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Kew Gardens as Big Data

Yesterday I went to a one day course on botany at Kew Gardens. It seems silly to live so near to a world centre of excellence and not make use of it. Amongst other interesting things, I spent half an hour studying a daisy under a microscope. Daisies are not in fact a single yellow…

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Generative Economics

I went to a meeting at LSE on Monday. For me, the highlight was a talk by Prof Youngjin Yoo on ‘Digital Innovation, Reversed Semiotics and Generative Economics’. (Slides available here.) Prof Yoo argues that: – industrial economics (the last 150 years) involves automation and capital intensive assets and its challenge is to maximise asset…

Object Oriented Business Models

Increasingly, in our consultancy practice, I am seeing business models which remind me of the ‘object oriented’ (OO) style of computer programming. The idea of OO is that each part of the programme is cut up into self-contained ‘black boxes’ or objects, which handle parts of the overall work. Each object has a set of methods…

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Ideas for imaginary apps

Rising to the challenge in “Imaginary Apps”, here are some I would like to have. I don’t know if they are possible. I spent the flight home last night developing the ideas. 1. a range of privacy apps: starting with something that would allow you to read everything your system was sending back to someone,…

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The best espresso this side of Milan…

How can the experience of drinking an espresso in Surrey simulate the same action in Milan? How can we judge whether the simulation is effective? Since I was sipping espresso in Milan this week, I was reminded of an essay, by Petra Ahrweiler and Nigel Gilbert, which was published in JASSS in 2005. Called “Caffè…