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Exploitation as contradiction in ideality

2 really disparate examples of exploitation here, I will do a couple of illustrations for defining these contexts as contradictions in players’ ideality and then applying a trend.

One from the affordable internet efforts and why even with reducing capex and opex telecom companies would not cut prices to customers and continue to exploit.

Player Function Ideality Contradiction and resulting exploitation
ISP/Carrier/Operator connect subscribers                          to internet not lose subscriber base, increasing revenues/cash flows, decreasing spend, monopoly increasing average revenue and profit per user directly contradicts with customers ideality to pay
Customer/Subscriber connect to internet for access to services and information pay nothing for connectivity, highest speed possible, always connected ties with devices, price increasing data plans, speed limitations, and forced congestion from operators
Investor invest for returns in companies that make profits reducing capex and opex with increasing revenues and profit is approaching ideality reduced customer service levels and migration of customers, puts revenue and profits on a decline, hence the stock value as well
Media Industry create and distribute media monopoly for content and affiliated business, no other competitive media / distribution channels becomes viable Access to media from internet directly contradicts with their business model to sell content from traditional forms of discs, cable tv content

Second example is around immigration from the recent Syria crisis, even though legal immigrants add value to the migrated place, why politicians continue to exploit voting population by fueling negative perceptions around immigration. But still continuing to turn a blind eye on labor exploits of immigrants to continue with a not so competitive economy.

Player Function Ideality Contradiction and resulting exploitation
State/Politician development and upholding state  sovereignty zero dollars spent on regulation, and citizens get all priority services from government, and never lose an election allowing cheap immigrant labor into non-subsidized industries maintains a bad economy building a false perception around immigration maintains status quo and votes from conservative population that wants to maintain sovereignty
Immigrant Labor to industry every border is open, every country is ‘migration’ worthy, on par with citizen benefits, rights protected lack of labor law to govern their employment means giving away rights, without votes or rights deprived of having a voice in the country
Industry/Employer Value creation for economy, investor, and customers cheap and exploitable labor use and less than minimum working conditions for higher profits, no litigation on violations lack of labor inspection / governance maintains  status quo, including less than worthy labor conditions and pay to immigrants and this as the only way to maintain competitiveness in a falling economy
Citizen Tax payer and uses benefits from state.Also customer for industry. Subsidized sectors, and unemployment benefits for citizens, Pay/Benefits without job. Subsidy perceived as right and any state capital spent on immigrants is actually something the citizen could be deemed eligible for as lost/wasted.
Border Control Regulate migrant flow into state no immigration (legal / illegal) means no patrol or control necessary migrants posing threats to sovereignty, and citizen welfare, calls for massive spend in border control and leading to a back passage creation

Now in both cases at super system level, you could add regulations that will move some functions from the players to another neutral authority. So Regulatory Authority could standardize price plans, open up migrations across, just like they do in insurance policy terms and conditions. Similarly new technology like unlimited connectivity say from Google Moon or, open id, could turn functions in favor of customers/migrants, while skewing for specific types of businesses and not the legacy ones.

In both cases simple system completeness trend will show deficiencies in the governance bit, and a massive undercut of benefits from customers/migrants as a driving force for the functions delivered.

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Why pornography and terrorism lead innovation at all times

Most managers would not talk of pornography / terrorism in the workplace that too in the context of innovation. But my take is they lead innovation on multiple fronts and they are driven by certain perennial trends. Both have ancient origins and have usually led in development of new ideas within constraints (regulatory for example), in adoption of new technologies or ideas, and bringing other uses to technologies that are not meant to be used for the purpose. In this post I give examples of innovation from porn industry (adult video industry rather as a very organized industry with amazing vertical integration) and possibly pick your interest on what can push the needle on innovation in the other service industries.

Enter porn innovation

Most Useful function: Content delivery to a customer

Printing press: Clay Shirky in his famous TED Talk How the Internet will (one day) transform government, makes an important point of how the porn industry was in the forefront not just today, but when printing press  invented some 500 years back,

It did not take long after the rise of the commercial printing press before someone figured out that erotic novels were a good idea. (Laughter) You don’t have to have an economic incentive to sell books very long before someone says, “Hey, you know what I bet people would pay for?” (Laughter) It took people another 150 years to even think of the scientific journal” 

Torrent: History repeats, guess who was one of the earliest adopters of the torrent peer-to-peer protocols, years ahead of the corporate IT function in the knowledge economy sharing large files. PublicBT which reports use of Bit Torrent usage across internet plugs 35.8% use was for pornography, as the largest single category. All this in less than 10 years of the distributed downloading protocol being invented. This sort of rapid innovation diffusion is actually very common to the adult video industry.

On standardizing imaging technologies for content distribution, for most imaging formats/standards be it the erstwhile generations on photography, video cassettes, or the latest Hi Def DVD formats, porn industry has always played a key decision maker role on adoption/setting of new standards.

Other Most Useful function: Getting paid.

