“Humanity fears no rivals”

With the rise of generative AI and its capabilities in story telling, images, videos and song, how AI might start to challenge our sense of what we regard as human? And might it be similar to how Clayton Christensen outlined disruptive innovation undermining market incumbents? Generative AI creativity I’ve recently been playing a bit with… Continue reading “Humanity fears no rivals”

Gen AI democratises AI: That’s a big deal

Why should we care so much about generative AI as opposed to the other forms of AI that have been around for some time? Because generative AI represents a massive phase shift, a new development in democratisation of a powerful technology, bringing capabilities to a vastly bigger audience than before. It might feel like we’re… Continue reading Gen AI democratises AI: That’s a big deal

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LLMs and the disintermediation of the voice of government

As the internet helped to disintermediate many industries, might large language models such as ChatGPT ‘disintermediate’ the voice of governments and public sectors? And if so, what might that mean for the work done in governments around communications, service design and behavioural insights? Disintermediation from the internet, disintermediation from generative AI? Seeing to the heart… Continue reading LLMs and the disintermediation of the voice of government

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Me, myself and the machine

How does generating content change with the arrival of ChatGPT? This post contains some musing about the impacts of generative AI on our relationship to our own knowledge and thinking. I am no longer writing for humans alone – the machine is my audience as much as you are One of the reasons I find… Continue reading Me, myself and the machine

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Will generative AI disadvantage new starters?

How will newer entrants to the public service learn and professionally develop in a world of generative AI? In playing with ChatGPT and now some of the GPT agents, some interesting questions arise about what’s going to happen to a lot of the work currently done. While I’m not going to say all our jobs… Continue reading Will generative AI disadvantage new starters?

Why generative AI feels significant

If government is an information industry, what might generative AI tools mean for it? Playing with ChatGPT Over the past few weeks I, like many many others, have been playing with Open AI’s ChatGPT. Much of this has been playful such as: But then with some public servant friends, I started to play with it… Continue reading Why generative AI feels significant

Reflections on five years at OPSI

[Originally published by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO).] After an amazing and intensive five years with the team at OPSI, I’m leaving the OECD to move on to new adventures back in Australia. Before I go, and with the indulgence of my colleagues, I’d… Continue reading Reflections on five years at OPSI

Early to rise, early to fall – the destiny of vanguard projects in the public sector?

[Originally published by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO).] In my 20 years of being a public servant I have been fortunate enough to have seen or read about quite a few innovative projects (Have we told you we have a database of… Continue reading Early to rise, early to fall – the destiny of vanguard projects in the public sector?

Innovation Networks: learning from a convening of conveners

[Originally published by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO).] How do you coordinate and convene a public sector innovation network? How do you connect people whose common interest is difference? Recently, we started to compile a catalogue of public sector… Continue reading Innovation Networks: learning from a convening of conveners

Public sector innovation system scan of Latvia

[Originally published by the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike 3.0 IGO (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO). This post was jointly authored with Kent Aitken.] Today we’re releasing an innovation scan of the Latvian national public sector, undertaken in conjunction with the Latvian State Chancellery and with the… Continue reading Public sector innovation system scan of Latvia