Tag: United States

The wealth of information (silos versus ecosystems): we need another Adam Smith

Just found this really interesting and thoughtful piece via DataMotive (high-lights, and some links added by me) "Adam Smith makes a strong and eloquent argument why these silo’s are erroneously seen as a profitable system (by those in control) yet limit the growth of the wealth for all. A more liberal ...

The industrial age has finally run out of gas (Don Tapscott)

So true – Don hits the nail on the head: read this interview at Forbes.com. I blogged this before but it's crucial. “Throughout the 20th century, we created wealth through vertically integrated corporations. Now, we create wealth through networks. We are at a turning point in human history, ...

Behind I.B.M.’s Big Predictions – NYTimes.com (automated mobile language translation)

Imagine what this will do to education, marketing and content / media… Eta: 3-5 years. Behind I.B.M.'s Big Predictions – NYTimes.com – Powerful mobile devices, capable of precise language translation, will belong to 80 percent of the world’s population. While this is nearly intuitive, given the ever-lower cost of phones, the real ...

Nice video: Drivelapse USA – 5 Minute Roadtrip Around America

If you have spend any time traveling in the US, and love 'the road' or road-movies this is for you! Nice sound-track, too (see below). The California / San Francisco footage is particularly nice imho.   From the author / film-maker "American Roadtrip Timelapse / Drivelapse video from my 12,225 mile cross ...

Read this: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have (via The Atlantic)

There are many good points in this really excellently researched piece – pretty embarrassing for the 'land of the free' I might add. Quite worrisome, in fact. Enough, Already: The SOPA Debate Ignores How Much Copyright Protection We Already Have – Margot Kaminski – Technology – The Atlantic "The most frustrating part ...

About Creating Shared Value (via HBR)

Below, some very interesting thoughts on shared values. Food for thought. Creating Shared Value – Harvard Business Review "Business and society have been pitted against each other for too long. That is in part because economists have legitimized the idea that to provide societal benefits, companies must temper their economic success. In ...

Why The Movie Industry Can’t Innovate and the Result is SOPA (via Steve Blank)

Good read and nice list of examples Why The Movie Industry Can’t Innovate and the Result is SOPA « Steve Blank "The Movie Industry and Technology Progress. The music and movie business has been consistently wrong in its claims that new platforms and channels would be the end of its businesses. In ...

Barcelona to Get Contactless Payments (but …)

My Comment: the biggest problem with this is privacy – how can I be sure that my payments don't  end  up getting tracked by 'the wrong people'…? Read Cory Doctorow's cool and very scary novel "little brother" do get an update on what could be our future very soon. Barcelona to ...

Thomas Friedman video on ‘that used to be us’: must-watch for everyone in the U.S.!

A lot of really great insights here on what is going wrong in America, from technology to education to innovation. I don't agree with all of it but his talk (and the book "That used to be us") is brilliant, no doubt. From Youtube: "Reid Hoffman introduces, again, three time Pulitzer ...

Inequality is a major issue for 2012

…exemplified in this picture taken from one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro. The trend towards the rich getting richer and the poor remaining poor while the middle class does whatever it takes to move up the foodchain is a major societal problem not just in the USA ...

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