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KenWhite recognizes he can't blame college students for their anti-FreeDom attitudes too much when our entire CultUre has trained them that way. Terror Ism, War On Drugs, Free Speech... I call these young people out for valuing illusory and subjective safety over liberty. I accuse them of accepting that speech is "harmful" without logic or proof. I mock them for not grasping that universities are supposed to be places of open inquiry. I condemn them for not being critical about the difference between nasty speech and nasty actions, and for thinking they have a right not to be offended. I belittle them for abandoning fundamental American values.

But recently a question occurred to me: where, exactly, do I think these young people should have learned the values that I expect them to uphold?

Today's college students came of age in the years after 9/11. What did we teach them about the balance between liberty and safety in that time?

z2015-04-19- White Anti Freedom Culture
Wolfram Alpha
Invent To Learn

The ACUMAN ChatBot won "best new bot" at the latest Chatter Box Challenge (Turing Test).

It was built was 14yo Sean Le Van, who also plays the piano.

The syntax of the A C U M A N S C R I P T markup language is actually more similar to XML (or, in the AI field, AIML) due to its rigid structure. It's fundamentally based on pattern matching akin to regex. However, the backend processing which alters A C U M A N S C R I P T and processes the individual data is what makes it unique.

The knowledge base used for the Named-entity recognition for the processing of A C U M A N S C R I P T is Wiki Media and Wolfram Alpha, used in conjunction.

It is all processed in the backend using PHP.

z2015-04-18- Acuman Chatbot
Henry Kissinger
Gary Taubes
Three Food Rules

Chris Dixon believes the OpenWeb will rise again contra the closed AppStore (Apple) and Walled Garden-s (FaceBook) as the closed services atrophy and entrepreneurs & developers go elsewhere.

Evan Williams is more pessimistic, quoting TimWu on the history of RadIo and TV, and noting Maybe AOL losing to the Internet was just because it couldn’t scale fast enough.

John Lilly (ex-of-MozIlla) also refers to TimWu. I now believe that technology waves tend to go from closed to open and then back to closed again, with the dominant players becoming dominant based on their strength of network distribution (Network Effect)... The only thing that really unseats these entrenched networks is the rise of the next technology wave (Disruptive Innovation).

John Borthwick: The swing of the pendulum between open and closed — is driven by tension on either pole, as if there were physics to this — tension in the marketplace for ideas is like gravitational pull. And so long as the nexus of distribution isn’t controlled by either by single company or by law (an internet license like to the radio license) (MonoPoly) the tension will continue to pull us back and forth... Scale, Strategy Tax and hubris start to eat at the company.

cf z2013-09-23-ThompsonContraChristensenApple

z2015-04-13- Dixon Can Open Systems Win
Competitive Advantage

Jason Kottke links to a couple reviews of Elizabeth Currid's Warhol Economy 0691128375 about the importance of the Creative Class (Creative Industries) to New York City's Urban Development. To exaggerate a bit, if New York suddenly disappeared, stock markets could keep functioning, but we would not be able to dress ourselves or find art to put on the wall. Currid suggests that, in the fight among cities for business, being the center of fashion and art constitutes New York's true "Competitive Advantage." She identifies the typical Nyc Challenges, with perhaps a focus on Real Estate costs.

z2007-11-01- Currid Warhol Economy

A variety of people want to use Micro Payments to save Newspaper Publishing.

Clay Shirky says it won't work. Newspapers can't entice us into small payment systems, because we care too much about our conversation with one another, and they can't force us into such systems, because Off The Bus and Pro Publica and GawkEr and Global Voices and OhMyNews and SpotUs and Smoking Gun all understand that not only is a news cartel unworkable, but that if one existed, their Competitive Advantage would be in attacking it rather than defending it. The threat from micropayments isn't that they will come to pass. The threat is that talking about them will waste our time, and now is not the time to be wasting time.

