“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.
If you need help coming up with ideas, it's good to take note of prompters to help with this. Generally ideas cannot be produced like a rabbit out of a magician's hat. Looking anew at ordinary things you see every day, playing games with what you see, can help. And if you are not around people who seem to froth and foam with new ideas every day, any tricks and exercises can also help a bit. Idea-creating is a habit and if any talks and methods aid this process....add them too. This is one is worth a moment's pause.
Science fiction is quickly becoming science reality. Many of the technologies that we saw in “Star Trek” are beginning to materialize, and ours might actually be better than Starfleet's. Best of all, we won't have to wait 300 years.
The official website of photographer Vivian Maier. Showcasing photo galleries, information about exhibitions, print sales, books and documentary film.
Roger Ellman's insight:
Photography has amongst its best offerings, helped to focus on the unseen or overlooked or unimagined - a key ingredient in many cases, of moving forward, of progressing. So this collection adds to this in a huge way. It just does.
Expect Labs, makers of the MindMeld app for dynamically suggesting content in response to the topics in a spoken conversation, is opening its artificial intelligence engine to the world via the new MindMeld API. It’s the latest example of just how powerful APIs are becoming and offers yet another glimpse into how intelligent we will expect applications to be in the years to come.
Andrew McAfee argues that we are advancing so rapidly that our progress is no longer about a difference in degree, but a difference in kind. Along with Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew is the co-author of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
Fair 4.5 minutes video address ( 30% information 70% inspiration) on our step up to new progress levels - rather than just mulitplication etc, and the new shapes of progress building upon progress. Not a revelation, but good to be supported and reminded that we are moving on!
Scientists from IBM unveiled on Aug. 8 a breakthrough software ecosystem designed for programming silicon chips that have an architecture inspired by the function, low power, and compact volume of the brain. The technology could enable a new generation of intelligent sensor networks that mimic the brain’s abilities for perception, action, and cognition. Dramatically different from traditional software, IBM’s new programming model breaks the mold of sequential operation underlying today’s von Neumann architectures and computers. It is instead tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures.
Chip breakhtroughs are most important in getting our progress meters revving faster for all areas of technology. The benefits of the faster processing of date and/or the faster processing of complex control routines are enormnous.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder isn't someone who is satisfied with merely disrupting the automobile and space industries. Now, he's got high-speed trains and air travel in his sights with a new way to transport people over long distances.
Roger Ellman's insight:
Wonderful futures become closer when we have in Elon Musk, a visionary who has the tools and know-how, the influence and ability to act in as yet uncharted arenas, to make ideas run - on rails or in tubes! And more to come.
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Roger Ellman's insight:
Some things that you can read in Ten Seconds are worth reading, and in this case if that makes you feel better, energized more creative and ready to improve the world in a small or giant way - why not?
Moving forward - there's every reason to adapt and adopt. Like vinyl records and old photographic film, some old media methods will become a collectors (small audience) market, leaving mainstream media in the new delivery vehicles of our day today, and tomorrow's (there's the trick, working out what THEY will be!).
Nanotubes are the only technology that looks capable of keeping the advance of computer power from slowing down, by offering a practical way to make both smaller and faster transistors, he says. In 1998, researchers at IBM ...
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late '60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001's HAL or Star Trek's omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, "machines that behaved like people, even people gone mad, were all the rage back then." He would tag along to his father's job at the library, overwhelmed by the information, and daydream about "the sci-fi theme of a dying or threatened civilization that saves itself by finding a trove of knowledge." What if you could collect all the world's information in a single computer mind, one capable of intelligent thought, and be able to communicate in simple human language?
Forty years later, with nearly 9 billion dollars to Allen's name, that idea is beginning to seem like more than just fantasy. Much of the technology is already here. We talk to our phones and aren't surprised when they talk back. A web search can answer nearly any question, undergirded by a semantic understanding of the structure of online information. But while the tools are powerful, the processes behind them are still fairly basic. Siri only understands a small subset of questions, and she can't reason, or do anything you might call thinking. Even Watson, IBM'sJeopardy champ, can only handle simple questions with unambiguous phrasing. Already, Google is looking to the Star Trek computer as a guiding light for its voice search — but it's still a long way off. If technology is going to get there, we'll need computers that are better at talking and, more crucially, better at reasoning.
It is called “The Hyperloop” and, according to the designer, it will be a revolutionary “fifth mode” of transport, eclipsing trains, planes, boats and automobiles.
Roger Ellman's insight:
Progress of the big leap sort. And, it makes so much more sense than the classic government-spending-money-like-water-on-the-wrong-thing projects....this would cost little more than the laughingly called "high speed" rail service that is proposed for California by the usual WesleyMouch/JamesTaggart team. Go Hyperploop!
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