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NJIHIA: The future is here, look around for it

1 weeks ago, 17:02

By: Mbugua Njihia

On occasion I am asked by many a company executive or fledgling entrepreneur, a flavour of these two questions; how can we innovate and how can we tell what is coming?

The simplest answer I have had to offer is ‘look around’. While it comes across as bland, even uninspired, given away by the look on their faces, taking time to mull over it reveals the truth and potency of those two words.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai at their developer festival earlier this year did an enamouring live demonstration of Google Duplex, an artificial intelligence system built to make it that much easier for us to interact with computers and accomplish various tasks riding off a nuanced understanding of conversation and context augmented by connectivity.

The fluidity with which the interactions happened had the audience cheering wildly with the realisation of the possibilities presented.

Viewing this demonstration took me back to my childhood with two science fiction television series coming to mind.

Science fiction quickly becomes science fact in this and many more examples that you can now probably see in plain sight as you jog your memory.

The time to market for any idea, concept or innovation varies by a large degree from one to the next, but the crux of what I am advocating for is that you start looking more intently at the world around you.

What are people writing about in novels and research papers? Or conjuring up for the big screen?

What habits do you find yourself indulged in? What is at the heart of random conversation in your city or village? What is giving people a laugh, inclined to the sceptical?


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NJIHIA: The future is here, look around for it

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By: Mbugua Njihia

On occasion I am asked by many a company executive or fledgling entrepreneur, a flavour of these two questions; how can we innovate and how can we tell what is coming?

The simplest answer I have had to offer is ‘look around’. While it comes across as bland, even uninspired, given away by the look on their faces, taking time to mull over it reveals the truth and potency of those two words.

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The fluidity with which the interactions happened had the audience cheering wildly with the realisation of the possibilities presented.

Viewing this demonstration took me back to my childhood with two science fiction television series coming to mind.

Science fiction quickly becomes science fact in this and many more examples that you can now probably see in plain sight as you jog your memory.

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What are people writing about in novels and research papers? Or conjuring up for the big screen?

What habits do you find yourself indulged in? What is at the heart of random conversation in your city or village? What is giving people a laugh, inclined to the sceptical?


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