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Dave Snowden - Transparency is always the enemy of innovation

Dave Snowden - Transparency is always the enemy of innovation

I think that the value of hackers is it just breaks up economy a bit, a little bit. But I don’t think it’s a long time recipe. I think we’ve got to work out. We talked about it a little earlier, we’ve got to work out our governance structure for the use of technology in society, and we’ve got to work something else around privacy, because the level of privacy we now got is almost non-existent, and transparency is always[...]
Dave Snowden - A lot could be done at the level of education

Dave Snowden - A lot could be done at the level of education

There's a lot that could be done at the level of education, but I think part of it is we try to go universal on the particular. When I went to university, only 5% of the population went, and we were fully funded, no fees, nothing. But you had to be bright. And then we had a very good polytechnic sector under that, which handled people who were bright but more vocational, and that system actually produced some of the[...]
Dave Snowden - We created a level of structure which is non-adaptive

Dave Snowden - We created a level of structure which is non-adaptive

Coming back to when I talk about distributed networks which create greater autonomy within the clusters, the trouble is you’ve got this sort of Six Sigma control mentality which makes it difficult. I'm writing stuff about Lean at the moment. And I actually think the principles of Lean are actually designed to eliminate the sort of waste that things like Six Sigma create. And I think there's a lot in Lean that we can actually build into this in terms[...]
Dave Snowden - Technology, as it always has, favors the revolutionary

Dave Snowden - Technology, as it always has, favors the revolutionary

I think it’s creating conditions which will arrive, which will result in some sort of catastrophic failure. Because if you build tension in a system without release, ultimately it breaks catastrophically. So I think you got fewer people in the work, the people who are in work, or having to work longer hours in most stressed environments. I don't think long term it’s sustainable, and at the same time you got related social phenomenon like the… we're back, in Britain[...]
Dave Snowden - I think we'll start to see kickbacking

Dave Snowden - I think we'll start to see kickbacking

Social computing is finally growing because it's distributed. It evolves a lot faster than the technology which came before it, and it has a very hard failure rate. So if you have fragmented stuff with high failure rate in pressured environment, that's where you get major evolution reshifts, and I think we're starting to see that. It's interesting because, you know, the whole big data thing is growing. We have people really taking into account the human motivational factors associated with[...]
Dave Snowden - We're in a transitionary phase at the moment

Dave Snowden - We're in a transitionary phase at the moment

I mean trouble is that we don’t handle very well the way the computers currently present it [information] because we process patterns based on multiple triggered memories, and computers don’t work that way. I mean even the modern AI systems. So I think the issue is how do we increase human interaction with some databases for example, and that's the work we do with products like SenseMaker so that the presentation of information to the human brain is in the[...]
Dave Snowden - It is a co-evolutionary rather an adoption process

Dave Snowden - It is a co-evolutionary rather an adoption process

Really from the 1980s, when we got scalable computing for the first time, technology has been a bit of a fetish, fetishistic device. We got obsessed with it. I think the last three to four years, we started to take it for granted, which is a much better place to be in, because then it's a useful tool. So I think what you starting to see is technology becomes pervasive, which means you can get both high level design, highly[...]