Sunday, February 18, 2024

R2-D2 send an email to the CES Attendee List

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One of the last major events that I attended LIVE before COVID was the AI Summit in NYC

Here is my December 2019 BLOG on that show. And that blog in 2019 turned out to be my most read blog post, ever. The folks who ran the show, reposted it on their website for all to see. Cool. 

In my blog I joked about how my 'Baby Boomer Brain' saw I Heart a Rotary Telephone in the T-Shirts that IBM was giving out at their booth. 

My friend Seth Godin, the legendary luminary in branding and marketing recently said "AI is the biggest thing in our world since Electricity." 

Alrighty then. 

The potential size and impact of artificial intelligence (AI) are difficult to predict precisely, but it's clear that AI is already becoming increasingly influential across various industries and aspects of everyday life. Here are some factors contributing to the growth and significance of AI:

Industry Adoption: Many industries are adopting AI technologies to streamline processes, enhance productivity, and gain competitive advantages. This includes sectors such as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, retail, transportation, and more.

Innovation: Continuous innovation in AI algorithms, techniques, and applications is driving the expansion of AI capabilities. Breakthroughs in machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and robotics are leading to new AI-powered products and services.

Data Availability: AI thrives on data, and the increasing volume of digital data generated worldwide provides ample opportunities for AI applications. With the rise of the internet of things (IoT), social media, online transactions, and sensors, the amount of data available for AI analysis and training is growing exponentially.

Investment: Governments, corporations, and venture capitalists are investing significant resources into AI research, development, and deployment. This investment fosters the growth of AI startups, accelerates technological advancements, and promotes the integration of AI into various sectors.

Automation: AI has the potential to automate repetitive tasks, improve efficiency, and optimize resource allocation in both the workforce and various industries. As AI technologies mature, they will likely play an increasingly prominent role in automating routine activities, freeing up human labor for more creative and strategic endeavors.

Ethical and Regulatory Considerations: As AI becomes more prevalent, there is increasing scrutiny regarding ethical considerations, including data privacy, algorithmic bias, job displacement, and the societal implications of AI technologies. Governments and organizations are developing regulations and guidelines to ensure responsible AI development and deployment.

While the exact size and scope of AI's future impact remain uncertain, it is clear that AI will continue to grow in significance and pervasiveness across diverse domains, fundamentally transforming how we live, work, and interact with technology.

If you know me at all, you know that I run the DLA (Distance Learning Association) - and you know that I have been a "Zoomie" since 2011. Zoom, like many modern technology companies, utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) in various aspects of its platform to enhance user experience, improve features, and streamline operations. 

Here are some ways in which Zoom is leveraging AI:

Video and Audio Enhancement: Zoom uses AI algorithms to enhance video quality and optimize audio during calls. This includes features like noise cancellation, background noise suppression, and automatic adjustments to lighting and contrast.

Transcription and Closed Captioning: AI-powered transcription services enable Zoom to automatically transcribe meeting conversations in real-time. Additionally, AI algorithms can generate closed captions, making meetings more accessible to individuals with hearing impairments or those who prefer to read the conversation.

Virtual Backgrounds: Zoom's virtual background feature, which allows users to replace their actual background with a virtual one, utilizes AI algorithms to accurately detect and differentiate between the user and their surroundings, ensuring a smooth and realistic virtual background experience.

Auto-Generated Meeting Insights: Zoom uses AI to analyze meeting data and generate insights that can help users better understand meeting dynamics, participant engagement, and productivity. These insights may include metrics such as meeting duration, number of participants, and interaction patterns.

Gesture Recognition and Emotion Analysis: Some advanced AI features in development may include gesture recognition and emotion analysis, which could enable Zoom to detect and interpret non-verbal cues from participants, providing additional context during meetings.

Security and Compliance: AI-powered tools are employed to monitor and analyze user behavior for potential security threats or compliance violations. This helps Zoom identify and respond to security incidents, such as unauthorized access or suspicious activity, in real-time.

Content Moderation: AI algorithms can assist in content moderation by automatically detecting and filtering out inappropriate or offensive content shared during meetings or in chat messages, helping to maintain a professional and respectful environment.

Overall, Zoom's integration of AI technologies enhances the functionality and usability of its platform, contributing to a smoother and more efficient virtual meeting experience for users. There are around 800M+ Zoom users in the world. Most use Zoom BASIC (Free) yet enough people use Zoom PRO (or higher) to generate $4.39B+ for Zoom in 2023. 

2024: as a value-added member benefit, all members of the DLA now get Zoom PRO as part of their $25 paid DLA membership (a $15.99 value). Zoom PRO with Zoom AI Companion. Included. [

The Global DLA is improving the world through Democratizing Education just as AI is improving the world through Disruptive Innovation

So, let's all together - from anywhere in the world! But I think we are going to need new T-Shirts. 


Sunday, February 4, 2024

How Will You Measure MY Life?

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When I took over running the Distance Learning Association back in 2010 (it was bankrupt at the time) one of our first "big wins" was Clay Christensen. It went like this (via a cold email from me):

Clay, I just finished reading your new book, "How Will You Measure Your Life?" and it is amazing. Would you like me to promote this for you to the members of the DLA? 

"That would be wonderful. Thank you." 

That was it. Permission granted. 

We had Clay's new book 'loud and proud' on page 1 of our website as fast as our webmasters could work their magic. 

Karen Dillon is the former editor of Harvard Business Review magazine and co-author of 3 books with Clayton Christensen: New York Times best-seller "How Will You Measure Your Life?", Wall Street Journal best-seller "Competing Against Luck: the Story of Innovation and Customer Choice"; and "The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty", which was a nominee for Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea.

She is also the author of "The Harvard Business Review Guide to Office Politics". A graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, she was named by Ashoka as one of the world's most influential and inspiring women and a ''top influencer'' by Product Management Review in 2016. She is currently a contributing editor to Harvard Business Review and Editorial Director of Banyan Global Family Business Advisors.

Last year, 2023, I received an advance copy of Karen's book The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems - -and What to Do about It. Amazing book. We did a podcast to promote the book launch - and our interview reached millions of DLA members around the world. 

2024: Just last week, I received an email from Karen's colleague Ann-Somers Hogg. Ann is the director of health care research at the Clayton Christensen Institute. She focuses on business model innovation and disruption in health care, including how to transform a sick care system to one that values and incentivizes total health. Her current research addresses why various organizations across the health care landscape are addressing “social determinants of health” and what enables success in this domain. She is tackling these questions through the lens of Jobs to Be Done and Business Model theories.

Next week we shall record a video podcast on Ann's research: Maternal health policy change won’t save enough mothers’ lives. Our video podcast interview will reach millions of people around the world. And maybe, just maybe, it will save lives.

And so, I met Ann-Somers Hogg via Karen Dillion. And I met Karen Dillion via Clay Christensen. And I met Clay Christensen via.... well, via Gmail.  

And here we are in 2024 - OUR DLA MISSION: we are all Living, Learning, Working, Playing, Teaching, Training, Coaching, Mentoring in the Global Cloud Economy. - Improving the world through disruptive innovation. - Improving the world through democratizing education. 

Sadly, Clayton Magleby Christensen passed away on January 23, 2020, at the age of 67. 

Clayton Magleby Christensen (April 6, 1952 – January 23, 2020) was an American academic and business consultant who developed the theory of "disruptive innovation", which has been called the most influential business idea of the early 21st century. Christensen introduced "disruption" in his 1997 book The Innovator's Dilemma, and it led The Economist to term him "the most influential management thinker of his time." He served as the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS). 

I think it is a good time for us reread all of Clay's books, don't you?