that story. Its fine to define ourselves to ourselves, in a fixed context of simply describing who we are, what our mission is, and similar things... But how does that matter to the potential customer who is wrapped up in their own problems right now?  How do we present ourselves in relation to a specific issue and mindset without losing any of that true definition of ourselves. In this episode we'll revise the importance of 'story', but from the perspective of the customer's story rather than our own.  We'll discuss how we fit ourselves into a vital and needed role in that story, and how to play that role effectively, powerfully, believable, and above all, truthfully. *Links* G+ Hangout Event: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Watch on YouTube: http://isoo.si/t3B2S Main Comment stream: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Related recommended reading: http://isoo.si/q5FWn Join our wonderful guests @118176779352783168766 and @107656088609554509650, the   #isoosichat   regulars @113426828273677356184, @106515636986325493284 and @116843668885160648294 for this discussion.Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing2014-07-01 21:00:0074  
SEOWiSE957*The Paradigm Shift* _The Business of Communicating in a Semantic Web_ *New:* We're trying to track activity so if you share this event anywhere else please add #paradigmshift ! I am thrilled to announce my newest show with @115620878851836664537. Through our interactions on his brilliant @110793088683846123648, David and I have developed clear connections between communication concepts I regularly use in Communication Studies and the new Semantic Web that businesses are learning to function in. *The show break down* _In a half hour David and I will..._ I will briefly explain a communication concept. For our first show we are starting really basic. *I will explain the two-step flow of communication:* Its history, the basic model and components within that model, and how we generally study it within communication. David will then take the concept of the two-step flow of communication and apply it to his expertise: Business today. *David will explain how the two-step flow of communication functions within the semantic web and why its important for businesses to consider.* Finally, we will address any questions that you all raise for us, so bring your thinking caps! A big thank you to @115091224082668507135 for the banner!The Paradigm Shift - The Business of Communicating in a Semantic Web2014-06-19 18:00:0087  
Wade Harman20,014Relationship Marketing Community HOA Join @111552522175915203592 of @108827198716965466311 as we talk to some prominent members in the relationship marketing community!  If you're not in the community, come and join us here http://goo.gl/4O0V8v If you are in the community and would like to come hangout live on air, let me know in the comment section and we'll invite you in and see what you've been up to!The Relationship Marketing Community HOA2014-05-23 20:00:0026  
David F “SmallBizDavid” Leopold3,485Using the Google+ Hangout on Air tool, David discusses his new book, *"Google+ Hangouts for Business"*  with "SmallBizDavid".  Details are being finalized for a "virtual book signing".    The Event's official sponsor is *"PlusMyReach"*, a new Google+ Event  analytical tool.                                                      *PlusMyReach*                                                http://plusmyreach.net          Our "Engagement Metric" is the only Google+ tool that measures total Engagement of your HOA Event (before, during, and after)---and tells you what the "Reach"  of the active engagers is.  The tool is essential to help you make critical Marketing decisions. Event Hashtag:  #PlusMyReach ABOUT *"Google+ Hangouts for Business":* Author: David Amerland Google+ Hangouts™ can help you build brands, shorten sales cycles, improve customer  service, train staff, align employees behind strategy, and a whole lot more. You name it,  someone’s doing it successfully with Hangouts. You can, too—and Google+ Hangouts  for Business will show you how. David Amerland completely demystifies Hangouts:  the hands-on tools, best-practice techniques, opportunities, even the etiquette. Amerland  reveals exactly how to profit from Hangouts, even if you have absolutely no video or  business social networking experience. You’ll discover why Hangouts isn't “just another”  video or conferencing technology—and why the difference makes it so valuable to your  business.  Then, Amerland shows you how to:  • Master the unique dynamics of real-time marketing (and avoid the pitfalls) • Confidently run a smooth, professional Hangout, stay in control, and handle the  unexpected • Rebroadcast your Hangouts to everyone (or just the people you choose) • Use Hangouts even if you don't use the Google+ social network • Plan Hangouts that build trust, consumer engagement, and brand equity • Connect at a deeper personal level, and establish an online identity that reflects  who you really are • Do it all at low cost—or maybe no cost at all Whatever your business, this quick and easy guide will help you build powerful new  connections within your company, with your best customers and prospects—with  everyone you need to reach."Google+ Hangouts for Business"---David Amerland releases his new book2014-04-04 16:00:00122  
Yifat Cohen79,556*If you've ever wondered...* What is Google+ and why you can ignore it no more... How online life became exactly the same as offline life & what it means to your biz... The one word that will change everything you do now Online Exposure is a given, this is what you should really worry about  DIVING IN... What are Hangouts and how they can: Give you back your time.. Free you from business travel (give you back those special family moments)... Increase collaboration... Level the Media play field - you can do better than famous TV stars... Do it professionally - just like the TV stars.... Make you money from the things you LOVE to do... Then join @114482686646572776469  as she interviews me about Google+ and Hangouts... *Leave your questions in the comments so I can get them answered* PS. If you haven't heard my talk at Eben Pagen's event a few weeks ago and you didn't receive my 3 strategies for increasing visibility and positioning, but you want to - then RSVP and show up. *Oh, and invite your friends - because great things are better shared* ;) ------------ #howtohangout   #howtogoogleplus   #newbie   #hangoutsonair   #gplusgotogal   #gplustraining   #googleplustips   #hangoutstrategies  How Google+ Hangouts Allow You to Monetize Your Passion2014-04-02 21:00:00192  
Meloney Hall3,803Teacher Says, “ Okay, class --  you better take notes for this lesson.” Fifteen students take notes vigorously as they try to keep up with writing cursive on their lined notebook paper. Eight Students do not take any notes at all.  They might ask for someone’s notes later. One Student draws doodles as a form of note-taking.  She gets laughed at and told to “grow-up” and take notes the right way.  I’m kind of embarrassed I listened to those peers; I need to gain those skills again!  So much easier to retain the information when you can draw pictures with your written notes (printed, not cursive).  How about the Digital Way of taking notes today?  That’s what +113865527017476906160  will be showing us during the HOA broadcast with me.  I will be interviewing Sacha Chua on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT about how she uses SketchNotes for taking notes in a digital format.  Free-flow handwriting and techy all at the same time!  She’s a woman in science and technology, so she really loves gadgets!    She uses SketchNotes, and it’s really very fascinating!  Watching her do them LIVE is really the best!  I know Sacha as a fellow HelpOuts Provider, and I have seen her do this for many HOA’s.  This is why I wanted to interview her --  you’ll say WOW like I did when I first learned about her and what she does.    This is a link to give you the basic idea of what the system is and why it is so handy for students, business people, and anyone else who needs to retain information.  And if you’re into saving paper, then this is a true match for you!  I like to think of SketchNotes as a digital white board.  http://www.core77.com/blog/sketchnotes/sketchnotes_101_the_basics_of_visual_note-taking_19678.asp Select YES or MAYBE to get a reminder on your calendar.  It will also help mark the spot if you can’t watch live, but will want to watch the replay.  You’re in for a techy-treat!  Hope you’ll be watching! Visual Note-Taking with Sacha Chua2014-03-12 23:00:0034  
Social Media Hangout5,462Join the owners and moderators of the Social Media communities on Google+ (Strategy, Professionals, Creative, and Discussions) as they introduce you to this brand new HOA series: Social Media Hangout! as well as the Social Media communities. 3:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time - NEW YORK TIME ZONE) This means: 7:00 PM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) http://smhangout.com Featuring the likes of: @103008963082975341976  @107665939201638457855  @107022061436866576067  @113690073826160821557  @102572320061138442096  @117547081660023231214  @115516333681138986628  and more to come, keep an eye out for announcements this week! We just may sneak in a few surprises and gifts for viewers, so this is one HOA you definitely don't want to miss. Brought to you by @109836237376101025302, as well as our wonderful partners: @102987204232298235213 @115515796589038584989 @118277786822373935125 @102577254872201879750 @110898358562182430662 and @116266498226740184904 Social Media Hangout: Greetings and Salutations2014-03-09 20:00:00168  
Ronnie Bincer112,435*Learn How to Start a HOA (Hangout on Air) best practices mid-Feb '14* _It is no secret that things change a lot here on Google Plus... come learn the latest suggested way to start up a Live HOA Broadcast._ This live training event will take you step-by-step through the process for setting up and starting your own Hangout on Air (HOA) using Google Plus and the Hangouts Menu. There are other ways as well, but this one is the way that Google is wanting us to use, so I'll treat it as the 'best way' to start things up for now. Things have recently changed to make this method better than it was before for marketing your HOA Event. This training event will go through the steps you'll need to take to get going and after the slides have been shown there will be some time for Q&A. *Invite your friends* and leave questions in the comments for us to address... _we'll get to them if they relate to the Hangouts menu method we'll be covering here._ Find out much more about Hangouts and HOA by becoming a part of the *Hangout Mastery* membership group. Details here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery === === #HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #ScheduledHOAEvents   #HOAevents   #EventsTips   #HangoutMastery   #TheHangoutHelper  How do I start a Hangout on Air? Best practices mid Feb 20142014-02-13 19:00:00261  
Jess + Scott + You406We are just people, and just mere mortals at that. So, how can “we” [in this case meaning you and I] change the world?  Peek at Google. Ya, you heard right. Google!  They research and develop (R&D) innovations online and off, in the medical field, in commerce, in transportation, robotics, learning, life’s longevity and more. Much more. They [in this case meaning Googlers or employees] feel the risk is worth the reward and the falling down means learning up. For them, *learning is what helps fuel opportunity which in turn leads to growth and sustainability.* So how different are We-from-They or Us-from-Them? On this Jess and Scott agree: *It’s not the scale that counts so much as how you feel about it and then act on how you feel.*  Here’s the kicker. In descending order: technology, the internet, social media and Google/G+ can now easily and effortless transfer into our hands the ability to explore our curiosity along with all the innovation and opportunity inherent in the technology. Now, how cool is that? *So, do you see that going forward it’s YOU? We decide next steps and decide Is the risk worth the reward, and are we willing to fall and learn to grow?* This week’s JSY! show serves up case studies drawn from a courageous group demanding change to make our point: Even though our R&D budgets are a smidge smaller than say, Google’s, it’s the culture we set in motion for ourselves and our family, work and country that can make an impact. Might even save the world. In the end, it is the *you and I* that chooses to jump (or not), expand (or not) and grow (or not). For small businesses and entrepreneurs this means providing new and different value for our customers. Join @110746124112827812577 @109237790792840071389  and @106867567997804136918    as we explore innovation to create opportunity which can lead to real change. Mere mortals? We think not. *YOU* (the Y in JSY) take action that matters. Come explore this topic with us live or when you can (Yes, we are an evening show - so responding Yes or Maybe will set a reminder so you can catch the replay.) Hashtag: #JSY   *Like the topic?* Invite friends to watch too - just look for Invite More button right below this description.Culture of Innovation (Psst...Like Google)2014-01-29 04:15:0041  
