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I am a direct descendant of the Big Bang.
I am a direct descendant of the Big Bang.

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Artificial intelligence has been on the horizon for decades, fueled by science fiction writers and futurists. From 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 to Ray Kurzweil’s Singularity concept, AI has been presented as something we will experience… someday. But…

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A corporation has a strange life. It is founded in the spirit of change, with key people leading a messy, tenuous advance toward new adventures. If lucky, the corporation achieves some success in the forms of profit, market share, and notoriety. Then, it…

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When I spoke to a national collegiate conference in 2015, I titled my talk “Expect Chaos: IT Career Paths – The Next 50 Years.” I made it clear to university students that they had been told a story about education and career that would probably not come…

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Wherever you are in the world, you are surrounded by dreams that came true. We live in built environments, using man-made tools, and communicate in languages of our own design. Someone devised the relationships you use — romantic, organizational,…

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Google just announced they are giving away Nik, a set of Photoshop plug-ins that used to cost $500. In November 2015, they open sourced the code for Tensorflow, their machine learning system [AI]. Of course, they already provide a giant list of products…

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Twenty-five years after design thinking was applied to commercial purposes by IDEO’s founder David Kelley, the concept seems to have landed in the mainstream business community. [If you have been encouraged to “think outside the box,” you’ve been exposed…

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My city, Omaha, was founded in 1854. As I sat downtown, I started thinking historically. What makes people establish new towns? Why do people agree to start a new place? And when does that urge change? In 1854, the US was in a boom cycle, fueled by steel,…

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