About G. Rosenblatt

Gideon Rosenblatt writes about the impact of technology on people, organizations and society at Alchemy of Change. He is a technologist with a background in business and social change. For nine years, Gideon ran Groundwire, a mission-driven technology consulting group, dedicated to building a more sustainable world. Prior to that, he spent ten years at Microsoft in various marketing, product development and management positions, where he developed CarPoint, one of the world's first large-scale e-commerce websites. Gideon was raised in Utah, lived and worked in Japan and China for several years, and now lives in Seattle with his wife and two boys.

Recent Activity

  • G. shared from Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
    there is no reason to suppose Homo sapiens to have reached the apex of cognitive effectiveness attainable in a biological system.
  • G. shared from Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom
    The learning rule and the decision rule together define an “optimality notion” for an agent.
  • G. shared from Service-Dominant Logic: Premises, Perspectives, Possibilities by Robert F. Lusch, Stephen L. Vargo
    Drucker once noted that the firm has only two functions: marketing and innovation.
  • G. shared from Service-Dominant Logic: Premises, Perspectives, Possibilities by Robert F. Lusch, Stephen L. Vargo
    The dynamics of a service ecosystem necessitate an increased focus on learning rather than knowledge per se
  • G. shared from Service-Dominant Logic: Premises, Perspectives, Possibilities by Robert F. Lusch, Stephen L. Vargo
    A key part of collaboration is collaborative communication or dialogue, which connotes learning together.
  • G. shared from Service-Dominant Logic: Premises, Perspectives, Possibilities by Robert F. Lusch, Stephen L. Vargo
    all civilizations move toward creating goods, organizations, and money to assist them in service exchange.
  • G. shared from Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio
    In brief, neurons are about the body, and this “aboutness,” this relentless pointing to the body, is the defining trait of neurons, neuron circuits, and brains. I believe this aboutness is the reason why the covert will to live of the cells in our body could ever have been translated into a minded, conscious will. The covert, cellular wills came to be mimicked by brain circuitry. Curiously, the fact that neurons and brains are about the body also suggests how the external world would get mapped in the brain and mind.
  • G. shared from Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio
    In the elaborate brains of complex creatures, however, networks of neurons eventually come to mimic the structure of parts of the body to which they belong. They end up representing the state of the body, literally mapping the body for which they work and constituting a sort of virtual surrogate of it, a neural double. Importantly, they remain connected to the body they mimic throughout life.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    Just as the body has an anatomical prehistory of millions of years, so also does the psychic system. And just as the human body today represents in each of its parts the result of this evolution, and everywhere still shows traces of its earlier stages—so the same may be said of the psyche. Consciousness began its evolution from an animal-like state which seems to us unconscious, and the same process of differentiation is repeated in every child.
  • G. shared from Memories, Dreams, Reflections by C.G. Jung, Aniela Jaffe
    If the unconscious is anything at all, it must consist of earlier evolutionary stages of our conscious psyche.
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