Jim Shankle1,795It's always a pleasure hearing +David Amerland discuss _*"The GSS/G+ Connection"*_ because it's a subject area with many facets. For mobile viewers click on this YouTube Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S76tXQ5qZ30  The time for the Event is translated to your local time zone. As a reference, it starts at 7:30 PM ET. _Google Semantic Search_ and its direct connection to, and support by, Google+ (what I am starting to call _"The GSS/G+ Connection"_) is remarkably deep and important. Yet David explains it with such simplicity, ease, and freshness that it's very understandable and enjoyable no matter your level of experience. Unquestionably, there is a wealth of material in this subject matter which means David will never be over-exposed or fail to peel back yet another layer of this *very large* onion every time he appears in an HOA. Thursday night he is joining my _MBA Marketing Strategies_ class at John Brown University (Rogers Center in Northwest Arkansas) via Google Hangouts On Air. David will explain _The GSS/G+ Connection_ from an MBA's and marketer's perspective. He will also introduce some unique "life applications" that should be pursued as an extension of the emerging power of GSS and Google+. Our session will start at 6:30 PM CST for those interested in seeing Marketing Strategies examined from David's unique perspective. *Two facts backing my conclusion that David has struck a deep vein...* 1) He had 22,000 Followers when I started communicating with him 5-6 weeks ago. Today his Followers number over 150,000, and 2) His game-changing book _Google Semantic Search_ - 230 pages (including an extensive Bibliography for those who want to explore the subject even further) that mines (as David calls it) a "semantically dense" subject. Proof that GSS/G+ is a critically important subject for MBA students (everyone really) was on display last week. Friday for an enjoyable and fast-paced hour, David, +Mark Traphagen  +Ronnie Bincer   (aka "The Hangout Helper") and +martin shervington  discussed how Google+ is changing behavior on the internet - to the better - https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0n7nndld5gebbjat1of0dhb124  Even after a full hour, there were many unaddressed questions - reflecting that the session could have continued for the rest of the day. Based on the enjoyable chemistry of these four professionals, most their large audience probably would not have left them had it continued. Come join us Thursday night to continue the discussion. #mktgmba  MBA Marketing Strategies - David Amerland Explores "The GSS/G+ Connection" at John Brown University2013-11-08 01:30:0064  
John Blossom126,218*Join Us for Chromecast Fridays! Episode 5* Hang on to your hats, it's yet another Friday on the horizon and another chance to join #Chromecastfridays , when we get together in an On-Air Hangout to talk about the new Google #Chromecast TV streaming device and all things streaming to your TV. Lots to talk about this week - new content partners for Chromecast, the @102139249949018843498 may be coming to @115229808208707341778 soon, Sony's baking up a TV bundle and launching its new PS4 soon, +TwitchTV is expanding its coverage of live computing gaming and more! I will be taking a break next week for the holiday weekend, so please come join us! Chromecast Fridays! Episode 52013-08-24 03:00:009  
John Blossom126,218I hope that you'll have some time to stop by Friday for Chromecast Fridays!, our weekly get-together in On-Air Hangouts. Much to discuss as the world of Chromecast continues to burst open with new sources of content - file streaming from Dropbox, Plex in the wings, a Raspberry Pi wannabe and more! Tell your friends about  #chromecastfridays ...Chromecast Fridays! Episode 32013-08-10 03:00:009  
Craig “The Tech Teacher” Chamberlin81,184*Tune In Monday Night on YouTube at 9 PM EST for PCM Tech Talk Live!* In today's LIVE broadcast, get ready to discuss these topics with Craig Chamberlin while on the air on YouTube! - Your Questions! Anything Goes! - YouTube Will Let Channels Charge Subscribers - Nintendo Trying To Get Developer Support for Wii-U - iPad Teaches Kids Programming - Windows 8 Updates With Your Permission - Brand New Fitbit Wearable Tech! - Playstation 2 Officially Going To Die - Apple Having Trouble Signing New Carriers? - Xbox May Not Require A Constant Internet Connection - Senate Voting To Tax The Internet... Again. - 3D Printed Handguns, As Many As You'd Like For $8000 - Adobe Moving Software to The Cloud *Read all of the articles for tonight's episode in the official flipboard PCM Tech Help Show Magazine: Episode 50* http://flip.it/ctGKE *Join the Community!* https://plus.google.com/communities/103552239261416834535 #googleplus   #googleplushangouts   #gplus   #gplushangouts   #livestream   #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #techhelp   #xbox720  #xbox360 #3dprinting #3dhandgun #3d #printing #technews #adobe #cloud #adobecloud #cloudcomputing #cloudsoftware #youtube #windows8 #ipad #programming #youtubevideo #tv #broadcasting #freebroadcasting #makemoneyonline #tvdying #nintendo #fitbit #wearabletechPCMTTL! 50: YouTube "Paid Subscriptions" Further Kill Traditional TV. Tech News! Live Q&A!2013-05-06 21:00:3812  
Ronnie Bincer112,435*Watch the 9th in the series about Google Plus Communities (GPC)* _Google Plus Community (GPC) "Managing LARGE Communities" focus_ Special Guest: @115980322864066690488 - owner/moderator of a *Large & Active* Public GPC on Google Plus (41k+ members inside *Google+ Updates* http://goo.gl/RPt17 ). Listen and watch as Clayton, @116024884086268367178 @116049412326685043114 & @108210288375340023376 discuss the latest developments for GPC and what goes on behind the scenes when building & managing a large Public Community. If you are on mobile you can watch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ *Feel Free to Share this Event with others to help them get up to speed!* Learn about what to do when your GPC grows and becomes a bigger part of your day. Learn how to best take advantage of Large GPCs. *_Scroll Down for more info..._* Find all the previous discussions in this YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh2TCfgo3UtvWhn9rV0qox1Vj2KHykLl1 or if you prefer check them out here... To get ready, you can *watch part 1 here:* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvlKooab-c *watch part 2* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1PWWSrnzhA  *watch part 3* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ica-tWpmSnY *watch part 4* via this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQEgBE8Xcg *watch part 5* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEkKTx0KgIo *watch part 6* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUwocBZfs3o *watch part 7* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j86RsqZaw0w *watch part 8* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUAYbdelgfY *watch part 9* via this link here (this one): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ Tell your friends, come join in the discussion as we will try to bring in some of the comments from the stream into the live show. *Feel free to share this event and invite others to join in!* - - -  #communitytips  #googlepluscommunities   #communities   #onairdiscussions   #community #GPC #GPCtips #GooglePlusTips  - - - Google+ Communities Overview after 5 months - Large Community Focus2013-05-02 21:00:0082  
martin shervington1,144,321Ronnie is my main go to guy for all questions about YouTube. As such, I thought I would grab some time and ask him things like: Why should people on Google+ be looking at YouTube now? Anything we should be avoiding doing when we get started? What does he think about monetizing videos? How can people use it for business? Are there ways to get better YouTube search results? What top tips does he have for people getting started? How does he approach doing analysis? How can we increase our subscribers and why is this useful to do? And many more to follow... Just click on 'YES' and we will see you then!Loads of YouTube hints and tips for Google Plussers, with Ronnie Bincer2013-04-01 18:00:0068  
United Nations Human Rights1,158,521In the lead up to the first Forum on Business and Human Rights, taking place from 3 to 5 December, we will host a Hangout on Google+ on Thursday, 22 November at 3pm CET: http://google.com/+unitednationshumanrights Take part in the conversation and make your voice count now! http://bit.ly/W9dn0FBusiness Forum Hangout Make your #VoiceCount Google+ Hangout Series (I)2012-11-22 15:00:00141  
Yifat Cohen79,556*Do you feel like a good parent when you give your child juice for lunch instead of french fries?* I would. *And I would be wrong.* If you're like me, you're probably going through the same parent's dilemma as I am - *how do I keep my child healthy while allowing him to enjoy all the goods out there?* This is such a big thing for me that my step son has named me a healthologist (there's more to it, join the Hangout to get the whole story - it's worth it). *Quality - Quantity - Timing* My daily struggle with what to put in my child's mouth so that he has a healthy diet is shared with many parents, I'm sure. What to put in his lunch box other than peanut butter and jelly? What's for dinner? (my daily nightmare) Did he have enough protein today? Did he eat fruits? He had a cup of juice, does that count as one serving? What about dessert - can he have some? Should it be home made? Sugar or not..? And why do I keep craving sweets after a meal? *Myth and Reality* Dr.@100118793214522675509 is the author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch...The Quality, Quantity and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. In the book, Dr. Katalenas breaks down myths that we use as a basis to our purchasing decisions, like - *Sugar-free or calorie-free drinks are a good option to reduce or maintain weight in children.* *A serving of fruit juice is equivalent to a serving of fruit.* *Some canned pasta dishes contain a whole serving of vegetables and are a good alternative for the busy family.* *As a children’s drink, chocolate milk is equivalent to regular milk.* And the one I'm most guilty of - *Toddlers should take a vitamin supplement every day.* *IF YOU'RE A PARENT CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S MEALS, YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR HANGOUT* Bring your questions to Dr. Katalenas and get a step by step advice on how to get started on healthy meals that you can fit in your busy schedule. Grab Dr. Katalenas book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095M3RUY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0095M3RUY&linkCode=as2&tag=myubifone-20 *About Dr. Katalenas:* After growing up in Spain, Dr. Katalenas moved to the United States in 1984 to learn English and to become a pediatrician.  A Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Katalenas graduated from the University of Oviedo Medical School, located in Northern Spain, in 1982. She worked as a General Practitioner in her hometown of Oviedo, and also performed Clinical Medical Research Projects at the University Medical School. She has served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Round Rock Medical Center for three years, most recently in 2008. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Texas Medical Branch, a supervising physician for the Resident Program for UT Southwestern Medical School and a Clinical Instructor for the University of Texas School of Nursing.Yes, you CAN you give your kid french fries for dinner! If...2012-10-25 18:00:0034  
McDermott Media207Please join me (@108541235642523883716) and @107350354213838732087 specialist @100147094927476057991 for an interactive session on how your business can get the most out of LinkedIn. To learn more about Donna, check out here website www.donnaserdula.com. To learn more about McDermott Media and how we can help your business, visit www.mcdermottmedia.com  Here's a little snippet from Donna:  "I have been blogging for well over 10 years. Yes, it’s true! I built my first Web site in 1996 and in late-1998 I set up a blog. As the years passed, I utilized my knowledge of blogging and social networking as a sales professional. Just as I was trying to develop relationships with my prospects and customers on a personal level, I immediately recognized the potential of digital relationships as well."Small Business Workshop Series: Making Sure Your Business is LinkedIn2012-10-24 02:30:0013  
Mick Fealty14,321All across the world, systems are crashing. In banking we've seen debt slicing and long haul internal systems like that of RBS/NatWest/Ulster Bank literally falling apart. In Europe post war notions of solidarity are being stretched to bursting as sovereign nations argue over the degree to which fiscal sovereignty can be shared.   Further afield the Arab nations continue in popular tumult after several generations of acquiescence under varying degrees of autocracy. Yet like Greece, Spain and Portugal to the north - each just one or two generations ahead - the Arab world is finding that democracy does not come in a shiny, ready wrapped box. Even in more settled democracies, once venerable institutions are finding huge problems keeping up with the speed at which their citizens can communicate, not through them but around them.   Why not join our panel this Friday for #DigitalLunch  at the usual time, where we will attempt to serve starters about 1pm and finish before the hour is out? #DigitalLunch: Crashing systems2012-09-28 14:00:007  
Yifat Cohen79,556*WHAT IS THE PATH TO DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR?* _I want to live, not merely survive_ _And I won't give up this dream_ _Of life that keeps me alive_ _I gotta be me, I gotta be me_ _The dream that I see makes me what I am_ ~Sammy Davis Jr *WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?* When you first start your *Google+ presence* you must decide *who you're going to be in public*.  How do you go about figuring it out?  @115633934578783827271 became a self stylized "unconventional consultant" because he couldn't imagine himself as anything else but. He is now dedicating his life to bringing this whole social business divide between us ("social") and business (capitalism) together in a unified and harmonious fashion. *LET'S EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES* Join us tomorrow to explore the ways Gregory found what he stands for, and how you can go about doing the same. *LIVE BRAINSTORMING*  We'll talk about life's journeys, about dreams, values and the masks we put on...about finding what really matters and going for it full force. Come share your passions with us!Making Your Life Count.2012-08-28 18:00:0032  

