The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation View more presentations from Beth Kanter Yesterday, I did a free NTEN Webinar called "The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation: Reducing Information Overload" based on my feature article in the...
Toilet paper still can’t be digitized, but these days two-ply may be the only printed matter still welcome in the bathroom. A place for your iPad when you’re on the pot.
Beth Kanter's insight:
This isn't as bad as checking your mobile phone in the bathroom, but another piece of evidence that the Internet is continuing to have a dramatic impact on our daily lives.
More research on bathroom and technology:
Plus, a 2011 survey by Staples Advantage, a division of the office-supply giant, found that 35% of tablet owners brought their tablets into the bathroom. That’s more than those who brought them into restaurants (30%), though not as much as those who brought them into the bedroom (78%). Either way, Staples exec Ed Ludwigson said the surveys showed that tablets “offer fantastic convenience.”
Of course, if iPad fans don’t want to pay for a $100 bathroom stand, they have alternatives. On Apple and furniture-related message boards, iPad users boast of their homemade solutions for bathroom reading. Said one member of the MacRumors.com community: “I hot glued some small pieces of wood together to make a stand that holds the iPad at the perfect angle.”
About six years ago, I started collecting any information I could find about the daily routines of writers, artists, and other creative people—first for a blog that I ran for a couple of years, and then for a book that, I'm pleased...
Beth Kanter's insight:
Given how much time I've spent reading and thinking about artists' schedules and working habits, you might expect that I would have some insight into what makes for an ideal daily routine. Is there some combination of sleep, work, exercise, coffee, and focused head-scratching or brow-furrowing that is most likely to lead to creative breakthroughs? Or, at the very least, are there some basic guidelines that will stave off blocks and guarantee a minimum level of intellectual output?
Short answer: no, not really. The one lesson of the book is that there is no one way—the rituals and habits that helped Artist A create a masterpiece would never work for Artist B; and, actually, they might not even work for Artist A for very long.
“The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,” wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, “becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.”But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs? That’s precisely what science writer Maria Konnikova explores inMastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (UK; public library) — an effort to reverse-engineer Holmes’s methodology into actionable insights that help develop “habits of thought that will allow you to engage mindfully with yourself and your world as a matter of course.”
How does our brain organize the visual information that our eyes capture? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, used computational models of brain imaging data to answer this question and arrived at what they call “continuous semantic space” – a notion which serves as the basis for the first interactive maps showing how the brain categorizes what we see.The data on which the maps are based was collected while the subjects watched movie clips. Brain activity was recorded via functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a type of MRI that measures brain activity by detecting related changes in blood flow. In order to find the correlations in the data collected, the researchers used a type of analysis known as regularized linear regression...
The first role of trained infotention is to recognize whether or not multitasking, single-minded focus, or alert but diffused attention is the most appropriate mind-tool for the task at hand. However, for those many situations in which multitasking is either necessary or preferable or both, the most important question is whether -- and to what degree -- multitasking more effectively is a learnable skill. -- Howard
"Results showed that participants did much better at multitasking after training. Interestingly the benefits transferred to the untrained dual task. Brain training can thus be used to get better at multitasking!"
Research shows that obstacles boost your brainpower.
Beth Kanter's insight:
An intelligent constraint informs creative action by outlining the "sandbox" within which people can play and guides that action not just by pointing out what to pursue but perhaps more importantly what to ignore.
The pressing question for managers here is this: Are constraints preventing or propelling your innovation efforts? There is only one right answer.
"The process of combining more primitive pieces of information to create something more meaningful is a crucial aspect both of learning and of consciousness and is one of the defining features of human experience. Once we have reached adulthood, we have decades of intensive learning behind us, where the discovery of thousands of useful combinations of features, as well as combinations of combinations and so on, has collectively generated an amazingly rich, hierarchical model of the world. Inside us is also written a multitude of mini strategies about how to direct our attention in order to maximize further learning. We can allow our attention to roam anywhere around us and glean interesting new clues about any facet of our local environment, to compare and potentially add to our extensive internal model."
Brian Solis shares his thoughts about multi-tasking multi-screen audiences and summarizes this report from Google “The New Multiscreen World” that reveals the extent of cross platform consumer behavior.
Consumers are incredibly connected and their attention can only be described as fragmented as best.. As they multi-task and multi-screen, new touchpoints emerge for engagement. Google refers to these new touch points as “found time.” These micro-moments emerge as consumers see or think of something something and reach for the screen that’s closest to them to search. Google found that consumers use these micro-moments across multiple screens to search, shop, communicate and keep entertained….spontaneously. This offers advertisers net additional opportunities to engage consumers throughout the day in ways that are contextually relevant to each screen.