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Last Updated on September 11, 2021

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I recently discovered the “Transcript” feature on Youtube and spent a couple of hours here and there editing the words Google’s AI automatically extracts from the original video. About 90% of the words is correctly identified which is pretty decent. There is no punctuation so you have to go through the video and insert it yourself if you want a decent transcript. Here you have the first results of this AI-Human collaboration :-),

R.L. Ackoff (1993)

The transcript from the Youtube video of the talk “From Mechanistic to Systemic thinking” Russell L Ackoff gave in 1993. There are few places in the text highlighted in yellow, where neither Google AI nor myself were able to discern the words uttered by Ackoff. the rest should be OK. If you find some errors or have some ideas how to fix the text, please feel free to leave a comment. In the meantime, enjoy.

Maturana and Von Foerster (1998)

The first of a series of three 30 minute videos produced by the American Society for Cybernetics and Change Management Systems, directed by Pille Bunnell, 1998. This one is about Science and Reality. Here is the transcript of this conversation. As usual feel free to leave a comment if you have any suggestion.

The other two conversations of the same series (transcripts forthcoming) are:

Future to be Determined

The Matrix that Embeds

Margaret Heffernan (2015)

Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work : Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”

Lee Smolin (2013)

A New Theory of Time – Is it possible that time is real, and that the laws of physics are not fixed? Lee Smolin, A C Grayling, Gillian Tett, and Bronwen Maddox explore the implications of such a profound re-think of the natural and social sciences, and consider how it might impact the way we think about surviving the future.

Kenneth Yates (2017)

Introduction to Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA)

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