MLxP

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

* Accounting for VUCA VARIABLES

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.