1 month, 11 days ago

Discipline as a Service

In my post on Ghetto Wifi (June 2010), I mentioned a cafe in East London that provided free coffee, free biscuits and free wifi, and charged customers for the length of time they occupied the table.A cafe has just opened in Tokyo for writers, which cha…

1 month, 25 days ago

From Data to Doing

One of the ideas running through my work on #datastrategy is to see data as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself. As someone might once have written, Data scientists have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point however is …

1 month, 30 days ago

Testing Multiples

From engineering to medicine, professionals are often forced to rely on tests that are not always completely accurate. In this post, I shall look at the tests that millions of people were obliged to use during the pandemic, to check whether they had CO…

5 months, 8 days ago

Constructing POSIWID

I’ve just been reading Harish Jose’s latest post A Constructivist’s View of POSIWID. POSIWID stands for the maxim (THE) Purpose Of (A) System Is What It Does, which was coined by Stafford Beer.Harish points out that there are many different systems wit…