Play To Transform

Will Playing Make AI More Human? On March 15, 2016, Google’s AI program, AlphaGo, beat world champion Lee Sedol four-to-one in one of the most complex strategy games ever devised – the ancient Chinese game of Go. Since that historic match, Google has released a new version of its AI agent, called AlphaGo Zero, which…

When Everything is Meaningless

Why Your Company Needs a Purpose Business is about making profit and creating shareholder value. Though there is nothing wrong with this statement, it does not cause conflict when companies put some profit toward charitable causes and social impact. But today, capitalism is having a mid-life crisis. Where do we go from here? Forbes proclaims…

Gaming as an Empathy Tool

In a world traditionally known for Minecraft, MOBAs, and first-person shooters, a sub-genre is forming. Those taking only a peripheral glance may mistake gaming as ‘just another’ entertainment platform, but the medium itself offers an immersive gaze at the human condition. After all, with gaming comes the ability to live through experiences – and not…

Back to the Future

Will the next game changer be something we already know — and love? Industrial machines. Flight. The internet. These were all big, impactful game changers with a lot of moving parts and a complexity that only the most expert of us could
 fully understand. But what if the next game changer isn’t nearly as complex?…

The Purpose of Purpose

So, what does purpose do for Kaospilot? In today’s business climate, purpose serves as a deep rationale – it is something fundamental which strategy can be played up against. Have you ever thought about what companies and organizations did before they had articulated visions, intentions, missions, and purposes? Though it seems almost inconceivable today, it…

It’s Not School, It’s Life

Coming back to what’s important in education There is a misalignment between the present educational experience and the requirements of the outside world. The World Economic Forum has shown that creativity will be the most important skill by 2020 and repetitive jobs may be outsourced to robots. Play and its attributes – exploration, discovery, and imagination…

Parlez-Vous Cancer?

Do you remember what it feels like to be 19 or 20? Were you carefree? Did you feel full of vim and vigor? Well, I’m right there with you for 19, but 20 played out a little differently for me. At 19, I was about to experience a whole new level of independence and to…

Acting on Cultural Insights to Sustain Business Growth

Culture is as meaningful as it is meaningless. Without context, culture is merely an environmental observation. Yet, when we diligently look for cues and establish cause and effect, relationships, implications, and hypotheses, we can truly capitalize on cultural awareness. The way we study culture in a business context is important. I have found the anthropologist's…

Sonora 113 and the Next Wave of Office Design

Today, an office needs openness, vitality, and flexibility. It should respond to the needs of the workforce as much as the specificity of its environment. With this in mind, PLANE—SITE created a short film about Sonora 113, an office space designed by architect Iñaki Echeverria—and it's undoubtedly a building that meets the particularity of 21st…

Solving Problems with Puzzles

Designing business processes with blockchain technology It was a defining moment for the retail industry when Sharon Buchanan scanned the first barcode at the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974. Barcodes re-wrote the entire landscape around tracking physical assets by encoding information in printed tags. It might visually resemble…

The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the second post in a series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” See Part 1 here. AI and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products, and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life…

The Frontier (Part One): Digitizing the Human Body

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the first post in a blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” Populating the human body with powerful technologies is no longer just the domain of sci-fi. Existing and emerging technologies are rapidly ushering in an era of human augmentation, self-regulation, automated diagnosis and treatment, and…

The Myth of Simplicity

Simplicity. As a concept, an idea, or an aesthetic, it connotes ease of use, elegance, efficiency, and flow. We like to think of ourselves as creatures that crave, appreciate, and enjoy simple things. But human beings are anything but simple; as semiotic forms of expression, our simple things (and the relationships we have with them)…

Temporality and Innovation

Using Design Anthropology to Imagine and Design for the Future  What is Temporality? Anthropologists use the term “temporality” to talk about the way we experience time; temporality allows us to think about how time is, what it feels like, and how it exists in our lives. Whereas time can be understood as the objective movement…