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There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) 

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2015-08-27 15:49:30 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Water slide for crocodiles...

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2015-08-27 15:46:57 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) 

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2015-09-01 01:27:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Yippee
Analysis With Substance

I can't speak for everybody, or most people, or even a few people. I want variety. I want choice. I want the best of all worlds. 
I'm already urban, and preparing for not needing to own a car. 
My prefered options for the future:
--Uber (or an Uber like) with a driver, one with conversationalist skills. I'm not ready to discuss life with a robot. Yet.
--the Autonomous Option. I'm heading to a big meeting, and I want the full on immersive rolling media centre to prepare. 
--Renting Hell on Wheels. We want to get away for the weekend, and we want to enjoy the trip there. For that, we drive in something exotic. 

But enough about me, what about this analysis??

Alex Rubalcava:

Among the forecasts of the Consensus Model, I believe the prediction of constant Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) per person to be the most suspect. Traveling a mile in an AV is going to be deliriously cheap, and when we make something cheaper, we consume a lot more of it.

[...]

The most important scarcities imposed by transportation are time, attention, cost, and the actions of rival drivers. Driving somewhere takes time. During that time, it takes nearly your full attention (one hopes). Every mile you drive costs money, mostly in the form of fuel and vehicle depreciation. And if you want to travel to the same place as everyone else, at the same time, you will face traffic and pay more in time and attention cost to get there.

[...]

Johnson’s analysis, which assumes 12,000 VMT/year, suggests that traveling one mile in an SAV or PSAV will cost between $0.08 to $0.44. On an annual basis, that works out to $960 to $5280. According to the AAA, an American driving an average sedan will spend $0.58 per mile, for an annual spend of $8700, though their analysis assumes VMT of 15,000 per year. Even accounting for the different VMT assumptions, it’s clear that SAV services will reduce the cost of transportation for consumers by thousands of dollars a year.

More importantly, the cost in attention associated with transportation will drop to nearly zero. The average American could shift some of the 5.5 hours of television watched per day into the car, and end up with vastly more personal time once freed from the need to pay attention to the road. This possibility has led many people to predict that AVs could enable further suburban sprawl as the costs of transportation fall. A person who moves to a more distant exurb but commutes via a PSAV will pay less money for transportation, have more time for entertainment, and will also pay lower, exurban prices for their housing. It will be an irresistible combination, and it will be just one of many ways that VMT will ratchet upwards once each marginal mile loses its cost in dollars and attention.

Autonomous vehicles will also allow new transportation use cases to emerge. Short haul flights and regional train travel will be hard pressed to compete against trips in FAVs, if the electricity needed to drive an autonomous Tesla from Los Angeles to San Francisco costs less than $10.00. Compared to a $75 fare on Southwest, the cost savings will be high (especially if more than one person is traveling) and the time penalty will be minimal for distances of under 500 miles, when calculated on a door to door basis. Even for those consumers who choose to forego ownership of a vehicle to use a shared service, AVs promise vastly cheaper inter-city travel. For a service like Megabus, the cost reduction when batteries replace gasoline and software replaces drivers is going to be massive. The existing fleet of A320 and 737 aircraft may get redeployed to long haul flights.

Also, demand aggregation, currently in its infancy, has the potential to further reduce the cost of PSAV services. Just this week, Uber began testing “smart routes” that incentivize users with lower fares to catch an UberPool on a major street nearby, making the overall system more efficient. There will be more innovation along these lines. Some of the ideas that have been discussed include neighborhood commuter jitneys that depart for downtown every 15 minutes, AVs as demand aggregation for public transport, and AV versions of company-specific transportation options, like the Google bus service in the Bay Area.

Finally, new users of transportation, like children and seniors, are likely to travel many multiples of the distance they do today once AVs lower the costs and barriers to their safe transportation.

Every one of these AV use cases will share a common characteristic: they will be outrageously cheap (in dollars, but also in time, attention, and non-excludability) compared with today’s transportation options.

https://medium.com/@alexrubalcava/a-roadmap-for-a-world-without-drivers-573aede0c968___Yippee
Analysis With Substance

I can't speak for everybody, or most people, or even a few people. I want variety. I want choice. I want the best of all worlds. 
I'm already urban, and preparing for not needing to own a car. 
My prefered options for the future:
--Uber (or an Uber like) with a driver, one with conversationalist skills. I'm not ready to discuss life with a robot. Yet.
--the Autonomous Option. I'm heading to a big meeting, and I want the full on immersive rolling media centre to prepare. 
--Renting Hell on Wheels. We want to get away for the weekend, and we want to enjoy the trip there. For that, we drive in something exotic. 

But enough about me, what about this analysis??

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2015-09-01 01:09:33 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Unsurprisingly
It's The Same Fear For The Internet of Things

The military doesn't need to succumb to market forces. Commercial robotics? (we can include the so-called "autonomous" vehicles) It's a good bet speed to market will trump security.
Gill Pratt lays out some very good thinking here. He also wrote the "Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics" paper ( https://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/jep.29.3.51)

I worry about it for every system out there, whether it’s civilian or defense. We have a yet-unsolved problem with security. The great advantage of having robots that can communicate with each other, and having the intelligence that they use be on the cloud, is that they can share things. When one machine figures out how to grab something, suddenly all of them know how to do it, too. That’s the upside.
Th... more »

Unsurprisingly
It's The Same Fear For The Internet of Things

The military doesn't need to succumb to market forces. Commercial robotics? (we can include the so-called "autonomous" vehicles) It's a good bet speed to market will trump security.
Gill Pratt lays out some very good thinking here. He also wrote the "Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics" paper ( https://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/jep.29.3.51)

I worry about it for every system out there, whether it’s civilian or defense. We have a yet-unsolved problem with security. The great advantage of having robots that can communicate with each other, and having the intelligence that they use be on the cloud, is that they can share things. When one machine figures out how to grab something, suddenly all of them know how to do it, too. That’s the upside.

The downside is that when the machine is infected because of malware that came in, then they all are. That can be awful. I know that DARPA has looked at how to fix this, how to break the effects of software monoculture so that all of the systems aren’t the same. I worry about it a great deal, but the robots that we’ve been developing in the DRC can’t be made dangerous because of malware. We’re talking about lab prototypes that we’re using to understand this comms. Issue – their physical power is actually very low.

In terms of when you would deploy this thing, it’s still many, many years off. First the cost has to come down, the effectiveness has to come up, and the reliability has to come up. Along the way — you’re absolutely right the security of the network has to be figured out. At the DRC, we were just trying to see how effectively man and machine can talk to each other even when the communication line keeps cutting out.

Via +Peter Rothman ___

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2015-09-01 00:21:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Burning Man
A Retrospective

It isn't what it used to be, and it never became what it was supposed to be. 

Again, he nodded, increasingly alarmed that this young girl would not survive the night in her current state. Though every ticket to Burning Man had the phrase "YOU MIGHT DIE, and that's your responsibility," printed on the back, Ted began to wonder if that caveat would actually hold up in a court of law. As thoughts of her demise swirled through his head, she looked and him and asked:

"Do you know where I can find some E?"

At that moment Ted knew it was over. The camp he had worked hard to perfect for five years was falling apart. Word was, the narcs were taking prisoners, casualties were mounting steadily and the ravers were to blame. By the end of the weekend, one person was killed, three more people would be... more »

Burning Man
A Retrospective

It isn't what it used to be, and it never became what it was supposed to be. 

Again, he nodded, increasingly alarmed that this young girl would not survive the night in her current state. Though every ticket to Burning Man had the phrase "YOU MIGHT DIE, and that's your responsibility," printed on the back, Ted began to wonder if that caveat would actually hold up in a court of law. As thoughts of her demise swirled through his head, she looked and him and asked:

"Do you know where I can find some E?"

At that moment Ted knew it was over. The camp he had worked hard to perfect for five years was falling apart. Word was, the narcs were taking prisoners, casualties were mounting steadily and the ravers were to blame. By the end of the weekend, one person was killed, three more people would be severely injured, and Burning Man's original "techno ghetto" would be just a memory.

Via +Peter Rothman ___

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2015-08-31 18:44:55 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Twenty Questions
That could Determine Your Organization's Future

I'd just gotten my hot hands on the print edition, and earlier today over on Facebook, I learned that our own +Jennifer Sertl was part of the team that helped put all this together.
I love it when network intelligence weaves a fabric like this! 

Our new issue is out! 20 Questions For Business Leaders, How Adidas Found Its Second Wind, The Future Of Management Is Teal, and More: http://stratbz.to/Rzi7K___Twenty Questions
That could Determine Your Organization's Future

I'd just gotten my hot hands on the print edition, and earlier today over on Facebook, I learned that our own +Jennifer Sertl was part of the team that helped put all this together.
I love it when network intelligence weaves a fabric like this! 

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2015-08-31 18:29:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This Captures My Current Reality Nicely
And Some of My Strategies For Making My Weakness My Strength

Having a "Smart Swarm" is my ace in the hole. 

How to build your reputation.___This Captures My Current Reality Nicely
And Some of My Strategies For Making My Weakness My Strength

Having a "Smart Swarm" is my ace in the hole. 

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2015-08-31 18:23:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Food For Thought--Part Three
Central Bankers as the Socialist Hordes

I can not think of a more delightful bit of cognitive dissonance for a Monday morning. Central bankers as the last bastion of socialism. 
As a customary nitpick, I'd say Central Planning rather than socialism, but the point remains the same--it is meddling in the markets to relieve short term pain. 
Clearly then, you can buck the market. Corrections can be delayed and halted, even reversed, by determined policy action. But, as the history of bubbles from Dutch tulips to subprime mortgages has shown, only for a while. In the long run, Mrs T was right.

