What are we racing toward? Panel: Industry-Academic Partnerships for Education: Challenges and Models for Mutual Engagemen...
Business Industry Partnership <ul><li>Making “contact” with real-world problems is useful,  especially  in HCI </li></ul><...
Corporations…. <ul><li>Have the rights of individuals.  </li></ul><ul><li>Far more wealth and power than most individuals....
Example…. <ul><li>Some characters in the “public” domain appropriated by Disney. </li></ul>
Moreover… <ul><li>The days of dominance by “long-term” investors are gone. </li></ul><ul><li>Short term profits drive the ...
In Execu-speak, people are incented to look for:  <ul><li>“ Low-hanging fruit” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Quick wins”  </li></ul>...
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What are we racing toward

  1. 1. What are we racing toward? Panel: Industry-Academic Partnerships for Education: Challenges and Models for Mutual Engagement John C. Thomas IBM T. J. Watson Research Center February 1, 2008 Winter Park, Colorado
  2. 2. Business Industry Partnership <ul><li>Making “contact” with real-world problems is useful, especially in HCI </li></ul><ul><li>There is no “frictionless surface” in HCI </li></ul><ul><li>However… </li></ul><ul><li>Academia should not become another subsidiary of Corporamania </li></ul>
  3. 3. Corporations…. <ul><li>Have the rights of individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Far more wealth and power than most individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>And very few responsibilities (except to increase their wealth). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even increasing wealth is typically measured quarterly or annually. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CEOs who insist too much on “corporate citizenship” will be replaced. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Example…. <ul><li>Some characters in the “public” domain appropriated by Disney. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Moreover… <ul><li>The days of dominance by “long-term” investors are gone. </li></ul><ul><li>Short term profits drive the CEO. </li></ul><ul><li>And, if they do not, the CEO will be replaced with one who will be driven by short term profits. </li></ul><ul><li>This is not an atmosphere that encourages true out of the box thinking. </li></ul>
  6. 6. In Execu-speak, people are incented to look for: <ul><li>“ Low-hanging fruit” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Quick wins” </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced financial position through </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes in regulations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheaper labor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surface differentiation </li></ul></ul>

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