Computers In, People Out

This video is about the inevitability of robotization. More computers in and people out of the labor force. Thanks to my colleague Gerben Tijkken that sent me this video. A 15 minutes watch, but it’s worth it.

Anyone who’s read books like “Race Against the Machine”, “Average Is Over” or “Robots Will Steal Your Job But That’s Ok”, knows that machines are getting better in tasks that haven’t been automated (yet). How will the future be like, and what about your own job? Ar you better than a computer? Really?

We Declare Bitcoin’s Independence

“When we say Bitcoin, we mean the idea: the birth of cryptocurrency. We know it’s not perfect. But we’re not after perfection, we’re after progression. We’re after a way out. And we will not stop.

We have been brought to a point where it has become necessary to dissolve the bond between currency and institution. We are not required to declare the causes which impel us to push for the separation, but we will oblige.

We hold these truths to be self-evident. We have been cyclically betrayed, lied to, stolen from, extorted from, taxed, monopolized, spied on, inspected, assessed, authorized, registered, deceived, and reformed. We have been economically disarmed, disabled, held hostage, impoverished, enervated, exhausted, and enslaved. And then there was bitcoin.

But we are in an age of appropriation, and nothing is immune. Today bitcoin is not only volatile in its value, but in its very essence. Bitcoin is in the crucial stages of development. Its code can evolve in several directions. It’s under threat from those who don’t understand it; it’s under threat from those who do understand it, but fear it.The crusade to absorb bitcoin into the seams of the State has begun. There is a conscious effort to co-opt. The goal is to swallow bitcoin, process it, integrate it, devolve it, and keep it stagnant in the gears of a failed operating system. Bitcoin’s potential is being hijacked. They have their own idea of what they want bitcoin to be. They have their own plan for its potential, and they have an investment in that plan. But our consent is withdrawn and the power of our ideas is too strong.

Do not underestimate DNA; nothing is born completely neutral. Follow the protocol: it has anarchistic implications. Bitcoin is inherently anti-establishment, anti-system, and anti-state. Bitcoin undermines governments and disrupts institutions because bitcoin is fundamentally humanitarian. There’s an elimination of 3rd party intrusion. It’s purely peer-to-peer. The blockchain is free speech. It’s decentralized, voluntary, and non-aggressive. Bitcoin is not supposed to work within our current mechanisms. Bitcoin needs not entities of authority to acknowledge it, incorporate it, regulate it, and tax it. Bitcoin does not pander to power structures, it undermines them.

Bitcoin is an animal of anonymity. Bitcoin basks in shadow. Satoshi’s facelessness is symbolic of this. Privacy is the point. Bitcoin is meant to function outside of regulatory systems. It is not a cog.

Bitcoin means to channel economic power directly through the individual. This is reflected by Satoshi’s symbolic birthday, which falls on the same day that Roosevelt signed the 6102 Executive Order, which forbade the hoarding of gold. We repeat. Bitcoin is not intended to be integrated; it’s intended to be a ghost outside the machine.

The voices of the people who are working to preserve the purity of bitcoin’s ethos are being drowned out. But actions speak louder than words. Bitcoin is utility. The cypherpunks are building anonymous systems. The crypto-anarchists are making institutions arbitrary. The internet is anarchy. And cryptocurrencies are the printless fingers of the internet.

Bitcoin is not just a currency, a commodity, or a convenience. Just like the internet gave information back to the people, Bitcoin will give financial freedom back to the people. But that’s only the first step. There will be a shift in the structure of enterprise, in the way we interact, in the way we voice our opinions, and in the way we fuel our action. Bitcoin will allow us to shape the world without having to ask for permission. We declare bitcoin’s independence. Bitcoin is sovereignty. Bitcoin is renaissance. Bitcoin is ours. Bitcoin is.”

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Design to Disrupt! Imperative to any Organization

Seventeen years after the publication of Clayton Christensen’s book The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail, his key concept of disruptive innovation is more alive than ever. Today, Principal Forrester Analyst James McQuivey defines the current prominent manifestation of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation simply as follows:

“Someone who knows how to use digital tools to do things better, faster or cheaper than before.”


Mr. Christensen had to admit that he had failed to spot this obvious SMACT angle on disruptive innovation:

“I have studied disruptive innovation for more than two decades. Here, McQuivey offers insights about disruption — and about the accelerating pace of disruption — that I truly hadn’t understood before. This is a very important book about what tomorrow holds in store; it shows us both what will happen and how to address it. I recommend it enthusiastically.”

In March 2014, The New York Times sounded the alarm bell over its own existence with an extensive innovation report on the digital threats to their business, and the exposure of their overconfident inability to act.


Their take on the matter: disruption is a predictable pattern across many industries in which fledgling companies use new technology to offer cheaper and inferior alternatives toproducts sold by established players (think Toyota taking on Detroit decades ago). Today, a pack of news startups are hoping to “disrupt” our industry by attacking the strongest incumbent — The New York Times. How does disruption work? Should we be defending our position, or disrupting ourselves? And can’t we just dismiss the BuzzFeeds of the world, with their listicles and cat videos? Here’s a quick primer on the disruption cycle:

1. Incumbents treat innovation as a series of incremental improvements. They focus on improving the quality of their premium products to sustain their current business model.

For The New York Times, a sustaining innovation might be our multimedia Internet production “Snow Fall.”

2. Disruptors introduce new products that, at first, do not seem like a threat. Their products are cheaper, with poor quality — to begin with.

