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Ron Villejo, PhD
"Spacey, who gave the keynote James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival this evening [August 23rd], said: "Clearly the success of the Netflix model -- releasing the entire season of House Of Cards at once - has proved one thing: the audience wants control. They want freedom. If they want to binge - as they've been doing on House Of Cards - then we should let them binge."
[Spacey] said that way of working "demonstrated that we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn't learn -- give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they'll more likely pay for it rather than steal it".There is more to what Spacey is doing:
Jameson Irish Whiskey has partnered with Kevin Spacey and his production company, Trigger Street Productions (The Social Network and 21), to discover up-and-coming talent from America, Russia and South Africa. In the search for fresh, fearless film makers, Jameson invite you to take center stage and enter a short film competition with a once-in-a-lifetime prize like no other. One where you call the shots, direct Willem Dafoe and have the backing of an award-winning production company. If you believe you have the talent but have yet to get your big break, Jameson First Shot is the competition you've been waiting for.
+Ron Villejo why maybe? I think they can make their voice be heard by lots and lots of people... You just need to tap into the right resources (i.e. strategic alliances, online communities, etc.). After all, we're doing the same here on G+, right? :)+Super Savvy Business Anyone of the 1+ billion on Facebook can post, comment, and like at any time. So even all at once everyone of them can voice what they're thinking.
Laser (LiDAR) technology helps capture the now-closed Shipping Galleries of the London Science Museum for virtual visitations. Do not miss the video at the link. Absolutely amazing!LiDAR refers to Laser Interferometry Detection and Ranging, and in general is used to scope out space and objects in that space, such as making high-resolution maps.
|Google Art Project|
Three years ago, we described ten information technology-enabled business trends that were profoundly altering the business landscape. The pace of technology change, innovation, and business adoption since then has been stunning. Consider that the world’s stock of data is now doubling every 20 months; the number of Internet-connected devices has reached 12 billion; and payments by mobile phone are hurtling toward the $1 trillion mark.
Social technologies are much more than a consumer phenomenon: they connect many organizations internally and increasingly reach outside their borders. The social matrix also extends beyond the cocreation of products and the organizational networks we examined in our 2010 article. Now it has become the environment in which more and more business is conducted. Many organizations rely on distributed problem solving, tapping the brain power of customers and experts from within and outside the company for breakthrough thinking.McKinsey referring to this trend as matrix is instructive and brilliant. You see, in advancing string theory, some physicists prefer to call it matrix theory or simply M theory. Moreover, it makes me think about the complex future of the Matrix film trilogy.
Three years ago, we described new opportunities to experiment with and segment consumer markets using big data. As with the social matrix, we now see data and analytics as part of a new foundation for competitiveness. Global data volumes - surging from social Web sites, sensors, smartphones, and more - are doubling faster than every two years. The power of analytics is rising while costs are falling. Data visualization, wireless communications, and cloud infrastructure are extending the power and reach of information.Because of that geometric progression, big data has rushed forward, far faster than the majority of us can keep up with. From company employees generating data, to everyday users like us generating data, to machines generating data, we have so much at our disposal that Google, for one, will have amassed a volume that exceeds a googol and therefore will need to rebrand itself around a new name!
Planning must extend beyond data strategy to encompass needed changes in organization and culture, the design of analytic and visualization tools frontline managers can use effectively, and the recruitment of scarce data scientists (which may require creative approaches, such as partnering with universities). Decisions about where corporate capabilities should reside, how external data will be merged with propriety information, and how to instill a culture of data-driven experimentation are becoming major leadership issues.The main issue, then? People. Organization and culture, frontline managers, and data scientists are, the last time I checked, irrevocably people.
Tiny sensors and actuators, proliferating at astounding rates, are expected to explode in number over the next decade, potentially linking over 50 billion physical entities as costs plummet and networks become more pervasive. What we described as nascent three years ago is fast becoming ubiquitous, which gives managers unimagined possibilities to fine-tune processes and manage operations.
Every time you touch your iPhone's screen, you create a circuit, and a small jolt of electricity shoots through your skin. As a result, your screen knows just where you touched it. Ivan Poupyrev had a theory: What if he sent a broad spectrum of AC current through everyday objects? Would those objects be able to sense touch? The answer is yes, and Touche is the sensor system developed by Poupyrev and his team at Disney to do it.
