The “#Chicago School of #Technology” #startups

Great article, definitely worth the read.  A couple of key points, quoted below:

The Chicago School of Technology can be broken down into two facets: what we do, and how we do it…

Our tech ecosystem grew from the industries that have been here for decades, centuries even. Transportation, finance, manufacturing: These are the infrastructure industries that transformed Chicago into an urban center throughout the 20th century, and as we’ve moved into the 21st century, our most robust and innovative technical practices stem directly from these foundational industries…

The Chicago School of Tech emphasizes pragmatic, workmanlike practice, and a focus on customer collaboration and satisfaction over self-promotion.

Source: ITA


Controversial Quantum Machine Bought by NASA and Google Shows Promise #quantumcomputing


Researchers from Google’s AI Lab say a controversial quantum machine that it and NASA have been testing since 2013 resoundingly beat a conventional computer in a series of tests.

Note:  the tests involved quantum annealing vs. simulated annealing, still NOT general purpose programming.

Source: Controversial Quantum Machine Bought by NASA and Google Shows Promise | MIT Technology Review

New book to check out: Business Demand Design Aligning IT Strategy and Results to Business Drivers

Check out this new book, co-authored by former colleague Shep Narkier.  Shep’s one of the best enterprise architects I know.  From the description:


This Enterprise Architecture book addresses the CIO, CTO, and IT strategist. The book will cover these points in detail: How the CIO can truly prioritize, align, enable, and transform IT into highly effective value creation function. How to assess and estimate the true value of IT initiatives based on the summation of expected return and the total cost of ownership. How to plan, design, and transform IT based on the proposed powerful framework called the IT Convergence Model.

Just ordered the book myself – looking forward to reading it!



Business Demand Design Aligning IT Strategy and Results to Business Drivers: Weaving the Fabric of Business and IT Strategies

The US Military Is Responsible For Almost All The #Technology In Your #iPhone

This is a really interesting article, and a powerful image below.  Very few people, technologists included, know where the technology they use every day originated.  This very clearly shows how the consumers technologies we take for granted every day had the origins elsewhere.

Two interesting potential follow-on exercises that might be worth pursuing :

  1. Trace back the DARPA, etc. research projects in time to get an idea of how long the military used these technologies before they cascaded down to consumer tech.
  2. Trace back the precursor and enablement technologies further back from the ones in the chart below.  For example, the microprocessor is a descendant of the transistor, which was advanced largely due to NASA and the space race in the 50s and 60s.
  3. The article uses i-devices because it’s what everyone knows.  However, Apple is almost never a first-mover on technologies anymore.  They benefit by making existing technologies, invented by others, more accessible to the broader, and sometimes techno-illiterate, masses.  The iPod, for example, came out at least a half-decade after MP3 players from others.  The Treo, Palm and Blackberry devices all substantially preceded the iPhone.  Apple performs low-risk sustaining innovation, but receives accolades as though it were disruptive innovation (that’s their real genius, btw).  SO ….. it would be educational to add the actual first-mover consumer products to this chart.

Source: The US Military Is Responsible For Almost All The Technology In Your iPhone – Business Insider

The End of #Advertising As We Know It | Michael Wolff | LinkedIn

Very thought-provoking article, with plenty of insight, and probably fodder for argument amongst ad-land folks.  The commoditization of advertising is something that resonates strongly, however, and we see it around us all the time.

The implication is that efficiency, measurement and integrated payment facilitation are ascendant, while “mad men” and their “theatrical consumer fantasies” are in decline.  That’s good for technology, in any case.

Again, an interesting article that will, I suspect, spark some controversy.

via The End of Advertising As We Know It | Michael Wolff | LinkedIn.