Again porn industry is in the forefront with the adoption of payment technologies be it electronic credit cards  from the Richard Gordon creditcards.com era which pioneered non-face to face merchant banking services. I am sure there are porn sites with bit coin support now, or other unusual payment formats that keep coming.

Same is true for terrorism innovation only the most useful function changes to something like

  1. Bypass security / regulation
  2. Improvise arms for greatest damage

The fundamental tenets of leading innovation be it incremental and contextual in this case, is very evident, not just from the improvisations of the attacker but the response by governments and authority to curb terror as well. Only the speed of response from the systems are so slow that there are always ways to operate. This again is a very common trend called “Law of uneven development of system parts”.

PS: Marking this a somedaymaybe project to come back and list further technologies that were born out of porn…it will be fun to do I am sure. I have not even touched on SPAM, network speeds, live tech, cross website feed, scripting, ad technologies, pay per views, …

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EMC Trends 2013 TRIZ overlay

As eleven EMC executives offer their predictions of which technologies and trends will transform cloud computing, Big Data and IT security the most in 2013, my aim is to find the underlying triz trend and possibly push one more evolution round. I assume a time frame of 1 year, basis is 8 TRIZ evolution trends applied to Mobile, applied on EMC executives predictions.

Prediction quote (emphasis and few links are mine)

My warped explanation of the underlying TRIZ trend

What can happen next on this trend

an intelligence-driven security model…will require multiple components including:  a thorough understanding of risk, the use of agile controls based on pattern recognition and predictive analytics, and the use of big data analytics to give context to vast streams of data from numerous sources to produce timely, actionable information

Law of completeness exemplified with the ENGINE understood as risks and risk related information originating across the board with a TRANSMISSION visualized as streams of information flowing to WORKING UNIT where actions are initiated from the information to contain risks and its effects and having some CONTROL on the above elements including analytics

Law of uneven development on above will mean the 4 elements will evolve in different speeds.

Within the same time frame, I feel the engine element will evolve the slowest with not many newer risk categories getting added but we may have to deal with geometrically higher number of information streams, with big data analytics playing a super system role. Governance at working unit level will go through changes as well with many tasks getting automated.

For CIOs, the common theme is “now.” Rapid time to value is the leading driver. In many cases today, the business unit holds the money and determines the priorities, but they don’t care much about platforms, just the best solution for a specific problem…movement to cloud solutions is only going to escalate

Transition to Micro Level will mean that instead of a single cloud solution at enterprise level, each department or project will begin its own adoption independently. Budgeting and allocation as always and the experiments and trials of solutions, both in size and time will shift to micro level. i.e. smaller projects with shorter time cycles to try. You can check the free trial offers from HP, Google, AWS, vmWare to see how micro this has actually become already.

Adoption rates will most likely be at the beginning of the sharp rise in the S curve (with X axis linear time, Y axis cumulative % of adoption of a cloud solution).

IT will begin its delayed policy making role later in the year with governance as the central goal after many micro-level cloud solutions get adopted in the enterprise.  Possibly negotiate with popular choice vendors for supporting internal laggard/late adopter needs.

The transformation to hybrid cloud environments, and the need to move data between corporate IT data centers and service providers, will accelerate. The concepts of both data and application mobility to enable organizations to move their virtual applications will become the norm.

Already the roles and responsibilities of the different channel entities are blurring. SIs are becoming resellers; resellers are becoming service providers; and even end users are becoming service providers. Over the next three years, it is probable that the traditional mix of end-user, channel, alliance and service organizations will change, merge or disappear.

Transition to Super system will mean aggregation and unification of the entire service procurement including licensing, integration, migration, channel management etc

More sub systems and services of the past will move to the super system and will be on the path to become ubiquitous.Most partner ecosystems these days already include license offers, marketing support, education support and account management for partners. Examples could be GoogleVMware partner programs

The emergence of the Hadoop data ecosystem has made cost-effective storage and processing of petabytes of data a reality.  Innovative organizations are leveraging these technologies to create an entire new class of real-time data-driven applications

IT will continue to see abstractions with more intelligence in the data center moving to a software control plane that uses Web-based technologies to access compute, networking, and storage resources as a whole (e.g. software-defined data center). Cloud model tenets like efficiency and agility will expand to include simplicity as data centers look for easier ways to consume technology.

Law of Conduction will mean emergence of standards for data and application portability this year.  de-facto standard is my expectation and de-jure standards especially from EU region is also possible as governments can step in to decide and declare norms from the “jungle of standards”

Law of Harmonization will necessitate smooth transitions at application and portfolio level and will mean newer services especially in migration and testing to make sure business continuity.

Simplicity, agility, portability testing, or <<other cloud tenet>> services may emerge as key sellers from offshore.

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Using Innovation tools in Pocket Mod

I created below images to be part of a pocket mod, covering few innovation tools that I use.

Functional Analysis

Ideal Final Result

Trimming typically used in conjunction with FA

Trends of system evolution, though there are 8 for simplicity sake printing only 5 simple

SCAMPER has formed basis for many innovation offerings, it is simple yet powerful

Resources everywhere

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