This week in all your talk about being disruptive is fooling nobody, you big lug:

Shane Greenstein’s written quite a smart piece over at Digitopoly on four common models of skunkworks: the science model, research community model, lead user model, and Moonshot model. The in-house ‘innovation lab’ that bangs out new branded Snapchat filters is categorized as none of these.   From Gerry McGovern this week, on technology and magic:

We are only now getting a new generation of managers who actually realize that technology is not magic. That is does require careful management to get the best out of it. This is what the essence of digital transformation is about. It is about the transformation of management practice so that it can better manage the technology that is essential to its survival.

Usabilia has a maturity model for organizations’ relationship with UX practices. As with all models, it works when you measure what’s achieved routinely, not just at peaks.   Give a patient read to Matt Levine’s piece for Bloomberg on Ethereum’s new platform which aspires to replace the modern organization with the blockchain-powered enterprise. It’s heady stuff, but it has some thoughtful underpinnings with relationships to some of what organizations like Percolate aspire to provide.

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This week in the norm-core-ing of artificial intelligence:

If you haven’t read Rafael Jiménez piece on the human move — a so-called ‘divine move’ made in the much-publicized series of Go games between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol, read it now:

if it takes a human to identify a move as a divine one, maybe it’s because it is first and foremost a human move.

Fabrice Grinda has a terrific primer on artificial intelligence-powered marketplaces:

The nature of the marketplace dictates the ratio between supply and demand. This ratio varies based on the relationship between buyer and seller (i) one to one (e.g.;, (ii) one to many (e.g.; Udemy) or (iii) many to one (e.g.; Uber). This ratio often dictates unit economics and how attractive the business is. AI powered marketplaces can change this dynamic

Terrapattern is a visual search tool for high-resolution satellite imagery — a remarkable bit of work developed with the use of deep neural networks. Search, for example, for rooftop solar panels in New York City. Endless fun if you’re so-disposed.

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This week in culture is more than just what Lena Dunham does on weekends:

You should read Ben Thompson on basic assumptions that underly the culture of organizations:

culture is not something that begets success, rather, it is a product of it. All companies start with the espoused beliefs and values of their founder(s), but until those beliefs and values are proven correct and successful they are open to debate and change. If, though, they lead to real sustained success, then those values and beliefs slip from the conscious to the unconscious, and it is this transformation that allows companies to maintain the “secret sauce” that drove their initial success even as they scale.

Martin Weigel’s piece on reading habits and structures for planners provides a great foundation for anyone who reads to understand our broader culture:    That which expands our capacity for empathy That which grounds us in the basics of strategy That which grounds us in the basics of how brands are built That which illuminates the present state of things That which lets us peer into the near-future That which deepens our appreciation for creative instinct and craft That which expands our capacity for persuasive expression   Finally, read Leisa Reichelt on testable hypotheses and guerilla empathy. You’ll be glad that you did (and you’ll understand the connection between outcomes and culture all the better).