The Intention in Innovation

The Intention in Innovation After hearing entrepreneurs and venture capitalists talk about innovation, there is a dynamic that strikes me as particularly interesting. The nature of the initial intention in the venture and how it may flex.  The two dimensions of the dynamic I have in mind are Positivity (e.g. Optimism, Creativity, Clever, Expansive) and […] Read more »

Buy Me! The Future or an Advertorial?

Buy Me! The Future or an Advertorial? Much media coverage is given to the magic of consumer technology.  In recent years, for example, we have had the shiny beads of smart phone developments, AI home assistants and different flavours of data enhanced reality. Our future quality of life however is still in the hands of […] Read more »

Change Insights : No Two Scans are the Same

Change Insights : No Two Scans are the Same One of the reasons for seeking insights about future change is to reduce uncertainty.   Another reason however is to have unique insight for advantage over peers. These reasons contend with each other. How can they be reconciled? Those wanting future insight have four broad options: they […] Read more »

Aggregation Aggravation: Paper Cities

Aggregation Aggravation: Paper Cities A blank sheet of paper and a crumpled one present different creativity challenges. A blank sheet gives the opportunity to challenge assumptions and a crumpled one the challenge of reuse. We have a paper challenge in reimagining city land usage as we change our working, living and transportation needs. Let’s look […] Read more »

Great Experiments: Follow the Paths and Avoid the Dead Ends

Patchwork of Innovation It would be easy to think that affluent nations are leading the charge into the future while others play catch up. In reality, the patchwork of nations we live in is more textured. While scientific and technological advances can be transported from one nation to another, the physical and social context they […] Read more »

Explainability etc. New Audit Trails for Exponential Technology

Fashionable Exponential Technologies There are always a handful of ‘fashionable exponential’ technologies being touted as world changing. As I write we have as a sample Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy. Notable about them is that they push out easy human understanding of their function and maintenance. Importantly though, in the case of […] Read more »

Technology Translation – Inventions, Ideas and Language

One way of looking at technology is through its phases of creation (invention) and spread (propagation.) Consider a simple progression of invention (new idea), innovation (making the idea replicable and accessible), reinvention (of a social entity like a business) and the use by people (individuals, consumers, customers etc.) I think of this progression of adoption as the […] Read more »

Intelligent Profit or Artificial Prophet?

I am an advocate of technology as a progression of human tool making. As part of that I am particularly interested in the boundary between technology and humanity. It has long been foretold that a lot of our explicit technology, such as consumer electronics, will ‘disappear’ from view. It will be absorbed into our environment as a soft(ware) function […] Read more »

Does killing old technology mean killing freedoms?

Technology Coming and Technology Passing When old technologies are supplanted by new ones, some things are gained and some are lost. For example, in moving from physical mail to e-mail, speed, powerful archiving and new ways of working were gained. At the same time, intimacy, privacy and a less reactive life (by dint of volume […] Read more »