The Singularity is Near

The Singularity is Near is a book by Ray Kerzweil that discusses the time when man and machine (computer) will merge into one entity. The book makes the “singularity” plausible. The problem I had with the book is that it’s so dense. This is not a book for the uninitiated. You really have to be interested in the subject matter to plow through its contents.

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The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point has been a significant best seller since its initial publication. Much of this is due to Gladwell’s clear prose and his cogent expression of how change can occur in society – and it would appear that the timing was right on the button: being launched in the late 1990s at a moment when society – through the arrival of internet, mobile phones – began an enormous process of change. It might be fair to say that where our generation regards 1968 as a pivotal year in modern social history – 1997 has produced an even bigger moment of change.

Gladwell’s thesis is that a small idea can spread to become a contagious ‘epidemic’ if it is sticky enough as an idea, and if it is lucky enough to be championed by a good mix of Connectors (people who know a lot of other people), Mavens (people who know a lot about a particular thing or things), and Salesmen.

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The Long Tail, Chris Anderson

The Long Tail took form over nearly two years as an “open-source research project” on Chris Anderson’s blog at www.longtail.com. This experiment in book development, where he shared data and ideas in progress and many smart readers helped improve them, fleshed out the theory and stress-tested the analysis, which made the book far better than it would have been if he had worked on it in isolation. It also suggested applications in industries he never expected, from beer to fashion, which has hugely expanded the scope the research.

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Waiting for Your Cat to Bark? by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Lisa T. Davis

We are going to try a new thing here on the Thought Sponsor blog. I will be creating posts about a book I have read and then inviting feedback on the book. I’ll be posting two books in rapid succession and then one every few weeks. Think of this as a virtual book club of sorts.

This weeks book is – Waiting for Your Cat to Bark?

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Business Units as Tribes

John Robb believes that business units shouldn’t be larger than what our brain can accommodate within our “tribe”. He thinks 40-80 person units are the optimum size. He found an interesting article from Thinking Managers that seems to reinforce his hypothesis.

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