30 December 2010

Yummy! One sleeve in New York Times' Sam Sifton's accordion folder marked “2010 Delicious” - 15 best meals in NYC 2010

From The New York Times:

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK: Dishes That Earned Their Stars

The 15 best things The New York Times’ restaurant critic ate in New York City in 2010.

Read on for all the juicy details:
http://nyti.ms/hZ3QRX

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The future is fidgetal - Frustration with technology is driving our new scatology

The future is fidgetal

28 December 10 00:54 GMT
Man behind computer

"Technology, and the hype that surrounds it, is changing the way we speak. But we don't have to turn into drones, all spouting the latest i-word. Chris Bowlby says it's time for the techno-bullied to fight back with their own subversive speak.

With the online Oxford English Dictionary recently re-launched and on the look-out for new language, maybe it's time for a counter-revolution.

Can we create a new vocabulary that expresses not marketing mania, but the downside, the frustration, the terrible things we sometimes suspect modern technology is doing to us?

When your cursor makes you a curser, do the necessary words come to mind?

Let's start to talk about the crazily fidgetal, the MisApps, mobile drones and Skypeochondria that afflict us all.

Go to BBC to read the original article.

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Dawn of the age of the robot - a different sort immigration

Dawn of the age of the robot

"Advancement in robotics will dominate next decade, says head of the Institute for the Future."
Businesswoman surrounded by robots
The future is robotic. Photograph: Blutgruppe/zefa/Corbis
Dominic Rushe in New York

The Guardian, Thu 30 Dec 2010 07.00 GMT

"The robots are coming. The second decade of the 21st century will see the rise of a mechanised army that will revolutionise private and public life just as radically as the internet and social media have shaken up the past 10 years. Or so says Marina Gorbis, futurologist and head of Californian thinktank The Institute for the Future."

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21 December 2010

In Pursuit of the Perfect Brainstorm

From The New York Times:

Corporate America wants help coming up with fresh ideas. Can a new breed of consultant teach companies how to think?

http://nyti.ms/erRtXR

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16 December 2010

In France, Civil Unions Gain Favor Over Marriage

From The New York Times:

In France, Civil Unions Gain Favor Over Marriage

Civil unions confer most of the benefits and protections of marriage, and French couples increasingly prefer them. Major benefit - you can end them simply with a registered letter. http://nyti.ms/gl7zzk

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The rights and wrongs of digital books

The rising popularity of e-books highlights many modern dilemmas, says Bill Thompson

Go to BBC to read the original article.

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11 December 2010

Metaphors, sign language & networks of meaning #communication

A recent study of the use of metaphors in spoken language and various sign languages shows that certain types of metaphors are difficult to convey in sign language.

The study, "Iconicity and metaphor: Constraints on metaphorical extension of iconic forms," to be published in the December 2010 issue of the scholarly journal Language, is authored by Irit Meir of the University of Haifa. A preprint version is available here.

Dr. Meir's research sheds new light on the interrelations between two notions that play an important role in language and communication, iconicity and metaphor. This study shows that the iconicity of a form may constrain the possible metaphorical extensions that the form might take. Put another way, certain metaphorical expressions in spoken language cannot be "translated directly" into sign language if their form is iconic.

Sign languages are natural languages, with rich and complex grammatical structures and lexicons. Sign languages have rich use 
of metaphors. But quite often, when trying to translate metaphors from a spoken language to a sign language, we find that it is impossible to use the same words. For example, it is impossible to use the sign FLY (in Israeli Sign Language and American Sign Language) in the expression "time flies" or "the day just flew by." The metaphorical uses of a word such as FLY are impossible because of the form of this sign, in particular, its iconicity. The sign for FLY is produced by moving the arms as if flapping one's wings. But in the expression "time flies," we do not mean that time is flapping its wings. Rather, the metaphor is built on an implication of the action of flying, namely that it is a very fast way of motion. So there is a clash between what the form of the sign encodes (wing flapping) and the aspect of meaning on which the metaphor is built (fast movement).

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8 December 2010

Google unveils Chrome OS notebook

Google shows off a notebook running its much anticipated Chrome operating system but says that it will not go on sale until 2011.

Go to BBC to read the original article.

