Arguably, all we experience of life is data. Information received through various sensors, processed first by functions within the sensors themselves, then interpreted by the mind receiving those signals. Light and dark, warm and cold, cacophonous and silent, all must be received, converted into ideas and somehow coalesce from the most basic binary codes into […]
For years I’ve been firmly in the camp of those who argue, to the degree technology distracts us from being “present” to those we are with, it’s a bad thing. I disagree, however, the inevitable result of technology is social disconnection, or that it’s bad for conversation. When social critics drag out the image of a couple ignoring each other […]
We are in the midst of a remarkable, and potentially terrifying “second machine age,” in which digital technology is evolving at a boggling pace in its power to perform an amazing range of functions in our economies and our lives. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee profile this change in their book, The Second Machine Age. […]
Om Malik writing in Fast Company provides an optimistic look at the future of cloud computing. “If the growth so far is astonishing, the big boom is yet to come, driven by the increasing presence of sensors in our world, including next-generation weather monitoring systems and cars such as the forthcoming Tesla D.” I particularly […]
In this video a couple of Fast Company editors chat about their productivity issue, and why productivity is such a hot topic right now. Leadership editor Kathleen Davis says this speaks to something great about human nature, “that we always want to be a better version of ourselves.[…] People are looking for ways to get […]
Both these images of a little centipede in the backyard woodpile taken with iPhone 5S – first with the mCAMLITE enclosure wide angle lens, you have to look really closely to find the tiny insect, bottom with the macro lens. Crazy how tight you can get – will be amazing for shooting small electronics!
Reordering books on shelves after their relocation to the basement. Language, theology, running, fly fishing, poetry (oh, did I just say poetry twice in a row?), academic lit, horror, fantasy, history, science fiction, biz and web dev … o the decades, the friends who they make me recall, the tactile pleasure of the weight and […]
Oh, how quickly we adapt to new tech. Or perhaps how quickly new technology weakens us! I’ve had the iPhone 5S for about a week now, and just a moment ago was piqued by having to type my security code into my iPad. “What?” the unbidden (and apparently very lazy) voice in my head asks, […]