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Posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 08:04AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Symbiotic Systems

Twenty or so years ago I was introduced to the subject of Symbiotic Decision Support Systems by the late Prof. Marvin Manheim of Northwestern University.  Over the years this concept has found its way into my notes and presentations usually accompanied by the following illustration.

A recent post by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Human-Machine Work Teams, reminds me of this earlier work and suggests that "Decision Support" needs to be scrapped as a modifier.  We need, particularly within the context of the productivity paradox, to think differently about this pairing of technology and the human.

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 09:45AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment


Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 07:07AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

The Secret Language of Ships

A ship’s markings may look like hieroglyphs, but to industry insiders they tell an important story.  You will find the interesting story and photographs here.

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 07:23AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

AI: Questions

I've been dabbling a bit in this area.

One of my dabblings considers the limits to human cognitive capacity.

Into this mix comes Robin Hanson with Prediction Machines

Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 07:03AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

A Philosophy of Teaching

I was thinking about things today and was drawn to writing A Philosophy of Teaching describing what I do and why I do it.  In a way I was interested in auditing myself.  Furthermore, it wasn't clear to me that I could articulate this if asked.

I consider this a first draft.  As I mull it over and, in particular, use it as an assessment tool, changes are likely to result.

Two laws apply here:

Law Five: If you continue to think what you have always thought you will get less and less of what you always got.

Law Eight: Old dogs that don't learn new tricks end up dead dogs.

Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 08:09PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Systems Complexity

Information Management students and I are engaged in a discussion of IoT and the attendant issue of complexity.

In response the following was posted.

"The growing complexity of the technological systems, their reach and range, the speed of development suggest the need for new approachs to systems design, implementation, vetting, and operation.

Perhaps our design goals should change, moving away from large complex systems, to a network of small systems with appropriate safeguards in the network connections and an ability to disconnect a small system from the network very rapidly.

We might learn from nature.  Yesterday's feed from Fermat's Library brought me the following.

"You may wonder: Why is nature constructed along these lines? One can only answer that our present knowledge seems to show that nature is so constructed. We simply have to accept it. One could perhaps describe the situation by saying that God is a mathematician of a very high order, and He used very advanced mathematics in constructing the universe. Our feeble attempts at mathematics enable us to understand a bit of the universe, and as we proceed to develop higher and higher mathematics we can hope to understand the universe better."
- P. A. M. Dirac

This is a quote from this week's paper "The Evolution of the Physicist's Picture of Nature" published in 1963 by P. Dirac, one of the brightest minds of the 20th century.

Which reminded me of Bejan, A., & Zane, J. P. (2012). Design in Nature: How The Constructal Law Governs Evolution In Biology, Physics, Technology, And Social Organization (1st ed). New York: Doubleday.

We understand parts of nature, but not all of it.  Nature has withstood the tests of time and man.  Maybe if we understood nature's design better we could design better systems.

I'm going off the reservation here, but maybe we need to go off the reservation."

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 04:55PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Encouraging Bad Practice

This came across from The Download (MIT technology Review Download March 5).

To what extent does this promote the writing of sloppy code?

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 09:10AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Work in Progress

I write a lot.  I prefer to write on matters that interest me and I do so to clarify my thinking on the subject.  I've authored several undred items over the course of my career.  Some are posted here in droganbloggin, Lecture Notes, and Other Information and Ideas (available through the navigation panel to the right.

I've a number of items in progress.

  1. Drogan, J. (2017a, September 10). Learning from the Future (WIP).
  2. Drogan, J. (2017b, September 15). AI: Two Questions (WIP).
  3. Drogan, J. (2017c, September 29). Integrating Academic Activities: Research, Education and Real Life Problem Solving (WIP).
  4. Drogan, J. (2018a, January 28). Improving Performance in the Supply Chain with Bloackchain (WIP).
  5. Drogan, J. (2018b, January 31). Philosophy and International Business (WIP).
  6. Drogan, J. (n.d.-a). Commentary on The Shipping Industry (WIP). August 26, 2017.
  7. Drogan, J. (n.d.-b). Other Thinking About Spatial Literacy (WIP).
Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 08:40AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

The Future of Mobility

I had the great good fortune to be invited to attend Geography 2050: The Future of Mobility, sponsored by the American Geographical Society this past November.  This was two of the best days of learning and generating good questions I’ve spent in a long, long time.

As a consequence and at the request of symposium chairman I put together The Future of Mobility - Items of Interest, a list of areas that I believe require additional consideration.

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:47AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment
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