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When the Desire for Learning Hit Winston Churchill 

Here is a post by Timothy Taylor, of the Conversable Economist, I recommend to any who would wonder about the value of learnng and how it may be gained.

Posted on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 07:26AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Before you get carried away, your attention is drawn to...

Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 07:40AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Birds of a Feather

I posted A Philosophy of Teaching earlier this year.

I recently came across Why I have Not Yet Retired that lays out much more eloquently than I could ever do the reasons behind why I do what I do.

Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 08:29AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

The Truth About Algorithms

Algorithms are opinions, not truth machines, and demand the application of ethics.

It can be easy to simply accept algorithms as indisputable mathematic truths. After all, who wants to spend their spare time deconstructing complex equations? But make no mistake: algorithms are limited tools for understanding the world, frequently as flawed and biased as the humans who create and interpret them. In this brief animation, which was adapted from a 2017 presentation at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in London, the US data scientist Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction (2016), argues that algorithms can be useful tools when thoughtfully deployed. However, their newfound ubiquity and massive power calls for ethical conduct from modellers, regulation and oversight by policymakers, and a more skeptical, mathematics-literate public.

Three minute video.

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 07:53PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Deep learning - the "why" question.

I follow Piekniewski's Blog, a somewhat cynical, provocative, eye-opening, thoughtful examination of AI.  I recommend it.

I refer you to Deep learning – the “why” question as a an premier example.

"There's three sides to every question, Dad.  Your side, my side, and the truth."  A good thinker understands them all.

Posted on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 07:09PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Some Comments on Change in Strategic Management

Dariusz Prokopowicz posted the following on ResearchGate (4/14/19).

Is the role of strategic management changing in the context of current economic processes in the era of Industry 4.0?

Some Comments on Change in Strategic Management is an opinion on the matter.  Strategic management is a topic taken up in several courses I teach.  My comments should be considered as attempting a description of the issue, not necessarily a proposal for resolution.

 

Posted on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 07:06AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Free Will in an Algorithmic World

Here is a mind-opener.

Some years ago I created the following graphic.

It would seem that the vertical line is moving much more rapidly towards the right than I first thought.

Or maybe Man is moving much more rapidly towards the left than I first thought.

By the way, Kahneman has something to say about this in  Kahneman, D. (2013). Thinking, Fast and Slow (1st pbk. ed). New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Posted on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 09:06AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

In Reality: A New Worldview Just for You

I came across this by accident and recommend it to those of you who consider yourselves generalists.  David Siegel takes you through a large number of subject areas in some 78 minutes.

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 08:07AM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence

Early this year I was invited to guest lecture in an undergraduate and graduate security course.  The outcome of this invitation is a discussion guide, A Clash of Forces.

Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 06:09PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment

Thinking like...

This is a blog post by Timothy Taylor that caught my eye.

I like the contrast between “know about” and “think like.”  And his observations apply to more than economics.
I’m inclined to put a bit more emphasis on "think like” recognizing, it seems to me, that a prerequisite is “know about.”


Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 05:56PM by Registered CommenterJames Drogan | CommentsPost a Comment
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