MEREDITH Strategy & Design

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Our purpose is to help companies and organizations of every scale
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and capture value from what they and their people do.

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Talking about her observations of chat-rooms dedicated to the Furby, the electronic pet that swept the late Nineties, MIT sociologist Sherry Turkle speculates that “the extraordinary popularity of the seemingly extraordinarily banal chats has to do with people experiencing the pleasures of the feel of talk.” The delights of the human voice, the pleasures of the feel of talk—it seems there’s something to be said for talking for the sake of talking. Small talk may be speech when there’s nothing to say, but what we’re expressing is our need to talk regardless. Which reminds me: lovely day out, isn’t it?

I always nuance the algorithm. There’s a lot of space available for randomness, and there’s a lot of space for unexpected outcomes, and unexpected outputs. But it’s mostly a process of setting parameters, which means endlessly tweaking the underlying rules and imposing some external logic on top.