This is what I get for opening up David Leonhardt’s daily digital trash bag (NYT “The Morning”). At the end of an article about the importance of booster shots, was something that wasn’t quite an ad, nor really an article, just “a message”. A click brought me to the homepage of Accenture, which seems to be a busy little initiative. Here is a sampling from their “metaverse” page:
I also add this link, from the same website, which includes their connection to Salesforce (at a very recent conference), which from what I glean is the major engine of academic technology:
Accounting firms are key to scaling social impact Metaverse behavioral currencies - Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, etc.
This is my entry on Accenture from Littlesis - hasn’t been updated in a few years now but you can scroll and catch the drift.
Check out Gary Glickman and smart cards for the social safety net - there’s your Skinner box scrip.
LOTS to review and scrutinize here . . . (I will plan to circle back in this regard) . . . For now, maybe someone else can have at it (I am unable to cut/paste most of the graphics, yet important to see)
A new fabric of life is unfolding
Repatterning our relationships
Can the individual keep shining without eclipsing the collective?
Side hustles sing our tune
as businesses rewrite theirs
So come as you are
The tide of questions is rising For brands, it’s sink or swim
There’s less to go around
And more to learn from nature Kindness is in
Clutter is out
Care is all around us
The next frontier ahead
A new cultural chapter Relationships tailored to fit This is the new fabric of life
The metaverse is less about a world of unicorns and dragons, and more about escaping the limits
of physical walls to spend time in a virtual space.
Accenture has been on my radar for a few years – as they have been sending “messages.”
Interestingly, I began interrogating Accenture in August 2019 – initially digging a bit into upstream oil and gas leader Tommy Inglesby:
Jan 2017 - Present 5 years 9 months
Houston, Texas Area
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across the oil & gas value chain, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services—all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and…
Aug 2017 - Jan 2022 4 years 6 months
Energistics provides the global upstream oil and gas industry with an open consortium to define, develop and maintain data standards. Energistics is dedicated to informing, educating and supporting all stakeholders to ensure a rapid and effective adoption of the standards in the pursuit of interoperability, efficiency and data integrity.
Dec 2014 - Jun 2016 1 year 7 months
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014 5 months
Apr 2013 - Aug 2014 1 year 5 months
Jan 2000 - Apr 2013 13 years 4 months
Leader in Oil & Gas practice globally
Leader of America’s Natural Gas practice
Founder and leader of Unconventional Oil & Gas practice
Sep 1998 - Jan 2000 1 year 5 months
Led power plant benchmarking operations for clients in the US and Canada
1994 - 1998
Jun 2010 - Present 12 years 4 months
May 2016 - Present 6 years 5 months
Relatedly (to Inglesby), these two images from this Accenture paper on Upstream Operations reminds me somewhat of the images Accenture used above in their new Fjord Trends presentation (albeit updated and stylized for maximum mixed reality effect, of course):
In October 2019, I read the following Accenture post related to quantum computing:
Accenture Utilities Blog
By: Ketan Shah
Reading the Book of Informatics recently, I realized that, sooner or later, our present-generation computing will reach the limit of its processing capabilities. The black and white of computing may give way to a grey amalgam. The super-computing of the future—quantum computing—once thought to be an impossible technology, is slowly gaining some level of acceptance.
While currently primarily experimental, quantum supremacy will be a reality in a matter of years. The big question I see: How is quantum computing different and what does it offer for the utilities industry?
How is quantum different?
I describe quantum computing as a concept which can perform calculations exponentially quicker than even the fastest computers known today. We all are aware of how classical computing uses binary bits - 0 or 1, true or false, or positive or negative. In a quantum computer, the fundamental bit is called a “quantum bit” or “qubit”. Contrary to Classical computing, a qubit can represent states as 0 or 1 or a “superposition” of both (partly 0 and partly 1) at the same time. Another key feature of quantum computing, “entanglement”, describes a strong correlation between two or more particles linked together in a way that a change in the state of one particle is reflected instantly in the other, even at great distances. The combination of superposition and entanglement enables a quantum computer to process a massive number of calculations simultaneously.
