Chromebooks, Network Computing & AI lessons learned

[Reading time 2:30] Key takeaway: Why did it take two decades for Network Computers to finally arrive? Translating vision into reality can take many decades. The delays are exacerbated when a lot of very difficult, non-obvious collateral-innovation is needed. Same with AI. That will take even longer to mature. Fall for clear immediate business outcomes, not fantastic visions. The backstory This holiday season I bought one of my granddaughters an Acer Chromebook to take to school. And I bought it for under $120 US at a special Black Friday sale. (Only slightly more than the 2018-equivalent of $94.00 which, after inflation, is what I paid in 1975 for…

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The Easter Rabbit hiding inside AI

Reading time: 4:30. There’s an Easter Rabbit hiding in plain sight in MIT Technology Review’s AI flow chart Anthropomorphizing When you talk about a thing or animal as if it were human, you’re anthropomorphizing. The Easter Bunny is an anthropomorphized rabbit. Net: Avoid, shun, be hypercritical of anthropomorphic thinking in general (and related to AI in particular) unless you are a: Philosopher Creative Entertainer Researcher (in areas such as biology, psychology or computer science) Let’s get real Real rabbits are not very much like the Easter Bunny. I live part of the year on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. In my town, there are wild Coyotes. Would it make sense…

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