The Unicist XD-Expert System in the 4th Industrial Revolution

The Unicist XD-Expert Systems were developed to manage the fundamentals of business processes to develop solutions in adaptive environments. Adaptive behavior is a turning point in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution. With multiple specialized modules to solve specific problems, these systems manage the unified field of the business processes to manage their adaptability.

They simplify the building of adaptive solutions based on the use of the concepts and fundamentals of processes, an intuitive approach based on the experience of the users and a pilot testing approach that ensures the functionality of results.

The unicist approach to the 4th Industrial Revolution is based on managing the unified field of business functions to increase their adaptability, productivity, quality, customer orientation and sustainability.

The unified field is managed by cognitive systems with Unicist Artificial Intelligence that use the ontogenetic maps of business functions to manage the concepts and fundamentals of businesses. This approach increases the competitive advantages and fosters growth and profitability.

The Unicist XD-Expert Systems are cognitive systems that use the basics of Unicist AI to develop business solutions. Cognitive systems are part of the solutions introduced by the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The purpose of cognitive systems is to interpret reality. The human brain is “the” paradigmatic example of a cognitive system.

The use of cognitive systems is necessary to develop solutions in adaptive systems and complex environments. The use of XD-Expert systems accelerates the building of solutions.

Business Application Fields

The research on the functionality of business processes drove to the development of their ontogenetic maps that define the concepts and fundamentals that underlie their functions.
This research has been developed since 1976, including more than 5,000 researches on the concepts and fundamentals of social, business and individual evolution, which are included in their universal approach in the Unicist Root Cause Library and are an input to the Unicist XD Systems.

The main application fields of the Unicist XD-Expert are:

Business architecture – Business intelligence – Business objects building – Business scenario building – Business strategy building – Commercial communities – Complex problem research – Continuous improvement– CRM – Information technology – Internet – Knowledge management – Learning processes – Marketing – Organizational strategies – Outsourcing – Products – Project management – Talent development – Work process design.

XD-Expert System Applied to Catalyst Building

The Unicist XD-Expert Systems include modules to develop business catalysts. The purpose of a business catalyst is to increase the speed of functional processes. This purpose is achieved by increasing significantly the efficiency of processes and diminishing the level of efficacy that is necessary, which saves energy.

The maximal strategy of catalysts is to simplify the functionality of processes by solving their implicit weaknesses using a superior technology that accelerates them.

The minimum strategy establishes a superior framework of the process that expands the possibilities and ensures results.

All expanding businesses use catalyzing objects. Some of the paradigmatic examples in the business world are: IBM, Pfizer, Bayer, Shell and, paradoxically, all start-ups that succeeded, becoming a large profitable organization, used catalysts to accelerate their expansion.

Types of Catalysts

Based on their functionality, there are four types of social catalysts: Conjunctural, Specific, Systemic and Generic. Dysfunctional catalysts inhibit processes instead of accelerating them.

Development of Solutions in Adaptive Environments

The XD-Expert Systems are based on the use of the knowledge bank of conceptual structures that define the fundamentals of functions and processes.

They use the basics of Unicist AI to manage the “emergence” of business functions to define the actions that need to be done to achieve a predefined result.

These systems use an intuitive approach, based on the empirical knowledge of the participants to define the categories of the positioning of an event.
This intuitive approach is used by the system to define a generic solution that is transformed into specific solutions that are tested to confirm their functionality.

These expert systems work on the cloud and are sustained by the Unicist AI monitor that introduces new findings into the system in order to be generic and functional.

About the Unicist Artificial Intelligence

The Unicist Artificial Intelligence Monitor is an intelligent interface that allows organizing adaptive systems and environments and finding the root causes of their functionality. It is based on the use of the ontogenetic maps of business functions that have been researched.

This monitor can work as an artificial substitute for the mental emulation of processes when dealing with adaptive environments. It is also a facilitator of the mental emulation of processes when human management is needed.

The Unicist AI Monitor is driven by a Unicist Inference Engine that is based on the rules of the Unicist Double Dialectical Logic that allows dealing with the evolution of complex adaptive systems and environments.

The double dialectical logic is an emulation of the ontogenetic intelligence of nature that drives the functionality and evolution of complex adaptive systems and environments.

Unicist Artificial Intelligence emulates the human reflection process to apprehend the concepts of complex adaptive systems and environments.

The Unicist AI Monitor allows developing solutions and learning from the pilot tests of their implementation until their functionality has been confirmed. Its intelligence allows emulating solutions based on the unicist ontological structure of business functions using the rules of the unicist double dialectical logic that allow managing the dynamics and evolution of complex adaptive systems and environments.

