Moment of Inspiration

Have you ever struggled with a decision, one that could change your life forever? All of the options feels like an overwhelming fog, blocking out the light. I felt that way for what seemed to be an eternity. And then suddenly…. Light comes streaming in and the answer is as clear as a Rocky Mountain stream. Colors seem brighter, life is more vibrant. Effortless. Like joy riding on a sunny summer day. A moment of inspiration. And mine came last December 15th. This was the first day of my two week retreat, staying at my father’s rental house across the street from where I grew up. Here’s my journal entry from that breakthrough day. December 15, 2014 Watson & Winston Day one of my retreat. Talked with Anand today—very eye opening demonstration of the way technology is changing so rapidly. No longer need to standardize data, or co-locate data or even worry about segregation of data. He showed me how Watson works taking multiple points of data, bringing forth unique hypothesis with cognitive computing. Watson is a thinking computer which understands language, sentiment and meaning—learning over time the language and concepts that we use within United Ways. And Anand’s firm combines that capability with the data which exists in structured databases to make Watson even more powerful. I’m not sure I understand what this is, but WOW— I’ve seen lots of technology demos during my tenure at Upic. What was so eye-opening to me was that this demo turned upside down all of my beliefs about how to harness the power of data. For the past decade, I’d been...