As another iconic woman from that era once proclaimed: No pain, no gain. 

In case there's any confusion, financial markets are one of the last bastions of socialism___Food For Thought--Part Three
Central Bankers as the Socialist Hordes

I can not think of a more delightful bit of cognitive dissonance for a Monday morning. Central bankers as the last bastion of socialism. 
As a customary nitpick, I'd say Central Planning rather than socialism, but the point remains the same--it is meddling in the markets to relieve short term pain. 
Clearly then, you can buck the market. Corrections can be delayed and halted, even reversed, by determined policy action. But, as the history of bubbles from Dutch tulips to subprime mortgages has shown, only for a while. In the long run, Mrs T was right.

As another iconic woman from that era once proclaimed: No pain, no gain. 

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2015-08-31 18:14:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Food For Thought--Part Two
Monday Brunch

A sensible look at the Chinese economic "miracle". 

No matter the country, ideology, history, positional power, culture, and GDP, we are alway-- Always --behind the curve when macro-managing economies. 
The illusion (delusion) of economic wizards that think they know is a big part of the problem. We would (collectively) be better off if we didn't have to labour under this illusion. 

China's Federalism drives deep services / affluence divides among provinces, inequality gap difficult to bridge #ns___Food For Thought--Part Two
Monday Brunch

A sensible look at the Chinese economic "miracle". 

No matter the country, ideology, history, positional power, culture, and GDP, we are alway-- Always --behind the curve when macro-managing economies. 
The illusion (delusion) of economic wizards that think they know is a big part of the problem. We would (collectively) be better off if we didn't have to labour under this illusion. 

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2015-08-31 18:07:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Food For Thought
Monday Brunch

Food for thought, that I'm still digesting. The quips about central bankers are spot on, however. 

China’s New Rules in the Theory of Economic Cycles

By: Michael Ambrozewicz & Fiorenzo Arcadi

China was right that with monetary easing the market is not short on funds but simply lacks confidence. Ren Zeping, chief economist at Guotai Junan Securities, mentioned, “As regulations are tightened the bubble will be further eliminated.” We on the other hand believe the real economic cycle is relative to the economic universe of the world. It grows despite monetary and fiscal policies that central bankers institute as a guide and balance that nations adhere to. The economic cycle becomes an elusory curve.

An expanding economic universe today means a smaller economic universe for those nations that can not contribute. The universality of economic easing measures may mean that some nations are able to exert infinite expansion from limited expansion. The cycle expands regardless as long as Earth establishes the resources and man expands on the resources. The trajectory of the global cycle can stall temporarily to catch its breath, but then resumes by accelerating upwards.

World economies do not have independent existences; they form a fabric of allocating resources to the few. The economic cycle becomes violated by political tools such as capitalism, socialism, and communism. These are hidden variables of the economic cycle that achieve a certain degree of momentum. These variables only explore a paradox in complementing the political tools with economic tools that impact wealth and poverty. The gravitational pull and control of these resources is how the economic cycle works.

It was communism that allowed Putin to accumulate resources making him one of the richest men on Earth. The US Fed allowed vast resources to be accumulated by central bankers. It is Chinese communism that is now instituting criminal compulsory measures for alleged market manipulation and trading violations. China accelerated compulsory measures that include arrest, detention, and the surveillance of its own market malaise. 

Now, Chinese economic journalists are being accused of market manipulation and fabricating information to benefit themselves instead of the greed of China’s central command. China’s central command’s greed is causing their economy to collapse inward meaning that shadow banking has taken over in their economy. China’s central bankers demand that their middle class should occupy the same space as they do, but by the same token they are required to be invisible. 

China proclaims that the middle class, along with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, are the ones driving the domestic market as opposed to shadow bankers. On August 28 Premier Li Keqiang stated, “Financial stability is significant to the broader economy. It is important to foster open and transparent capital markets for long-term stability and to ensure its sound development.” The global capital markets have adopted an invisible hand in controlling the global economic cycle. The global economic cycle has been breached along with its confidence.

China can not recast an economic cycle to benefit the central command’s way of thinking. Central bankers across the globe have become intolerant of themselves in hope of propping up their own economic virtual world rather than understanding that the rules have changed. Global bankers misguided the steps in unifying the global economic cycle that wealth will translate to higher wages because of the fact that global wages undermine individual growth. 

Premier Li Keqiang nailed it with his statement, “Now the traditional drivers of growth are not strong, it is important to come up with new measures to bolster reform and opening up. It is necessary to provide more public goods and services, and encourage mass entrepreneurship and innovation to boost the growth momentum.” He further analyzed something that became very critical. He stated, “The real economy will be upgraded for better quality and greater efficiency as each sector becomes more vibrant. The stability of the overall economy would be built on a more solid basis.” 

Remember, the trajectory of the real economic cycle is up and is based on man’s ability to exploit resources. What becomes unreal is the dimension of where the cycle exists in the global timeframe of the economy. The dark economy is built when capitalism, socialism, and communism are on equal footing in the belief that they control the wealth of the many and the few. The gap can not narrow; it only enlarges and becomes infinite with space until it arrives back at the survival of the fittest. The survival of the fittest is more rational and real than what most North American economists have given us. 

China’s state authorities arrested Chinese journalist Wang Xiaolu for allegedly causing panic and disorder in the stock market. That one journalist can seriously undermine the market’s confidence and inflict huge losses on the country and its investors? Hard to believe. The political and philosophical variables disrupt the global economic cycle and carry man’s trajectory in harvesting resources. If George Orwell was alive today he would’ve came up with a different theory that would put him into a different dimension relative to space. ___Food For Thought
Monday Brunch

Food for thought, that I'm still digesting. The quips about central bankers are spot on, however. 

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2015-08-31 17:51:35 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

When in Doubt
Blame Canada!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.
Keep it up America, and we will invade and be really polite to you. 

Those watching the Republican nomination race have probably noticed the significant success Donald Trump has had with essentially a European far-right platform: anti-immigrant rhetoric with a strong wink towards options of violence both by his followers (e.g. the men who beat a Latino man into the hospital, which he described as his followers being "very passionate" people who "want this country to be great again") and by him officially, if he's elected. (e.g. by forcibly deporting eleven million people; the means of finding them TBD)

So now we enter the second act of this particular black comedy, in which candidates who are having trouble in the polls try to steal Trump's voters by outdoing him. Alas, neither Scott Walker nor Chris Christie have anything resembling the sort of charisma required to lead a white supremacist movement, but you've got to give them points for batshit insane. In the past two days:

Christie wants to bring in Fred Smith of FedEx to work for ICE, and create a system that lets us track immigrants like packages, and find and deport them instantly when we want to. It's not quite clear what method he would prefer for affixing a computer-readable, nonremovable tag to people; some of the better suggestions I've heard so far involve implanting RFID chips in people's arms or necks, requiring that they wear some special identifying clothing, or simply tattooing their ID number on them somewhere. Trust us, nothing could go wrong with this.

(NB that Fred Smith has made no indication that he wants anything to do with Christie's ideas; he is not to blame for this)

Walker, on the other hand, appears to have become enamored of Trump's idea of building a wall sealing us off from Mexico, and wants to take it a step further: he'll not only build that, but notes the "legitimate concerns" which warrant us seriously investigating building a wall with Canada.

No, he does not appear to be joking.

I'm not sure whether he's terrified of an unexpected reprise of the War of 1812, or if there's a fear that Canadians might stream south of the border and... be really polite to people?

But yes, we have finally reached that point in American history where electoral politics and South Park are no longer clearly distinguishable. So alright, everybody – Blame Canada!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA___When in Doubt
Blame Canada!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.
Keep it up America, and we will invade and be really polite to you. 

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2015-08-31 17:47:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Because
Monday

The insanely fun Connected from the Stereo MCs gang. 
"Stumble, you must fall..."

Because
Monday

The insanely fun Connected from the Stereo MCs gang. 
"Stumble, you must fall..."___

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2015-08-28 14:32:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Ecosystem of You
Nicely Visualized

The #Ecosystem of You [INFOGRAPHIC] http://buff.ly/1LzNXRg___The Ecosystem of You
Nicely Visualized

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2015-08-27 20:42:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Mastery
Is The Competitive Edge

I like this article, I like it a lot. Yes, today's business environment is increasingly defined by shifting and adaptation. Move fast, make mistakes fast, fix everything on the fly. And, there are times that makes sense. 
But, over time? A lot of products, features, services, and fads will come, and will go, but mastering the process, the design process, will win out in the long run. 

Getting to that kind of mastery is our challenge for the next decade. How might organizations build deep design thinking skills and creative leadership at all levels? Lucky for us, there are a host of resources to turn to: Udacity and Kahn Academy, executive training at the d.School and Rotman, and new courses offered at our own IDEO U.

Whenever I’m faced with a tough business challenge, rather than trying to use somepre... more »

Mastery
Is The Competitive Edge

I like this article, I like it a lot. Yes, today's business environment is increasingly defined by shifting and adaptation. Move fast, make mistakes fast, fix everything on the fly. And, there are times that makes sense. 
But, over time? A lot of products, features, services, and fads will come, and will go, but mastering the process, the design process, will win out in the long run. 

Getting to that kind of mastery is our challenge for the next decade. How might organizations build deep design thinking skills and creative leadership at all levels? Lucky for us, there are a host of resources to turn to: Udacity and Kahn Academy, executive training at the d.School and Rotman, and new courses offered at our own IDEO U.

Whenever I’m faced with a tough business challenge, rather than trying to use some prescribed CEO logic, I tackle it as a design problem. That’s not an inborn ability, it’s a skill—OK, a mastery—learned over many years of doing.___

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2015-08-27 17:53:33 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I Am STILL Working
On The Hot Air Balloon

Because I'm lazy, I'll work harder so I don't have to. 

Thanks +Jayson Wiggins ___I Am STILL Working
On The Hot Air Balloon

Because I'm lazy, I'll work harder so I don't have to. 

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2015-08-27 17:40:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'll Go Out On a Limb
And Predict
This Will Become the Norm

There's a reason for the term, "A fool and their (sic) money are soon parted". Because, 98% of people are stupid with money. Maybe 97%. 
I'll look forward to the day when I have to plead and beg to my RoboFinancialMaster to release the funds for that latest must have driver (golf), or that sexy latest model of the Audi I've lusted after. Or, lord help me, my dealer. 

Financial Robo-Advisers Go Into Overdrive as Market Rumbles

According to Dan Egan, the director of behavioral finance and investments at Betterment, the whole idea is that a robot adviser will protect clients from short-term worry, and monitor investments so they don’t have to. And indeed, he says, this is how most people use Betterment.

