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Everyday AI.

Headlines, subject lines, and business publications all say that AI is embedded in every product or service, and will be found in more as time goes on (yes, these statements are contradictory). Prove it! I’m going on a quest to see where I can find AI enabled, embedded or otherwise utilized in products. At least, this is how this post… Read More »Everyday AI.

Unusual Ways to Make Money

I’ve recently learned about a few novel approaches to making money. They’ve emerged from the union of established business models and the internet, facilitating sometimes dubious transactions at the speed of electrons flying down a fibre-optic cable. Many involve buying things other people will want later, or in a different format, selling them at a premium to the original price, and… Read More »Unusual Ways to Make Money

What’s New in Innovation, 2024.

After a few years’ hiatus, I was excited for the annual meeting/exhibition/show of all things related to the future of technology and business. Sounds a little lofty, but an organization in my province (OCI) does a good job of pulling it off. It’s called DiscoveryX (the X is a recent addition).  I went, as I have since 2010, minus 2020 to 2023,… Read More »What’s New in Innovation, 2024.

Humans like Shiny and New, even for Vegetables

Having succumbed to a clever marketing ploy, I’m annoyed. Marketing is not my favourite thing, because it works. It works on many people, a lot of the time. Subtly tugging at our emotions, sense of duty, or self esteem, we are wooed into purchasing items we need, items we might not need and items that seem like they will improve… Read More »Humans like Shiny and New, even for Vegetables

Why both More Property and Less Property are Good.

Is a world without property utopian or dystopian? Both sci-fi and academic1 projections, or maybe hallucinations, of a property-less world exist. Going propertyless could be the new way of sustaining our physical environment. It could throw off the shackles of capitalism to work in a new harmony with fellow citizens of the planet. Or perhaps it’s a way the overlords of… Read More »Why both More Property and Less Property are Good.

What Entrepreneurship Could Do, 2024.

Entering a new year, I reflect on the cool stuff that the future might bring. A perfect time to hope entrepreneurship, or that innovative drive to solve old problems with new ideas, will deliver in 2024 and beyond.  My wish list of innovations ranges from ways to resolve societal problems to imagining just-for-fun products. We humans have some serious fundamental… Read More »What Entrepreneurship Could Do, 2024.

When Entrepreneurship is the Answer. Part 1: looking back.

After a three part series on what entrepreneurship shouldn’t do, it’s time to get upbeat and think about the glorious possibilities of a new life, i.e. what entrepreneurship is the answer. Wee-haw! This is going to be fun: imagining a wonderful world brought to us by entrepreneurship1, starting with the past. So many things could be listed under the heading… Read More »When Entrepreneurship is the Answer. Part 1: looking back.

Should Entrepreneurship be the Answer to Everything? part 3

After considering if entrepreneurship should do all the things it might to make life easier for people, and looking at some examples when great entrepreneurial ideas solved a problem but ultimately created more, I’m wondering if there is a third category of ‘things entrepreneurship shouldn’t do, even if it can’. This question was inspired by emerging products that don’t seem… Read More »Should Entrepreneurship be the Answer to Everything? part 3

Should Entrepreneurship be the answer to Everything, Part 2

Aside from the philosophical question of whether entrepreneurship should deliver on every human whim, there are also circumstances where it seemed to start out well and end badly. A genuine need was addressed, making people’s lives better, but downstream impacts cause new problems.  Entrepreneurship shouldn’t cause problems for entrepreneurship to solve1. When I say entrepreneurship, I mean the eco-system of unrelated creative… Read More »Should Entrepreneurship be the answer to Everything, Part 2