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26 November 2010

Ultrathin alternative to silicon for future electronics

Ultrathin alternative to silicon for future electronics

November 22, 2010
There's good news in the search for the next generation of semiconductors. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley, have successfully integrated ultra-thin layers of the semiconductor indium arsenide onto a silicon substrate to create a nanoscale transistor with excellent electronic properties. A member of the III–V family of semiconductors, indium arsenide offers several advantages as an alternative to silicon including superior electron mobility and velocity, which makes it an oustanding candidate for future low-power, high-speed electronic devices.

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19 November 2010

USC to launch social technology lab

USC to launch social-technology laboratory

The Annenberg Innovation Lab would bring together professors and students from cinema, media, engineering and other programs to design software prototypes for emerging medias.

|By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times

USC is starting a social-technology laboratory with a focus on the segments of digital culture that are expected to bring in the big bucks.

The Annenberg Innovation Lab, which the university is announcing Wednesday, will harness expertise from professors and students across a variety of disciplines — including its cinema, media and engineering programs — to design software prototypes to run on digital books, televisions, computers and mobile devices.

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18 November 2010

How video games stretch the limits of our visual attention in a positive way

How video games stretch the limits of our visual attention in a positive way

November 18, 2010

They are often accused of being distracting, but recent research has found that action packed video games like Halo and Call of Duty can enhance visual attention, the ability that allows us to focus on relevant visual information. This growing body of research, reviewed in WIREs Cognitive Science, suggests that action based games could be used to improve military training, educational approaches, and certain visual deficits.

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25 October 2010

What is the future of copyright and trademark law when cost and cultural borders prevent efforts against infringement? @ianlyons @wendyinfutures

What is the future of copyright and trademark law when cost and cultural borders prevent efforts against infringement?

We are facing challenges that the average company cannot afford to address. It is not only about Chinese attitudes and behavioural practices. Some people just choose to take what they want - knowing that most companies do not have resources to legally contest. Even in USA, CH, NL. 

Will copyright and trademarks follow in the footsteps of the democratisation of publishing? It's a trail of tears and cheers - depending on which side of the path you stand.

As Ian Lyons said, "It's time to figure out new strategies...". 

Referencing previous post and responding to comment from @ianlyons :

Chinese company tells us they will steal our name anyway

Got the following email this morning from a Chinese company announcing that they will "persist" to steal our  registered brand. 

What do you think?

Begin forwarded message:

From: YangGareth <gareth.yang@hotmail.com>
Date: 21 October 2010 01:08:52 EDT
To: Quantum Brands
Subject: quantumbrands

Dear Sirs,
We are Hanshin company based in Chinese office. We will register the "quantumbrands" as internet keyword and CN internet domain names. We have handed in our application and are waiting for Mr. David Luo's approval. We think this name is important for our products in Chinese market. Even though Mr. 

David Luo advise us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
Best regards

Gareth Yang

Comments (1)

  • Ian_thumb

    Ian Lyons said...

    I think you've encountered the future reality of doing business in a world that will be increasingly dependent on and dominated by China. It sucks - but them's the breaks. Time to figure out new strategies ...

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Crimson Hexagon - social tech reveals essence of underlying themes in public opinion - not just negative blah blah

Crimson Hexagon - now used by CNN and Bing - is a social technology for measuring the essence of millions of unsolicited online conversations in dynamic human engagement. Market research just took a giant step forward in measuring the nature of public opinion.

crimsonhexagon.com
@crimsonhexagon

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The speed of love in the human brain - 1/5 of a second

The findings raise the question: "Does the heart fall in love, or the brain?"

"That's a tricky question always," says Ortigue. "I would say the brain, but the heart is also related because the complex concept of love is formed by both bottom-up and top-down processes from the brain to the heart and vice versa. For instance, activation in some parts of the brain can generate stimulations to the heart, butterflies in the stomach. Some symptoms we sometimes feel as a manifestation of the heart may sometimes be coming from the brain."

Fascinating, so read on...

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23 October 2010

Go, New Mexico! Runway opens at first spaceport

Commercial space travel takes a step closer with the opening of the runway at the world's first spaceport in the US state of New Mexico.

