The future of money

I had a great hour or so earlier this week listening to Rowland Manthorpe from Wired talking about the future of money at the inaugural The New Normal session. Rather than the a la mode of talking about distributed ledgers and crypto currencies, Rowland focused instead on data - at the core of his argument … Continue reading The future of money

Weeknote 362: winter arrives

This week I have learned: delaying contact with the people you're trying to get to work differently is always a bad idea. faced with a choice when not used to it, people will panic. That's a reason to help them to choose, not to remove the choice. this Freerange working lark can at times feel … Continue reading Weeknote 362: winter arrives

2017 Colophon

It's been a while since I sat down and worked out what tools I use on a day-to-day basis. It's useful to take stock once in a while. So here goes... Devices: Samsung Galaxy S7 The second-most expensive device I have ever purchased and the one with which I've probably been least satisfied. Yesterday morning … Continue reading 2017 Colophon

Couldn’t live without it

An interesting workshop yesterday with a group of end users at one of my clients. The project is looking to modernise key IT services - replacing clunky laptops and desktop thin client terminals and on premise productivity tools with sleek and light ultrabooks and Cloud-based collaborative places. The sort of thing in one way or … Continue reading Couldn’t live without it

A limited interpretation

Out of idle curiosity yesterday I spent a bit of time asking the internet the question "What do I need to know to start exploring the world of Artificial Intelligence?" The answers that I received from those nice Mr Brin & Page's marvellous machine were illuminating. There was a lot about mathematics. Statistics in particular. … Continue reading A limited interpretation

It’s all about the people

So according to extensive research published yesterday by Microsoft as part of their annual Future Decoded jamboree, digital transformation is a matter of changing people and behaviours rather than merely technology. Wow. Who knew? But here, it seems to me, is the rub. The sort of decision making in organisations that chooses Microsoft to provide … Continue reading It’s all about the people

The driver-less car

For some years now I’ve been voicing scepticism about the likelihood that we’ll be seeing completely autonomous vehicles buzzing about our streets. Whether on grounds of economics (too many people want to travel at the same time of the day and that’s due to factors unrelated to transport), through human factors (we negotiate city driving … Continue reading The driver-less car

The Digital Pup

Not for the first time, yesterday I spent some time with a potential client who had been through the digital agency selling process and had, quite frankly, been sold a Digital Pup. Digital lipstick on a pig, if you excuse my mixing of metaphors. Because these days the world of digital agencies has become one … Continue reading The Digital Pup