FT’s Gillian Tett wrote: Men, women - and machines.
Inspired by a thought-provoking piece written in the latest McKinsey Quarterly, W. Brian Arthur, an esteemed economist, scientist and visiting scholar at the PARC, thinks its crucial thing to understand about these new digitised machines. Brian argues that since 1990, we are not just automating human processes; but these machines have been communicating with each other and interacting with decreasing human oversight.
The net result is the rise of a second, digitised economy, which is operating alongside the real human world; and threatening to change our economy in profound ways.
“As anyone interested in the recent U.S. midterm elections can attest, arguing with people who’ll never agree with you is an exhausting hobby.
At least one developer has found a way to answer his would-be debaters without having to engage in a tiring, dead-end debate himself. … Australian systems architect and entrepreneur Nigel Leck got tired of arguing on Twitter with people who believe climate change is not occurring, so he built a bot that scrapes Twitter for certain strings of words and then responds to the author of the offending tweet with a pre-packaged link containing a science-based counter-argument. …
Named “Turing Test” (after computer scientist Alan Turing’s famous criteria for machine intelligence), the bot can be found on Twitter at @AI_AGW.”
—Finally, a solution for robot-like climate change deniers! A robot to respond in kind, with the facts.
Three years ago Gowalla’s journey began when I took a photograph of Lake Tahoe on my iPhone. I had just finished a phone call with my dad, and I wanted nothing more than to share that photo and place with him. Not just in a text message or status update sort of way, but with a bit of weight…
Quickbooks lack of structure allows entrepreneurs to orchestrate horizontally, and change process workflow without software costs. Whereas ERP was often designed for vertically integrated mfg processes, change is tough. Ends in ‘big Mess’. And see you in court.