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Craig Roth
Managing Vice President: Communication, Collaboration, and Content
4 years at Gartner
25 years IT industry

Craig Roth is a vice president and service director for Gartner Research, in Burton Group's Collaboration and Content Strategies service. Mr. Roth covers a wide range of knowledge and Web-related topics at the intersection of collaboration, content… Read Full Bio

Could a Smart Machine be Tasked with Creating Jobs?

by Craig Roth  |  July 13, 2016

Can machines get smart enough to replace humans? Here’s a thought experiment based on the omnipotence paradox often credited to Thomas Aquinas, which asked “Could an omnipotent being create a stone so heavy that even they could not lift it?” To start with, we know that smart machines using machine learning are improving at an […]

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Death on Tesla’s Road to Smart Machines

by Craig Roth  |  July 7, 2016

For years the pundits have wondered what will happen when someone is killed in an autonomous vehicle. Whose fault is it? Who is liable? Unfortunately, we may find out as Tesla’s first fatality where “autopilot” was turned on happened on May 7, 2016. I see this through the lens of the “stupid valley” that exists […]

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Job Available for Content Management Expert in Europe

by Craig Roth  |  November 4, 2015

Do you live in Europe and know a lot about content management systems, especially records management, e-discovery, and how to ensure regulatory compliance in content management systems? Have you wanted a job that lets you spend more time researching the state of the art and best practices, writing, and doing presentations? Do you enjoy developing […]

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The Marketplace of Ideas vs. The Stockmarket of Ideas

by Craig Roth  |  July 8, 2015

I have been an analyst for well over a decade now, and I’ve noticed there are two kinds of pundits: those interested in ideas for what it can get them and those interested in “ideas of idea’s sake” (to paraphrase the “ars gratias artis” MGM logo). I’ve worked on many topics whose philosophical branches become […]

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Driving Through the Stupid Valley on the Way to Smart Machines

by Craig Roth  |  June 29, 2015

I like Smart Machines. That’s computers taking unscripted actions on your behalf based on contextual awareness, just like a good secretary does. I only have to pay attention to important things. I like Dumb Machines that don’t do a thing without asking you. A well-designed dumb machine may give me sophisticated abilities to set rules, […]

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How to Collaborate Remotely with Jerks

by Craig Roth  |  June 1, 2015

I have read many articles about how futuristic collaboration technologies, from telepresence conference rooms to virtual worlds, will improve workplace collaboration. Recently, I saw a video of telepresence robots in a lab. Rather than being impressed, my first thought was “Great! Although I wish humanity had nailed down how to collaborate in person first before […]

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Our Private, Hidden Robots: Automating Yourself for Fun and Profit

by Craig Roth  |  May 19, 2015

It seems everyone these days is fearful of Silicon Valley geniuses or a star chamber in your IT department automating our jobs. Martin Ford’s “Rise of the Robots,” is a good example. But instead of someone automating your job, what if you did it yourself? In January of 2013 the tale made the rounds of […]

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Microsoft Ignite 2015: Addressing Information Overload

by Craig Roth  |  May 15, 2015

The research I have done into Enterprise Attention Management (a more actionable, non-complaining, enterprise-focused sibling to “information overload”) has left me sensitive to “information overload” comments. And I usually expect to hear the same drivel about our caveman brains ready to explode from the deluge of content. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear a […]

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Best of Microsoft Ignite 2015

by Craig Roth  |  May 12, 2015

With Microsoft Ignite behind us, it’s time to announce the winner of the “best” awards in 3 important categories: Best Freudian Slip : “Delve allows you to surface insults … I mean INSIGHTS! INSIGHTS!” Seems nervousness about unintended discovery runs deep. Best Unintended Laugh : In Satya’s Nadella’s Keynote: “You can get a notification that […]

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Microsoft Ignite: Of Course We’re Dedicated to SharePoint Server! Did You Ever Doubt That?

by Craig Roth  |  May 10, 2015

My main goal at Microsoft Ignite was to judge the SharePoint Server zeitgeist. To be clear, since Office 365’s announcement at SPC13 Microsoft never said they weren’t dedicated to continuing its on-premises version. But they didn’t do a lot to say they were either. Vendors often don’t talk two full versions out, but they also […]

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