For a Season Such As This…

I’ve decided to stop writing on this blog for a season, maybe forever. I don’t think I want to write much more about IT in general, but I want to keep writing. I’ve started a new blog at http://sugarhill.blog where I’ll start some new things. I might lift some pieces from this blog that are relevant to the new one, but I think a fresh start is warranted.

Stop by http://sugarhill.blog when you get the chance.

Superintelligence

A very interesting write-up of a talk given on superintelligence. The article is quite good in that it walks smartly through the reasoning that there is concern about artificial intelligence does have the real possibility to be a problem for mankind in the future. This is a well-reasoned approach on how to think about why this is possible. If you accept the stated ideas one-by-one, then the conclusion is a real possibility.  Most interesting.

Technology Moving Forward

Two interesting articles on Medium which I wanted to highlight.

One is a 270 Terraflop computing platform that you can run at home. Seems like a lot of computing power for the ‘home’ but amazing that such is available and can be applied to some computational ideas.

Another article is about seven technologies to watch in the next year. Yes, most of these are boring lists of things we’ve already heard about but was a good list so I thought I’d highlight it.  I’ve written about self-driving cars before and they seem to be on our doorstep. I’m anxious to get one myself.

And here is a great little article on blockchain and why it is meaningful and interesting.

I’m currently reading Principles: Life and Work by Dalio which I’m loving. At work a few years ago I did some work with the team on establishing principles to govern our decisions in IT. I’ll write more about that soon and this book once I’m done.

Best wishes to you in the new year. And to those of my friends dealing with disruption and change, press on. Sometimes change is a really good thing when you leave the bad to find the better.

 

IT and Boards

An article in the WSJ suggests that boards are getting more interested in cybersecurity. Actually the line just below probably says it all:

Facing threat of regulation

I doubt most boards are remotely able to carry on a meaningful conversation in this area. They don’t know what questions to ask and in general, they aren’t really interested. Likely, the reports they receive are just done to show that they’ve reviewed the matter.

Cybersecurity is hard.

Been Gone for a While

There is just so much going on.

Corporate stupidity on a huge scale is rampant where decisions are being made for the short-term that do not reflect the realities of the long-term.

Where leaders are ignoring the facts and instead focusing on their narrative or their story or their view of how things ‘ought to be’ instead of reality.

Where people are clinging to their positions despite facts and realities that do not align with their viewpoints or positions.

Look, we need to listen and think about the ideas we are hearing the positions that people are taking.

Corporate directors or trustees need to think and not just listen to the narrative of the ‘trusted’ executives.

All of us need to think more about the good of all instead of the good of us individually.

Trust but verify.