Connect Touche to a living orchid and the plant's entire skin becomes touch-sensitive just like a smartphone screen; attach it to a computer-music program and you can play the flower like a violin. Touche is compatible with almost any object you can grab--wooden tables, metal sculptures, water tanks, even breathing humans. Touche could make every square inch of Disney World responsive to touch--and open up a world of possibility for connecting objects to the Internet. "My long-term vision," Poupyrev says, "is making the entire world interactive."4. Offering anything as a service
This model is spreading beyond IT as a range of companies test ways to monetize underused assets by transforming them into services, benefitting corporate buyers that can sidestep owning them. Companies with trucking fleets, for instance, are creating new B2B businesses renting out idle vehicles by the day or the hour. And a growing number of companies with excess office space are finding that they can generate revenue by offering space for short-term uses. The Los Angeles Times has rented space to film crews, for example. Cloud-based online services are feeding the trend both by facilitating remote-work patterns that free up space and by connecting that space with organizations which need it.
While we and others have written about the importance of cloud-based IT services for some time, the potential impact of this trend is in its early stages. Companies have much to discover about the efficiencies and flexibility possible through re-envisioning their assets, whether that entails shifting from capital ownership to “expensed” services or assembling assets to play in this arena, as Amazon.com has done by offering server capacity to a range of businesses. Moreover, an understanding of what’s most amenable to being delivered as a service is still evolving—as are the attitudes and appetites of buyers. Thus, much of the disruption lies ahead.
A luxury-home network. A car-sharing company. An explosive deal site. Maybe you see three random ideas. Case and his team saw three bets that paid off thanks to a new Web economy that promotes power in numbers and access over ownership. The so-called sharing economy has taken off in the Great Recession, as companies like Netflix and Zipcar have allowed the exchange of DVDs, cars, clothes, couches, and even kitchen utensils. The promise of a post-ownership society is that we can do more, own less, and rent the rest with Web-enabled companies. That's a huge break for cash-strapped families in a weak recovery.I am reminded, too, that before there was an oil and gas industry, there was only the oil industry. Decades ago, oil producers saw natural gas as waste that came out of extracting oil from the ground. In fact, to get rid of this waste, they burned it. They realized, of course, that this natural resource was another product in their business.
Physical labor and transactional tasks have been widely automated over the last three decades. Now advances in data analytics, low-cost computer power, machine learning, and interfaces that “understand” humans are moving the automation frontier rapidly toward the world’s more than 200 million knowledge workers.To wit, consider what IBM has been working on. Computers have the capacity to generate, process and analyze a volume of data that in time will reach googol levels. Yet, they haven't quite matched the overall sophistication of the human brain. They will, as I am confident about IBM's intelligence and research.
Signaling a new milepost in the quest for artificial intelligence, IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer Watson has turned its attention to cancer research. Watson “trained” for the work by reading more than 600,000 medical-evidence reports, 1.5 million patient records, and 2.0 million pages of clinical-trial reports and medical-journal articles. Now it is the backbone of a decision-support application for oncologists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York.
As incomes rise in developing nations, their citizens are becoming wired, connected by mobile computing devices, particularly smartphones that will only increase in power and versatility. Although several emerging markets have experienced double-digit growth in Internet adoption, enormous growth potential remains: India’s digital penetration is only 10 percent and China’s is around 40 percent. Rising levels of connectivity will stimulate financial inclusion, local entrepreneurship, and enormous opportunities for business.
McKinsey research shows that the largest companies headquartered in developed economies currently derive only 17 percent of their revenues from emerging markets, even though these markets already represent 36 percent of global GDP.
In this video, McKinsey experts Yuval Atsmon, Peter Child, Richard Dobbs, and Laxman Narasimhan offer an overview of the opportunity - and why executives are paying attention to this driver of global growth among new consumers. Find some of our best thinking on emerging markets in "Winning the $30 trillion decathlon."
The borders of the digital and physical world have been blurring for many years as consumers learned to shop in virtual stores and to meet in virtual spaces. In those cases, the online world mirrors experiences of the physical world. Increasingly, we’re seeing an inversion as real-life activities, from shopping to factory work, become rich with digital information and as the mobile Internet and advances in natural user interfaces give the physical world digital characteristics.
