Misconceptions of AI

When I read Automating Inequality I thought about the many misconceptions of AI (artificial intelligence). Many companies market AI, machine learning, and digital in general as “magic”. But that’s not a helpful way to think about work. When we think of it as “magic” we forget that it’s nuanced. More importantly, we forget that we…

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Algorithms Inherit Human Intentions

How do you make a digital tool better? Start with the manual work. Digital tools and algorithms can make manual processes better, but only if our manual processes improve as well. All algorithms inherit human intentions. And without conscious effort, algorithms inherit human bias. Is tech moving too fast? There are two seemingly opposing statements…

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The (Lack of) Vaccination Content Strategy

In January I wrote about how a solid content strategy could really help improve vaccination numbers. There didn’t appear to be a vaccination content strategy, just as there hadn’t been a Covid content strategy. At the time, I quoted the New York Times’ morning newsletter (aptly titled The Morning), which was voicing concerns over vaccine…

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Content Strategy in Healthtech turns Information into Knowledge

Hari Tsoukas, an expert in organizational studies at the University of Cyprus, highlights the distinction between “information” and “knowledge.” Information, he wrote, “consists of objectified, decontextualized, time-less, impersonal, value-free representations,” whereas knowledge is “context-dependent, personalized, time-bound, and infused with values.” Robert Wachter, The Digital Doctor In 2017, Dr. Robert Wachter published The Digital Doctor. Shortly…

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Invisible Personalization

Why is personalization invisible? I believe it has something to do with how humans think of themselves. People tend to think of themselves (ourselves) as in control. This is particularly true when things are going well. For example: When someone has a successful business they rarely acknowledge how much of success is based on luck….

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Goldilocks Effect and Health

When Goldilocks tasted Baby Bear’s porridge, how did she know it was just right? Papa Bear’s porridge was too hot. Mama Bear’s was too cold. If Goldilocks had tasted Baby Bear’s porridge first, she might have found that too hot or cold as well. But being third, and knowing it was in the middle of…

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Can UX Design Change Behavioral Heuristics?

Behavioral heuristics are mini short-cuts our brains take. Recently I’ve been wondering if those heuristics can be changed. A little background… In Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman explores two types of thinking. First there is “System 1”, or what some people might call instinct. System 1 is heavily influenced by heuristics. Then there’s “System…

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