Category: Updates

The 2 best Concepts From Malcolm Gladwell’s Bestsellers (adapted from BusinessInsider)

Via BusinessInsider:  Malcolm Gladwell’s first two bestsellers, The Tipping Point and Blink, earned him a place onTime’s 2005 “Most Influential People” list; and with Outliers, the “10,000 Hour” theory made its way into the zeitgeist. My high-lights below: Gladwell suggests decision making performed with a “frugality” of information — learn to recognize when enough information has been gathered… ...

Why Higher Education Cannot Resist Disruptive Change (something interesting I just read)

“This brings us to the future of higher education. Its situation is much the same as that of the news media. Content, often of high quality, can be produced by a multiplicity of knowledge organizations, including libraries, museums, software makers, think tanks, and media companies, among others. Talent (professors and ...

Digital Darwinism: Transforming a Business in The Selfie Era (nice piece by Brian Solis, great free report)

Brian Solis: To help understand what digital transformation is as well as its promise, I spent the last year along with my colleagues at Altimeter Group interviewing those who are leading change at some of the biggest companies in the world. Most recently, we also fielded a survey to capture the true state ...

Knowledge Doubling Every 12 Months, Soon to be Every 12 Hours (some pretty amazing stats via IndustryTap)

Some pretty amazing stats here (even though this is from 2013:) Buckminster Fuller created the “Knowledge Doubling Curve”; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types ...

What’s a futurist and how can I get a job like that? (nice piece via the Sydney Morning Herald)

Personally, I would offer the explanation that most of my work is about this old Poincare quote: “Logic proves Intuition discovers”…  But here are my fav snippets from the SMH piece (bold emphasis added by me): Think of us as “now-ists” not futurists, says fellow futurist John Naisbitt… An IBM alumnus, former ...

The byzantine, meandering discussion on the future of the internet (recommended reading)

“Last week, nearly 3,500 people met in London to discuss management of the internet. Yet judging from the media coverage, it was less newsworthy than the arrival of an app called Yo.” from Pocket via IFTTT

10 Breakthrough Innovations That Will Shape The World In 2025 (recommended reading)

“What world-changing scientific discoveries might we see by 2025? Will we have more energy technologies that move us away from fossil fuels? Will there be cures for cancer and other diseases? How will we get around and communicate?” from Pocket via IFTTT

Jeffrey Bezos, Washington Post’s next owner, aims for a new ‘golden era’ at the newspaper (Gerd’s must-reads)

“We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient,” he said. “If you replace ‘customer’ with ‘reader,’ that approach, that point of view, can be successful at The Post, too” Jeffrey Bezos, ...

The robot apocalypse will look a lot like this game (a good-read shared by Gerd)

“How can you not be freaked out by the real, tangible progress in robotics from DARPA and Boston Dynamics?” Hattem asks. “Imagine all the crazy behind-closed-doors stuff that doesn’t make it onto YouTube.” The robot apocalypse will look a lot like this game via Instapaper

ProtonMail: a new Swiss Secure Mail Provider (is Switzerland waking up to the ‘secure swiss cloud’ idea?)

I have been talking about this huge opportunity for Switzerland ever since the ‘summer of Snowden’, and finally we are seeing some action on this. ProtonMail sounds very promising and I just funded their crowd-funding campaign and signed up for the beta-service. Read the TechCrunch piece. Read what I said ...


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