June 13, 2019
I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as Google’s Design Ethicist caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.
June 13, 2019
The older I get, and the more I learn, the greater my reliance on pictures to help my clients understand and act upon complex challenges. To illustrate this point, I found this image from a presentation developed by the Nordstrom Innovation Lab.
June 11, 2019
IT IS hard to find anyone cheering for a world dominated by a few giants. It is even harder to find anyone who thinks that Big Tech stands any chance of being toppled.
June 11, 2019
It may be hard to believe now, at a time when the sale of blockbuster video games dwarfs that of blockbuster movies, but in the mid-'80s, things were dire for the video game industry.
June 10, 2019
I’m against knowledge. Don’t get me wrong: I’m as keen on the facts as the next person. I’m no friend of fake news. I want truth rather than falsity. It is specifically knowledge I’m against, not true belief. Knowledge asks more of us than true belief, and it isn’t worth it.
May 23, 2019
I misspent just about every night for 7 years at an old school pool hall in Milwaukee. This was an “action” room, where a regular lineup of shady characters was perched, ready to relieve you of any excess cash that might be burdening you.
May 22, 2019
In his sci-fi trilogy The Three Body Problem, author Liu Cixin presents the dark forest theory of the universe. When we look out into space, the theory goes, we’re struck by its silence. It seems like we’re the only ones here. After all, if other forms of life existed, wouldn’t they show themselves? Since they haven’t, we assume there’s no one else out there. Liu invites us to think about this a different way.
April 29, 2019
Last year, I participated in a discussion of The Human Use of Human Beings, Norbert Weiner’s groundbreaking book on cybernetics theory.
March 22, 2019
Update: Since first publishing this post, many people have pointed out that changing your DNS isn't a huge privacy add since your ISP can still see a lot of your traffic. The real solution here is a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which I felt went beyond the "simple" scope of these steps.
March 6, 2019
We're beginning to see what the next generation of successful companies will look like. Today, the shareholder primacy era is under pressure from multiple sources. Technologies, markets and customer expectations are all changing rapidly. To cite just a few examples:
January 23, 2019
In-depth research with executives at a wide range of companies shows how managers can use technology to redefine their businesses. Digital transformation — the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises — is a hot topic for companies across the globe.
January 7, 2019
Every business leader, entrepreneur, innovator and marketer wants to know where customers are headed next. Us too! And at TrendWatching we’re obsessed with one big, counter-intuitive idea:
January 7, 2019
As we head into the holidays marketers around the world are about to take a well-earned break. There is just time for one more festive tradition. Somewhere between Christmas and the New Year we all get a deluge of predictions, prophetic articles and PowerPoint trend decks.
October 10, 2018
Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, shares a compelling business case for curiosity. Her research shows allowing employees to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes.
October 2, 2018
There’s a question that keeps recurring to me these days. It goes like this: if the point of capitalism is to escape capitalism, then what’s the point of…
September 24, 2018
But in WIRED, exuberance was almost always given the final word. In September 1999, the magazine published an essay by Kevin Kelly that squarely acknowledged widespread public fears of an impending stock market crash—and smiled in the face of incipient panic.
September 20, 2018
Mars P.D. will have to deal with new blood-spatter patterns, different body decay rates, and space-suit sabotage—and they won’t be able to fire guns indoors. If humans ever go to Mars, the worst of our impulses will accompany us there.
September 6, 2018
When it comes to design thinking, the bloom is off the rose. Billed as a set of tools for innovation, design thinking has been enthusiastically and, to some extent, uncritically adopted by firms and universities alike as an approach for the development of innovative solutions to complex problems.
August 25, 2018
The economist J.K. Galbraith once wrote, “Faced with a choice between changing one’s mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy with the proof.”
August 8, 2018
This spring, Facebook announced plans to expand beyond its Menlo Park headquarters into neighboring Mountain View, which is also home to Google headquarters. In the fall, Facebook will take over two eight-story buildings in the California suburb.