z2009-02-09- Save Newspapers With Micropayments

Kenneth Dickey on and "Extremely Successful" software project. Used Extreme Programming and Common Lisp and CORBA. What gives a best match implementation technology? In our case it was not being up to date. Using the latest technology typically means that engineering effort is spent on tracking technology as it evolves. It also implies a higher learning cost than picking up training materials, well developed practices, and people who already know the technology. It makes sense to do this in areas where the newest technologies give Competitive Advantage in your company's value added area. In our case, we did not see value compelling enough to overcome the costs... You have to be able to update the code on a running server. If you can afford to fail, you can implement the server with any technology. We can't afford to fail... Interestingly, when we checked we found that a number of Fortune 1000 companies were using LisP in critical applications such as on-line banking and AirLine reservation systems.

z2003-03-07- Extremely Successful Software

Clayton Christensen believes Apple Computer's IPod needs to break out of the proprietary stage to avoid being wiped out down the road. Look at any industry -- not just computers and MP3 players. You also see it in aircrafts and software, and medical devices, and over and over. During the early stages of an industry, when the functionality and reliability of a product isn't yet adequate to meet customer's needs, a proprietary solution is almost always the right solution -- because it allows you to knit all the pieces together in an optimized way. But once the technology matures and becomes good enough, industry standards emerge. That leads to the standardization of interfaces, which lets companies specialize on pieces of the overall system, and the product becomes modular (InterOp). At that point, the Competitive Advantage of the early leader dissipates, and the ability to make money migrates to whoever controls the performance-defining subsystem.

Interesting discussion about Harvard Business School case study on Apple Computer history (John Sculley, etc.) (maybe that proves that MBA-s are wrong).

May'2012: He makes similar arguments about the IPhone. I worry that Apple is in the same situation, in that the sequence of extraordinary products has been disruptive relative to the traditional competitors in the marketplace, but relative to Apple’s business model, they have not been disruptive to Apple. So they haven’t seen this problem before.

z2006-01-10- Christensen Ipod Disruption Proprietary

Ben Thompson explains why Clayton Christensen's predictions (z2006-01-10-ChristensenIpodDisruptionProprietary) about Apple Computer's closed products losing to open/modular alternatives keep failing. The theory of low-end disruption (Disruptive Innovation) is fundamentally flawed... Consumers (B2C) don’t buy aircraft, software, or medical devices. Businesses (B2B) do... Consumers aren't rational... In the case of low-end disruption, the rational buyer considers the superior integrated offering and the inferior (but still good) modular offering, decides the latter is “good enough,” and buys it because it is cheaper... The attribute most valued by consumers, assuming a product is at least in the general vicinity of a need, is Ease Of Use. It’s not the only one – again, doing a Job To Be Done is most important – but all things being equal, consumers prefer a superior user experience. What is interesting about this attribute is that it is impossible to overshoot... The business (Enter Prise) buyer, famously, does not care about the user experience.

z2013-09-23- Thompson Contra Christensen Apple
Robin Hanson

TimWu questions the technologists' thoughtless love of Innovat Ion: those who share a faith in the importance of innovation should be sure that what we fight hardest for is not just the abstract beauty of new technologies, but ideals that actually have some connection to human ends. One cool comment - Innovation is a component of Evolut Ion. Evolution and the core of our existence are intertwined. Thus, for people to be who they truly are, the must be allowed to evolve. Otherwise, people will not be allowed to be who they truly are, disharmony and injustice will result and human Happi Ness will not be achieved. Falls into my Worldview Roadmap.

z2004-08-24- Innovation And Evolution
#02 MasterSwitch
John Lilly
JohnCLilly vs JohnOLilly
Society Design
Innovators Solution

Clayton Christensen talk about the Theory Building mature companies need to do to successfully grow through Innovat Ion. Christensen has developed a set of theories to help guide managers as they seek to answer seven critical questions when trying to build new growth businesses, again and again...

Jun'2014: Horace Dediu has a full transcript. Excerpts moved to Innovators Solution because it's the same material.

z2004-03-20- Christensen Capturing The Upside
Eco System

In comparing the IPhone to the GPhone, Clay Shirky and Alan Patrick note how Apple Computer cycles between opened Eco System-s and closed platforms over and over again. This fits right into Clayton Christensen's Innovators Solution work. See z2006-01-10-ChristensenIpodDisruptionProprietary.

z2008-10-29- Apple Open Closed Cycle
Whole Ness
Thrivabil Ity
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This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO).

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