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Technology is Society's Catalytic Converter


The Adam Curtis documentary series, All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, begins each of three BBC-broadcast episodes with the title card, "THIS IS A STORY ABOUT THE RISE OF THE MACHINES".



Lightweight innovation for credit card companies

My colleague Anthony Townsend recently wrote a thoughtful report The Future of Lightweight Innovation for IFTF’s Technology Horizons program. The report is currently available only to clients, but Anthony has blogged about the report on several occasions. You can catch some important insights
. He makes a compelling case for porting lightweight innovation model which has evolved in the web industry to other industries, including those that rely heavily on capital intensive R&D.  

John Kay on financial models

John Kay's recent piece in the Financial Times is a useful warning to people doing financial—and other kinds of—forecasting: understanding the historical limitations of your model, and how badly things can go when the assumptions built into your model no longer hold:

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