Also, Optimization and exponential scaling are the two primary aspects of quantum that enable them to make much more precise predictions than classical computers.
What does quantum offer for utilities?
Let’s explore some areas where the power of quantum computing can help address complex business challenges such as grid stability and reliability, predictive modelling and grid security.
Quantum grid: Advanced technology research has considered using the qubit as a solar cell. A quantum dot is a nanoscale particle of semiconducting material that can be embedded to make quantum batteries. This, coupled with quantum communication to encode and decode information in physical systems, could provide energy providers with greater efficiency for input and output of energy, eliminating energy losses and achieving higher goals for renewable energy.
Grid cybersecurity: Power grid infrastructure in today state is vulnerable towards security breaches. If utilities don’t apply quantum encryption to the grid, hackers will be easily able to penetrate it. Adding quantum keys to encryption could make it possible to create hack-resistant algorithms. As a large-scale cyber-attack on the US power grid could lead to losses of up to $1 trillion, the quantum cryptography market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 38.72 percent over the next few years.
Quantum load pattern monitoring: Using quantum computing could help achieve precise knowledge of energy consumption. Quantum calculations can bring almost infinite accuracy to understanding smart meter consumption and event data in developing non-intrusive load monitoring capabilities, as well as providing load analysis and harmonic spectrum analysis to improve the efficiency of power consumption and spot inefficiencies.
Customer analytics: Quantum computing can build on insights by assuming new data sets as well as working on intense number crunching using the data explosion from smart meters, digital channels and smart homes. Customer analytics will enter a new phase when machine learning on an entire customer analytical record (CAR++) is executed on a quantum computer. Deep insights that are currently difficult to predict, owing to the complexity of data sets, will become possible. Utilities could be able to increase the accuracy of their predictions by more than ~20-30 percent.
As if artificial intelligence was not transformational enough on its own, the power of quantum computing in AI could create a new era of competitiveness – and it’s clearly one of several disruptive technologies expected to usher in the “5th generation” of computing where mass parallel processing will be done using AI and intricate mathematical models.
I’ll share more about how we can build the technology expertise to work in the new era of quantum computing in a future blog post.
This article had also come my way in 2019 (although posted in 2017) – RE: ID2020:
Accenture, Microsoft Create Blockchain Solution to Support ID2020
Companies team on digital identity program
NEW YORK; June 19, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is leading a “call to action” and responding with blockchain and biometric technologies to support ID2020, a global public-private partnership dedicated to solving the challenges of identity faced by more than 1.1 billion people around the world.
Approximately one-sixth of the world’s population cannot participate in cultural, political, economic and social life because they lack the most basic information: documented proof of their existence. Establishing identity is critical to accessing a wide range of activities, including education, healthcare, voting, banking, mobile communications, housing, and family and childcare benefits. The goal of ID2020 is to make digital identity a reality through a technology-forward approach that will leverage secure and well-established systems.
Accenture, in partnership with Microsoft and Avanade, has developed an identity prototype based on blockchain technology – a type of database system that enables multiple parties to share access to the same data with an extremely high level of confidence and security.
The prototype, which builds on Accenture’s capabilities in blockchain and its experience developing and deploying large-scale biometric systems, runs on Microsoft Azure, the company’s cloud platform that offers global scale, flexibility and security. The prototype is designed to empower individuals with direct consent over who has access to their personal information, and when to release and share data. It is a sophisticated decentralized, or “distributed,” database architecture, maintained by multiple, trusted parties on the blockchain, eliminating the need for a central authority. The prototype does not store any personally identifiable information, instead tapping into existing “off-chain” systems when the individual user grants access. Accenture and Microsoft – founding alliance partners of ID2020 who have pledged financial and technology resources – demonstrated the prototype today at the ID2020 Summit at the U.N.
“People without a documented identity suffer by being excluded from modern society,” said David Treat, a managing director in Accenture’s global blockchain business. “Our prototype is personal, private and portable, empowering individuals to access and share appropriate information when convenient and without the worry of using or losing paper documentation.”
