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The Future of the Future

As we've looked ahead to the future in this column for the past 10 years, we've always tried to maintain a positive outlook. After all, we're co-creating our own shared future state. So we do our utmost to achieve the best possible outcome. Posted October 30, 2016

By uncovering the rules of aggregation of the basic elements of human speech, we can move smartly toward "less is better" in our approach to semantic analysis. Posted July 01, 2016

Folks from all walks of life have decided to live and work in an untethered, "free range" world. Posted May 31, 2016

You can't even begin to address the chaos in the global market if you don't first get a grip on what's inside your organization, especially your brain trust. Posted April 29, 2016

Once in place, small data rule sets are more stable and less complex than those typically associated with big data. Posted March 31, 2016

Human-like robots are popping up everywhere. From the factory floor to product packaging and delivery. From restaurants to the battlefield. From patient care to camel racing. And countless other places. Posted January 31, 2016

Keeping organizational knowledge relevant and up-to-date requires adult supervision. Posted December 30, 2015

Instead of worrying about how to keep machines from taking over the world, we should let technology evolve and look for ways to expand human intelligence. Posted October 01, 2015

We've identified six stages that must be present if rapid innovation is to occur successfully on a sustained basis. We've named those stages ADIIEA, which stands for: automation, disruption, investigation, ideation, expectation and affirmation. Posted September 01, 2015

You've already read about smart cities in this column. Now take that concept and make it mobile. Add to it the capacity to set up and accommodate tens of millions of inhabitants, and in 30 days, tear it all down. Posted May 28, 2015

You can see where all of this is going. Just-in-time is giving way to just-ahead-of-time. Posted March 31, 2015

We are well into what might be referred to as the knowledge transfer decade, brought about by the wave of retirements and ensuing panic as organizations scramble to capture, retain and grow their critical knowledge. Posted January 30, 2015

In previous articles, we've shown that intangible asset values typically outweigh their tangible counterparts by about four to one. We don't expect this ratio to flip anytime soon. But those crusty old tangibles have been staging a comeback. The new technology of 3-D printing is getting help from a few "old-timers" like open source software and collaborative computing. Posted October 29, 2014

Over a decade ago, two predictions stood out: Digital currencies would be in play by 2015, and space tourism would be firmly in place by 2020. Posted September 29, 2014

Topping out at a symbolic 1,776 feet, the new World Trade Center (WTC) tower in New York City is a bold statement of economic resilience and mankind's ability to look to the future. Posted May 28, 2014

If you're wearing your KM goggles, you should begin seeing the many intricate connections that make up the complex world of manufacturing and logistics. More importantly, you should also be looking for ways to increase the speed by which a thought becomes an idea that leads to an innovation that becomes a product.... Posted April 29, 2014

When we began our journey in search of the enterprise of the future eight years ago, one of the first things we did was build the four-pillar framework, which has pretty much held to this day. The four pillars are: new business ecosystems and strategies (leadership); new organizational designs (organization); new living, working and learning environments (learning); and technology infrastructure nexus (technology). Posted March 01, 2014

Be sure to create, nurture and grow a mentoring community of practice. Have your best mentors mentor your junior mentors in the art of mentoring... Posted October 29, 2013

"How do you get the most from working together as a team?" Posted September 29, 2013

Getting into an ongoing cycle of rapid innovation and learning is the only formula for sustained growth in the foreseeable future. Posted July 05, 2013

Posted May 28, 2013

"As a greater percentage of tweets slowly evolve into golden nuggets of knowledge, crowd mobilization will eventually be replaced by knowledge mobilization..." Posted April 29, 2013

"When trying to decide "which," be sure to document "why." Posted March 01, 2013

Our purpose was to awaken, enliven and re-establish the knowledge sciences as the core foundation upon which we can gain the greatest benefit from the amazing discoveries awaiting us... Posted January 31, 2013

What is the true value of intangible assets like intellectual capital and in an enterprise, and what is the ROI (return on investment) for knowledge management. Here are two intangible asset valuation methods that will likely get the attention of the folks sitting both in the c-suite and on the board of directors. Posted October 30, 2012

"Making the shift toward a patient-centered experience for education and behavioral reinforcement for healthy living should be the end vision for the smart hospital..." Posted September 29, 2012

"The next challenge is bringing expert knowledge along with patient data directly to the point of decision"... Posted July 05, 2012

We don't really have a robust, systematic approach for capturing, sharing, applying and growing knowledge about farming. At least not on a grand scale... Posted April 29, 2012

Just like the small coffee shop in Alaska, the smart library will serve as a knowledge broker engaged in locating qualified sources of critical knowledge to solve a particular problem... Posted March 31, 2012

As we plan and design our cities, we need to focus on the brain and central nervous system, as well as the socio-economic value that system creates and delivers. That is the embodiment of every aspect of the enterprise of the future we've been exploring for the past several years. Posted February 01, 2012

The surviving libraries will be the ones that remember that they are in the knowledge business... Posted October 29, 2011

Crowdsourcing is taking on an increasingly important role in society, approaching something we might instead refer to as crowdleading... Posted February 01, 2011

In our previous article, we discussed how KM and cloud computing were converging to form the knowledge cloud. As we were writing that piece, the Washington, D.C. area was recovering from "Snowpocalypse," the blizzard that managed to shut down the offices of many U.S. government agencies for four days, at a cost of around a half-billion dollars... Posted May 28, 2010

Part of the future we are creating involves finding ways to effectively move knowledge not only from person to person and from mentor to "peeps," but from knowledge cloud to knowledge cloud... Posted April 01, 2010

Corporate librarians used to devote years acquiring and cataloging physical document collections. All those serials and monographs, outdated by the time they arrived from the printers, are simply not that competitive anymore. Knowledge is not static. It must be continually refreshed through venues such as open discussion and brainstorming. That calls for a new kind of library. .. Posted February 02, 2009

We've got to create an infrastructure that allows the rapid flow of specialized knowledge in a way that new ideas can be moved into the marketplace, quickly and easily... Posted November 03, 2008
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