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Navigating the Noise of the New Era

June 8, 2023

How do we navigate the unknown? The Never Neverland of what has not been done before with new tools we have never used?

Ken Sinclair

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There has been an explosion of thoughts about what the new era means for us all. Our social media feeds are starting to read like supermarket tabloids with bizarre headlines and graphics leading to thin facts and science.

What is all the noise? We are entering the “Anything is Possible ERA.” which I have coined as the “Enviromation Era,”

How do we navigate the unknown? The Never Neverland of what has not been done before with new tools we have never used?

My advice as an old sailor is to “steer the course in a confused sea.”

From Bing’s AI-powered copilot for the web,

“Steer the course in a confused sea” is an idiom that means to navigate through difficult or uncertain situations. It is often used to describe how one should proceed when faced with a problem that has no clear solution. The phrase is derived from nautical terminology where “steer” means to guide a ship’s course and “confused sea” refers to rough waters where waves are coming from different directions1. 

I asked Bing AI-powered copilot for the web what is “Enviromation?” I found, surprisingly, I was part of the noise.

I found that “Enviromation” is a new word that combines environment and automation. It describes the creative collision of today’s environmental needs with the need to automate our informational and physical interactions. We are all “Eviromationists” in this new era. This led us back to one of our articles.

Ken Sinclair of provided a recorded keynote message for Controls-Con 2023. His message focuses on a term he has coined as “Enviromation,” the combination of environment and automation. It describes the creative collision of today’s environmental needs with the need to automate our informational and physical interactions.

In my keynote, I discuss my legacy of SES consulting and the need to attract younger folks to our industry.

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Jacob Fenley Area Market Leader – Cochrane Supply & Engineering posted this on LinkedIn

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The confused sea “uncertain situations” always presents a danger. The fear of the unknown always needs to be learned and risk understood. AI is a powerful force.

So was the explosion of the first steam boiler, the meltdown of the first nuclear plant, and the explosion of the first rockets. The Y2K (a non-event caused by those not understanding technology), but we learned a lot quickly and moved on.

My advice is to “steer the course in a confused sea.”

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Navigating the Noise of the New Era

The world is changing faster than ever before. Technology, globalization, social media, and environmental challenges create new opportunities and threats for individuals and organizations. How can we cope with the noise of the new era and make sense of the complex and dynamic reality we face? How can we adapt and thrive in a world that demands constant learning and innovation?

One possible answer is to develop a mindset of curiosity and exploration. Curiosity is the desire to learn new things, to seek out new experiences, and to ask questions. Exploration is trying new things, testing new ideas, and experimenting with different possibilities. Together, curiosity and exploration can help us navigate the noise of the new era by:

  • Expanding our horizons and exposing us to diverse perspectives and sources of information.
  • Enhancing our creativity and problem-solving skills by stimulating our imagination and challenging our assumptions.
  • Enabling us to discover new opportunities and solutions that may not be obvious or conventional.
  • Encouraging us to learn from our failures and feedback and to improve our performance and outcomes.

Curiosity and exploration are not innate traits that we are born with or without. They are skills that we can cultivate and practice. Here are some tips on how to do so:

  • Be open-minded and willing to learn from anyone and anything. Don’t judge or dismiss something before you try it or understand it.
  • Ask questions and seek answers. Don’t settle for what you already know or assume. Dig deeper and look for evidence and explanations.
  • Try new things and experiment with different approaches. Don’t be afraid to fail or make mistakes. Learn from them and try again.
  • Share your ideas and experiences with others. Don’t keep them to yourself or hide them from criticism. Seek feedback and collaborate with others who can help you improve.

Navigating the noise of the new era is not easy, but it is not impossible either. By cultivating a mindset of curiosity and exploration, we can embrace the challenges and opportunities of the changing world and create value for ourselves and others.