Mogic thinks

With a combination of a small number of people + software + servers and robots.
We are promoting a new era of company management.
I hope to share some of the process in this section.

Representative Director Yoichi Yamane

Infodemics and News Deserts

With the pandemic caused by corona, a great deal of information has been flooding the Internet.

This phenomenon is called an epidemic of information, or infodemic.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has an interesting page on infodemic research.

The current status of information distribution on new coronavirus infections
Current Status of Information Distribution on Novel Coronavirus Infections

According to an estimate by Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (2020), the world's ability to communicate information has expanded 68 times since the 2002 SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic.

And although it depends on the method of calculation, the title of Detroit Tohmatsu's research report is "The power of information transmission increased 1.5 million times in a century - the rapid contagion of information "infodemics". In particular, the amount of information and the number of contents seem to have had a major impact.

While there is a flood of information, there is also the problem of news deserts.

This refers to the phenomenon of local newspapers in the U.S. disappearing rapidly due to the rise of online media and the lack of necessary news for local residents.

Infodemics where information floods in and news deserts where local news dries up.

It would be nice if human cognition could increase 1.5 million times in a century, but given that it hasn't changed much, how can we cope with "swelling and drying information"?

I think it would be good if there was a subject called "Information Cooking" at least from elementary school.

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Reference information: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Promotion of Information Education


Bottle mail Message in a bottle

Now I am just called "representative" anymore, and I rarely have the opportunity to teach interns and new graduates directly.

There may or may not be one after the first month of employment.

The executive officers and chiefs of staff are following up well, so there's no room for error.

That's all well and good, but I'm feeling a little rusty and have started to create a column site that only people who work at Mogic can read.

There are a lot of miscellaneous topics, such as basic knowledge as a working adult, worries about job hunting, things to think about in your 20s, the three major expenses in life, the story of how Mogic was established, and the stance we look for in our employees. In total, there are probably about 200 articles.

The atmosphere at Mogic is a bit different, so I hope you'll take a look when you find yourself wondering, "Why are there so many events and education? I hope you will take a look at it when you have questions like "Why so many events and education?

Writing a column for a member who will come in the future is a strange feeling in itself.

However, like the bottle mail that people in the past used to put letters in small bottles and send them out to sea, I hope to deliver a little bit of today's exuberance along with it.


How to match the rhythm

At the center of the computer is an integrated circuit called the CPU, which performs various calculations.

In addition, there is memory for temporary storage, a hard disk for long-term storage of large amounts of data, and external connection terminals, all of which work together in a complex manner.

There is a secret to cooperation, and that is rhythm.

Since a large amount of processing is done at the same time using electrical signals, it is completely useless if each part is out of sync.

The electronic circuit has a rhythm maker called an "oscillator," which taps out an accurate and fast rhythm.

Quartz is a thinly cut quartz crystal that vibrates when voltage is applied to it.

I also use rhythms that I created by applying them.

I read a paper the other day that said the hippocampus, the part of the brain related to memory, has a rhythm of 4 to 8 Hz.

It seems that rhythm is important for the brain to link the parts of the brain that are divided by function, such as vision and hearing.

However, there seems to be some debate as to whether it should be managed centrally like a computer, or whether it should be combined in a decentralized manner by taking advantage of functional localization.

Thinking about such rhythms, I wonder what the rhythms that make a company function should be.

Mogic has never had a numerical goal or roadmap, and each person or team brings up an idea at their own time, gets feedback, and then, poof, they're gone, so I guess you could call it a discrete rhythm.


Rooftop is closed in spring.

The Mogic office has a rather large rooftop where we sometimes relax, take a nap, roast coffee, and process wood, but the best time to visit is at sunset.

As the sun sets, a faint glow of Mt. Fuji appears, with the lights of the Sky Tree and buildings behind it.

When it gets a little darker, you can just barely see the first-magnitude stars, which right now are Aldebaran in Taurus, Vega in Sagittarius, Deneb in Cygnus, and Mars and Saturn shimmering in the distance.

As the weather gets warmer after the first day of spring, cedar pollen will arrive, so the rooftop will be closed soon.

The next step would be to build a small bookshelf on the stairs and start a select book corner.

Throughout the year, we find small pleasures in every corner of the office and share them with everyone. That's how the Mogic spirit begins today.


Home Runs and Striking Out

A long time ago, I had a conversation with a lawyer who is very active in New York.

He was the kind of person who was putting together more and more contracts worth billions and billions of yen, and he looked dashing and very smart.

As we were talking about various things, I suddenly asked a simple question.

Q: How can I learn to make big deals as well as you do?

He thought about it for a while before answering, though it seems too simple when I recall it now.

A: People who hit home runs in the majors, it's spectacular.

In order for him to hit home runs there, he needs to play a lot of major league games, and he needs to hit home runs in the minors before that.

In addition, I'm hitting home runs during practice and swinging at home in order to get into games in the minors.

