skimming the fatty thick layer of management

in the last decades, secretary jobs like taking dictation, transcribing, or calendar up keeping among others, have been displaced by technological advances in personal computers. Today we envision a future where yet more assistance will be provided by AI.

But often the future does not stick to our plans. Same as we still wear jeans and shirts and not synthetic suits like Captain Kirk, it may as well be that the future will choose its own avenue. I do not mean AI will not disrupt our work environment, or even send us one day all home to read books, play computer games and drink coffee all day long. But other changes may come along or even before that, that we would never have thought of.

Companies and corporations of all sizes have some things in common: they all have entrepreneurs and visionaries, experts, and the power house… and middle managers. I envision a future where new advances in technology will free us from the middle management; the thick fatty layer between and around the power house that dampens vision and passion coming in, and power coming out.

Maybe the blockchain will become an effective Agile/SCRUM backbone that will enhance a direct link between the top and the bottom, maybe graph-databases will give raise to the neuronal corporation, maybe something else.

solving asymmetry

After journalists from the SZ-Zeitung published their research on the manner and methods that facebook use to remove content, A swift reaction from the German Minister of Justice urging social media companies to expedite the deletion of content that violates the German constitution and rights was reported today. Even pointing to possible penalties if those companies lag behind their offending content.

Such swiftness, if only but for this encouraging exception today, is not the strongest trait of governments and public institutions. And we would be naive unloading that burden on them.

Social media is a very fluid and agile world, and therefore extremly difficult to tackle and regulate. The social problems that social media is creating need to be solved with methods and resources inherent to social media if they have to be tackled effectively. Yet the sheer amount of content that social media companies garner can not possibly be regulated by those companies. The effort is far too huge. There is an intrinsic and bold asymmetry between the infrastructure and the user base.

A different approach is required. We, all of us, have to join our efforts and help our institutions and governments keep social media within the legal framework of our constitutions and laws if we want it to happen any time in the future.

The blockchain technology could be brought to be the backbone of a global reputation and refutation system. Much alike the scientific community does but using the trust-less character of the blockchain hence without the gateway of having to be an accredited scientist to have your say. Starting by attributing each person a base reputation index based on education level and let it develop further by using a reputation-currency.