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August 2007

Landscapes

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 28, 2007  · 

MV land from front smallThis past weekend my wife and I along with the help of our retired fathers and our very capable building contractor surveyed our new property and positioned the foundation of our new home. In a couple weeks our building crew will be starting on the project so we needed to clearly stake the perimeter of the house on our property. We are excited and nervous at the same time. Part of the process of positioning the house on the property is to map out elevations where the home will be situated. As you can see from the picture the...

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Just cause it goes quack don’t mean its a duck

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 28, 2007  ·  Polemic

One of these days I am going to find out why some people want to argue in the face of the evidence that computers can become intelligent/creative in the same way as humans. Mind Hacks picked up on an article by Dennett on chess playing computers as compared with protein machines (thats us humans by the way, on a par with calling books linear based print media if you ask me). The argument goes that some people argued that humans were more intelligent than computers because they could beat them at chess. Now we can't any more so lets...

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New resource for accredited practitioners

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 28, 2007  ·  News

I have placed the slides and ten podcasts (this is the first) from the Pretoria accreditation programme this June. It is available to all practitioners and is recommended for anyone whose training is over a year old. We also have full recordings for London, Singapore & Perth if people want them, but they are very similar. There are also some cool drawings from one of the participants. We will also make the material available in advance to those who book on the coming set of courses (Washington, London, Vancouver, Wellington,...

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An age of innocence?

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 27, 2007  ·  Reflections
My illustration is from Swallows and Amazons, one of the classics of children's literature. I will come to that series with some nostalgia later (and it is going to be one of those contrasts of which I am so fond), but I first want to thank Rob Freeth for bring my attention to this news story. The Australian Government spent $84m (Australian) creating a porn filter for all Australian families. Another report says it cost $189, but either way its a lot of money.

A 16 year old student took half an hour to break it and has...

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Podcasts from KM Australia

By Dave Snowden  ·  August 27, 2007  ·  News

OK they are finally up:

Firstly, the keynote podcast is here, and the supporting slides here. This was a general presentation on sense-making and the current state of KM. Including my general view that if KM is costing you a lot of money something is wrong .....

Secondly, my presentation during the masterclass on Communities of Practice is here, with the slides here. This includes a presentation of aspects of Complex Acts of Knowing and a summary of Social Network Stimulation.

Hope they are useful, expect more podcasts for...

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