An amazing look into the future when we can print any object at home. It will even be possible to print human organs for transplantation. I would say that this is a realistic view of the “Beam me up, Scotty” concept.
The first hobby machine being made available is called Printrbot:
When in Madrid, I spotted a library for modern commuting people. I wonder if anything like this may be found in other city metros? Maybe there is one in Stockholm, even though I’ve never seen that…
Why do companies chose to set up a presence in social media? It makes much sense to find B2C companies on Facebook and Twitter, but what about B2B? Stora Enso has chosen to follow no one and has tweeted only 29 times to its 532 followers. What’s the purpose with a twitter account that looks like this?
Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.
Randy Pausch told us so in his now super-famous Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams that has now had more than 14 million views on YouTube. This even exceeds the 12,5 million views of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.
Please view Randy’s lecture – be prepared for a one hour plus amazing session.
No, curiosity is something good. Today there’s even talk about not killing young children’s curiosity during their first school years. Amazing if that will happen within reasonable time…
Personally, I am devoted to make a living from my curiosity. People used to say that “I don’t want to die curious”, meaning that they were devoted to satisfy their curiosity. I would rather state that I’m going to die still being curious. My almost unlimited interest lies in many things, especially the extremely fast technology development. Digital communication and social media are some of my favourite areas. All this is very useful in my new role as a free agent doing situational and scenario analysis. I even found a new title – Future Strategist – after taking an extended course at Kairos Future.
So now I’m looking for challenging opportunities to do some work in my new role. Anyone up for a new strategy? I am here to assist you!
Math is a real challenge for many. Admittedly, calculus takes some training, but simple tasks such as addition and subtraction may ocassionally be just too much. Percentages are another major obstacle. I meet almost daily statements that you can save as much as 5%, 10% or even 20% by some irresistible deal. The other day Ryanair provided yet another example. They promised me to save over 20% buying six scratch cards for €10 when one card was sold for €2. What’s wrong you might say? Well, €2 off from €12 is not over 20%. It’s less — only 16,7%. So are Ryanair cheating or just poor at math?
Our ways of learning are changing, but it seems that not everyone is aware. Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown describe in their new book A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, how a new type of learning takes place without books, teachers and classrooms. It is a social phenomenon that emanates from the amazing interactivity we have acquired with the many new Internet tools like Wikipedia and Facebook. We meet with a new form of culture in which knowledge is seen as fluid and evolving, the personal is both enhanced and refined in relation to the collective, and the ability to manage, negotiate and participate in the world is governed by the play of the imagination.
Jane Hart describes part of this development in her Social Learning Handbook. Her strong statement is that Life in the Social Workplace is not something you just talk or read about; it’s something you do! She has created an interesting presentation entitled A new approach to workplace learning:
Youngme Moon who is the Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean at Harvard Business School has compiled an “anti-creativity checklist” that gave me a total flash back to my earlier employer. I believe I heard at least 80% of her sentences. Numbers 1-4 relate to colleagues which make them less relevant. Most of my colleagues were just as frustrated as I was. Number 11 is about underestimating your customers – They’re not ready for that, or That’s not what they’re asking for – I heard that just too often.
Please enjoy the video!
In his blog on influential marketing, Rohit Bhargava who works at Ogilvy has listed 15 social media trends that are changing the world of marketing.
I especially favour his No. 1 Likeonomics that shows how a Like by the right person on a Facebook page may mean more than a major campaign in print.
I just remembered a really inspiring talk at Guldäggsdagarna 2010. This was almost a year ago, but I believe it is still well worth sharing.
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Faris Yakob was Chief Technology Strategist of McCann Erikson in New York, and is today Chief Innovation Officer at MDC Partners. In his presentation, Faris used a mind-provoking definition by Bran Ferren that technology is stuff that doesn’t work yet!
Faris referred to Douglas Adams, stating that
- everything that’s already in the world when we’re born is just normal;
- anything that gets invented between then and before we turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck we can make a career out of it;
- anything that gets invented after we’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Please enjoy the video!
Links to stuff not shown in the video
Moore’s law: page 26 in Deloitte – The 2009 Shift Index
Kryder’s law on computer storage costs: page 27
Gilder’s Law on cost per communication bit. Eventually the cost of a telephone call, or of a bit transmitted, will be “free.”
Media fragmentation by Millward Brown
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