It appears women are a living, breathing template for Internet of Things. And for that, I think we should re-brand Women's Intuition as WIoT: Women's Intuition of Things. Let's explore...
I'm not an expert in automation, controls, or IT. However, I do work with a Manufacturing IT Association and with each research paper they pump out I become more convinced that IoT and Women's Intuition are pretty much the same thing.
Women’s Intuition is like a mythical trait that no one can explain. This is much like the dozens of names and interpretations that the Internet of Things (IoT) holds. Everyone is claiming they are using IoT (and hosting IoT events) yet the system is always evolving so it's difficult to frame. Ladies, has anyone told you they just don't understand you? Sounds like a framing issue.
Another common problem found in Women's Intuition and IoT is proof. Women’s Intuition is used as a form of data when a woman wants to prove a point. "I just felt the stock was going to crash." At the same time, that exact data is the first to be questioned when someone doesn’t understand a woman's idea or decision. "What do you mean you felt it? What is your reasoning?" This is similar to IoT when you find a complex trend in data but it’s not in a presentable dashboard so others will question you until you finally turn it into a graph or a 20-page presentation.
While Women's Intuition can be mythical, it does have some concrete traits in its makeup. Dr. Louann Brizendine's research and book "The Female Brain" suggests Women's Intuition includes remembering and feeling emotions, heightened senses and sensitivity especially to sound, and the psychic-like ability to understand a situation before it happens.
Plus, from her book we know that women use a different set of circuits in the brain (assuming a broader set) to reach a solution.
"In a German study, researchers conducted brain scans of men and women while they mentally rotated abstract, three-dimensional shapes. There were no performance differences between the men and women, but there were significant, sex-specific differences in the brain circuits they activated to complete the task. Women triggered brain pathways linked to visual identification and spent more time than men picturing the objects in their minds.
This fact merely meant that it took women longer to get to the same answer. It also showed that females perform all the cognitive functions males perform—they just do so by using different brain circuits."
Ummm, I could be wrong but these traits exemplify everything that IoT strives to be. Let's break it down.
So, I propose that IoT should now be called WIoT: Women's Intuition of Things. WIoT...TM, hashtag, copyright...whatever.
WHAT DOES 'THINGS' MEAN?
In short, things in WIoT represents operations. I believe things, meaning processes and products, are what women will improve in big ways. (By the way, I'm not excluding men, I believe men who lead and work using male and female traits and vice versa will do the same.)
Women by nature are not only IoT, they are also a template for continuous improvement and efficiency. "Why don't you wear that shirt with those jeans? If we go to the store first we'll have time for ice cream. Etc." When you plug a woman into operations, she can't help but to spot the inefficiencies.
HOW WIoT RELATES TO NOW
I'm excited because not too long ago we entered a new world where we can access all the data and information that we can't physically sense. And, some of that data can be used as actual proof to our theories. We can also now design and make anything without any boundaries thanks to 3D printing and hybrid manufacturing. Financing for products and processes has never been easier thanks to crowdsourcing, crowdfunding (now from non-accredited investors in the US), and micro-loans.
In a world where you can make anything, there is a heightened responsibility. It's not "Can we make this?", it's "Should we make this?"
Because women can pull from historical data and emotions (empathy), they understand the BIG picture. Women instinctively know what's right and what's wrong. I believe women should be put in decision making roles to spot and fix what's wrong so that we don't make anything else or continue with another old-school process that hinders the big picture -- the world.
WIoT will make for an innovative era where women will sense efficiency gains, visualize corners that can be cut, and create products and processes that will touch lives in sustainable and positive ways.
Did I miss any traits that fit in IoT/Big Data/Connectivity? Which industries and processes do you think WIoT will fix first or have already started to fix?
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