3. Over time, disruptors improve their product, usually by adapting a new technology. The flashpoint comes when their products become “good enough” for most customers. They are now poised to grow by taking market share from incumbents.


Hallmarks of Disruptive Innovators:
– Introduced by an “outsider”
– Less expensive than existing products
– Targeting underserved or new markets
– Initially inferior to existing products
– Advanced by an enabling technology

Next-Gen Chips Mimic Functions of the Human Brain

A computer chip designed to mimic the performance of the human brain? Yes. The chip is developed by IBM together with Cornell Tech and could prove a big step forward in the future of computing power. The chip is called SyNAPSE, which stands for Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics.

So whats the human brain part about?
This chip is capable of 1 million programmable neurons, 256 million programmable synapses and 46 billion synaptic operations per second, per watt. IBM has also tethered 16 of these chips together in four four-by-four arrays, which collectively offer the equivalent of 16 million neurons and 4 billion synapses, showing that the design can be easily scaled up for larger implementations. Unlike traditional chips, who follow the lines of the von Neumann-architecture meaning that they process information step by step, this chip is able to be active on different levels and actions.


IBM calls this cognitive computing because of a dynamic that attempts to mimic the interactions of neurons and synapses in biological brains. It offers more of a organic approach to problem solving, based on hypotheses, past experiences and trail and error. Similar to a human brain. [Read more...]

Disruptive Innovation Festval

d2d1For anyone who’s looking for some inspiration this summer: The Ellen MacArthur Foundation will stage the first Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) in 2014. Bringing together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, learners and doers to catalyse system-level change for a future economy.

A challenged linear ‘take make and dispose’ economy can be replaced by a more prosperous regenerative and circular economy – is this the ultimate disruption?


An online festival on disruptive innovation with great speakers like Wired editor David Rowan and Rachel Botsman on the collaborative economy

Free registration here

Bringing IT, OT and IOT Together

It is imperative that both IT and OT learn more about the goals, technologies, and challenges of their counterpart. An Industrial IP Advantage example video by Rockwell Automation’s Paul Brooks describes how convergence is helping manufacturers today. We need to leverage the power of IT’s knowledge of best practices for information technology deployment along with OT’s mastery of physical systems to succeed.

Download our PDF report on the Fourth Industrial Revolution of IT, OT and IOT

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What steps are you taking to break down silos? It calls for relationship building based on training, pilot projects and understanding of:

•Industry specific and industrial training for IT personnel (e.g. IEEE ‘Plain Talk’)
•Professional development courses for OT personnel on IT technologies
•Executive education courses in information/process maturity
•Courses on business process models, e.g. ITIL, CMMI
•Cross-training and multi-month assignments across departments
•Cross-functional team projects
•Personal relationship development across departments
•Mentoring programs supported and sponsored by executives

Source: Industrial IP Advantage

Summer Sum Up: Top 10 VINT posts in 2014 So Far

You are probably on holiday of either just got back or patiently waiting to go.. In this post I wanted to highlight some of the great articles that have been published this year on the blog so far. A summer reading-list, I hope you enjoy it.

The trends in topics are clear: everything internet of things and wearables related was really popular. Also a good sign: our new research topic for 2014/2015 called Design to Disrupt already claims three spots in this top 10.


The Latest on Self-Driving Cars


Experts at the Automotive Engineers World Congress last year predicted self-driving cars wouldn’t be seen in showrooms until at least 2025. Just five months later, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said that he envisioned self-driving cars in showrooms five years earlier than that, in 2020. Now Mr Ghosn has revised his original prediction to 2018 – around four years from now – while speaking at a French Automobile Club event. “The problem isn’t technology, it’s legislation and the whole question of responsibility that goes with these cars moving around”

Give Google three years
Google says their new “Googly” cars should be road-ready by early next year, but that testing would take more than two years. At that point the technology will be ready for the next stage, which is likely to be greater pilot testing.

Mercedes Self Driving truck
In June this year Mercedes-Benz has claimed a world-first, completing a 100 km journey with a fully autonomous version of its new S-Class sedan. And now Mercedes Benz is heading for 2025 to introduce the world’s first self driving truck (their claim). It is based on intelligent networking of all the safety systems already available, plus cameras, radar sensors and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. Daimler has more doubts about the legal framework (Like Renault-Nissan) to allow the trucks, then on the technology.


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Industry 4.0 by the Numbers until 2025 (for Germany)

Hardly an issue causes so big waves as the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Industry 4.0 is all the rage but how great is the growth potential, e.g. in the “Heimat,” for the German industry in the coming 10 years?

Industry 4.0, currently still in its infancy, means decentralized, networked, self-controlled production processes, governed by machines and humans alike. This should allow not only new business models, but also significant productivity gains.


A recent Industry 4.0 study from Fraunhofer IAO and BITKOM provides figures about how much the six most affected industries could benefit from the change. The three most important results at a glance:

  1.  Until 2025, a productivity increase of around 78 billion euros is expected.
    2.  The average additional gross value added could be 1,7 percent per year.
    3.  The effects are dependent in particular on these five technology fields:
    Embedded Systems, Smart Factory, Robust networking, Cloud computing and IT security.


Robots become human, human become robots


The Hanwha Eagles is a South Korean baseball team that recently introduced robot fans. You can now watch the game at home and participate in the stadion at the same time. The robots have Led displays that can send messages to the team through your iPhone. In addition to the usual support messages like “Go Eagles!” or “I Love You, Eagles!” the robots wearing uniform shirts and jeans can relay text messages sent by the fans within the park or outside. They can also show the fan’s face on the screen, adding more fun to the game. [Read more...]