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Stuff that doesn’t work – yet

January 13th, 2011 · No Comments · innovation & management

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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.
Faris Yakob

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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

  1. everything that’s already in the world when we’re born is just nor­mal;
  2. 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;
  3. 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
PS – Can’t view flash on your device? View this post on a reg­u­lar com­puter (Mac or PC).

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