I keep wondering when the James Bond franchise will get old to me. It seems to always ring a bell for me. I do like the action, but the story lines are what hook me. I recently watched Skyfall again, and as a tech person, it makes a statement I have been making my whole career. Total trust in technology means a hacked system puts everybody at risk.
Human judgement is better than technology, when dealing with all the potential anomalies and changes in markets, products, and a host of other variables that are impossible to document real time. An educated human eye picks up those changes and adjusts on the fly.
I love new technology that makes companies more productive, efficient, and profitable. But I enjoy teaching leaders the tricks of the technology, in addition to what they be judicious in making decisions base up that technology.
A recent Wall Street Journal article documented the problems with virtual assistants. They have apparently hit a wall with their functionality.
I still get a kick out of realizing I left a light on, and have to get out of bed to turn it off. I get a kick out of getting out of bed because I forgot to brush my teeth.
But I am guy who brags that he rode a motorcycle 700 miles one day in the rain, with the temperature closing in on 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I consider critics of my ride soft. I don’t ever want to be accused of being soft.
Which is why I liked Skyfall so much. Bond, a mere human, was the only guy that could get the hacker and stop the destruction. That makes him my hero.