Vanishing Point

Eric Chase

Eric Chase is Senior Associate at Toffler with a proven track record developing trusted customer relationships with industry and government leaders in the defense, intelligence, security, and law enforcement communities. He is recognized thought leader with over a decade of experience helping leaders create and implement strategies to enhance organizational innovation and agility in both the public and private sectors.

Recent Posts

Welcome to the Fourth Wave? Cognitive Tech and AI are Reshaping Humanity

Posted by Eric Chase

June 28, 2017 at 10:30 AM

In 1950, Alan Turing published an article in MIND entitled Computing Machinery and Intelligence.[1] It posits, confidently, that computers would advance to a point at which they could be programmed to learn and perform with skills rivaling human intelligence. At the time, the proposition was revolutionary, though it actually reflected ‘computability and the universal machine’ work he had been pursuing since 1936. The paper laid out the concept of the discrete state machine model, clarified the prospect of what he termed 'intelligent machinery' and provided real suggestions about how Artificial Intelligence could happen.

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AI is Worthless in the Absence of Human Judgment

Posted by Eric Chase

February 9, 2017 at 7:54 AM

In almost every industry and sector, AI is opening up new possibilities and forcing us to think outside of long-held paradigms. As these burgeoning resources reshape how we approach business, two related points emerge as vital. First, while the ‘wow’ factor of AI and machine learning is high, it would be dangerous to overestimate the value of cognitive technologies. Second, organizational leaders must be involved in the decisions to invest in and adopt technologies based on how the resources will enhance workforce performance.

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Finding Your Place in the Innovation Ecosystem

Posted by Eric Chase

August 3, 2016 at 9:11 AM

The biosphere is the sum of all the ecosystems. It is alternatively fragile and incredibly resilient, based on the extent to which its components work in harmony. An innovation ecosystem is the sum of internal and external opportunities and challenges. It is alternatively fragile or incredibly resilient based on the extent to which its components work in harmony.

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The Art and Science of Wargaming

Posted by Eric Chase

May 25, 2016 at 9:00 AM

For centuries, military leaders have used wargaming as a way to anticipate adversary actions and generate creative battlefield advantages. As the volume of data available to today’s leaders grows exponentially greater, the ability to act and make decisions in uncertain and complex environments is increasingly valuable – not just on the battlefield, but in the boardroom as well. Military wargames of years past considered aircraft carrier positioning and aerial refueling logistics, but more and more, the wargames seek to tackle issues like cybersecurity and personnel management – challenges equally relevant to the Department of Defense and the private sector.

 

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Innovation is the Father of Necessity

Posted by Eric Chase

March 26, 2016 at 9:37 AM

Innovation as a Path to Disruption

 

Proverb, five centuries old: “Necessity is the mother of invention.” And, for nearly two of those centuries, Industrial Era necessities sparked inventions that continue to shape the world around us. Henry Ford delivered the Model-T and factory assembly lines. Toyota perfected lean manufacturing. Two world wars spawned incredibly efficient transportation and production models – and, eventually, the peaceful application of nuclear energy (as well as a more dangerous world).

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