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Agile Adaptive Autodidactic Autonomous Accepted Actions 

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"Agile Adaptive Autodidactic Autonomous Accepted Actions" 

We need to embrace these six words and make them part of the IoT journey we all are on.

Let me explain and better define this collection of Six "A" words that are part of our transformation.

Agile -  We all need to learn just what we need to know, just in time, quickly and easily with agility.

Adaptive - We need to embrace Adaptive Intelligence and some of its components such as Lygometry, a process where you measure things you know that you do not know. Ask questions about the knowledge that you know you don't have.  Lygometry is best understood by children and artificial intelligence and is often is not something we personally well define and build inventories of.   For an example of what I am talking about watch and listen to this presentation:

Adaptive Intelligence: Hacking Your Brain's Response to Change | Amin Toufani | SU Global Summit 

What do we need to unlearn autodidactically to adapt?

Autodidactic - We need to keep on our self-educating journey to be self-taught and create self-learning companies because our teachers and trusted advisors are still learning as well. All known resources are still evolving. Books and prepared education are obsolete as soon as completed.

Autonomous - More and more the IoT devices are becoming autonomous with data and AI at the edge, and the trend is that information that was sent to the cloud is now processed on the intelligent edge.

Accepted - hard to achieve by all but we must seek understanding and acceptance of all the people in our equation and educate and guide them through their personal People Powered Transformation.

Actions - Once we have learned the correct skills, we need to turn them into action. Such is our future.

We need to quantify and autodidactically increase our knowledge of our lack of knowledge. Writing these words makes me realize that my past five decades in building automation and two decades in publication has been powered by my personal Lygometry, plus lack of formal training and a general lack of understanding of what I should know but was fueled by agile actions not particularly well executed or well-founded but somehow accepted. The Autonomous action was me.

Unraveling my own words, I am updating my almost 30-year-old home automation system, "surprise" I was very early to home automation.

With Agility I just self-learned what I needed to know to purchase a color WiFi LED bulb and downloaded the app. Adapting the product to talk to my phone, a process I know nothing about. Autodidactic learning with instructions fed to my phone as required on how to connect. Autonomous the bulb is a new device solution.  Then turn this all into Action, I introduced the new device and its' app to my Google Home Assistant. and I am talking to and controlling my light bulb in color.  Can you imagine the unlearning I need to do? The mind shift that this requires for an old mind like mine?  This is the kind of transformation of thought we need to make unlearning while understanding new ways of doing old things and getting our mind around new capabilities like the control of color in our equation.

Bet you thought I forgot Accepted sometimes the best route to acceptance is to show them what you are thinking actually let the people play with the transformation, watch them, you will learn lots of things you do not know, trust me.

What has changed?   The original lighting control system required wires or a line carrier network and a physical direct digital controller programmed by a computer. Telephone interface was achieved over the house landlines that no longer exists. The cell phone is now our go-to device not a computer for programming cloud servers and apps.

Great chat with Eric and Ken jump in at 14-minute mark for my comments on the power of A-words, People Powered Transformation, industry deployment shifts and other stuff. Smart Buildings a PodCast for the week ending October 15, 2017, features our interview with Ken Sinclair, owner, and editor, Automated Buildings. Ken is a true catalyst and harbinger of change, which he believes will involve our full embrace of IoT.

An article for our November issue that evolved from industry opinion "Our Inclusive Open Data-driven Reinvention." helps document "BAS Trends for 2018”, quotable input was requested and provided by several industry leaders/experts for our November issue.  We requested that they provide their brief take on trends they find interesting and noteworthy. Here is a sneak preview of those quotable thoughts in no order, but the shift to data dominates. You will need to wait until November 1st to see who said what and their complete quote.

The use of data to improve operational results
The data contained in a device is more valuable than the device
Open Source Finally Arrives
Merging of the typically isolated silos of Lighting and HVAC control.
The proliferation of analytics-ready controllers and solutions
The BAS industry is at the tail of the whip.
Re-establishing how we do every function to support a building.
A greater focus on the evolving Master System Integrator, MSI
Plus some thoughts from my last article "Human-Centric Building Automation."

Reliable Controls Very pleased to share these thoughts from someone entering the industry.

Diverse skill sets and knowledge base are required even to have a worthwhile conversation

Since getting interested in the Building Automation and Controls world about four months ago, I've noticed the prerequisite diverse skill sets and knowledge base required even to have a worthwhile conversation regarding BAC.  There is not only need to understand how buildings function from a mechanical/electrical/controls perspective, but additionally to have scripting capabilities for understanding time series data and working with API's and being able to traverse routers, switches, and other network devices.  Having just a basic understanding of network engineering doesn't even cut it because there is now the whole cybersecurity issue that came to light after the Target hack.  Additionally, the reason I came to CU Boulder is that of their unique Building Systems Engineering program, but most of that focus is on system design, not integration.  If you really want to get young talent involved - where are the co-ops and university partnerships?  Where's the chance to learn and see the challenges faced by the industry first hand?  I think there are a lot in my generation who want to see real progress, who want green buildings to be more than a plaque on the wall vetted through an energy modeled building that, after RFIs and value engineering, cut 30% of the features required to make it function at 50% more energy efficient than a code compliant new commercial building.  I'm done with hype pamphlets and renderings created by AEC firms.  I want buildings to work as designed and that's what I find fascinating.

Cory Mosiman, University of Colorado, Boulder M.S. Architectural Engineering 2018

Hope the Six A words "Agile Adaptive Autodidactic Autonomous Accepted Actions."  help increase your knowledge of your lack of knowledge and allow further travel on your IoT journey.

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