Go to BBC to read the original article.

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22 October 2010

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on last pages of first draft book - argh...art direction is so much easier than writing original copy in simple language

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21 October 2010

Computer Scientists Developed New Way of Tracing Origins & Spread of Ideas

New Search Method Tracks Down Influential Ideas: Computer Scientists Have Developed a New Way of Tracing the Origins and Spread of Ideas

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2010)

 — Princeton computer scientists have developed a new way of tracing the origins and spread of ideas, a technique that could make it easier to gauge the influence of notable scholarly papers, buzz-generating news stories and other information sources.

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Chinese company tells us they will steal our name anyway

Got the following email this morning from a Chinese company announcing that they will "persist" to steal our  registered brand. 

What do you think?

Begin forwarded message:

From: YangGareth <gareth.yang@hotmail.com>
Date: 21 October 2010 01:08:52 EDT
To: Quantum Brands
Subject: quantumbrands

Dear Sirs,
We are Hanshin company based in Chinese office. We will register the "quantumbrands" as internet keyword and CN internet domain names. We have handed in our application and are waiting for Mr. David Luo's approval. We think this name is important for our products in Chinese market. Even though Mr.
David Luo advise us to change another name, we will persist in this name.
Best regards

Gareth Yang

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17 October 2010

The man who coined "fractal" : Benoît Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at 85

From The New York Times:

Benoît Mandelbrot, Novel Mathematician, Dies at 85

Dr. Mandelbrot, a maverick mathematician, developed an innovative theory to study uneven shapes and applied it to physics, biology and many other fields.

http://nyti.ms/aZH3wQ

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13 October 2010

Facebook makes copycats of us all

A study of Facebook app shows that social influence "switches on", driving mass downloading, only beyond a threshold popularity.

Go to BBC to read the original article.

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7 October 2010

Graphic Content - Milton Glaser, Still Questioning

"An exhibition of Milton Glaser's recent work reveals that at 81, the renowned graphic designer hasn't stopped paying attention to the big issues." From The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/9Db2ue

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23 September 2010

'One app for all' effort launches

"An effort to make apps that can run on any web-ready gadget, from phones to TVs, has been given a cash kickstart by the EU.

A European project to develop an application environment for every internet-connected device has received 10m euros in funding.

The project aims to sidestep operating systems and proprietary app stores by providing a web-based approach."

Go to BBC to read the original article.

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17 September 2010

A new era of 'super Wi-Fi'

From CNN: "Freeing up vacant airways" could lead to extraordinary innovation and expansion. If the USA governmental agency FCC does this, the commercial exploitation could create an economic and cultural shift.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/09/14/fcc.super.wifi/index.html?

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13 September 2010

Collaboration Aims to Create First Accurate Geometric Map of the Internet

ScienceDaily (Sep. 12, 2010) — 

" Researchers - at the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with researchers from Universitat de Barcelona in Spain and the University of Cyprus - have created the first geometric "atlas" of the Internet as part of a project to prevent our most ubiquitous form of communication from collapsing within the next decade or so.


They describe how they discovered a latent hyperbolic, or negatively curved, space hidden beneath the Internet's topology, leading them to devise a method to create an Internet map using hyperbolic geometry. 


In their paper, the researchers say such a map would lead to a more robust Internet routing architecture because it simplifies path-finding throughout the network. "


Read more...

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12 September 2010

"The Grand Design" everything except god with capital "G"

Comprehensive book review that enlightens us deep into the content and how it's delivered. http://m.guardian.co.uk/?id=102202&story=http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/12/the-grand-design-stephen-hawking

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9 September 2010

Biometrics research - even twins have unique irises

A biometric is a stable and distinctive physiological feature of a person that can be measured and used to identify that person; the fingerprint is the most familiar example.

Now researchers have discovered irises differentiate each of us uniquely. Read article to discover more....

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15 May 2010

Here's where you can follow Space Shuttle Atlantis' last mission online

Because I am such a fan and this final adventure for Atlantis closes 25 years of historical space exploration, I have taken the liberty of copying Tim Conneally's complete article posting from betanews.com with all pertinent links below. Follow the Atlantis over the next 11 days. 

http://www.betanews.com/article/Heres-where-you-can-follow-Space-Shuttle-Atlantis-last-mission-online/1273851175? 


