No Pivot Expected From Trump

The word ‘unprecedent’ has become a label for everything this President does. It used to have a good connotation, but given his actions to date, it has become a word that strikes fear in most. It is evidenti that Trump will continue to do and say bad things. He will continue to deconstruct his predecessor’s legacy. He will continue to live in his world of lies, but mistrust everybody else, even his closest friends and family.

The reason is that for the majority of his life Trump was never a member of society. He lived in his world constructed by his father in order to become his father successor. Not even his brothers and sisters were a part of his world. In living in your own world for so long you develop your own sense of reality. If you have the money, you can construct a tower which rises above others so that you literally feel the class difference every time you go up the elevator.

In this world, Trump read as little as possible and watched TV to understand the outside world. In his world everything was about the next deal. You did not prepare, you could count on force, physical presence to overcome objections and make a deal. You never took responsibility for anything, you always found a way to divert the blame on others.

Since Trump kept little if any records he could always depend on alibi that he was not there or not connected. The last bit is ever so true. Trump is not connected to anything except bright lights and TV. He reprises his role on The Apprentice even as he conducts himself as President. But he is not President. He is his fathers son, ruthless, bigoted and cruel.

He feels that business is war, yet has no idea of war. He feals his whole family is expandable in order to attain success. He alsways has an escape plan. He also has a reserve of hate and lacks any empathy. In short he is the anti-President. He feeds on rabble rousing and an air superiority, which his followers love.

To resist Trunp and remove him, you do not abandon your role as senator or congressman. Your 15 minutes of rebellion will end by the next morning newscast. So I ask those in Congress, complete the job, elminate this Frankenstein you created, bury the notes and lets hope he nver rises again.

Ethics, Morality, and Robots

Robot technology is entering the office or that segment of work that makes up more than 50% of the work we do. Call it the information or knowledge work, a service delivery of just basic support work.  The rapid introduction of workflow led to process automation and finally machine learning and artificial intelligence. Interestingly, not in the order. We have been working with some framework of artificial intelligence going back to the dawn of the computer. For some of us that arrived just when programming languages were developed to resemble spoken languages, we could see that ultimate replacement of basic and repetitive work that required little or no intelligence to mimic with a computer. Then large computers came on the scene we were ready to move to higher levels of processing and ultimately decision making.

So what does this mean. The business gains an ultimate tool in its competition with others. It now has a fully dynamic resource that needs no sleep, will not fall down on the job. More importantly, when volumes go up, you can dial up the speed of the robot or clone another one or two. When a business goes down, you can save money by never having to fire the robot. Over time robots not only become the permanent workforce but possible the ageless and the ‘forever worker’. It means that when new products are introduced, the working robot can compare old work to new work, create the steps and the adjoining quality assurance guidelines.

Now more than ever we need a moral and ethical core embedded in each robot. This is firmware that cannot be altered and removed. Every process step, every ‘thought’ filters through this core set of commands – digital ten commandments.

Having learned from the Bible, the first crime committed was by Cain and Abel. Thus ‘do no harm’ can be a foundational rule.Harm can be further defined beyond physical –  for example financial, do not pollute, respect all living things.

Imagine that quality control and testing is done on these robots in the form of scenarios presented with an ethical or moral dilemma.  Until the Robot passes all of the scenarios it cannot be released into society.

Stay tuned for more…