Over the weekend, he explains, 83 percent of users did not check their accounts, even though the market was tumbling. In other words, it was pretty much like any other weekend on the service. Adam Nash, the CEO of Wealthfront, says the same attitude prevails among users on his service. “They’re thinking longterm,” he says “Set it and forget it.”___I'll Go Out On a Limb
And Predict
This Will Become the Norm

There's a reason for the term, "A fool and their (sic) money are soon parted". Because, 98% of people are stupid with money. Maybe 97%. 
I'll look forward to the day when I have to plead and beg to my RoboFinancialMaster to release the funds for that latest must have driver (golf), or that sexy latest model of the Audi I've lusted after. Or, lord help me, my dealer. 

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2015-08-27 17:34:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This Is
Actually, A Pretty Sensible Article

And from a VC. 
This paragraph here, is the key:
Clay Christensen used to advise auto manufacturers to focus on their customers’ jobs-to-be-done, understanding when their customers were looking for mobile offices and when they wanted family transport vehicles. In a world where cars can drive themselves and passengers don’t need to look at the road, we can imagine cars being built around conference tables. We can even imagine bedrooms on wheels, where passengers looking to go long distances hire a car for a night, go to sleep, and arrive upon waking in their destination.

There is no manifest destiny here. Not for Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber, incumbents, startups, ecosystems of the above, fiefdoms of the above. 
Consumers, bless our little hearts, are fickle. We're odd. Yes, we can be neuromarketed down thegarde... more »

This Is
Actually, A Pretty Sensible Article

And from a VC. 
This paragraph here, is the key:
Clay Christensen used to advise auto manufacturers to focus on their customers’ jobs-to-be-done, understanding when their customers were looking for mobile offices and when they wanted family transport vehicles. In a world where cars can drive themselves and passengers don’t need to look at the road, we can imagine cars being built around conference tables. We can even imagine bedrooms on wheels, where passengers looking to go long distances hire a car for a night, go to sleep, and arrive upon waking in their destination.

There is no manifest destiny here. Not for Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber, incumbents, startups, ecosystems of the above, fiefdoms of the above. 
Consumers, bless our little hearts, are fickle. We're odd. Yes, we can be neuromarketed down the garden path at times. But we can also be like herding cats. 
Many a marketer, a product, a new "next big thing" has died on our collective sword. 
The future of transportation will be no different. 
Maybe it will fragment. Maybe it will be a senseless slaughter for the incumbents. 

And maybe, we don't know what the fuck we want. Europe will be different than North America, Asia will be different from both, Australia might flip the bird to the whole movement. 

What can be said with certainty, there is no magic bullet here, and billions will be lost trying to find it. 
I would hope to expect a fight over attempts to regulate our way out from behind the wheel, that is, the freedom to navigate, to drive. Insurance may make it more expensive, but for the following two generations (or so), people are still going to want the option to drive. ___

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2015-08-27 17:18:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Of Robots
And Factories

Factories took us from the toil of fields, to the toil of the factory floor. Now we're being liberated from the factory floor. 
But.

All work is not a factory. 
That said, if you think (emphasis think) you can be replaced by a robot, I have two avenues of advice.
1) Think of how you use this to your advantage. 
2) Get better at creativity, problem solving, and outsmarting a robot. 
Caveat. None of that is easy, but, life has never been easy. 

Of Robots
And Factories

Factories took us from the toil of fields, to the toil of the factory floor. Now we're being liberated from the factory floor. 
But.

All work is not a factory. 
That said, if you think (emphasis think) you can be replaced by a robot, I have two avenues of advice.
1) Think of how you use this to your advantage. 
2) Get better at creativity, problem solving, and outsmarting a robot. 
Caveat. None of that is easy, but, life has never been easy. ___

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2015-08-27 16:52:46 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Epic
Shareworthy

In case you had trouble following the movie. 

Via +Steve Lolyouwish 

Artist Retells the Entire Story of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' With Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics___Epic
Shareworthy

In case you had trouble following the movie. 

Via +Steve Lolyouwish 

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2015-08-27 15:49:30 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

What's Not To Like?

And no lineups!

Water slide for crocodiles...___What's Not To Like?

And no lineups!

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2015-08-27 15:46:57 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 89 +1s)Open 

There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) 

There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) ___

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2015-08-27 12:59:35 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A Flying Car
Wound Up In My Inbox

Not sure why Youtube felt the need for this to by in my Inbox, but here you have it. 

A Flying Car
Wound Up In My Inbox

Not sure why Youtube felt the need for this to by in my Inbox, but here you have it. ___

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2015-08-27 02:16:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Tea Leaves
An Interesting Read

The rise of hardware startups is pretty cool. That security startups is perhaps the hottest trend is of no particular surprise. 

What kind of startups are emerging these days?___Tea Leaves
An Interesting Read

The rise of hardware startups is pretty cool. That security startups is perhaps the hottest trend is of no particular surprise. 

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2015-08-27 01:14:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

But Wait
China Does Not Have 7% Growth in GDP

Repeating party propaganda mars an otherwise sensible article.   

But Wait
China Does Not Have 7% Growth in GDP

Repeating party propaganda mars an otherwise sensible article.   ___

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2015-08-26 16:50:33 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Win

Darth Vader Fire Pit___Win

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2015-08-26 14:04:56 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Because Baby, Baby We Were
Born To Run

Forty years ago one of the most iconic rock albums of a generation hit the stores. Admittedly ::hangs head::, I didn't discover it until a few years later when I discovered KISW, Seattle's Best Rock. 

That transgression aside, Born To Run is still firmly in place as one of my "Desert Island" CDs/records. 

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen was released 40 (forty) years ago today.

Born to Run remains the benchmark album by the Boss, though he was quoted not long after its release and subsequent shot up the charts as not liking it that much (this in comparison to his first two albums where his song writing was truer to the rock balladeer style which is indeed what Springsteen has always been most well known for).

At any rate, for any true rock fan, Born to Run is a must-have album. For me, it's got every bit of the Boss going. Jungleland is pure balladeer Bruce at his best with an absolutely spine tingling sax solo from "The Big Man" (the legendary Clarence Clemons).

Meanwhile, the title song is just pure flat rock speaking to all of us of the need to be free. 

H/T +Gregory Esau 

#rock   #rockballads   #songwriting   #springsteen   #borntorun  

https://youtu.be/f3t9SfrfDZM___Because Baby, Baby We Were
Born To Run

Forty years ago one of the most iconic rock albums of a generation hit the stores. Admittedly ::hangs head::, I didn't discover it until a few years later when I discovered KISW, Seattle's Best Rock. 

That transgression aside, Born To Run is still firmly in place as one of my "Desert Island" CDs/records. 

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2015-08-25 19:44:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ray Dalio
Longer Version

This is well worth your time. 

Ray Dalio
Longer Version

This is well worth your time. ___

2015-08-25 19:23:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

When Ray Dalio Speaks
You Should Listen

Bottom line? ...the era of easy debt-funded returns is over...

There's a few sites that have more of the newsletter, and a bit of Googling leads to a lot of reaction that's worth reading. 

The bulls over the last nearly 20 years seemingly want to ignore the effects that low credit has had on stocks and economies during that time. This Bear says it can't go on forever. Where the central banks go from here, who knows, but what looks increasingly clear is they are hitting the end of the road for levers to pull in order to keep all the economic balls in the air. 

When Ray Dalio Speaks
You Should Listen

Bottom line? ...the era of easy debt-funded returns is over...

There's a few sites that have more of the newsletter, and a bit of Googling leads to a lot of reaction that's worth reading. 

The bulls over the last nearly 20 years seemingly want to ignore the effects that low credit has had on stocks and economies during that time. This Bear says it can't go on forever. Where the central banks go from here, who knows, but what looks increasingly clear is they are hitting the end of the road for levers to pull in order to keep all the economic balls in the air. ___

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2015-08-25 17:37:34 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Jon Stewart
And Leadership

A wonderful tribute to Jon Stewart, and his own brand of leadership at The Daily Show, from +Tanveer Naseer .

Jon Stewart
And Leadership

A wonderful tribute to Jon Stewart, and his own brand of leadership at The Daily Show, from +Tanveer Naseer .___

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2015-08-24 14:31:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

If You Like Watching NASCAR for the Crashes
You Are Going To Love This

Let's not shed too many tears here, this is stupid money being punished. 
Yes, good, well run companies may get caught up in the panic, but that is life in the markets. Live by the herd, die by the herd, as they say. 
Smart money shouldn't be overly affected in the long run. 

If You Like Watching NASCAR for the Crashes
You Are Going To Love This

Let's not shed too many tears here, this is stupid money being punished. 
Yes, good, well run companies may get caught up in the panic, but that is life in the markets. Live by the herd, die by the herd, as they say. 
Smart money shouldn't be overly affected in the long run. ___

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2015-08-24 14:19:49 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

And So It Begins
What Goes Up, Must Come...

While some analysts are saying this isn't an indication of underlying fundamentals of North American and European economies ability to weather a few shocks, I'm not so sure. Mainly because consumers ability to consume hasn't matched the recovery of that the stock markets seemed to want to reflect. 

Is this the beginning of another global meltdown? Maybe. China was a big part of the recovery from 2008, whereas now it's the one causing the global economic flu outbreak. 
The Fed, I see, is already backing away from its September rate hike. 

As for China, this quipet from a CNN piece sums it up pretty well:

Earlier this year, China's stock market was displaying many of the classic warning signs of a bubble.
Grandmas, cab drivers and college kids were all making small fortunes in amore »

And So It Begins
What Goes Up, Must Come...

While some analysts are saying this isn't an indication of underlying fundamentals of North American and European economies ability to weather a few shocks, I'm not so sure. Mainly because consumers ability to consume hasn't matched the recovery of that the stock markets seemed to want to reflect. 

Is this the beginning of another global meltdown? Maybe. China was a big part of the recovery from 2008, whereas now it's the one causing the global economic flu outbreak. 
The Fed, I see, is already backing away from its September rate hike. 

As for China, this quipet from a CNN piece sums it up pretty well:

Earlier this year, China's stock market was displaying many of the classic warning signs of a bubble.
Grandmas, cab drivers and college kids were all making small fortunes in a frenzy of "chao gu" or stir-frying stocks -- Chinese slang for trading.

And the stock rally came at a time when the wider economy was slowing, puzzling many financial analysts. But now they say gravity is taking effect.

"China's stock market had become detached from the reality of China's own economy, and appallingly overvalued," Patrick Chovanec, managing director at Silvercrest Asset Management, said last month.

Remindful of the infamous story from the 1929 Crash, when I start getting stock tips from my shoe shine boy, I know it's time to get out. ___

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2015-08-23 16:59:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Top Ten Science and Tech Stories of the Week

I never miss one of +Mark Bruce 's weekly lists. 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 34/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/optogenetics-device-boston-dynamics.html 

Optogenetics device, Boston Dynamics bots, Metabolic obesity switch, Human research brain, Metamaterial magnetism pipes, Multimaterial printers, Building with CO2, Graphene nanoribbons, Quantum computing, Internet of Things. 