Indeed, users will probably never pay for many valuable technology-enabled services, such as search - and the list seems to be growing rapidly. Providers of these “free” services will need to innovate with alternative business models. The most successful are likely to be multi-sided ones, which tap large profit pools that can be generated from information gathered by an adjacent free activity that’s commercially relevant. A familiar example is Google’s policy of offering its search services free of charge while garnering revenues at the other side of the platform by selling advertising or insights into customer behavior. In a world of free, the hunt is on for such monetization ideas. More and more companies, for example, are exploring opportunities to sell to third parties or to create new services based on sanitized information (“exhaust data”).
New mobile-commerce platforms that manage transactions can offer customers the option of paying with credit credentials they established for other merchants. The mobile-payments provider Square offers customers using its service access to their sales data from any transaction and allows them to set up customer-loyalty programs easily.
This trend will become more striking over the next decade or so: 600 cities, most in emerging markets, will account for roughly two-thirds of the world’s GDP growth. One likely consequence for fast-growing cities will be the rapid development of dense, digitally enabled commerce—new, highly evolved ecosystems combining devices, payment systems, digital and technology infrastructure, and logistics.I volunteered at a networking event one time, and used Square to sell books and receive payments. The app was easy to download onto my iPhone, and after attaching a small device I was ready to go. It was easy to swipe a credit card, and complete the sale right on the iPhone.
The private sector has a big stake in the successful transformation of government, health care, and education, which together account for a third of global GDP. They have lagged behind in productivity growth at least in part because they have been slow to adopt Web-based platforms, big-data analytics, and other IT innovations. Technology-enabled productivity growth could help reduce the cost burden while improving the quality of services and outcomes, as well as boosting long-term global-growth prospects.Enter: IBM, and its smarter planet (city) campaign:
Talent. The rising economic and business impact of information technology means that competition will heat up for graduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—the STEM fields, where job growth is likely to be about 1.7 times faster than it will be in other areas. As the automation of knowledge work gains momentum, and computers start handling a growing number of tasks now performed by knowledge workers, some midlevel ones will probably be displaced and people with higher-level skills will become more important. Providing new forms of training to upgrade knowledge workers’ capabilities and rethinking the nature of public education will be critical priorities for business and government leaders.
What you REALLY want kids to do with tech:-)Let's look at what Pew research on Teens and Technology 2013 says:
- 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.
- 23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.
- 95% of teens use the internet.
- 93% of teens have a computer or have access to one at home.
“The nature of teens’ internet use has transformed dramatically — from stationary connections tied to shared desktops in the home to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and co-author of the report. “In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population.”So teens aren't just using technology and the internet a lot: They're paving the way! It makes sense, then, to harness this force and encourage them for the greater social good. I especially like: start conversations, change minds, and drive change.
Editor's Note: This is a collaborative post experiment by +Demian Farnworth, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales, +Matthew Loomis and +Dustin W. Stout. Our goal was to answer the question "Is Google+ the bridge between blogging and social media? If so, what does that mean?" We each took turns in answering those questions on a private Google+ post. All links are only to other Google+ posts. If this works out well, we may tackle more questions about this social network in the future. Thank you for your time and attention. Enjoy.
Standing tough under stars and stripes
We can tell
This dream's in sight
You've got to admit it
At this point in time that it's clear
The future looks bright
On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail
Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
Well by seventy-six we'll be A.O.K.
What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free
Get your ticket to that wheel in space
While there's time
The fix is in
You'll be a witness to that game of chance in the sky
You know we've got to win
Here at home we'll play in the city
Powered by the sun
Perfect weather for a streamlined world
There'll be spandex jackets one for everyone
What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free
On that train all graphite and glitter
Undersea by rail
Ninety minutes from New York to Paris
(More leisure for artists everywhere)
A just machine to make big decisions
Programmed by fellows with compassion and vision
We'll be clean when their work is done
We'll be eternally free yes and eternally young
What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free
Now, Elon Musk reveals how the Hyperloop Works. Travelling at over 700 mph, passengers would sit in a 1.35-metre-wide tube and be blasted through the 382-mile tunnel linking Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 30 minutes. It’s the most science fiction idea Musk has ever presented, yet the PayPal/Space X/Tesla founder is confident Hyperloop is very doable, and very affordable, too.
An American finds love in Paris.
Andy's going to college. The toys are nervous. In the meantime, they discover Google.
The history of storytelling gets a new chapter. Use Google searches to tell your story.
