I take a break from blogging this week, in order to catch my breath and focus more on other work: Theory of Algorithms and The Core Algorithm.
How often do you step back from your work, and what do you do to catch your breath?
‘GE brings its leading manufacturing capabilities, worldwide marketing, distribution, and extensive R&D capabilities not only for oil and gas, but also other business sectors to this alliance,’ said Paul Siegele, president of Chevron Energy Technology Company and chief technology officer. ‘Together, we hope to bring impactful new technologies to the industry.’
‘Chevron’s deep understanding of the oil and gas industry, combined with GE’s long tradition of technology development and close collaboration with strategic partners, will uniquely position this new alliance to address the industry’s technology needs,’ said Lorenzo Simonelli, president and CEO, GE Oil & Gas. ‘The solutions developed by this alliance will take on even more industry significance given Chevron’s proven leadership in being first to field-test and deploy new technology breakthroughs.Reference: CHEVRON ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COMPANY AND GE OIL & GAS ANNOUNCE THE CREATION OF THE CHEVRON GE TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE.
Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, gave the first annual Roanak Desai Memorial View From The Top at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He discussed how business has changed in his nearly three decades at GE and stressed to the student audience to be prepared for a turbulent business world.There are four broad categories of leadership, that I have drawn on as a framework for weighing competencies: Thought, People, Results and Personal. Different companies and consultancies deploy various competencies, but I have found these categories to be enduring ones and applicable across contexts.
Part of 2010 Conference on Entrepreneurship [at Stanford University]
Description: A group of entrepreneurs talk about what they learned in the trenches that they never could have learned in a classroom. The panelists will also share the courses that were most helpful to them in their entrepreneurial ventures, the courses that they wished they had taken, and the topics that business schools should be teaching to aspiring entrepreneurs.My notes
Entrepreneur Mark Cuban discusses the U.S. Economy and starting a business with Trish Regan at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."
The UC Berkeley Startup Competition (Bplan) proudly welcomed Guy Kawasaki to the Haas School of Business. Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, explained the top ten mistakes that entrepreneurs make. His talk covered all stages of a startup from inception to exit.Top 10 Mistakes
Sat down with Vincent F. Hendricks in the beginning of January to discuss his new book; Infostorms: How to Take Information Punches and Save Democracy.The website for the book offers more information, including the Table of Contents: Infostorms. It was interesting to note Hendricks is a philosophy professor and also the editor-in-chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science.
I highly recommend reading it in order to understand how new information technologies challenge the way we process information and make decisions.
Based on new insights from philosophy, logic, social psychology, behavioral science and economics the book explains how to navigate in the information age and shows how information is used to enlighten but also manipulate people, opinions and markets.
I had to look up epistemology :-) , as I always get a little fuzzy about meta-knowledge concepts. What helped me understand it is Wikipedia's statement: "In epistemology in general, the kind of knowledge usually discussed is propositional knowledge, also known as 'knowledge that.' This is distinguished from 'knowledge how' and 'acquaintance-knowledge.'"
Is that a fair description of your work? If so, it might be helpful to clarify this in your next output, as I was thinking that your model was about "knowledge how" because you say that it can be used to help solve problems.I remember epistemology in philosophy class in our NU days, and I use it to refer to how we come to know what we know. So, yes, in effect, meta-knowledge and Theory of Algorithms is, in part, a theory of knowledge.
A recent Forrester survey of some 58,000 consumers shows that while 70% of us trust the opinions and product reviews of our friends, just 10% of us trust advertising messages. This doesn’t mean we think the ads are lying, but that they are biased. By definition, advertising is not objective. How could it be? The only reason a company invests in an advertising campaign in the first place is to recoup that investment and more in the form of product sales. Ads are designed to persuade. They are biased toward getting you to buy.
On the other hand, when you ask a friend’s opinion of a product, your friend is unlikely to have such a bias. His opinion will therefore be much more objective.
This is one reason why, as information continues to inundate all of us more and more, we will begin to rely on “social filtering” to make sense of things. What do our friends think of this, or the friends of our friends?
Social filtering allows you to enhance the objectivity of the information you encounter largely because it helps you rely on your friends’ opinions, which are less likely to be biased.