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A Generation Ready for Human-Computer Teams

Human-computer teams combine best of human and computer cognition. The combination can lead to extremely high performance. But are human-computer teams the future of work? For some of us, the idea of having computers on the team is outside of … Continue reading

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What’s the Right Operating System for a Light Bulb?

The typical news today about LED bulbs is about their rapid adoption, their dropping prices, and supporting legislation. The bigger story is about exploiting the IOT (Internet of Things) infrastructure that surrounds them. Lightbulbs have great established infrastructure. Each receptacle is wired for power. Bulbs have standard screw bases … Continue reading

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Smart City Lessons from Shopping Alleys

In Edinburgh they call them “closes”. Other names include arcades, lanes, and alleys. For urban designer Christopher Alexander, an alley is kind of pedestrian street (design pattern #100). A shopping alley is an alley with store fronts. It is often an integral part of a shopping … Continue reading

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Design Patterns for Smarter Cities

It is counterintuitive, but as Wired says, building more roads increases traffic. How can we do better? On a wall at Xerox Services in Los Angeles there is a photo of Sepulveda Grade packed with cars from the 1950’s and 1960’s. As a colleague observed … Continue reading

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Hunters to Collaborators: Transitioning to Agile Organizations

When edge cases become typical they signal transitions. Then we need new thinking for real understanding. Edge cases are usually rare and far from the norm. They can challenge and inform how we think. They come up in answering even simple seeming questions on our project, which is developing analytics for … Continue reading

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Augmented Intelligence for Extreme Teams

Really difficult challenges require extreme performance by great teams. In sports we celebrate the performance of extremely effective teams. In music we celebrate extremely accomplished bands and groups. Images of extreme performance teams in our culture include photos of mission control for Apollo 13 … Continue reading

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Going Beyond “Smart”: How Combining Big Data With People Enables Smarter Action in the “Big Picture”

Traffic and parking enforcement is at the heart of running a city. Every day officers drive or walk their beats. They respond to accidents and help citizens. They enforce regulations to keep cities running smoothly like preventing double parking, which … Continue reading

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Creativity and its Expression

I am focused on creativity and expression and how we tap into a source of inspiration and are driven to express it. You don’t write papers with titles like Letting Loose the Light, The Next Knowledge Medium, or Toward Portable Ideas if something like this isn’t on your mind. … Continue reading

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An Innovation Arboretum

Alan Kay is famously quoted as saying that “the best way to predict the future is to invent it.” I agree. I believe in the power of the imagination and in purposeful innovation to make a positive difference in the … Continue reading

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