1. Improved Implanted Optogenetics Light Device
The first fully-implanted, wirelessly-powered, light-emitting optogenetic nerve stimulation device has been developed http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/august/wireless-optogenetic-mouse-081715.html. The device is the size of a peppercorn and is the most unobtrusive optogenetics device yet created and seeks to achieve a negligible impact on the behaviour of the rodents it will be used in. Uniform wireless power comes from the cavity the rodents find themselves in and the design of the cavity itself is a key part of this innovation. This is an enabling tool that should help others really push optogenetics research forward. 

2. The Latest from Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics have a couple of new robotic developments that include the humanoid Atlas robot running outside in the woods using dynamic balancing and the smaller Spot quadruped robot now sporting a face-mounted manipulator arm able to open doors and interact with the environment http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/what-boston-dynamics-is-working-on-next. Also, very interesting to see 3D printing / additive manufacturing as part of a big push to make better, lighter, more functional structural components of robots with with things like the hydraulic actuators and piping cleverly embedded. 

3. A Possible Metabolic Switch for Obesity
An interesting regulatory for obesity has been discovered that comprises a single base pair change (T to a C) in the FTO gene, which influences whether master thermogenesis genes IRX3 & IRX5 are activated in adipocytes to burn energy as heat or store it as fat http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/pathway-controls-metabolism-underlying-obesity-0819. Using CRISPR to correct the base pair change the group showed how to switch between lean and obese signatures in certain cells, activating or blocking fat storage. Whether CRISPR therapies might be explored in this way or if this insight allows the design of drugs to modulate this pathway, it seems being able to exert finer control over our bodies’ fat composition is now a more viable proposition. 

4. Near-Complete Human Brain Model for Research
A brain organiod engineered from human skin cells is the most complete human brain model ever developed and mimics the structure and different cell type composition of a 5 week old fetus https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/08/18/human-brain-model/. The model lacks a vascular system but has been used to create Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease models for further study and it is envisaged that such a tool will generally allow a speed up in brain and disease research, as well as drug testing and providing indicative results in human tissue as opposed to rodents that sometimes don’t translate well. 

5. Metamaterial Pipes for Magnetic Fields
A new device comprises a specially structured metamaterial pipe (that is able to losslessly carry magnetic fields) that is itself surrounded by superconducting strips that deflect external magnetic fields (to block interferences) and a final magnetic sphere to hide the entire structure from external detection, resulting in a magnetically invisible device able to transport magnetic fields https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28071-metamaterial-wormhole-teleports-magnetic-fields-across-space/. Attach a powerful magnet at one end and the magnetic field will emerge from the other end without suffering any losses and looking like a magnetic monopole. I suspect you’d be able to do a similar thing with electric fields. Quoted applications include better MRI scanners, but I think the ability to transport and shield magnetic fields in this way, allowing for novel geometries and arrangements of magnetic fields that weren’t previously possible might well open up interesting possibilities. In related news aluminium has been made to superconduct at a temperature three times higher after forming it into a metamaterial http://spie.org/x114836.xml. 

6. CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D Printer
The CSAIL MultiFab 3D Printer from MIT is a modular device that (i) print with 10 different materials to build working devices in a single print run, (ii) print things like housings, lenses, circuit boards, and wiring, (iii) use an in-built 3D scanner to scan objects and print directly on them as needed http://gizmodo.com/mit-s-multifab-3d-printer-is-one-giant-leap-towards-a-r-1725618941. The video is pretty cool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poRFPjiB9vw. In related news we had Raytheon 3D printing 80% of the parts for its guided missiles http://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/3d_printing.html, a metal printer / sintering machine aiming to be 100 times faster than exisitng devices http://3dprint.com/90875/aurora-labs-metal-3d-printer, and nice new glass 3D printer http://matter.media.mit.edu/news/article/glass-printing-from-mediated-matter1.  

7. Converting Carbon Dioxide into Carbon Nanofibers
A new process utilises a solar powered concentrated photovoltaic and thermal energy system to generate electricity and heat that is used to raise the temperature of and power an electrochemical cell filled with molten carbonates and nickel and steel electrodes; as atmospheric air is pumped into the cell the carbon dioxide dissolves and begins forming carbon nanofibers on the steel electrode that can be removed for fabrication purposes http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2015/august/co2.html. The process currently uses $1,000 worth of electricity per ton of nanofibers produced and seems to comprise a nice proof-of-concept for an atmospheric carbon capture system that produces building materials as a by-product. 

8. Semiconducting Graphene Nanoribbons
Semiconducting graphene nanoribbons measuring 10nm wide can now be controllably fabricated on a germanium base in a bottom-up chemical vapour deposition process that is compatible with existing industrial semiconductor manufacturing methods http://news.wisc.edu/23936. The nanoribbons grow in straight lines and have defined orientations perpendicular to one another and represent yet another promising step forward to realising graphene components - and subsequent performance improvements - in real devices. 

9. Quantum Computing and Interconnects
D-Wave announced the launch of their latest quantum computing chip in which they claim 1000+ qubits and the most complex superconductor integrated circuits ever used in production systems http://www.dwavesys.com/blog/2015/08/announcing-d-wave-2x-quantum-computer. They claim that the new chip is 15x - 600x faster at finding near optimal solutions compared to classical systems. Personally I’m still on the fence with D-Wave but hope they eventually prove doubters wrong. In related news we also had the first quantum interconnect device for connecting quantum components without losing coherence http://www.technologyreview.com/view/540696/physicists-unveil-first-quantum-interconnect/. 

10. IBM’s and ARM’s Internet of Things Device
IBM and ARM have launched the Mbed IoT Starter Kit comprising a convenient microcontroller and application shield containing a number of different sensors and offering very quick and easy setup http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/embedded-systems/arm-and-ibm-make-it-easy-to-experiment-with-the-internet-of-things. Applications can live and run in the cloud to collect data and execute commands on the device and overall this looks like a nice little extensible platform for getting started with more advanced Internet of Things applications and proving up prototypes and concepts before finalising designs for broader roll-out.

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/optogenetics-device-boston-dynamics.html___The Top Ten Science and Tech Stories of the Week

I never miss one of +Mark Bruce 's weekly lists. 

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2015-08-23 16:37:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

As The Rush Comes
Motorcycle

There are few better Sunday morning coffee and deck songs than this. 

As The Rush Comes
Motorcycle

There are few better Sunday morning coffee and deck songs than this. ___

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2015-08-23 16:06:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
A Lack Of Alternative Splicing
#incaseyouwerewondering  

To PTBP1, or not to PTBP1? 

There are two forms of PTBP1: one that is common in all vertebrates, and another in mammals. The researchers showed that in mammalian cells, the presence of the mammalian version of PTBP1 unleashes a cascade of alternative splicing events that lead to a cell becoming a neuron instead of a skin cell, for example.

To prove that, they engineered chicken cells to make mammalian-like PTBP1, and this triggered alternative splicing events that are found in mammals, creating a smart chicken (no relation to the eponymous brand). Also, in turns out that alternative splicing prevalence increases with vertebrate complexity.

The end result: all those small accidental changes across specific genes have fueled the evolution of mammalianb... more »

The Key (almost) always hides in complexity. This is why we may never truly find It, beyond glimpses such as this remarkable finding.___Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
A Lack Of Alternative Splicing
#incaseyouwerewondering  

To PTBP1, or not to PTBP1? 

There are two forms of PTBP1: one that is common in all vertebrates, and another in mammals. The researchers showed that in mammalian cells, the presence of the mammalian version of PTBP1 unleashes a cascade of alternative splicing events that lead to a cell becoming a neuron instead of a skin cell, for example.

To prove that, they engineered chicken cells to make mammalian-like PTBP1, and this triggered alternative splicing events that are found in mammals, creating a smart chicken (no relation to the eponymous brand). Also, in turns out that alternative splicing prevalence increases with vertebrate complexity.

The end result: all those small accidental changes across specific genes have fueled the evolution of mammalian brains.

Emphasis--accidental changes. 

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2015-08-22 17:04:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Demons
Fatboy Slim

I'm never been sure how to categorize this song, but I find it brilliant, all the more so as it features the incomparable Macy Gray. 

Demons
Fatboy Slim

I'm never been sure how to categorize this song, but I find it brilliant, all the more so as it features the incomparable Macy Gray. ___

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2015-08-21 18:15:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Where's The Beef
All Hype?

Back in the 1980's, Burger King Wendy's (thanks to +Dan Eastwood for the correction!) had this pretty good ad campaign that asked, "Where's the beef??", to differentiate itself from its fastfood competitors who by inference , had presumably less beef. 

If my streams here and elsewhere are any indication, the five here are reaching the crescendo of hype,  with little beef in sight. 

This is not to say all of these promising technologies aren't going to break through, or aren't bringing value to someone. 

No, what this really means is there's enough vendors ready to oversell and under deliver their promises on their own particular flavour and offering. 
What this translates to it: Caveat Emptor. 

Where's The Beef
All Hype?

Back in the 1980's, Burger King Wendy's (thanks to +Dan Eastwood for the correction!) had this pretty good ad campaign that asked, "Where's the beef??", to differentiate itself from its fastfood competitors who by inference , had presumably less beef. 

If my streams here and elsewhere are any indication, the five here are reaching the crescendo of hype,  with little beef in sight. 

This is not to say all of these promising technologies aren't going to break through, or aren't bringing value to someone. 

No, what this really means is there's enough vendors ready to oversell and under deliver their promises on their own particular flavour and offering. 
What this translates to it: Caveat Emptor. ___

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2015-08-21 17:56:43 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Bang On

Being late is one of the surest signs that you're a self-centered, self-important, game playing dickhead as there is. 
For me, it's a sure track for me not to work with you. 

Oh, and this is tops on my reasons for why I don't like Marissa Mayer. 

I'm one of those people who values being on  time and always making deadlines. And when someone plays games by setting a time for a call and then failing to make it, it doesn't impress me that his/her time is more valuable than mine but that s/he is unreliable and inconsiderate.  That first impression I had of someone I was forced to work with for a few weeks turned out to be very accurate. 

"You probably wouldn't intentionally make someone feel that way (I hope). But here's what you're actually saying when you're "just" a minute or two late and keep someone waiting:

My time is more important than yours. I'm very busy doing very important things, and you'll just have to bear with me.
I don't care what you have going on. Whatever it is you could have been doing with your time, I assure you it wouldn't have been nearly as fulfilling as sitting here waiting on me.
I'm kind of a victim. Things just happen to me! I can't control what's going on in my life, and I don't prepare for it, either.
I'm more powerful than you. Keeping people waiting can be used to exert authority or power over others. Google's new CEO, Sundar Pichai, used to wait for hours outside Marissa Mayer's office when he reported to her.
What we were meeting about isn't that important to me. I could take it or leave it, really. That job, or business deal, or discussion about your upcoming wedding -- not so much a priority for this cat.
You probably wouldn't actually say any of these things out loud to a potential employer, client, romantic interest, or anyone else in your life. Why would you imply it by keeping them waiting?___Bang On

Being late is one of the surest signs that you're a self-centered, self-important, game playing dickhead as there is. 
For me, it's a sure track for me not to work with you. 

Oh, and this is tops on my reasons for why I don't like Marissa Mayer. 

