by Gerry Allan | Mar 15, 2023 | Leadership, Managing
Has the sun set permanently on great leaders? No? Well, where are they – today I see none. I see only powerful groups and many rulers and ruler-wannabes. Exercise of power and leadership are different. We have lots of the former, but a serious vacuum in the latter. Why should this be? Is it ever likely to be corrected – somehow?
by Gerry Allan | Mar 8, 2023 | Future, Leadership
From a professor of computer science at UC Berkeley: “The arrival of superhuman machine intelligence will be the biggest event in human history.” The NY Times article was titled “How to Stop Superhuman AI Before It Stops Us”. Interesting conjecture, but is such a happening truly possible, and if so, at all likely? There is at least one very good reason why not.
by Gerry Allan | Mar 1, 2023 | Future, Managing
Is your facial image stored somewhere on the web? Today, for virtually all of us, the answer likely is yes. This means that our facial images are available, probably not for good purposes, to be used in creating deepfakes. Another application of AI, which I did not know about until very recently. This is something we all need to know about.
by Gerry Allan | Feb 22, 2023 | Future, Managing
“We are no longer mysterious souls; we are now hackable animals”. So says an influential advisor to the World Economic Forum (WEF). Is this true? He is a very smart guy. Why would he even say such a thing if it isn’t true in at least some respects? If true, what exactly might this mean for us about-to-be-hacked folks?
by Gerry Allan | Feb 15, 2023 | Forecasting, Managing
I read last week about the amazing half-million-plus jobs growth in January 2023. What great news! Or perhaps not. Maybe it is little more than an opinion. Or possibly a lie, or even a damned lie, or worst of all – a statistic. What is the difference between these, if any? And why does it matter to us normal folk?
by Gerry Allan | Feb 8, 2023 | Future, Managing
Artificial intelligence (AI) is showing up everywhere today. Not much seems truly intelligent despite the hype. What defines real AI? Certainly not just an ability to generate conversations and chats within the narrow confines of its data and rules. Is Open AI’s ChatGPT intelligent by any practical definition, or simply just another, more powerful chatbot? How can we identify intelligence in practice?
by Gerry Allan | Feb 1, 2023 | Future, Survival
We have today tremendous forces at work driving us toward centralized control, one world government, and perhaps even totalitarianism. These will inevitably collapse, but not before causing great pain and suffering – as always. What can we do to survive? Decentralization and diversity are the keys. To succeed, both are essential. How might this work in practice?
by Gerry Allan | Jan 25, 2023 | Future, Managing
This topic is one of the scariest that I have ever encountered. Starting from blockchain technology that is used for cryptocurrency, it quickly led to a new form of connection, governance, and transaction management – decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). Klaus Schwab and his World Economic Forum (WEF) are prime drivers of DAOs. What’s so scary about this? Read on.
by Gerry Allan | Jan 18, 2023 | Future, Managing
Cryptocurrencies are not money but just a transaction mechanism. They have no proven safe store of value. They are collapsing, for reasons. Luckily, central banks just so happen to be ready to rollout out their CBDCs, which are not money either. CBDCs are only a payment mechanism linked to wonderful fiat currencies, like the US dollar, but they will save the monetary system. Or maybe not.
by Gerry Allan | Jan 11, 2023 | Future, Survival
Even though we can’t do anything about where the world is headed, it is always helpful to understand as much as possible about what is actually happening. Why? Because this understanding allows adaptation, the key to survival – according to Charles Darwin. This post looks at a huge but underreported globalization happening and how we might best adapt to it.