"Here's where you can follow Space Shuttle Atlantis' last mission online

By Tim Conneally | Published May 14, 2010, 11:32 AM



Space Shuttle Atlantis' final mission...via Twitpic

NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled end its 25-year career with one final trip into space today. The shuttle will be manned by six astronauts and is expected to be in flight for twelve days. The STS-132 mission is to deliver equipment to the International Space Station which includes a Russian Mini-Research Module, a set of batteries for the station's truss and dish antenna, and other replacement parts.

However, the launch takes place today at 2:20pm EST, a time when most of the United States is at work.

Fortunately, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is making it very easy to follow the action online. NASA isbroadcasting the event live on its website, and is running a launch blog which provides frequent updates on the status of the launch.

Additionally, some excellent information can be found on both NASA and the Kennedy Space Center's Twitter feeds at @NASA@NASAKennedy(the above picture was a TwitPic from Kennedy.)

Other useful twitter profiles to follow today are@NASA_Astronauts, and @nasatweetup."

Again, the above article was written and published by Tim Conneally for www.betanews.com

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13 May 2010

Four Nerds & a Cry Against Facebook

From The New York Times:

"Four N.Y.U. students have decided people should be able to communicate online without surrendering their privacy to a big business."

"Diaspora* group was inspired after hearing a talk by Eben Moglen, a law professor at Columbia University, who described centralized social networks as 'spying for free'."

Read their story and how they raised money to set up Diaspora. Great OpenSource initiative.  http://nyti.ms/d01noz

Their Twitter = joindiaspora

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Preparing your website development for the near future now - Choosing for hosting, servers, cloud computing & integration

For Kids2020Foundation.com, we have been getting informed by the experts about how to make choices for hosting and servers. Cost, security, scaleability and processes. The words of wisdom have been "cloud computing" -using services like Amazon's or Google's. 


Ran across this article from ZDNet, which explains the key integration issues and benefits.


"Cloud-based integration platforms allow you to design, build, monitor, and manage integrations centrally (from the cloud) - yet deploy just the runtime to where the integration needs to occur – either in the cloud or on premise."

Separating the runtime, while unifying the administrative and management functions, eliminates unneeded complexity and dramatically increases the quality of:

1. Collaboration
2. Component Re-use
3. Data visibility and control
4. Policy standardization and enforcement
5. Configuration management
6. Monitoring
7. Auditing/validation
8. Reporting

They deliver the same benefits as SaaS applications themselves including:

1. Significantly reduced cost structure
2. No integration products to install and maintain
3. Automatic upgrades – no “rev lock” issues
4. Usage based pricing – can start small and expand over time
5. Global connectivity and access

Added benefit - positioned for the future - With a cloud integration platform, applications and data sources outside your firewalls can easily be added to your portfolio using the same distributed runtime, centralized management framework."


Read more here: http://bit.ly/axKfuj

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10 May 2010

Panel of experts discuss implications of Facebook as parallel social universe

The Allure of the Hive: Social Networking and Social Change

Roundtable
Participants: Nicole Ellison, David Kirkpatrick, Dhiraj Murthy, Sean Parker, Andrew Rasiej (other panelists TBA)

Video

"Facebook is more than a "social network." It is a parallel universe of relationships and social life, which for many of its 500 million users has become a field of action nearly as significant as their real-world interactions. The average American user spends more than six hours per month on Facebook, and increasingly uses it as a primary tool for communication. Facebook and other Internet social media occupy a larger and larger portion of the time people spend online, becoming massively potent forces of change whose impact we are only beginning to comprehend. 

How does the new world of digital "friendship" affect our social life in the real world? How are we ourselves changing as we increasingly inhabit yet another virtual universe? What does the growing penetration of Facebook and social media portend for the way life will be lived, and how will it affect how we organize ourselves, from family life to politics? 

One of the primary architects of Facebook joins experts on individual empowerment and Internet media to elucidate the impact of this looming presence in modern life."

