Happy Friday from Beem!
We’re back with our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!
Google Duplex represents the tricky next step for AI personal assistants: making them personal. In a headline-grabbing demo at its I/O conference, Google showed a system that sounded just as human as a human, littering its sentences with ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ and cheesy upwards inflections. It was, perhaps, a glimpse of our near future. Or maybe not.
So far, Duplex promises to fix problems that are trivial at best. Its real promise – of being able hold a huge range of open-ended conversations in a human-like way – remains a decades–away dream reliant on an artificial general intelligence breakthrough. And if anyone is capable of making that breakthrough, it’s probably Google.
Speaking of AI, our friends at Ring Special shared with us this really interesting piece on how they see AI having an impact on communication tools and most importantly on how we can take advantage of it. Check it out!
The problems we’re facing often seem as complex as they do intractable. And as Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” So what does it take to increase the complexity of our thinking?
Too many leaders default to looking at decisions as either-or: The answer is right or wrong, good or bad, win or lose. This binary thinking has a built-in limitation: Overrelying on any given solution eventually generates the opposite problem! Above all, managing complexity requires courage — the willingness to sit in the discomfort of uncertainty and let its rivers run through us. The best practice is to not over-rely on best practices, which typically emerge from our current assumptions and worldview. In complex systems, there is no recipe, only art.
Looking back, we can see how technology has driven social change: 2G kicked off an era of global communications; 3G and 4G brought us mobile internet; and 5G marks the start of a new, intelligent world, with all things sensing, all things connected, and all things intelligent.
Ten years ago, when 4G was still just a pipe dream, it was hardly imaginable that we would be buying plane tickets, booking hotels, ordering taxis, and paying bills all at the touch of a phone screen. Smartphones are our portals to the digital world. And in the coming 5G world, networks will connect things, as well as people. It will be a world where all things are sensing, all things are connected, and all things are intelligent. We are going to see the emergence of many things that we cannot imagine today.
Klout is out and there’s nary a pout. Lithium Technologies, which purchased Klout in 2014 for reportedly $200 million, has announced it’s going to shut down the site by May 25th. May 25th is, coincidentally, is also the deadline for companies to comply with the new European data privacy rules. And although it’s not explicitly stated, GDPR might have played a role in Klout’s downfall.
Did this happen also because Klout is awfully close to one of the scariest episodes of Black Mirror? Just kidding here! Still, we’re not sure yet why this is happening and what’s going to happen next in this side of the business, so we’re open to any possibility!
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