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2015-08-21 17:44:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Of Witch Hunts
And League Vendettas

Okay, that was a bit a of a click-baity title. 

If you've been paying attention to how well Goodell and the league office has handling the variety of misconduct cases for the last few years, you'll know their track record is a "bit spotty". Or embarrassing. Or keystone cops. 
Their policies on domestic abuse and drug use were pathetically out of date, putting the commissioner's office in the cross-hairs of ineptitude time and again. 
Roger Goodell has a degree in economics, not law, and maybe this is instructive in his inability to be so clueless as to how to manage conduct detrimental to the league, and how to punish it. 

On the surface, the so-called "DeFlategate" sounds awful. And it might have been. For many, other than Indy fans and Patriots haters, once some of the moreeve... more »

Of Witch Hunts
And League Vendettas

Okay, that was a bit a of a click-baity title. 

If you've been paying attention to how well Goodell and the league office has handling the variety of misconduct cases for the last few years, you'll know their track record is a "bit spotty". Or embarrassing. Or keystone cops. 
Their policies on domestic abuse and drug use were pathetically out of date, putting the commissioner's office in the cross-hairs of ineptitude time and again. 
Roger Goodell has a degree in economics, not law, and maybe this is instructive in his inability to be so clueless as to how to manage conduct detrimental to the league, and how to punish it. 

On the surface, the so-called "DeFlategate" sounds awful. And it might have been. For many, other than Indy fans and Patriots haters, once some of the more even handed minds within the game had a look, the reaction was pretty, "eh, meh". 
But given the league's attempts at "investigation", it's hard to tell. Because the league doesn't have a clue how to conduct a proper investigation. 

The league, determined perhaps not to be embarrassed and appearing inept again, took on this case with an unusual fervour, that once exposed to an actual courthouse, with actual rules of evidence, case building, proper investigation,  went on to prove that there was no bottom to their ability to embarrass themselves, and discover new lows of ineptness. 

Good judges take their courtroom very seriously. They get highly annoyed when frivolous, poorly constructed cases wind up before them, wasting their time, and the court's time at the expense of more pressing cases. 
 Judge Richard Berman in this case, had all the hallmarks of a judge who was annoyed, and took no pity on a case that would insult the professionalism of any good lawyer, or lead investigator. 

Via +Brad Esau ___

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2015-08-21 14:40:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Gold Rush Begins

I'll go on record now as saying most companies and executives won't realize the potential for what they pay for. 
For those that do, they will significantly separate themselves from the pack.

Collaborative ecosystems, with skin in the game from the AI venders will be one key differentiator. 

Artificial Intelligence Applications Forecasted to Soar


A recent report from Tractica forecasts that, as enterprise AI deployments gather increasing momentum, cumulative revenue for the sector will total $43.5 billion worldwide during the period from 2015 through 2024.

I tend not to pay much attention to the actual dollar figures in these kinds of forecasts. I just don't have faith in any set of assumptions drawn from this very early stage in the development of artificial intelligence. I share it, however, because: a) analysts are now trying to quantify the opportunity, which is interesting in itself, and b) the applications outlined at somewhat interesting.

"In almost every industry, including some very traditional ones, new approaches to age-old problems are being trialed using artificial intelligence,” says principal analyst Bruce Daley. “The business questions being addressed range from where to plant crops to how to detect fraud. The most highly affected industries are likely to be those with large amounts of data, where there are high rewards for making decisions quickly.”

Details:
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/artificial-intelligence-technologies-are-quietly-penetrating-a-wide-range-of-enterprise-applications-according-to-tractica-2015-08-19

#artificialintelligence ___The Gold Rush Begins

I'll go on record now as saying most companies and executives won't realize the potential for what they pay for. 
For those that do, they will significantly separate themselves from the pack.

Collaborative ecosystems, with skin in the game from the AI venders will be one key differentiator. 

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2015-08-21 14:09:13 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Networked Intelligence
I like Where This Is Going

A stealth start-up of ex-Googlers, with pretty decent venture capital backing. 

New products built to harness network intelligence will allow for the analysis of relationships between members of a network and their specific skill sets to help achieve business objectives. These products will bridge the gap between business intelligence analytics and goals by adding people back into the equation. After all, every organization is built upon smart and connected people.

Networked Intelligence
I like Where This Is Going

A stealth start-up of ex-Googlers, with pretty decent venture capital backing. 

New products built to harness network intelligence will allow for the analysis of relationships between members of a network and their specific skill sets to help achieve business objectives. These products will bridge the gap between business intelligence analytics and goals by adding people back into the equation. After all, every organization is built upon smart and connected people.___

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2015-08-20 13:37:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Well
Yes

The Future Of The Web Is All About Context

what if the search engine could begin thinking before the user? What if a search engine could take into account the many facets of our lives — our browsing history, our calendar events, our personal connections, etc. — then provide recommendations for us that are unique, relevant and personalized? What if a search engine could do the work for us before we began typing? Thankfully, things are beginning to change for the better. The Internet will soon be about context and discovery, increasing its focus on serving up content consumers don’t know they need yet.___Well
Yes

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2015-08-20 00:21:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Is Beating Up On Hedge Funds Even Sporting Any More
But Wait, Don't We All Enjoy Betting On The Unicorn Horse Races??

If you are already shitting money, there are better things to do with it than putting it in a hedge fund. 
For those who aren't defecating greenbacks, at least this isn't a scam you have to worry about.

Caveat. Hedge funds are like penny stocks--if you know when to get in, when to get out, you can do pretty well. The second your buddy starts bragging how well the HF you're both in is doing. Get Out.  

___Is Beating Up On Hedge Funds Even Sporting Any More
But Wait, Don't We All Enjoy Betting On The Unicorn Horse Races??

If you are already shitting money, there are better things to do with it than putting it in a hedge fund. 
For those who aren't defecating greenbacks, at least this isn't a scam you have to worry about.

Caveat. Hedge funds are like penny stocks--if you know when to get in, when to get out, you can do pretty well. The second your buddy starts bragging how well the HF you're both in is doing. Get Out.  

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2015-08-20 00:00:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Of Strawmen
And Profiteering

I'm sure Theodore Kinni knows his stuff (I am, for full disclosure, not exactly sure what Kinni's stuff is, but I'm will to to cut him some earned cred here), and I sure Brian J. Robertson knows his Holacracy. 

But...but, but, but...Like so many concepts, or mental models of not our own construct, people resort to strawman like constructs of what they pertain to understand (We see this every single day in political commentary and widely shared political memes, that it is no wonder neither side of the spectrum has any clue as to what the other side is about. Politics is about cartoon caricature, rather than any desire whatsoever at mutual understanding), and then the strawman is taken down.

This isn't exactly the same as a classic strawman argument, but it's close enough in that horseshoes and hand grenades kind of... more »

Of Strawmen
And Profiteering

I'm sure Theodore Kinni knows his stuff (I am, for full disclosure, not exactly sure what Kinni's stuff is, but I'm will to to cut him some earned cred here), and I sure Brian J. Robertson knows his Holacracy. 

But...but, but, but...Like so many concepts, or mental models of not our own construct, people resort to strawman like constructs of what they pertain to understand (We see this every single day in political commentary and widely shared political memes, that it is no wonder neither side of the spectrum has any clue as to what the other side is about. Politics is about cartoon caricature, rather than any desire whatsoever at mutual understanding), and then the strawman is taken down.

This isn't exactly the same as a classic strawman argument, but it's close enough in that horseshoes and hand grenades kind of way.
Holacracy is a well (I think) intended way for organizations to deal with suffocating bureaucracy, command and control leadership, an over-population of middle management, and spirally operating costs due to all three. Even this is massively paired down statement.

While Holacracy is a solution where problems do exist, it takes one problem and replaces it with other. And that's an ideology. There is this embedded assumption that humans operate better without bosses, supervision, etc.
And there is some truth to that. Some people do work better without some form of management.
But it is equally true, that some people, maybe even many people, are more productive with some kind of management and leadership, and perhaps it is more gainful for organizations to discover what kind of management and leadership gets the most out of their people, and more importantly, their vastly diverse subsets of people.
While it can be fun to mock "management" and "leadership"  as something that has been in a bubble, and stuck in the 1950's era of "Peak Taylorism", the reality I expose myself to is so much different.

There are, in other words, many different optimal environments, systems, and leadership that foster great people engagement, productivity, satisfying and encouraging feelings of work.
There is, as they say, horses for courses and courses for horses, and what we should be doing is listening to see who needs what and when.

Holacracy, ironically, becomes this communism to capitalism polarizing opposite, where all people must be force fed into one all encompassing system, with its own complex set of rules that needs some kind of management team to train and enforce.

There are, of course, companies and their cultures that will be very well suited to Holacracy.
What is also just as likely, there are many others who will need to work their ways towards hybrids of sometimes flat, sometimes spiky, more fluid forms of networked organizations, with more enlightened leadership and management styles, created to get the most out of their culture, and sub-cultures (even within an "organization" there is going to be dozens of different cultures and performance groups that do better under one style and system than that of another), and use our advanced understanding of evolved management and leadership systems to design the right performance measurements.

Ignoring all the collective wisdom around performance cultures and organizations, with the idea that one such system-- Holacracy!! -- is the  one true answer to our organizational woes is as ridiculous as is the old Command and Control , Tayloristic style of engineering our organizational efficiency. ___

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2015-08-19 22:50:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I Feel Like I'm Dog Piling on China's Economy
But What the Hell, It's Fun

I mean, doesn't everybody like dog piling on credit fueled bubbles??

This idea that China isn't investing in a way that will grow its economy in a new direction has been out in the ether for years, but the numbers here are staggering. The report estimates that there is 40% more credit in the economy than is required, and as a result the return on that credit — or the amount of gross domestic product generated by an additional yuan in the economy — has slumped.

In short, Chinese companies are pursuing uneconomic projects.

You can bet some of these are in the property sector, a sector the government has now decided to throw more investment money at to keep the economy going.

And we all know the answer to a credit bubble is more credit.Rig... more »

I Feel Like I'm Dog Piling on China's Economy
But What the Hell, It's Fun

I mean, doesn't everybody like dog piling on credit fueled bubbles??

This idea that China isn't investing in a way that will grow its economy in a new direction has been out in the ether for years, but the numbers here are staggering. The report estimates that there is 40% more credit in the economy than is required, and as a result the return on that credit — or the amount of gross domestic product generated by an additional yuan in the economy — has slumped.

In short, Chinese companies are pursuing uneconomic projects.

You can bet some of these are in the property sector, a sector the government has now decided to throw more investment money at to keep the economy going.

And we all know the answer to a credit bubble is more credit. Right? Right??
I'm pretty sure kicking heroin is easier and less painful. 

+Jeffrey J Davis , you might enjoy this piece, if you haven't crossed it already. ___

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2015-08-19 20:05:53 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Working Hard
Is Not Necessarily Working Smart

If outworking everyone else is your only comparative advantage, you're a detriment to yourself, and the company. We're not advocating sloth, but rather there are smarter ways to be productive.
Oh, and if you feel the need to micromanage, you may want to review your hiring and training practices.

