Opinion – Digital Today, Cognitive Tomorrow – Ginni Rometty – MIT Sloan Management Review

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The eight-striper wordmark of IBM, the letters “IBM” in City Medium typeface. Introduced in 1967. Trademarked by International Business Machines Corporation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Schematic representation of the links between constitutive scientific domains of cognitive science. Français : Représentation symbolique des liens interdisciplinaires entre les sciences constitutives du domaine des sciences cognitives. Voir : Image:Hexagramme cognitiviste 2.png After Keyser, S.J., Miller, G.A., and Walker, E., Cognitive Science in 1978. An unpublished report submitted to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a must read article in the MIT Sloan Management Review. The author is Ginni Rometty is chairman, president, and CEO of IBM Corp.She argues that digital transformation is just a step in the journey toward a cognitive technology revolution.

Source: Digital Today, Cognitive Tomorrow

What worried me reading this article to be candid is appropriate control and regulation over companies like IBM. For me, IBM has too much market clout and I would prefer to see IBM broken up and for more competition.

Surely the acid test of whether companies like IBM should be broken up or face additional regulation is whether they are paying their full quoto of taxes in Europe?

Let me  put it more directly as an open question:

Should there be greater international competitive regulation to stop IBM from acquiring an oligopolistic market share in cognitive technology?


Opinion – Corbyn to give members power to choose shadow team and policies | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian reports plans for next stage of dramatic Labour revamp are unveiled ahead of next week’s leadership contest vote.

Source: Corbyn to give members power to choose shadow team and policies | Politics | The Guardian

It seems that Corbyn wants to let members decide on the Shadow Cabinet and key policies.

On the surface, this is designed to be more democratic but the reality is that it’s less democratic. The UK has a parliamentary democracy and elegible voters elect MPs in accordance with party manifestos. MPs are elected to consider the interests of all the people not just some of the people. Also there’s a technical challenge being an MP with enormous reading of diverse materials and analysis. The idea that a digital survey of members could replace the expertise of MPs is a nonsense and a hypocrisy.

For me, Corbyn’s Labour Party both deserves and needs to be dismembered. Democracy is about representing all the people fairly not the chosen few.