On Google Glass
I like to think of technologies as both opportunities and threats. And the opportunities for Glass are not yet realized, people don’t really know where the value is. But the threat is omnipresent. The threat is it is a considerable invasion of privacy. #
Drawing Dynamic Visualizations
Our confused reactions trying Google Glass for the...
What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
If you look at the great monuments of culture they come from people who are able to pay attention, who control their mind. That’s what allows us to think in the highest terms. Think conceptually, think critically, think in creative ways. — Nicolas Carr
Designing Better Service Experiences
Clayton Christensen Talks Venture Capital, Crowd...
The break even of disruption is good enough for most people.
5 Things About Ubiquitous Computing That Make Me...
… so I found myself putting together a few slides under the title 5 Things About Ubiquitous Computing That Make Me Nervous. This was my list: 1. Technological determinism & defeatism Or, the cultural belief that technological development and progress is inevitable, and we have to adapt. 2. Technological solutionism Or, the cultural belief that technology is the best solution to...
Create More Value Than You Capture
Do less. Get creative with hardware, not just software. Build “software above the level of a single device”. Harness network effects in data. Rethink workflows and experiences. Rethink the possibilities in man-machine symbiosis. Close the loop. Create more value than you capture. Work on stuff that matters. Idealism is the best marketing!
The core of human behavior
At its core the brain knows threat and reward. Social has the strongest impact on both of them. Therefore leaving people behind is like punishing them physically. That’s why leaders should think about status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness when it comes to their organization. You’ve developed an acronym — SCARF — to better explain people’s behavior, particularly at work. Can...
A lesson in empathy
Two atoms of hair growth
What's the Future of Economic Thinking?
Science progresses funeral by funeral. —M. Planck
Containerization of Information
API means Applications Programming Interface. It is an important architectural idea because it defines the public part of a reusable piece of code. For the most part when you write a computer program - if you want it to be reused - you keep most of it hidden and expose just a few very well defined semantic definitions. The brilliance of the standardized container is that it forms … an API...
Will 3D Printing Change the World?
Fake it 'til you become it.
Physiologically there are differences between the minds of powerful and powerless people. On the level of hormones this difference is visible with testosterone and cortisol. If a human takes over a high power job within a few days its testosterone goes up and his cortisol level goes down. Our nonverbals govern how we think and feel about ourselves. Our bodies change our minds. —Amy Cuddy ...
Design will go the way of physics.
In the future design will go the way of physics. We’ll have theoretical design and applied design. Design will manifest itself in much more than cute chairs. It’s going to be interfaces, bio design, visualization … … The idea is to make the iPad disappear. —Paola Antonelli
TBTF ..., or strategic over-largeness!
A lot of these mergers are even bad for the companies involved? Why would they put themselves in a position were by acquiring all those companies they’re gonna get so big, … that they cannot operate efficiently?
Sieh da, ein Ohrwurm.
Company that builds the right thing
Every company once was disruptive meaning changing a market through innovation. At that time they were: asymetric in their behavior, without head-to-head competition regarding established players, agile, constrained. Large corporations especially fail with asymetric behavior because this requires some people to go all-in. To offer a product without any data regarding its acceptance within...
What most schools don't teach.
Numbers are being transcoded into digital codes.
… namely the fact that, linguistic communication, …, are no longer capable of transmitting the thoughts and concepts which we have concerning the world. And new codes are being elaborated. and one of the most important codes is the code of technical images. … if we want to understand the world, it is not sufficient to describe it by words, it is necessary to calculate the world. so that...
It’s all about rationalization.
Human beings basically try to do things at the same time. On one hand we want to be able to look in the mirror and feel good about ourselves. One the other hand we want to benefit from being dishonest. … Thanks to rationalization we can do both! We don’t have a lot of big cheaters, but a lot of little cheaters. … The magnitude of dishonesty we see in society is by good people who think...
Business culture is changing
Trends in interactive design 2013
Operating Room Before Surgery
Attention: Tough stuff!
Typefaces aren’t merely about forms they’re about design systems. They have to do with the way things relate with one another. … They help visually externalize your identity to the world. … You need type again and again to get through the day, to live your life.
Sacks on... Free Market.
… or there are fights because of trading. #
A Brief History of Videogames
Compressorhead plays "Ace of Spades"
Systems Engineering, Cyborgs, and the History of the Space Suit.
Big data bring attention to retail
The bigger the data the better the privacy. Because even data cannot equalize the need for intelligence. 9 % of all data was created past year.
Steve Jobs building NeXT
Economic power is political power.
How to Make Better Decisions
Neuromodulators (ie. serotonin or dopamin) have a significant impact on who we are and how we behave throughout the day. In general it’s better to decide important things in the morning. In that case natural serotonin levels are normal (high), and people are less risk averse. The level will decrease throughout the day which will lead to people being more risk averse in the afternoon, and...
The least you can do about usability
Usability means designing things that actual human beings can use for their intended purpose. Which means: The user immediately gets is intention answered, and sees value in the product. The user understands the functionalities, and can handle those without any trouble. This is what ‘Don’t Make Me Think’ means. Things should be as self-evident as possible. User should...
Design at its core accelerates the adoption of ideas.
We live in the past.
Offshore finance: Storm survivors
It’s hard to define a tax haven because of varying standards. As a matter it’s hard to count their number, but estimates are in the range of 60 to 70 worldwide. Unfortunately there is only little consensus about what’s illicit offshoring, money laundering would be an example for common sense. It’s even more difficult to value the total of assets parked offshore. BCG...
The History of Silicon Valley
If you look close enough at history, most inventions are not out of the blue. They tend to arise out of a milieu where the time for that invention had come. … The Noyceses of the world didn’t get into this to have a job. They got into this to create a reality, and to be in control of that reality. — Malone, Michael S.
Computers, Data, and Humanity
The Iraq war is the first war where we have more data than knowledge.
Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story
Money, Power and Wall Street
The Rise of Competitive Gaming & E-Sports
Hyperinflation in hell
This mission should include a diverse group of macroeconomists, hedge fund managers, central bankers, Ron Paul supporters, gold bugs and the architects of the EURO.
The job of a teacher!
… is not to present knowledge, but to motivate pupils to discover and learn. To be curious! This generation is very different motivated to learn. How do you motivate this generation? This is about reframing the educational problem, not about reforming it. It’s about rethinking, reimagining, reconceptualizing. — T. Wagner
Shoppen bis zum umfallen.
Once you could transport all your belongings in a car, nowadays you have to engage a transport company.
Digital Asset Grid.
Today we think about value and wealth in terms of money. Actually wealth is what you have if you don’t have any money anymore. The assets, the social data is the new wealth of the future. (Peter Vander Auwera)
The future race car -- 150mph, and no driver.
Can technology not simply replace us humans but allow us to reach the level of reflex and intuition that we’re all capable of. What is the ideal balance of humans and machine? (Chris Gerdes)
Why is 'x' the unknown?
The rise of human-computer cooperation.
The interface between man and machine … is more important than the power of the man or the power of the machine in determining overall capability. (Shyam Sankar)