I'll also add, that there are people who take, or get, gratification from long hours and "hard" work. I'm not out to pull that rug out from them. But that shouldn't set the bar or baseline for productivity, or how things can get done in an organization.

Via +Kim Beasley  

Working Hard
Is Not Necessarily Working Smart

If outworking everyone else is your only comparative advantage, you're a detriment to yourself, and the company. We're not advocating sloth, but rather there are smarter ways to be productive.
Oh, and if you feel the need to micromanage, you may want to review your hiring and training practices.

I'll also add, that there are people who take, or get, gratification from long hours and "hard" work. I'm not out to pull that rug out from them. But that shouldn't set the bar or baseline for productivity, or how things can get done in an organization.

Via +Kim Beasley  ___

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2015-08-19 19:44:04 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Amazon
And Better Decisions

More follow-up to the the NYTimes piece that's been all viral on the interwebs. 
What does Amazon, and a Jeff Bezos enabled culture do well? 
Make better decisions. (ultra-competitive people can resort to humiliation, but such rough house tactics aren't necessary, and are counter-productive to the longterm success of the organization)

What makes it work?

The story suggests Amazon places immense importance on defining team players not as people who go along with the group’s consensus, or who support the status quo, but instead as those who add new ideas and perspectives. The company evidently prizes those who overturn workplace convention, as signaled by the term used on the award given to high-performing employees: “I’m Peculiar.” To be “peculiar” is to break with convention, in the sense ofgenerating fr... more »

Amazon
And Better Decisions

More follow-up to the the NYTimes piece that's been all viral on the interwebs. 
What does Amazon, and a Jeff Bezos enabled culture do well? 
Make better decisions. (ultra-competitive people can resort to humiliation, but such rough house tactics aren't necessary, and are counter-productive to the longterm success of the organization)

What makes it work?

The story suggests Amazon places immense importance on defining team players not as people who go along with the group’s consensus, or who support the status quo, but instead as those who add new ideas and perspectives. The company evidently prizes those who overturn workplace convention, as signaled by the term used on the award given to high-performing employees: “I’m Peculiar.” To be “peculiar” is to break with convention, in the sense of generating fresh perspectives and (potentially) significant reforms.

In short, Amazon discourages conformity and combats groupthink. Bosses do not just give feedback; they receive it. Disruptive thinking is welcome. Conflict and innovation are thought to march hand-in-hand. One of the company’s core principles advises employees to “disagree and commit.” The theory is that “harmony is often overvalued in the workplace” and “that it can stifle honest critique and encourage polite praise for flawed ideas.” Low-level employees are strongly encouraged to make major contributions. In discussions, high status is not believed to be a guarantor of correctness.

In emphasizing that harmony is often overrated, and in valuing disagreement and internal scrutiny, Amazon is acting consistently with the principal findings of decades of research in behavioral science. That research has shown that many groups, including businesses, do poorly, or at least less well than they should, because they do not take advantage of the information and the creativity of their own staffs. Led by confident (but closed-minded) leaders, they establish policies and practices and then they execute – but without sufficient internal scrutiny, either before the fact or on a continuing basis.___

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2015-08-19 18:14:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Economics
Of Life

Okay, so these researchers are just cluing into the fact that there is an economics of life. Maybe Stuart Kauffman should be required in grad school. Maybe understanding economics should be required in grad school. 
My longtime readers, I trust, will know I am not talking about the Chicago School of Economics, or any such drivel 99% of 'economists' have dredged up over the last 200 years. (which, is political economics, which is more about power and social strata than economies, to paraphrase 200 years of economic, um, thought)

Anyways, what should be understood by everyone, is that life and economics are inseparable. Everything is a tradeoff, and habits, and other zombie functions are a result of this tradeoff. Moving beyond habits and zombies is costly, and the rewards have to justify the expense. 

Via +JohnV... more »

The Economics
Of Life

Okay, so these researchers are just cluing into the fact that there is an economics of life. Maybe Stuart Kauffman should be required in grad school. Maybe understanding economics should be required in grad school. 
My longtime readers, I trust, will know I am not talking about the Chicago School of Economics, or any such drivel 99% of 'economists' have dredged up over the last 200 years. (which, is political economics, which is more about power and social strata than economies, to paraphrase 200 years of economic, um, thought)

Anyways, what should be understood by everyone, is that life and economics are inseparable. Everything is a tradeoff, and habits, and other zombie functions are a result of this tradeoff. Moving beyond habits and zombies is costly, and the rewards have to justify the expense. 

Via +John Verdon ___

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2015-08-19 18:04:46 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

All Along The Watchtower
You Grow, Or You Die

What would you do to live? 
I'll be seeing this come October. 

All Along The Watchtower
You Grow, Or You Die

What would you do to live? 
I'll be seeing this come October. ___

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2015-08-19 17:54:21 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Why Smart Swarms?
The Illusion of Knowledge

Once you are selling expertise, your are, as the behavioral economists would say, incentivized to overstate your expertise. Even if you don't, as an Orchestrator, I will have a default assumption you do. 
It is on the basis of our human psychology that smart swarms will outperform singular entities of expertise and knowledge. 
Cross-referencing, diversity, and a collaboratively orchestrated network, smarm and room is a vastly superior way to solve both complicated and complex problems in the business world. 

via +Ward Plunet 

Why Smart Swarms?
The Illusion of Knowledge

Once you are selling expertise, your are, as the behavioral economists would say, incentivized to overstate your expertise. Even if you don't, as an Orchestrator, I will have a default assumption you do. 
It is on the basis of our human psychology that smart swarms will outperform singular entities of expertise and knowledge. 
Cross-referencing, diversity, and a collaboratively orchestrated network, smarm and room is a vastly superior way to solve both complicated and complex problems in the business world. 

via +Ward Plunet ___

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2015-08-19 17:28:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Speaking of the Internet of Things
Insecure 2.0

Well, yes, of course we'll repeat history. 
Or.
Put another way, there's an enormous opportunity for the right ecosystem of operators not to repeat history. 

Caveat. Okay. Huge Caveat. 
Us.
We the people. We will either have to pay a subscription of some sort, or licence, or some kind of explicit exchange of currency (as opposed to exchanging access to our data, the security flaw of "free" services) for an explicit agreement for the management of our interconnected, interdependent web of smart devices. 

Naturally, the herd will opt for free, and get exactly what they pay for. 
I just hope there is at least one bright enough ecosystem that I can pay to make sure my "smart things" really are smart, and really are secure. And hopefully most of the hackerswill... more »

Speaking of the Internet of Things
Insecure 2.0

Well, yes, of course we'll repeat history. 
Or.
Put another way, there's an enormous opportunity for the right ecosystem of operators not to repeat history. 

Caveat. Okay. Huge Caveat. 
Us.
We the people. We will either have to pay a subscription of some sort, or licence, or some kind of explicit exchange of currency (as opposed to exchanging access to our data, the security flaw of "free" services) for an explicit agreement for the management of our interconnected, interdependent web of smart devices. 

Naturally, the herd will opt for free, and get exactly what they pay for. 
I just hope there is at least one bright enough ecosystem that I can pay to make sure my "smart things" really are smart, and really are secure. And hopefully most of the hackers will go after the low hanging fruit of "free". 

It’s often said that the current Internet was built and developed for performance and usability and not with security in mind. Our cybersecurity reality certainly reflects this contention; a 2014 report estimated financial losses to the world economy as a result of cyber crime and cyber espionage at $445 billion, a sobering figure that is indicative of our inability to address the threat in front of us.

Before we fully embrace the IoT, it might be best to pause and consider how these devices can be built with security in mind so we can prepare for the future threat. Right now, technology is headed toward the IoT with the goal of transforming our lives via efficient, interconnected communications and data transfers.

Failing to incorporate the necessary security applications prior to the full adoption of these devices will result in us making the same mistake again.

Intelligence may be built into devices, but common sense is not. There is a reason why people who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. We need to break that cycle now.___

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2015-08-19 17:06:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The Internet of Smart
Moving Beyond "Things"

All kinds of companies, business, ecosystems, models, and godknowwhatelse will be connecting things to, you know, make our life, um, better. Or something. It's a gold rush. Half baked plans and people tripping over themselves for first mover advantage, Peter Thiel like monopoly platforms, and grand etcetera. 
Few, if any, will work, collaborate effectively within the ecosystem, and more importantly, with the people they pertain to corral--us. In the process they will trample all over our privacy, play fast and loose with our data, and make our security more vulnerable. 

Architect your products for context-awareness. Your company’s product architecture may be analog today but ask yourself: What happens when products become digital and your company can observe, analyze, and correct your products whilein ... more »

The Internet of Smart
Moving Beyond "Things"

All kinds of companies, business, ecosystems, models, and godknowwhatelse will be connecting things to, you know, make our life, um, better. Or something. It's a gold rush. Half baked plans and people tripping over themselves for first mover advantage, Peter Thiel like monopoly platforms, and grand etcetera. 
Few, if any, will work, collaborate effectively within the ecosystem, and more importantly, with the people they pertain to corral--us. In the process they will trample all over our privacy, play fast and loose with our data, and make our security more vulnerable. 

Architect your products for context-awareness. Your company’s product architecture may be analog today but ask yourself: What happens when products become digital and your company can observe, analyze, and correct your products while in use? Similarly, how can you facilitate product adaptation across companies that are collaborating to deliver on a customer value proposition?

Getting this 'right', that is, making our lives richer, more secure, respecting our privacy, increasing our security, is the ultimate exercise in ecosystem collaboration and value _co_creation. 

For the businesses that will be trampling venturing onto this blue ocean turf (mixed metaphors R us!), this is some solid opening advice. Particularly mapping your ecosystem beyond its core industry boundaries (this is a bit of a d'uh, obvious! sort of thing, but what the hell). 
Vendor ecosystem partnerships will make or break most efforts, supply-chain logic need not apply here. There's lessons and guidelines to be drawn from the vertical stack game plan, but understand how to make effective use of them in this vastly different game is vital. It's a "does the run set up the pass, or does the pass set up the run?" kind of thing. 

"Think first about how your products and services become smart as you observe them in use".
Well, yeah. But really, understand wtf "smart" and your customer actually means first. 

Map your digital ecosystem beyond your core industry’s boundaries. Companies are now part of digital ecosystems with connections based on data and interoperability (APIs). Competing and collaborating simultaneously with the same companies will be the norm as rules evolve with different monetization models and cross-subsidization (e.g., value for data). Senior leadership should not only map their own company’s ecosystem. They should also track others, which may help them identify potential entrants that could pose a threat or opportunity.

Develop capability for context-aware insights. Digitization, sensors, and connectivity lead to the generation of large volumes of data. Understanding products and services in use require significant capabilities to capture, store, and analyze data at unprecedented scale. New technologies like Hadoop for storage, tools like R and SAS for analysis, and visualization techniques are starting points for managing in the digital age.___

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