Also read the supporting blog from Huffington Post explaining more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-luce/allure-of-the-hive-expert_b_569444.html 

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7 May 2010

FEAR.LESS MAGAZINE HAS LAUNCHED. – fear.less - stories of overcoming fear

fear.less first online magazine dedicated to stories of overcoming fear.

"Are you ready for your fears to 

tremble in their boots? Are you ready to learn from the inspiring stories of those who have come before you? Are you ready to pay absolutely nothing for it?"

In light of a world framed by news that continually provokes our fears, this new approach for sharing and crowdsourcing our fears is refreshing.  

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Dan Yoder's blog on "10 Reasons to Delete your Facebook Account" targets issues

What do you think about your user contract with Facebook?

The comments to Dan Yoder's blogpost are as interesting as this post. They spotlight the value-based issues with social media and reflect people's desires to roam free of restrictions or exploitation. Gives us greater insight into perspectives coming from the fringe in the wider digital arena.

You can read more on his actual blog http://rocket.ly

Business Insider posted a copy of Dan's blog - and has the list of comments referred to above.
http://www.businessinsider.com/10-reasons-to-delete-your-facebook-account-2010-5

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Growing digital literacy through the Digital Media and Learning Lab

"Digital Media and Learning Research Hub is located at the systemwide University of California Humanities Research Institute and hosted at the UC Irvine campus. We think digital media practices are fundamentally reshaping society in far-reaching ways, especially in how people all around the world are learning and connecting with one another."

Check out the bibliography for papers on digital literacy.  

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2 May 2010

It’s Complicated: Making Sense of Complexity

From The New York Times:

"Complexity used to be so simple. It meant progress. We liked it. Now the most intractable issues of our age, from war to finance, are tangled in ways that inspire headaches, not awe."

http://s.nyt.com/u/XvG_

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30 April 2010

Nobel laureate physicist disinvited from a physics conference!

Isn't this crazy? 

Nobel laureate physicist Brian Josepheson - head of ‘Mind-Matter Unification Project’ in Cambridge - was disinvited from a physics conference by Antony Valentini due to Brian's interest in paranormal consciousness. 

http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2010/04/no_place_for_the_paranormal_at.html 


I met Brian during a conference on Quantum Entanglent at the Human Scale in Utrecht years ago when I gave the follow up keynote speech to his. He is a person so curious and fascinated by consciousness that his studies and research bring nothing but enlightenment to physics.  

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16 April 2010

14 April 2010

US Library of Congress plans to digitally archive all 4 years of Twitter's tweets

"The US Library of Congress said Wednesday it plans to digitally archive all of the billions of messages known as "tweets" sent on Twitter since its launch four years ago."

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1 April 2010

Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future

from Pew Internet : The Impact of the Internet on Institutions in the Future

Bottom line - by 2020, 71% of experts surveyed predict online cooperation will make mainstream institutions significantly more responsive and efficient.

"The imperatives and expectations created by the internet will force change in institutions, no matter how resistant they are. There is simply too much pressure from the ground up for institutions to retain 20th century forms. Media companies are classic examples of organizations that have to respond to the new digital realities. All institutions will have to start listening more intently to their stakeholders. “Molecular democracy” and “Long Tail economics” are asserting themselves."

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Web Trend Map

This detailed infographic from iA in Japan - the Web Trend Map - gives you the big picture of what's happening with the major players on the web. 


"The Web Trend Map plots the Internet’s leading names and domains onto the Tokyo Metro map. Domains and personalities are carefully selected through dialogue with map enthusiasts, and every domain is evaluated based on traffic, revenue, and character."


You can order your own high quality map - dimensions: 841 mm × 1189 mm / 33.25 in × 46.75 in.  They also print Apple's ads in Japan, so you can expect high quality.


Why not become a member and create and publish your own maps on webtrendmap.com ?

31 March 2010

8 Key Tech Trends Impacting Recruitment Sector

"UK industry body, Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has published a new report examining how a range of new technologies will impact the recruitment sector and the services it provides.

The REC has now identified eight key trends including cloud computing, data memory, data security, green IT and the growth of social networks.

Recruiters can now assess the implications that such technological advancements will have on their operations."

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Ping.fm posts bounce like balls in a pinball machine - repeats posts too many times in Facebook. Anyone worked out multi-posting logistics?

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