4 months, 26 days ago

You Can’t Afford to “Wait & See” with Emerging Tech

New C-Suite Must-Read Report: “Tech Innovation Chains Create Breakthrough Opportunities”  C-Suite execs responsible for driving business innovations, I highly encourage you to read Brian Hopkins‘ latest report which shows that today&#…

5 months, 26 days ago

VIVA TECH 2018

From Thursday to Saturday, more than 70.000 visitors will attend the third edition of VIVA TECH in Paris, one of the largest digital and tech conferences in Europe. The aim is to celebrate innovation and to help start-ups and businesses to grow. The li…

9 months, 27 days ago

Another 20 million faces

Just over a year ago, Microsoft launched some software that would guess how old you were. Millions of people were persuaded to donate a selfie to Microsoft in return for playing this game. See my post 85 Million Faces (October 2016).Google’s latest fac…

1 year, 1 month ago

Smartphones are dead. Long live smartphones!

This week, Google announced the acquisition of key HTC assets. This will give them some of the hardware technology expertise, the design skills and the experience in smartphone retail distribution they badly need. Due to Android’s massive fragmentation, Google needs to control the distribution of its services, to reduce its traffic acquisition costs and to […]

1 year, 2 months ago

Walmart and Google’s Voice-Assisted Commerce Partnership Highlight the Next Big Disrupter in Retail

Walmart and Google have announced an important new partnership that directly addresses the growing markets for voice-assisted shopping and free expedited delivery. Marc Lore, President and CEO, Walmart U.S. eCommerce, wrote on Walmart’s blog, “Starting in late September, we’ll be working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via Google […]

2 years, 4 months ago

About managers, leaders and Google manager’s traits, cntd

So what about Google’s eight skills to look for in its managers.
continuing
 
In the end, I think there could have been made a distinction between managers’ and leaders’ skills. Management is a science while leadership is mostly an …

2 years, 4 months ago

Google’s surprising discovery about effective teams is not so surprising (i)

continuing with
Google’s surprising discovery about effective teams
 
2. Dependability
“Team members get things done and meet Google high bar for technical excellence”
This “Google high bar for technical excellence” sounds a tad patroni

3 years, 10 months ago

From Coincidensity to Consilience

In my post From Convenience to Consilience – “Technology Alone Is Not Enough”  (October 2011), I praised Steve Jobs for his role in the design of the Pixar campus, whose physical layout was intended to bring different specialists together in serendipitous interactions.

Thanks to @jhagel and @CoCreatr, I have just read a blogpost by @StoweBoyd commenting on a related project at Google to build a new Googleplex. Because this is Google, this is a bottom-up data-driven project: it is based on a predicted metric of coincidensity, which is sometimes defined as the likelihood of serendipity.

With the right technology (for example, electronic monitoring of the corridors and/or tagging of employees), a corporation like Google can easily monitor and control “casual collisions of the work force”.

But as Ilkka Kakko (@Serendipitor) points out, such measures of coincidensity cannot be equated with true serendipity. I wonder whether Google will be able to correlate casual meetings with enhanced knowledge and understanding, and measure the consequent quantity and quality of innovation? And then reconfigure the campus to improve the results? Hm.

However, the principle of designing physical spaces for human activity rather than for visual elegance is a good one, as is the notion of evidence-based design. Form following function.


Stowe Boyd, Building From The Inside Out (February 2013)

Paul Goldberger, Exclusive Preview: Google’s New Built-from-Scratch Googleplex (Vanity Fair, February 2013)

Ilkka Kakko, Are we reducing the magic of serendipity to the logic of coincidence? (April 2013)