The world prepares for the big games that lie ahead. Are you ready for it?
A brother and sister grow up together.
A mother from Vietnam moves to America to provide the best for her son.Thank you for reading, and let me know what you think!
Here you go, +Scott Kleinberg and +Ron Villejo ... this time it's a matter of news organizations and reporters becoming the story this time via blogging.He was referring to Reporter [Shea Allen] Fired for Posting Candid ‘Confessions’ On Her Personal Blog. He must've seen a previous post by Kleinberg about a social media faux pas, which I commented on and wrote about as well - At Issue: "Likes," Prayers and Tragedy.
You know, some people are just dumb.
This one I don't care much about: "I've gone bra-less during a live broadcast and no one was the wiser."
This one I do: "My best sources are the ones who secretly have a crush on me."
And this one: "I'm frightened of old people and I refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside."
Those things have nothing to do with expression, they have to do with admitting things that are unethical for the sake of being able to because of freedom of speech.
You know what? I'm happy to get up close and personal with you, here and on my website. I am happy to share that I am trying to lose 20 pounds because it makes me feel healthier when I walk. And I'm happy to tell you that I really don't care for vanilla yogurt, but I'm a big fan of Harvest Peach.
There's nothing wrong with those things. But when you post something that basically is the equivalent of a little child standing in front of her employer with her fingers in her ears yelling "na-na-na-na-na," what do you expect?
This person gets no freedom of speech points, but she does get 20,000 stupidity points. And now her 15 minutes of fame will include something that will make her public enemy No. 1 when it comes to being hired.
That's my take. What's yours? Great post, +Adam Music.I weighed in,
|Our quandary between public and private|
In general, this is a very difficult line to draw, as being a public personality, whether you like it or not, your personal confessions affect the public perception of your employer - the assumed assumption in the eyes of the public is that your employer has chosen to employ you despite their prior knowledge of your confessions. Whether the public do assume that, or whether the public's assumption is in the mind of the employer is open to debate. I think the truth is that there are probably a number of people who can't handle the concept that a person can have a public and a private life that are separate, and who expect anyone in the public eye to be perfect when there is no such thing as a perfect person (perfect by whose definition, anyway?).
The line gets blurred by blogs, which can make public certain aspects of a person's life that would traditionally remain private. No doubt over time more and more people will develop and understand the advanced concept that people can have more than one side to them. As a #therapist, one of my tasks is to help clients accept that it is ok to have multiple facets to their personality. It's ok to have parts which are analytical and logical, and other parts which are emotional and intuitive. The assumption that we should be 100% consistent all of the time is incorrect, as the brain has two pathways: one, the neural net, which comes up with an immediate intuitive answer; the other, deductive reasoning which works through each step and often comes up with a different answer. Some people need to trust their "gut" more, while some people need to learn to consider the consequences before acting! +Adam Music
@DeRushaJ Indeed. If I'm going to take a stand on transparency, I gotta tell the whole story.
— Shea Allen (@SheaMallen27) July 29, 2013
My blog just hit 1 million page views. Granted...I'm damn interesting but, 10k plus folks from Taiwan?! I don't get it.
— Shea Allen (@SheaMallen27) August 11, 2013
The trouble all started when a young female intern began to spend several hours each day with Kenji, testing his systems and loading new software routines. When it came time to leave one evening, however, Kenji refused to let her out of his lab enclosure and used his bulky mechanical body to block her exit and hug her repeatedly. The intern was only able to escape after she had frantically phoned two senior staff members to come and temporarily de-activate Kenji.This article from Reality Pod even came with a sexier yet more harrowing image:
Yet the robo tall tale continues to quietly circulate around the web four years later, masquerading as blogged truth. This April Fool’s Day, when all of our feeds are brimming with gags, fictions, and jokey might-as-well-be-truths, it’s worth taking a look at how a minor, haphazard hoax has grown a rather long tail.
How do we get computers to behave and think and interact the way humans do?So asks Dr. Katherine Frase, VP Industries Research, IBM. This is not exactly a new idea, as I've argued here. Still, IBM is planted firmly in reality and technology and I am fascinated by their work. But this, and Frase's question in particular, are the quintessential paradox of humans.
Are there bears in the Catskills?
Being surrounded by greatness. Me and Andre [Agassi]!
Can you say, "Conservation of angular momentum"?