Blog (old stuff at

I've blogged on various platforms over the years as a way to express my thoughts on things important to me, though undoubtedly irrelevant in the greater social discourse. For me, this is my Theseus' ball of thread, a token of memory made permanent so that I may look back and judge my intellectual growth – and any audience is just an artefact of chance. 

I did spend some time on Medium but as its focus on long-format has sharpened, it no longer suits my snippet-like musings. But if you're interested...

2019.11/ November

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In brief
I recently listened to a mother express concern over artificial intelligence and the worry that her teenage children may choose careers which may no longer exist when they graduate. My advice was to consider any path that embodied creativity, people or technology – ideas and innovation will not be replicated by machines, there will always be people to manage, and understanding the building blocks of the future will guarantee work. But most of all, know how to work with people – connecting and getting the most out of them will be the greatest skill of all. Read

AI will still need humans
There's a lot going on in the AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) space – it's the new buzzword that both startup and endup (new word for corporate) are scrambling over. Many of the technologists in this space have highlighted what can go wrong if we don't look beyond the flashiness of the promise e.g. this opinion piece, and are re-visiting the work of Dr Joseph Weizenbaum in the 1960s for ethical guidance. Dr Weizenbaum's book Computer Power and Human Reason lays out:

While Artificial Intelligence may be possible, we should never allow computers to make important decisions because computers will always lack human qualities such as compassion and wisdom. Weizenbaum makes the crucial distinction between deciding and choosing. Deciding is a computational activity, something that can ultimately be programmed. Choice, however, is the product of judgment, not calculation. It is the capacity to choose that ultimately makes us human. Comprehensive human judgment is able to include non-mathematical factors, such as emotions. Judgment can compare apples and oranges, and can do so without quantifying each fruit type and then reductively quantifying each to factors necessary for comparison.

Looking forward
"Your windscreen is larger than your rearview mirror". Innovation does not come from the past. Watch

Everything you wanted to know about the design industry
The Design Census 2019. Read

et cetera
Companies will no longer be afforded the luxury of social, ethical and political neutrality. They will need to align with their customer's personal value ecosystem or risk fading into obscurity as brand loyalty wanes. Read

We all wonder why taxes, home loans and budgeting weren't taught in schools. Here's an organisation tackling the issue of financial literacy for kids in an engaging way. Web

Nerdom has risen in cultural status such that 'high' streetwear brands now source them as inspiration. Read

"Work which materially affects the wider business is usually of a greater level of impact than work which affects just the individual." How to measure a designer's worth. Read

The Double Diamond of Design grows up. Read

If you set your social media profile to public, is your data then free for anyone to use? The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says 'yes'. Read

The history and future of machine learning – a repeated story. Read

The future of Marketing is forking a tech branch that focuses on digital transformation, personalisation and growth. Read

Life not giving the zing it used to? Perhaps a dopamine fast is the answer. Read

When the collective use their power for good – ethical hackers search for missing persons. Read

Sneaker culture's latest buzzwords – sneans! Read

Glossary of trending sustainable fashion terms. Read

Faith has embraced digital (wearable). Read

There actually is an order in which to sequence adjectives. Read

How advanced is AI? It isn't. Watch

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