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

Weeknote 334: Minimum Viable AVH

This week I have learned: apparently if you are managing a big office block on occasions after it rains it then pours. I am unspeakably chuffed to have had not one but two acknowledgements in Julia Hobsbawm's new book Fully Connected very excited to also have become a mentor for https://talkingcircles.co as part of http://drivewithbelron.com/ the work on Minimum … Continue reading Weeknote 334: Minimum Viable AVH

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

Weeknote 332: plate spinning

This week I have learned: - the remarkable temptation to find out the answer - the equal force of wanting to maintain ambiguity - I am not cognitively built to make decisions about home furnishings - you never quite know what dynamic will result from bringing a group of competitors into the same room - … Continue reading Weeknote 332: plate spinning

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

Spring 2017 bookshelf…

Here's the stuff currently being read, been read or on the "to read" list... Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Pixar's Ed Catmull explores how the animation studio explores and creates ideas. (To read) Dark Money: how a secretive group of billionaires is trying to buy political … Continue reading Spring 2017 bookshelf…

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