What can machines do better?

You would think it is an easy question. What can machines do better than people can? Most people could answer it though they had to draw breath first and repeat the question while they thought about it. I was at the excellent Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival at Gosforth Park Racecourse. I was only able … Continue reading What can machines do better?

Stop blogging so much

I think I’m going to have to stop blogging so much.  It is something I really enjoy doing yet it is a big commitment, thinking of something to write, remembering to publish and all that, especially since I am supposed to be part time.  I’ve been blogging every work day for nearly four years now. … Continue reading Stop blogging so much

Pesky intuitions

Is it closer from Manors station to the Newcastle University buildings or is it closer from the Central Station?  This may seem to be a strange question but has some relevance if you want to take a train from the Morpeth into the city. The answer seems obvious. The train stops at Manors before it … Continue reading Pesky intuitions

The public cause

The public cause takes priority over individual needs according to Lieutenant D’Agosto of the New York Police Homicide Division.  Okay, so he is a made up character from the Prendergast series by Preston and Child but is he really speaking the truth? Life is complicated, at one end lies totalitarianism and at the other liberalism. … Continue reading The public cause

It’s a broad market

Dynamo North East continues to go from strength to strength. Membership numbers are up and while there are still some big players yet to join, the organisation must represent the majority of employees in the industry across the region. This years’ conference, Dynamo17, will be held in Durham.  It will be the fourth such conference … Continue reading It’s a broad market

Delivering the goods

Me and trains.  I do like them, I confess.  I outed as a train spotter a long time ago. In truth it is the engines, the locomotives that I like, especially diesel.  Perhaps that is too much information. My fascination spills over into my television viewing habits.  I enjoyed ‘A slow train across Africa’ with … Continue reading Delivering the goods

Describing the amorphous

Our processes support the definite.  They struggle with the more amorphous.  It is difficult to use our processes to conceptualise. This always catches me out.  I am a person who likes to do his thinking in public.  I like to come to meetings with half-baked ideas.  I want to use the discussions to help shape … Continue reading Describing the amorphous