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P.Eng. Amateur everything else.
P.Eng. Amateur everything else.

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NYY at Blue Jays, August 16. Opening pitches: Barfield Moseby Bell #DriveOf1985 #CoordinatedThrow
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View from the box.
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I know it's only March but... Looking forward to warmer days.
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Found this in my old computer from a note on 2012-04-17. It's quite strange to read personal notes on ideas that have long since left your head. It's also good to see if my notes are good enough that I can understand them again! ;)

The last paragraph is relevant to +The Economist article on the automation of design jobs.

I also heard on +CBC Radio One program Day Six that there is a Predictalator that examines creates 50,000 permutations of college football games to provide the probability of each specific match-up. This raw computing power processing big data is the 'threat' to design based jobs. 50,000 design permutations will be crunched and they will each be measured against the probability that the criteria are appropriately met. The designer will simply input the criteria and curate the output.

Went for a run. My reflections yielded this:
Is it not a pressing paradox that a start-up requires broad and deep generalists but a mature company thrives on specialists at the floor level? How to transition? How to transcend?

How can the corporation harness the talents of specialists without 'human middleware' managers?

+Natalie Jeremijenko has me believing that the mature corporation can be shaped by roles defined by broad evolutionary rules – specifically relationship rules between roles – and an operational goal that through definition of goals specific to the role, role mutation, measuring and managing the result of the mutation, and iteration the organization can evolve. Perhaps even behave like a start-up.

The key is in the definition of the proxies for progress and the rules for roles. 

We are designing systems by providing input conditions into known solutions. Soon we will design systems by providing output goals, the design process will create many solutions that will be tested for rigour, through natural selection the designer will be presented a solution optimized to the requested goals.

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Engineers appear to be better off than accountants in the future of jobs and susceptibility of job losses to computerization.

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Although I can't anticipate when there'd be a critical mass, it's a nice idea to improve the transit experience between T-dot and K-dub. The three 2-hour milkrun Go Trains a day is a start...
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