Tag: good reads

The future according to Mr Google (great piece by The Guardian)

“There’s a lot of discussion in the world about the two billion that are connected,” he says. “We spend all day talking about the issues of e-commerce and start-ups and globalisation and so forth, and we forget that the majority of people are not online and that they will come ...

Why big data needs human insight (via SmartPlanet)

"A problem well defined is a problem well solved,” Berlow said. He was referring to the idea that computers can calculate equations with a huge number of variables, but without humans to define the parameters, there’s no way for a computer to distinguish what is signal and what is noise…." Gerd ...

How to become internet famous for $68 (Santiago Swallow story sheds light on fake Internet fame – made me think)

There’s just one thing about Santiago Swallow that you won’t easily find online: I made him up. Everything above is true. He really does have a Twitter feed with tens of thousands of followers, he really does have a Wikipedia biography, and he really does have an official web site. ...

The future of music, according to Spotify’s Daniel Ek

Spotify is now nearing a new deal with the labels to let it offer more free music on its mobile app. Why? Its data shows that many people are discovering Spotify on their phones, ignoring the desktop client entirely…" Gerd adds: hear hear 😉 IMHO despite the fact that I love Spotify ...

Belgacom m2m event in Brussels April 18 – meet me there

During the Belgacom m2m event we will present Belgacom’s current and future strategy in terms of Machine-To-machine (m2m), together with the m2m solutions and the new management platform. We will have the pleasure to welcome Gerd Leonhard, famous visionair who will talk about the importance and the evolution of the ‘Internet ...

The Swiss Miracle? interesting piece on Switzerland (where I live)

At their root, Europe’s economic and political problems result from a crisis of legitimacy. In Europe, the common economic zone and currency were created without an accompanying federal government. And the union itself controls less than two percent of the combined national GDPs of the 27 EU member states and ...

Bill Gates: Food Is Ripe for Innovation (are you ready for fake meat?)

I tasted Beyond Meat’s chicken alternative, for example, and honestly couldn’t tell it from real chicken. Beyond Eggs, an egg alternative from Hampton Creek Foods, does away with the high cholesterol content of real eggs. Lyrical has drastically reduced fat in its non-dairy cheeses. Even things like salt are getting ...

With Big Data, we are creating artificial intelligences that no human can understand (made me think)

Big data will require a new group of people to take on this role. Perhaps they will be called “algorithmists.” They could take two forms—independent entities to monitor firms from outside, and employees or departments to monitor them from within—just as companies have in-house accountants as well as outside auditors ...

Considering a switch from keynote to prezi

Prezi allows you to group objects together with “frames” and then build a “path” that moves the viewer fluidly through the content (on one, big canvas), but those paths are rarely a straight line, and the presenter or viewer can step off that path at any time and create their ...

No Future: Present Shock and Why Our Now-Fixation Has Changed Everything From Advertising To Politics (Douglas Rushkoff book)

Says Doug in his book: Our society has reoriented itself to the present moment. Everything is live, real time, and always-on. It’s not a mere speeding up, however much our lifestyles and technologies have accelerated the rate at which we attempt to do things. It’s more of a diminishment of anything ...

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