Kurt Cagle Tech Guru

Kurt is the founder and CEO of Semantical, LLC, a consulting company focusing on enterprise data hubs, metadata management, semantics, and NoSQL systems. He has developed large scale information and data governance strategies for Fortune 500 companies in the health care/insurance sector, media and entertainment, publishing, financial services and logistics arenas, as well as for government agencies in the defense and insurance sector (including the Affordable Care Act). Kurt holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. 

 

How to Program Humans

Most people are uncomfortable with the idea that they can be programmed, a discomfort that can very quickly escalate to full blown denial. Yet there is ample evidence to show that such programming is remarkably (indeed, entirely too) easy, and anyone who is involved in media, social media, advertising or organized religion can generally lay out most of the basics. Call the people who engage in this social programming “social programmers”, or for brevity, “sogrammers”.

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Ten Megatrends for 2020

Recently, I wrote a tribute to the late Futurist Alvin Toffler, who passed away last week at age 87. In many respects, he is considered the father of business futurism, and his notions (along with others such Michael Naisbitt and Faith Popcorn) helped to lay out the big trends that tend to influence events over decades.

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Singularity Politics, or When AIs Grow Up

A General Artificial Intelligence is one that has achieved sentience. Sentience means, in effect, that it is aware of itself, is capable of multiple levels of recursive abstraction, and in general will not be programmed so much as taught. Arguably, a GAI is a specialized AI that can feel existential angst.

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Surviving the 4th Industrial Era

Suppose that jobs went away. Not all jobs, mind you, but many, perhaps upwards of 90%. Some of those are in hard-manual labor territory, like coal mining. Some are in the services industry such as driving a taxi. Some are in high tech, like programming. Not a few will be in areas such as sales and management, politics or journalism. What happens next?

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Writing Tech Books? Stock up on Ramen.

Back in the mid 1990s, when I began writing books, you could write a book on Windows or Microsoft Word or HTML and be able to command an advance upwards of $18,000 to $20,000, and 18% royalties on gross and sell potentially tens of thousands of books. Many prominent names in the tech industry got their start financially this way. By the early 2000s, there was a big pressure to produce books by getting five or six authors together to write books; one defunct publisher in particular was known for the Brady Bunch style of headshots that would touch on the latest semi-hot topic of the day.

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