The Coming AI Winter

In the not too distant future, machines will be capable of doing some amazingly human things, like showing compassion, lying, creating music, multi-modality communication, exhibiting the capability for self-reflection and recursive thinking. Or at least they will be able to simulate these human capabilities. Much of the advanced research into AI is focused on technology singularity or General Machine Intelligence, while more practical applications such as speech and vision recognition research is focusing on something known as Pragmatics.   Pragmatics is the ability to understand meaning based on context.  As an example, words or visual cues alone cannot define proper meaning, and the ability to have context awareness offers …

Complacency

“Real” Change Management – Digital Transformation

The comic strip goes something like this, “What if we don’t change at all … and something magical just happens?”.  While this humor exemplifies familiar levels of complacency, it is in reality the leading cause of organizational and digital transformation failure.  High levels of organizational complacency puts the overall organization “at risk” and has become an epitaph for many large sedentary companies. Charles Darwin summarized it best: “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive, but those who can best manage change” Moving the Organization Moving an organization out of their comfort zone to achieve significant operational improvement requires several things: 1) a highly …

Gorillas – No More Monkeys

As with most Executives, each day can seem like an endless stream of meetings followed by a series of pressing tasks and decisions that we inherit from our subordinates.  Some of the decision are warranted, but the vast majority come about because we accept our subordinate’s “Monkeys”.  These Monkeys prevent us from doing other high-value work (“Gorillas”) which are both important to the business and career-building.    Definitions:       A “Monkey” is defined as a task or decision that subordinates should be handling.       A “Gorilla” is a strategic endeavor that requires manager attention to dramatically improve the business.  William Oncken and Donald Wass …

AI Deep Learning – Can Computers Think?

Over the past 60 years, Computer Scientists have relentlessly searched for ways to create intelligent machines through the application of complex rules-based algorithms.  Recent advancements in Machine Learning (ML) algorithms in combination with vast quantities of training data have made wide-spread Artificial Intelligence a reality.  By successfully modeling many functions of the human brain in silicon, experts believe that one-day computers will actually be able to think for themselves. AI is a classic success story of convergence.  Neuro-science, Computer Science and Robotics have all converged to create neurological models of the human brain and body. Understanding how the human brain is organized, its underlying building blocks and how …

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