The100: Chaos, data and the sticky stuff of life

The Master at Work For those of you lucky enough to be at our Power of Finding Your Truth in Marketing event the other week, you’ll realise why we started with the mighty Martin Weigel and his case for chaos revisited. It was a worthy winner of post-of-the-month on Only Dead Fish, and when Martin …

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Unknown Unknowns: The Problem of Hypocognition

In 1806, entrepreneur Frederic Tudor sailed to the island of Martinique with a precious cargo. He had harvested ice from frozen Massachusetts rivers and expected to make a tidy profit selling it to tropical customers. There was only one problem: the islanders had never seen ice…. Hypocognition, a term introduced to modern behavioral science by …

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Rebooting AI – postulates

“We are trapped by Turing’s definition of intelligence. In his famous formulation Turing confined intelligence as a solution to a verbal game played against humans. This in particular sets intelligence as a (1) solution to a game, and (2) puts human in the judgement position. This definition is extremely deceptive and has not served the …

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How to Give Humble Feedback

Andy Grove once told me, over a cup of Jamocha Almond Fudge ice cream at Baskin Robbins in Los Altos, “Fucking Steve [Jobs] always gets it right.”   “Nobody’s always right,” I said. “I didn’t say Steve IS always right. I said he always GETS it right. Like anyone, he is wrong all the time, …

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How Lego uses storytelling for commercial benefit

In March 2018 we ran the Power of Storytelling event. It featured lots of brilliant speakers, and amongst them was Stuart Chapman from Lego. Stuart talked to us about how Lego uses storytelling to its commercial benefit. It was a superb, highly entertaining and engaging talk, featuring references to Tom Cruise films and 1980s children’s TV. Here’s …

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The Sugar Levy – what consumers think they know

UK – March/April 2018 This first video in a 3 part study highlighting the categories that consumer think will be affected by the Sugar Levy being introduced in the UK in April 2018. It’s quite an eye opener. Watch out categories outside of Soft Drinks! The consumer has not been educated in what the levy …

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