How it works
The Accenture prototype is designed to interoperate with existing identity systems so that personally identifiable information always resides “off chain.” It aligns to principles of the Decentralized Identity Foundation, of which Microsoft is a founding member, and uses the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance’s private, or “permissioned,” blockchain protocol.
To solve problems faced by people who lack official identities face, Accenture will leverage its Unique Identity Service Platform to deploy a breakthrough biometrics system that can manage fingerprints, iris and other data. For example, the technology can provide undocumented refugees with a steadfast personal identity record, ensuring that they can receive assistance where and when they need it. The Accenture Platform is the heart of the Biometric Identity Management System currently used by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which has enrolled more than 1.3 million refugees in 29 countries across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. The system is expected to support more than 7 million refugees from 75 countries by 2020.
“We believe that identity is one of the most important needs in international development and an area where Microsoft and the private sector are uniquely positioned to contribute,” said Yorke Rhodes, global business strategist at Microsoft. “We are thrilled to work with Accenture and bring Microsoft Azure’s global scale, flexibility and security to support ID2020 and make progress on this critical societal need.”
The prototype project was led by the multi-disciplinary team at The Dock, Accenture’s new research and incubation hub in Ireland. A team of designers, software engineers and experts in blockchain worked to bring the idea to life.
“This is a great example of design and technology coming together to address the challenges facing so many vulnerable individuals in our society today,” said Lorna Ross, group director, Accenture’s Fjord Design Studio at The Dock. “We hope that this work will galvanize efforts globally towards a solution that guarantees the right to an identity for the invisible everywhere.”
The ID2020 consortium brings together governments, NGOs, technologists and experts from the public and private sectors to ensure that the best technological innovations are implemented in ways that are scalable, secure and sustainable. Accenture had an integral role in a similar program, serving as a founding company and the consulting partner for the Partnership for Refugees, providing pro bono strategic consulting, project management and digital services. The Partnership helped more than 50 corporations better understand refugees’ needs to develop effective responses across three impact areas: education, employment and enablement.
“One of our goals at Accenture is to improve how the world works and lives by digital technologies to solve some of our most pressing challenges,” said Marty Rodgers, who leads Accenture’s work with the Partnership for Refugees and is the global lead for Accenture’s NGO practice. “ID2020 is another example of Accenture and our partners working together to support some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 401,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com
In February 2021, I posted the following piece, in which I highlighted Mike Konesky – previously of Accenture (see Endnote 9):
Following is Mike Konesky’s LinkedIn profile:
Dec 2020 - Present 1 year 10 months
Mar 2015 - Dec 2020 5 years 10 months
Directed day-to-day sales operations for all aspects of Bluewolf IBM Global Business Services (GBS) Salesforce business with focus on distribution, electronics, and manufacturing sector clients across North America. Led business development, growth management, and profitability across client portfolio. Mentored a diverse, cross-functional team consisting of sales professionals and customer success representatives.
Led global sales integration of Bluewolf and IBM sales teams, sales…
Sep 2014 - Mar 2015 7 months
San Francisco Bay Area
Managed West Region USA territory, administered profit and loss, coached and mentored consulting and account management teams, plus led recruitment for territory growth. Oversaw project managers, solution architects, business analysts, developers, and change management consultants. Some representative engagements include:
MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER: Brought 2 distinct sales teams together, improved collaboration, and drove overall business by leading sales and program delivery…
Apr 2012 - Sep 20142 years 6 months
San Francisco Bay Area
Accelerating the Cloud Powered Business
Apr 2007 - Apr 2012 5 years 1 month
Instrumental in growing the Accenture Salesforce Practice by leading 3 key customer engagements, including largest global Salesforce Sales Cloud implementation at the time.
GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY: Led Salesforce Service Cloud digital transformation program for worldwide client sales team with 20K salespeople.
