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Capability Request

It can be tough to know where to begin with artificial intelligence.


A capability request is a kind of brief available to businesses that aren't quite ready to submit a full brief! 

The response is an outline of available options suitable for your business or challenge.

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The Machine Commons Service 

There are unique advantages our decentralised consultancy has over larger or independent consultancies.

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We’ve already done the negotiating for you.


Suppliers know their proposals are directly compared to other proposals, so are incentivized to be competitive.

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Not all suppliers make the cut. We assign industry & niche keywords from our taxonomy of 150+ to invite only relevant responses.


Then we filter for the good ones and only present the best.

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We’ve already iterated with suppliers to ask for missing information. 


We generally clarify their approaches and cross-pollinate the odd idea from our library of historic case studies.


There are four key attributes we rank each supplier by. Not every project is the same. We determine critical factors in each project adding commentary suggesting which attributes you should focus on. 


Have they solved almost this exact problem before?

Are some technical skills more important than others - what is their core competence?


What is the team composition?

How long have they been in operation and do they have the bandwidth for the project? What is our experience of working with them?


What's the reputation of the business? 

Are they contributors in this field on github? Have they won awards? Do they have experts on industry speakers circuits?


Does the quote reflect the value?

How does it compare with comparative quotes, competitor quotes and all quotes generally seen by MC over time?

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Our Discovery Process



Define the challenge, identifying desirable business use cases.



Brief our Collective to understand the technical feasibility of business use cases.



Consult with our Suppliers to map the delivery of technically feasible use cases.



Details are finalised, with implementations, costs, outcomes, risks and payment terms. 

Here are a few examples of case studies from 2021, provided in response to past capability requests.

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