You have to swing a hundred thousand times, think about it, and accumulate small results, and one day, if you're lucky, you'll hit under 30% in a major league game.

Do you pretend to be a deal maker?

I try to trade at all times, when I buy an apple, when I sign a parking contract.

I make small bare bones movements in my daily life.

It's a small pretense, so I'll keep doing it without worrying about the consequences.

That's how you get the little tricks and gradually make the big contracts.

In other words, big deals are a huge accumulation of small deals, so try to train yourself with small bargains every day.

When I heard this, I was impressed.

Be able to respond to ambiguous questions by focusing on the main points and explaining them clearly with examples.

I guess this is also a skill cultivated in the trade.

Since then, whenever I wanted to learn something, I would pretend to do so.

If you can try many times in a day, even if it is small, you will get better before you forget.


Project Driven Training

Mogic has borrowed a bit of wisdom from various educational theories to develop in-house training.

The most commonly used one is project learning, which is running many large and small projects at the same time.

Project learning is where several people get together, decide on a theme and a goal, work out various things within a period of time to produce results, and receive feedback from all over the place.

Once you do this, the work will seem to become yours and teamwork will naturally develop.

However, support roles outside of the project members require a great deal of skill and the ability to observe, advise, anticipate, and persevere in order to "make sure the members get the results they want.

Is the project progressing to the halfway point and the members are not losing heart, losing sight of the significance, or feeling unfulfilled?

And since it is meaningless for the members if the support person is out of touch, he or she must give the best advice at the right time.

Surprisingly, the sense of management of the supporting role can grow very much.

We've been working on so many projects, and we're proud of ourselves that we've never had a setback.

Finally, from the afterword by Naohisa Ichimura, the translator of John Dewey's book
Experience and Education
Experience and Education

Dewey points out again and again how much more difficult it is for a teacher to discover material in the experience of students than in the way they follow already established knowledge and methods in teaching a subject.

At the same time, it suggests a viable way to solve the "hard problem," but it also suggests that tracing and understanding its logic requires intellectual effort.

Such intellectual efforts are also required of us teachers in the field of education.
We need to make an intellectual effort.


Normally, no one notices this blind spot.

Apparently, the human eye has a difficult structure and a blind spot.

It is always complemented by two eyes and processed by the brain, so it is never aware of itself.

How did it happen?
How did the human body get that way?

The most famous example of the design of nature as a snake is the retina, which is possessed by all vertebrates, from fish to mammals.

The photoreceptor cells of the vertebrate retina are turned backward.

In other words, the wire part is facing the light, and the light collector, the photoreceptor, is facing inward, with its back to the light.

omission (of middle part of a text)

Interestingly, the retinas of cephalopods such as octopuses and squids are not inverted.

omission (of middle part of a text)

There is another snarky design in the human eye that is worth talking about.

It is a structure called the optic nerve papilla, which is located right in the middle of the retina.

The optic nerve papillae are located on the surface of the retina and form a small circle with no photoreceptor cells.

This creates a "blind spot" in each eye. Normally, no one notices these blind spots.

I have a blind spot, but I feel like I don't.

This message is a very important checkpoint in teamwork and new business.

Humans are not perfect, and even the best of us have holes in us.

However, inevitably, when a project is underway, the members become fixed, and someone's opinion becomes stronger, and it may seem as if it is always the right answer.

If people around us feel uncomfortable, we should try to shine a light on it, even if it's just a little bit.



Around this time last year, when I was walking around Paris for training, I felt that I was coming into contact with a lot of information about Japanese culture.

As I walked from the hotel to Montmartre Hill, I saw posters of Hatsune Miku's European version everywhere, and when I returned, I was served a drink that looked like green tea for breakfast.

When I was chatting with the front desk clerk at the hotel, she gave me a lip service and said, "I know the ticket is expensive, but I would like to go to Japan someday. I know some people there.

So I read the blogs of Japanese people living in the area and found out that Japanese culture, especially bento obento, has been very popular since a few years ago.

There have been times when other children have eaten my child's lunch.

It is true that in other countries, people often put apples, bread, and cheese in a bag or more.

There seems to be a lot of background behind the popularity of bento, but what I personally found most interesting was how bento OBENTO is a very Japanese idea.

In this case, "Japanese" is synonymous with "the ability to squeeze all sorts of meanings into a small space.

In the tea ceremony room and in the garden, there are few things, but there are many overlapping meanings.

It is interesting to decipher it.

It is hard to find something like that in the world, and I feel that it is ingrained in the Japanese sensibility.

Something big and fancy would be nice too.

Something small and beautiful would also be nice.

I sometimes hear from other business owners about their longing to be part of a giant corporation.

However, in a future where the world's birthrate is declining and the population is aging, and resources are becoming an issue, I wonder if that is what Japan is aiming for with its competitive advantage.

We don't just need arguments, we need proof.