TECHNOLOGY SECURITY COMPANY: Oversaw global Salesforce Service Cloud implementation for .cloud and CBO support business units, including data migrations from Siebel and…
Dec 2005 - Jul 2007 1 year 8 months
Dec 1998 - Sep 2005 6 years 10 months
1998 - 1999 1 year
Jun 1992 - Nov 1998 6 years 6 months
Jun 1987 - May 1992 5 years
1983 - 1987
Following is more Accenture-esque material that has come my way in the past year or so – my sense is that Accenture has been a pivotal force in constructing the militarized mixed reality game, which is why I have continued to explore the entity . . .
Well, it’s not surprising that Moran worked for Accenture. Accenture is one of the central players building the Metaverse (the Facebook story is mostly diversion), and that circles us back to digital twins and mixed reality (SWS): Technology Trends 2021 | Tech Vision | Accenture | Accenture and https://www.3ds.com/sites/default/files/2021-01/dassault-systemes-and-accenture-virtual-twin-and-sustainability.pdf.
Just saw this today, Accenture in a ‘new’ web3 sustainability initiative via wef.
The coalition’s partners include Accenture, Avalanche, Avatree, CC Token, Circle, Climate Collective, CRADL, Crypto Council for Innovation, Emerge, Energy Web Foundation, eToro, EY, Flowcarbon, Heifer International, KlimaDAO, Lukka, NEAR Foundation, Nori, PlanetWatch, Plastiks, Rainforest Partnership, Recykal, ReSeed, Ripple, Solana, Stellar Development Foundation, STEWARD, Sustainable Bitcoin Protocol, The Global Brain, Toucan Protocol, University of Lisbon, and Zero Labs.
KlimaDAO and Toucan are Celo associated Projects.
Avalanche is working with Delliotte on a project for FEMA
Flowcarbon is headed by the WeWork guy
My post featuring eToro back in December 2021:
A fundamental crypto player is eToro — the world’s largest social investment network, co-founded in 2006 by Tel Aviv-based brothers Yoni Assia and Ronen Assia. Ronen is also a Managing Partner at Team8 — an AI/cyber spin-out of elite intelligence and tech units of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The Israeli cryptocurrency trading platform is inextricably intertwined with Ethereum, and the company is eagerly awaiting Ethereum’s upcoming Serenity (2.0) debut. As noted on eToro’s website: “eToro plans to be among the first to offer this possibility to our customers and are currently following all the required developments as well as the security implications for our clients.”
Map of Accenture in Dallas Collective Impact space. @ldaven
The hub for this is Pegasus Park - so that’s a direct reference to that report IMO
I guess you are right. It’s a demonic stronghold over Dallas.
Taking a crack at Fjord Trends 2022: Pegasus/unicorn wearing breast plate shaped like a Playstation control, atop an inverted city of some sort. The u.f.o.'s (of course), a heart pierced by digital thermometers and clay pipes, atop some sort of transmitter, above an inverted potted plant flanked by inverted watering cans. Something flat in the Pegasus wing, below it, a group of Matryoshka dolls atop a pile of books with rice steamers (?) sticking out. Other side, can’t make out those shapes, though odd that the knitting needle comes to a sharp point and appears to be stuck through the “neck” of a shape reminiscent of a human. The teddy bear reminds me of an animatronic horror-type character, made stranger by tomatoes for ears and a cup imbedded in its head. Also, it sits atop a double car, fused at the back, which would be unable to move in any direction. Centered below the whole kaboodle is a bitcoin symbol with a N and S aligned around it, like a compass. And next to that, I’m not sure, makes me think of a cinema film canister. Magenta is the dominant color. Getting back to the inverted city, I see the “buildings” are all needle tipped, and collapsible (bottoms are longer, intervals shrinking by fractions as you go up (or down in this case) and the other forms look like chisels. All has an uncanny valley/horror feel to it.
BTW Pavel Luksha, Global Education Futures - Lifelong Learning Transhumanist, worked for Accenture for a time.
I did a livestream on it tonight.
Went over this 2018 blog post about GEF and eugenics.