Posted a deck at the wonderful Haiku Deck. A talk I gave at the recent Arup get-together on Big Data in NYC, although I stuck pretty close to social data and the intersection of social trends in work: the near-term emergence of Watson-grade AI and data analysis in combination with the fall of postmodern shallow organizational culture and the rise of the postnormal deep business culture. Check it out.
It raises more questions than it answers.
Is Automan a step towards autonomy at work, or slavery? buff.ly/SD4NTY Can AI and crowdsourcing reduce drudgery at work?— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) December 7, 2012
From the post at GigaOM Pro:
Imagine a company that ran totally on crowdsourcing, where an impartial automaton posts work assignments (along with fees), and members of the ‘workcrowd’ opt to take on work through some sort of bidding process. Upon completion, the machinery — or another member of the workcrowd — would determine if the work was adequate for its purpose. Presumably, the determination of what tasks need to be done could likewise be crowdsourced. An entire organization that is all crowd, no boss.
Perhaps a bit scifi even for my tastes, but there is certainly something intriguing about adding artificial intelligence to the mix, if only to manage aspects of the coordination of increasingly independent workers. As [Daniel] Barowy said, ”One way to think about it is that it saves the interesting parts, the creative parts, or the fun parts for people. It’s really the best of both worlds. You have the computer doing the grunt work.”
Ben Parr thinks Apple’s Assistant app (born out of the original Siri) will be a world-changing app. Literally.