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Nothing new happens where I live

by Bruce Robertson  |  August 28, 2015  |  Comments Off on Nothing new happens where I live

Here again is a new service offering that I’d like to use — but can’t.  Not in Minneapolis where I live. Not for people my age.

What service?  Facebook’s new M: powered by humans but enabled with automation or indeed AI. As Wired notes, M will be offered only to Silicon Valley based users, and apparently only a subset of those that match their trainer / human service employees (I’m guessing mostly Millennials).

Am I the only one that sometimes feels that the cool new stuff only happens if you’re young and based in either Silicon Valley or New York City?  Otherwise, most services are not available here (#NAH).

I did find one crowdsourced service actually offered here in the Twin Cities: Drizly. But, I’m not sure I want to pay that much extra to have my favorite hoppy and bitter Surly Furious beer delivered in a few hours to my door.

Maybe I’m not missing that much.

“Siri, what’s the best beer I can actually buy in Minneapolis?”

According to the provided link on, the answer isn’t Surly Furious, though others from that brewery do make the list — and it is 9th on the list of best beers brewed here.

But, you’ll have to come visit Minneapolis to taste some: we don’t export our best stuff to San Francisco or New York City!  I’d recommend expanding your horizons.  There’s a whole country you only fly over that you might want to see … and taste.

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Bruce Robertson
Research VP
15 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Bruce Robertson is a research vice president at Gartner in the Business Process Management (BPM) group, formerly in the Enterprise Planning and Architecture Strategies (EPAS) group. Read Full Bio

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