Buffett wants to talk like a philanthropist and an investor at the same time,...– Warren Buffett’s Newspaper Purchase « Clay Shirky (via infoneer-pulse) This is an interesting formulation: …not understanding that the public good and the bottom line have diverged. It would be interesting to research that and see to what extent this view holds true on different levels...
Needle-free device could deliver powdered drugs →
newscientist.com “You’ll just feel a sharp sting…” No, don’t look away, because these words may soon be a thing of the past. A needleless device that jets medicine through the skin could bring an end to painful injections. It could also provide developing… A new way to get drugs into the system… Without snorting, swallowing or injecting with a needle....
CEOs regard interpersonal skills of collaboration (75 percent), communication...– IBM Study: If You Don’t Have a Social CEO, You’re Going to be Less Competitive - Forbes (via smarterplanet)
When I look at Kickstarter, I see small businesses that have been funded by...– @om Kickstarted: my conversation with Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen — Tech News and Analysis (via fred-wilson)
Op-Ed Columnist: Are You Safe on That Sofa? →
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF, nytimes.com Flame retardants illuminate everything that’s wrong with our money-driven politics.
Up until May 1862 Lincoln had sent, on average, a little over one telegram a...– The First Wired President - NYTimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)
Future Work Skills 2020
futurist-foresight: The Institute for the Future released a report on future work skills that will be needed by 2020. They are: Sense-making. Social intelligence. Novel and adaptive thinking. Cross-cultural competency. Computational thinking. New-media literacy. Transdisciplinarity. Design mind-set. Cognitive load management. Virtual collaboration. (Gigaom gives a quick breakdown) ...
Stowe Boyd: Big Data and Data Inequality: Research... →
stoweboyd: There was a recent hoo-ha at a scientific conference in France, when Bernardo Huberman was furious when researchers from Google and a contributing university presenting results of social data analysis declined to share the data. John Markoff, Big Data Troves Stay Forbidden to Social… This is really an extremely important issue for the future!!
Headphones are the new wall.– Ray Udeshi cited by John Tierney in From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz via NYTimes.com, discussing how office workers deal with the increasing noise in open space offices. (via stoweboyd) An old observation, but I wonder if we realized how ingrained headphones was about to become in...
CEOs and CIOs Are Increasingly Disconnected →
infoneer-pulse: Companies foresee new technologies transforming their businesses, but they are not sure how. Not surprisingly, they are unsure how to invest or what to expect. That is the conclusion of a survey published Monday by McKinsey & Company, culled from 1,469 chief executive officers, chief financial officers, and chief information officers. The survey attempted to gauge how they...
On "Growth in Low Growth Economy" by Eamonn Kelly... →
A Monitor/GBN report on the current state of the economy. There will inevitably be new and important risks ahead—but stepping around them is likely to prove the riskiest approach of all, as others less burdened with legacy assets and assumptions attack the new opportunity spaces. “Wait and see” is absolutely not the mindset and behavior pattern that has enabled the enterprise sector to drive the...
Are Smart Phones Spreading Faster than Any... →
stoweboyd: Michael DeGusta via Technology Review […] smart phones, after a relatively fast start, have also outpaced nearly any comparable technology in the leap to mainstream use. It took landline telephones about 45 years to get from 5 percent to 50 percent penetration among U.S. households, and mobile phones took around seven years to reach a similar proportion of consumers. Smart phones...
Libraries are changing, despite their facades. And they’re changing to...– Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges | Ars Technica This is the important point I strive to make in discussions with libraries: Libraries are not in control of their funding in the same way a company is, and must therefore be perceived by their governing bodies as a...
The Future of Gamification | Pew Research Center's... →
Tech stakeholders and analysts generally believe the use of game mechanics, feedback loops, and rewards will become more embedded in daily life by 2020, but they are split about how widely the trend will extend. Some say the move to implement more game elements in networked communications will be mostly positive, aiding education, health, business, and training. Some warn it can take the form of...
The Internet, and all it has come to include, is the most powerful interruption...– You Are Not A Computer (Try As You May) - Tony Schwartz - Harvard Business Review (via futuristgerd)
The Controversy Continues: The Talk That “TED... →
fora.tv As of yesterday afternoon, the Talk That “TED Won’t Show You” had about 300 views on YouTube. Today it is up to more than 164,000–such is the power of the real new media: passionate viewers who have no trouble taking ownership of…
Virtual World Takes on Childhood Obesity →
Mya Frazier, technologyreview.com Malica Astin, 11, never paid much attention to how much physical activity she got. But one day she played basketball while wearing a small activity tracker called a Zamzee on her waist. Later, she plugged it into a computer’s USB po…
WHY are we thinking so much about thinking these days? Near the top of...– The Amygdala Made Me Do It - NYTimes.com
futurescope: Paralyzed Woman Completes London Marathon in Bionic Suit After 16 Days Claire Lomas of the U.K. was paralyzed from the chest down in a horse-riding accident five years ago. Yet today, she accomplished something difficult for anyone: she finished the London Marathon. It took 16 days and one impressive bionic exoskeleton, but she did it. [read more] [via]
In fact, Lessig argues, the Internet is quite possibly the most regulable...– Larry Lessig on Facebook, Apple, and the Future of “Code” | John Battelle’s Search Blog (via futuresagency) Really an interesting aspect - and I definitely agree with Gerd that are facing a very real threat here - even if I am not at all sure if the statement about ‘the most regulable...
As I outlined in my opening address at Davos, capital is being superseded by...– Adam Marsh: Innovation Ecosystem: A Global Shift in Capitalism? (via futuristgerd)
The Big Shift: Challenge and Opportunity for Women →
Posted by John Hagel on December 14, 2010, typepad.com How are women affected by the longer-term changes that are transforming our business environment? This issue is rarely explored. Since I am on the edge anyway, I thought I would venture into this potentially sensitive topic. L… An interesting post by John Hagel about the masculine and feminine archetypes and their possible...
The Campus Tsunami - NYTimes.com →
This week, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology committed $60 million to offer free online courses from both universities. Two Stanford professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, have formed a company, Coursera, which offers interactive courses in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and engineering. Their partners include Stanford, Michigan, Penn and Princeton. Many other...
What happens when you give Kindles to kids in... →
courtenaybird: Kids learned to use e-readers quickly even though 43 percent of them had never used a computer before. Also, not surprisingly, they were quick to discover “the multimedia aspects of the e-reader, such as music and Internet features.” Near-zero theft. Only two e-readers (out of 600) were lost in the whole study, partly because “community involvement was encouraged through e-reader...
After epic debate, avian flu research sees light... →
infoneer-pulse: After a marathon debate over a pair of studies that show how the avian H5N1 influenza virus could become transmissible in mammals, and an unprecedented recommendation by a government review panel to block publication, one of the studies was finally and fully published today (May 3, 2012) in the journal Nature. Publication caps an epic public conversation that pitted some...
Steve Blank: Why Innovation Dies →
Innovation in New Markets do not come from “overarching strategies” It comes out of opportunity, chaos and rapid experimentation Solutions are found by betting on a portfolio of low-cost experiments With a minimum number of constraints The road for innovation does not go through committee Steve Blank shows us an interesting example of how organizations approach innovative...