Personally, I have been contemplating on the title of the Penny Power`s new book `Business is personal` (I haven’t read it yet). As a result, I was drawn to Jack Ma`s comments during the WEF around people and business.
Jack Ma is devoting now his time in educational work. We have to wait to see what that means. In the meantime, the forked version of Apache Flink, is called Blink, and is capable of handling the requirements of such a large scale platform like Alibaba. Blink is running on a few different clusters, and each cluster has about 1000 machines. Real Times processing, search capabilities, and machine learning at this scale, is not a trivial computational task.
Open source technologies have to become the basis of the 4th industrial revolution which includes IOT. Alibaba is already working on designing that future.
Jack Ma, has departed from Alibaba, but the people listen to him. He still believes and preaches that we people have hearts that can`t be built in machines. His comments on smart people and managing them in teams, made me ask again the open question:
Q – `How far can decentralization go in our society?`
A1 – Does this need smart people to collaborate? A difficult task.
A2 – Will this happen because smart people don’t collaborate? An oxymoron.
Rethinking is what we all need to do.
Listen also to the thought provoking discussion of Dr. Guenther Dobrauz-Saldapenna and the `Rock`n`Roll Plato` Anders Indset in `Outhink the Revolution`.