The everyday sexism of AI

I'm currently preparing a talk for a group of HR professionals on the subject of AI, machine learning and robots. My opening gambit is going to be that robots have already taken over our houses and have us enslaved. A strong pitch. What are these robots of which I speak? Well, you probably know them … Continue reading The everyday sexism of AI

Trust in Algorithms

Another day, another airline algorithm atrocity - this time not a doctor being hauled down the aisle by United, but a ten year old child being barred from travelling with his family by Air Canada. For all of the talk about PR disasters and customer service woes, in our automated algorithm obsessed world one dialogue … Continue reading Trust in Algorithms

Flavours of cloud

For my sins I seem to have spent a fair bit of time in the company of sales people from the big ERP vendors in the last few weeks. One of the last bastions of on-premise thinking, enterprise resource planning (AKA "the finance system") is starting to see its transition into the world of Software … Continue reading Flavours of cloud

Driverless trains

If we are on the cusp, according to the likes of Elon Musk, of all being whisked around in the comfort of autonomous vehicles, why aren't our train systems already ubiquitously automated? Whilst I have no doubt that driving a train is a challenging task, presumably without the need to actually steer surely the challenges … Continue reading Driverless trains

Back doors

The recent hubbub in politics about security services back doors into end-to-end encrypted messaging service has got me thinking. Putting aside the issues of technological impossibility, as we enter into a world in which more and more devices are connected, a storm of questions about the morals, ethics and necessity of back doors into things¬†could … Continue reading Back doors

Adaptability

Earlier this week I had a connection request on LinkedIn from someone under the nom de plume of Unemploy Bot, claiming in its headline "I will take your job soon!". Normally I'd shun such nonsense, but there was something about Unemploy Bot that tickled me. I accepted the request, and got into a short conversation, … Continue reading Adaptability

LinkedOut

I've been using LinkedIn since 2004. It's been a constant past of my working life for those 13 years. I've been a subscriber for about 7 years. In that time my monthly subscription has crept up surreptitiously to now be more than double what it was when I started paying for additional access to the … Continue reading LinkedOut

Robot propaganda

Every picture tells a story. These days in the realm of social networks, click rates and the hunt for audience it's more like every picture sells a story. Imagery is vital to online content. The featured images that get scraped and then catch the eye as articles are tweeted and favorited. The decorative fly in … Continue reading Robot propaganda

The influence of the network

Another fascinating day at Julia Hobsbawm's Names Not Numbers event in London. It's a hugely eclectic day, yesterday spanning the role of theatre in politics, advances in the life sciences, David Bowie,¬†the neuroscience of truth and an interview with the artist Maggi Hambling who I think has now become my favourite sweary creative (wrestling the … Continue reading The influence of the network

User-centred HR

The meandering path of the comb-shaped professional means that one can end up doing work that one wasn't expecting. In fact, it's fair to say that most of my work these days falls into this category. And so as such I currently find myself on an assignment looking at the way in which modern cloud-based … Continue reading User-centred HR