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I am constantly amazed at the astounding speed of invention and emergence of interesting findings from the research field.

I am fully aware that just because something is working in the lab doesn’t mean it will scale to production and an affordable price to the rest of us.

Still, I find some comfort in the fact that some many ideas are being explored. Surely some of them will prove useful.

Hopefully one here and there will contribute significantly to mitigate the climate crisis we are about to experience over the next 2-3 decades and beyond.

Check this out and see if you can’t get at least a tiny bit excited about the prospects for a contribution to a cleaner energy future. Read More …

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Tragic Lack of Leadership in Climate Change Prevention or Mitigation

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We have known about the climate challenge for 50 years or more, but chose to ignore it. Even now, as we approach the point of no return, the point where we can no longer prevent a climate crisis, we are bogged down in denial and partisanship. The recent UN report…

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Useful Way to Look at the Meaning of Design

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Design means different things to different people, but here is a cool way to look at the meaning of design. It’s a pretty wide notion, but a good take. I don’t take credit for it as I heard it this morning while listening to the most recent Design Matters podcast…

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The Role of Decisions in Processes

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A process consists of a string of activities, of actions, which produce outcomes. These outcomes usually in return elicit a reaction. This reaction is called feedback of which there are two kinds: negative feedback and positive feedback. Without going into the whole feedback concept, it is clear that the process…

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We Still Can’t Unlock Employee Ideas

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  Interesting how things work in the information overload world of the 21st Century. I just found a post in my drafts folder that I forgot to complete. The topic is kind of timeless so I’ll post it. Here’s what started this for me:

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We Need a Robot Vaccine

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Yesterday I wrote about how I see robots and automation affecting people, their jobs plus some thoughts on where the economy will be going in the next few decades. It occurred to me in the car to work this morning, that the suggested actions to stem this tide, like robot…

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How Robots and Automation Will Affect Us

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Robots are getting a lot of media attention these days. Mostly that is because of interesting technological developments and news that big market actors are getting involved. Exiting as this is, the reporting is missing a back story. This back story is about how robots and automation will affect us…..

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The robots are coming. Will they bring wealth or a divided society?

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Looks like I sat on this piece for awhile, but the topic is timely all the same. Will robots bring wealth or a divided society? There are two trains of thoughts on this: Robots will move from  manufacturing to the service sector and do to service employment what it is…

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Where is your team today?

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I work with teams of all kinds. These teams are variously a mix of client personnel, third party contractors and people from our own organization and often scattered geographically. That is why the question where is your team today is so relevant. Technology allows for a much higher degree of…

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