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Posts from October 2013


Gustin Partners | October 07, 2013 |

Innovation for the Rest of Us

By Thornton May
Futurist, Senior Advisor with GP, Executive Director & Dean - IT Leadership Academy

Innovation is not a synonym for invention or novelty. Innovation is the conversion of ideas into cash. Invention/discovery/research on the other hand is the conversion of cash into ideas. EVERY organization innovates [i.e., has a mechanism whereby ideas are converted to cash or in the case of public sector entities – mission value].... Read more


Gustin Partners | October 03, 2013 |

The Internet of Things [IoT] and Your Future

By Thornton May
Futurist, Senior Advisor with GP, Executive Director & Dean - IT Leadership Academy

A recurring leitmotif in science fiction is the evolving relationship between humans and machines. In the Terminator franchise, machines [Skynet] become self-aware [i.e., wake up] and seek the extinction of all humanity. In the real world, Cisco believes that only 1% of the machines in the world are currently “awake” [i.e., situationally aware, connected, capable of communication and agency]. The Internet of Things [IoT] is going to change this. In 2020 most of our devices [~50 to 75 billion] will be awake. What are the implications of this? A good place to begin your preparation for the IoT disrupted future is to inventory your assumptions about the future.... Read more


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