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The Kludge Effect

At first glance, the Kludge Effect blog may strike you as a hodgepodge of topics. Artificial intelligence, algorithms, autonomous systems, happiness (i.e. well-being & Eudaimonia), and sustainable success in business? What’s the connection? 

The Kludge’ Effect, is a nod to the etymology of technology vocabulary, a dash of humor given that my name is so frequently mispronounced in this manner, and refers to the evidence-based, holistic solutions I aim to share for solving large-scale problems.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I sincerely hope you find the material enjoyable and enlightening. The interplay of technology, ethics, and human need is complex but vital. My aim is to untangle thorny issues with nuance, compassion and, hopefully, a dash of levity.

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Sometimes, our focus becomes so narrow that we overlook the broader context, missing the big picture. On other occasions, our perspective may be too wide, causing us to overlook important details.

By aligning our intentions closely with what is good, we can develop an awareness of our perspective, enabling us to effectively address both types of problems.

This is why I refer to it as holistic.

Likely to Be Accessed by Children…

The Guide to Building AI, Algorithmic, and Autonomous Systems Intended for, and Not for Children Protecting children’s privacy in the digital realm is a pressing ethical obligation as AI, algorithms, and autonomous systems become increasingly pervasive. I unpack the nuances of assessing whether these systems are likely to be accessed

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What the C-Suite and Boards should know about Cognitive Bias.

The Role of Ethics Committees – Embracing the Known, Acknowledging the Unknown, and Empowering the Discerning Over 300 identified cognitive biases invisibly shape our decisions, often without conscious awareness. These biases can significantly impact ethical considerations across various domains, from FinTech, MedTech, and technology that engages with children.  I explore

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First Principles Thinking: Questioning Assumptions to Guide Ethical AI

Executive Briefing on Medium SubStack 7 Minute read Unveiling Assumptions in AI Governance: A First Principles Approach In the dynamic realm of artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, and automated systems, collectively known as AAA Systems, a prominent venture capitalist recently emphasized the transformative power of First Principles thinking in their deployment.

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Top Ten Downloaded paper for Ethical Decision Making

In a rare short blog post, I want to share the links for the platforms on which my paper and various shorter versions are posted. SSRN Understanding the Distinction Between Technical and Governance Audits for AI: A Critical Analysis SubStack:  Moving Beyond Technical Audits: The Imperative of AI Governance Medium: 

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My “Fireside” chat with the AI’s.

In what may become an ongoing project based on user feedback, here is an open-hearted conversation with three AI systems – Bard, ChatGPT, and Claude. We are both witness to and subject of exponential technological advancements that will have immediate and profound impacts on our lives: Generative Artificial Intelligence. The

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Technical vs. AI Governance Audit

Shortly after its publishing, the paper “Understanding the Distinction Between Technical and Governance Audits for AI: A Critical Analysis” captured the top ten downloaded list the following topics: 1. Law, Policy & Economics of Technical Standards eJournal Top Ten. 2. DecisionSciRN: Technology Policies (Sub-Topic) Top Ten. & 3. Ethical Decision

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Lesson 30:

Now is a Gift. It is why we call it the Present. What happened in the Past is History; and does not define who you are Now. While pain and mistakes happen as a part of Being a Human, we choose how we control This Moment. Learn from the past

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Lesson 29:

Empathy The new leadership and personal super power for the roaring ’20’s. Counterpoint: The purpose of a counterpoint is to discuss and reflect on what a dissenting opinion may be. I hope to make my point through a story. Having empathy and looking at the world through another’s perspective is

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Lesson 28:

Rewarding the Wrong Behavior Walking back implied policy standards to those who were in the shadows.

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Lesson 27:

Happiness Yoga: HOGA ™ Simple and Tiny Steps Leading to Greater Happiness and Fulfillment. Honesty: is not just of what we say externally, but the internal stories we tell ourselves. Are we being honest with ourselves and asking questions to pry to the core of why we do what we

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Lesson 25:

The Rise of the Ethics Committee The PLACE Framework is a holistic approach to the next level of leadership development and considers the following: A Plan, the Lesson itself, Action, Counterpoints and the Explanation WHY its purpose is valuable. Psychology taught us to gain a greater efficacy of a desired

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Lesson 22:

Is it really better to ask forgiveness versus permission? Salespeople joke about their compliance departments; “We are sales, they are sales prevention.” With that logic, the salesperson justifies an action they know to be unapproved. Once the deed is done, and if the behavior is caught, they then bow down

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