Too much plumbing. Too little poetry.

We live in a world driven by data and although we probably don’t even understand half of it or don’t even bother to look into it as we should, decisions aren’t taken unless they can be fully rationalized. As Rishad Tobaccowala mentioned in a recent post: “In marketing we worship the algorithm and its superiority toContinue reading “Too much plumbing. Too little poetry.”

Compass over maps

In one of the best talks at this year’s TED Conference in Vancouver, Joi Ito (Director of MIT Media Lab) said the following: The idea is that the cost of writing a plan or mapping something is getting so expensive and it’s not very accurate or useful. So in the Safecast story, we knew weContinue reading “Compass over maps”

What responsive design should really look like

I found this video from the interactive prototype Room-E on the 72U project blog. It’s a prototype showing what will be possible in the near future when you think about a more responsive environment. “The future of the computer is to essentially make it disappear—a disconnected interface, so the house or the office or theContinue reading “What responsive design should really look like”

Is Google Glass the Segway of this era?

Not so long ago Mike Butcher (from Techcrunch) tried on a pair of Google Glass lent to him by a Glass Explorer at a conference and even though his experience with Glass was rather short he made a conclusion that nailed it for me: “So Google Glass for me will be this era’s Segway: hypedContinue reading “Is Google Glass the Segway of this era?”

The strategy is delivery: it’s not complicated, it’s just hard

Neil Perkin does many interesting things. One of those things is organizing the so called “Google Firestarters” which he curates for Google UK. Last Monday he had invited Russell Davies, planning legend and now creative director at GDS, to come and talk about his learnings and insights working on GOV.uk. Fascinating talk, well worth crossingContinue reading “The strategy is delivery: it’s not complicated, it’s just hard”

The age of the micro multinational

“If the late 20th Century was the age of the multinational company, the early 21st will be the age of the micro multinational: small companies that operate globally” I found this great quote on Neil Perkin’s ‘Only Dead Fish’. It’s a statement from Hal Varian, Google Chief Economist and I can only like what I see here.Continue reading “The age of the micro multinational”

The “Basket of Remotes” Problem

Jean-Louis Gassée brought up an interesting challenge or issue with regards to the current hype around the Internet of Things: If we can’t solve the “basket of remotes” problem, how can we expect a home full of “smart” objects? #ibmceschat — Jean-Louis Gassée (@gassee) January 10, 2014 It’s actually a very simple thought when youContinue reading “The “Basket of Remotes” Problem”

Does technology generate more talk, less conversation?

There’s an interesting article in The Atlantic based on an interview with the publication and Sherry Turkle, a psychologist and a professor at MIT. She recently released the book Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other in which she argues that we are losing the art of conversation: “Conversations, as they tend toContinue reading “Does technology generate more talk, less conversation?”