Machine Learning with People
Just Add Humans
In 1997 Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at Chess
IBM’s computer applied a process not unlike traditional management techniques
Programmers told Deep Blue how to think. The disciplined application of ‘best practice’ powered by hefty processing grunt
It took another 19 years before Google’s AlphaGo beat the world’s best human Go player, Lee Sedol
Go is much, much more VUCA than Chess so AlphaGo used Machine Learning. Might this hint at a new management approach to deal with a VUCA world?
No human ‘taught’ AlphaGo. It was fed with data about past games and then played itself over and over. As a result, a new superior way of playing the game emerged
After games against AlphaGo, elite players experience dramatic improvements in their own ability
Machine Learning takes AI to the next level because it removes the limitations that human programmers inevitably impose in VUCA situations. This frees the power of modern computers to explore options that the programmers haven’t the time or capacity to handle.
This isn’t to say those programmers are ‘bad’ at their job – quite the opposite. They simply recognise and accept that they need another approach if they are to help computers deal effectively with the VUCA world. (Read more about that here.)
The MLxP Algorithm
Your data is the history of the game
Your people are the machine to whom you feed that data
Let them play *
Analyse their play and create your own unique new approach
Machine Learning with People takes organisational agility the next level because it removes the limitations that leaders and managers inevitably impose using traditional approaches in VUCA situations. This frees the power of an organisations’s collective intellect, intuition, experience and creativity to generate profound insight and options for action that leaders haven’t the time or capacity to create.
This isn’t to say those leaders and managers are ‘bad’ at their job, quite the opposite. They simply recognise and accept that they need another approach to help their organisations and colleagues deal effectively with the VUCA world.
We help all sorts of organisations and people do the right thing in a VUCA world. If you’d like to talk with us about that, we’d love it.