2023 - October
Digital Economy: Dark Innovations in the Digital Economy
by Peter Denning
Innovations are adoptions of new practice in communities. They are adopted because people perceive value from them. However, around the edges of the standard community practice, new practices can emerge that are of negative value. They are called dark innovations. Four examples are examined here: privacy, subscriptions, automation, and class abstraction. There is no easy way to eliminate dark innovations.
Interview with Demis Hassabis, CEO and Co-Founder of DeepMind by Ruth Fulterer of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung
by Martin Antony Walker
The large-language-model-based chatbot ChatGPT was released on November 30, 2022. Presented here is a translation of an interview held in February 2023 between Ruth Fulterer, of the Swiss-German newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), and Demis Hassabis, CEO and co-founder of Google DeepMind. Ubiquity senior editor Martin Walker omitted most comments by the interviewer and details of the interviewer's questions. Although the interview was conducted more than eight months ago, it is full of prescient statements for today's AI. We expect the wisdom expressed by Demis Hassabis in this interview to remain relevant for some time to come.