The Use of the XD Expert Systems

The first step to use these systems is to understand their foundations in order to accept the logic of the solutions. What needs to be understood is the unicist evolutionary approach that underlies these systems.

There are systems that deal with operational aspects and systems that deal with strategic aspects. In the field of the operational aspects the empirical knowledge of the participants of the system suffices to generate solutions.

In the field of strategic aspects, which deal with the future of businesses, there is a need to manage the unicist strategic approach to operate the system. It has to be considered that the systems provide reliable diagnoses of a situation that include a generic solution that needs to be adapted to the operational aspects of the conjuncture.

The Use of Extreme Design for Complex Business Solutions

The Unicist XD-Expert Systems use the extreme design methodology to ensure the functionality of the solutions that need to be built.

The Unicist XD methodology has been used since 1981. It was basically applied to the development of business solutions in adaptive environments.

Unicist XD is essentially analogous to Extreme Programming. It is a concept-driven design methodology developed to deal with adaptive environments that have open boundaries.

This is a technology created to design solutions for complex business problems. It has been successfully applied in different countries considering their structural cultural differences.

When designing solutions, there is usually insufficient time to research the concepts involved. That is why the Unicist XD-Expert manages the concepts and fundamentals to build structural solutions. The XD design requires the participation of three roles to ensure the functionality of the solutions:

1) A coordinator who is responsible for the development of a solution
2) A fallacy-shooter who ensures the reliability of the knowledge and the information used.
3) An ombudsman who ensures the value generated by the solution.

The structural steps of the process are:
• Development of the 1st solution
• Feedback – First test
• Adjusted 2nd solution
• Feedback – 2nd Test
• Adjusted 3rd solution
• Destructive testing: That confirms the functionality and tests the expansion of the boundaries of applications.

XD-Expert Systems are managed by Avant Garde Groups

The development of solutions in adaptive environments implies introducing changes. That is why there is a need for developing avant garde groups to ensure the accuracy of the solutions. The systems were designed to work managed by groups integrated by three members.

1) The Coordinator has the full responsibility for the diagnoses and for achieving the results that have been defined as possible to be achieved.
The participants of the group also have full responsibility for the results after they agreed that such results are possible.

2) The “Fallacy-Shooter” is the person responsible for ensuring the validity of the information and knowledge used and for guiding the testing processes in order to improve the accuracy of the diagnoses and the work processes.

This guidance is based on the development of tests to define a solutions and destructive tests to confirm the limits of the validity of knowledge.

3) The “Ombudsman” is responsible for monitoring that the proposals respond to the functional needs of the solutions that are required. The role represents the client as a “function” and is responsible for assuring the generation of value to the environment.

The Context

The Paradigm Shift of the 4th Industrial Revolution

The 4th Industrial Revolution applied to business is an upgrade towards a superior level of value generation. It implies managing the unified field of business functions and developing adaptive processes.

It fosters growth, adaptability, productivity, quality, customer orientation and sustainability by managing the unified field of industries. Its consequences cover all the aspects of business behavior.

The paradigm shift involves:

Business Strategy: It defines maximal strategies to grow and minimum strategies to ensure survival to sustain growth and defines the unified field of business functions to ensure productivity, quality and sustainability.
Marketing: it manages the root causes of buying processes and the complementary marketing actions to ensure growth and customer orientation.
Management: it requires customer/client centered management to ensure adaptability and customer orientation.
Organization: It organizes processes, objects and roles according to their participation in the business process to ensure productivity, quality, sustainability and the personal development of the participants.

Industrial Revolutions and Mindsets

Industrial Revolutions foster and establish dominant mindsets to fulfill their purposes. These mindsets include the following mindset as complementary approaches.

Operational thinking is the dominant mindset in the 1st Industrial Revolution. Mechanization requires operational thinking and the solutions provided by this stage deal with the operation of things.

Analytical thinking is the dominant mindset in the 2nd Industrial Revolution. The analytical approach allows managing mass production in a meaningful way by dividing these masses into manageable entities.

Systemic thinking is the dominant mindset in the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Automation requires envisioning the unified field of the operation and its components in order to build the automated processes.

Conceptual thinking is the dominant mindset in the 4th Industrial Revolution. This stage is based in improving the adaptiveness of processes by being fully consumer/user/buyer oriented, increasing the productivity which implies improving the cost/value relation and increasing the quality to become fully reliable.