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Nominations for the 2022 KM Promise and KM Reality Awards Now Open

The Law and AI

AI is very good, and light years ahead of where it was just a decade ago, but it is far from "intelligent." Indeed, it is only as good as the data it is provided and needs close human supervision.

Getting to the future of KM

AI can and does do a good job of assisting and even augmenting knowledge work, but our "to be" state should not take the human element—however flawed—from the work.

The way of the scenario

The Delphi technique has become less effective in recent years, especially in crisis situations in which conditions, assumptions, and other variables are changing faster than the group is able to respond.

From robots to digital workers

As more firms use the term "digital workers" in place of bots, a spotlight is being shone on the role, importance, and increasing controversy surrounding enterprise automation.

The critical part of critical infrastructure

Whether we're talking about infrastructure to support the flow of goods or the flow of knowledge, all require energy, and lots of it.

The coming blue wave

It should come as no surprise that topping the list of requirements to create and sustain a vibrant blue economy are innovation, learning, and collaboration.

Data is never just data

As with all tools, data has uses because of complex contexts that include other objects, physics, social norms, social institutions, and human intentions.

The twisted case of facial recognition

Machine translation continues to make strides forward. Facial recognition, on the other hand, has entered the twilight zone.

Usability testing for effective interactivity

Connecting the seeker to the information she seeks is not a new problem. Interaction design has been a stumbling block since the age of the card catalog.

Crossing the epistemic divide

As the world races ahead, purely data-driven approaches will become less attractive. Instead, we need to start gaining a deeper understanding of how to bridge the great divide which separates the artificial and the natural.

A deep future approach to KM

We're familiar with the near-term portion of the time spectrum—from femtosecond lasers used in eye surgery to high-frequency trading in milliseconds on the major securities exchanges. Unfortunately, the extreme opposite end of the time spectrum, the "deep future" receives little if any attention. Decisions in fields such as genetic engineering, nuclear energy, geopolitics and the like can have serious implications for human civilization. But the impact of those decisions might not become apparent for many thousands of years and hundreds of generations.

Getting back to basics

From outright survival to the innate human desire for peace and prosperity, there's no shortage of needs.

The Future of the Future: Government as a knowledge enterprise

We've spent a good deal of space in this column looking at how business needs to transform itself to compete in the global knowledge economy. This month, let's take a look at how the same trends are forcing major changes in government.

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