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Gregory Esau has been at 22 events

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Social Media Today144,822*Does Social Business Make Sense?* _Not just for people but for the organizations as well?_ *Social Business is the focus of every business owner and CEO.* As we transition to a world of people, connections and relationships where advertising and traditional marketing do not work like they used to, the trend is to reposition a business to work harder for its employees, better with its customers and for its community. When the traditional model of a business gives us some very strong, clearly defined guidelines, driven by the irrefutable logic of the balance sheet, *does it make much sense to really talk about social business?* Is it a distraction? *And if not, can there be a workable path that can transition a legacy business to a modern, social one?* Discussing some of the key questions will be TEDx speaker and author @105103058358743760661. *A former Microsoft executive and a thought leader in the field of technology, people and organizations,* Gideon will be sharing some of his insights with us. Hosting the discussion will be @115620878851836664537  with @102000982871890720967  and at the controller's helm, making sure that everything runs smoothly will be @100470926227322431614 with @115000108263064481690. *Don't forget to join the conversation!* We want your questions, highlights, and feedback prior to, during, and after the event so make sure to tweet @socialmedia2day using the hashtag #SMTPowerTalk  or leave us comments on the Google+ or YouTube event pages! Let's get this conversation started!Does Social Business Make Sense?2015-01-22 18:00:00208  
Peter H. Diamandis345,240Exponential Medicine2014-10-27 19:00:0043  
ISOOSI Research Engine3,540*Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing* with Dr. Mani Saint-Victor ( @118176779352783168766 ) and @107656088609554509650  In our last show we discussed how words shape brands, both to those within, and without the company.  Building from that understanding of words, tone, voice, this week we go to the *Customer's story* and how we find and play our role in that story. Its fine to define ourselves to ourselves, in a fixed context of simply describing who we are, what our mission is, and similar things... But how does that matter to the potential customer who is wrapped up in their own problems right now?  How do we present ourselves in relation to a specific issue and mindset without losing any of that true definition of ourselves. In this episode we'll revise the importance of 'story', but from the perspective of the customer's story rather than our own.  We'll discuss how we fit ourselves into a vital and needed role in that story, and how to play that role effectively, powerfully, believable, and above all, truthfully. *Links* G+ Hangout Event: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Watch on YouTube: http://isoo.si/t3B2S Main Comment stream: http://isoo.si/Ab23D Related recommended reading: http://isoo.si/q5FWn Join our wonderful guests @118176779352783168766 and @107656088609554509650, the   #isoosichat   regulars @113426828273677356184, @106515636986325493284 and @116843668885160648294 for this discussion.Roles and Stories in Effective Marketing2014-07-01 21:00:0074  
SEOWiSE956*The Paradigm Shift* _The Business of Communicating in a Semantic Web_ *New:* We're trying to track activity so if you share this event anywhere else please add #paradigmshift ! I am thrilled to announce my newest show with @115620878851836664537. Through our interactions on his brilliant @110793088683846123648, David and I have developed clear connections between communication concepts I regularly use in Communication Studies and the new Semantic Web that businesses are learning to function in. *The show break down* _In a half hour David and I will..._ I will briefly explain a communication concept. For our first show we are starting really basic. *I will explain the two-step flow of communication:* Its history, the basic model and components within that model, and how we generally study it within communication. David will then take the concept of the two-step flow of communication and apply it to his expertise: Business today. *David will explain how the two-step flow of communication functions within the semantic web and why its important for businesses to consider.* Finally, we will address any questions that you all raise for us, so bring your thinking caps! A big thank you to @115091224082668507135 for the banner!The Paradigm Shift - The Business of Communicating in a Semantic Web2014-06-19 18:00:0087  
Wade Harman20,038Relationship Marketing Community HOA Join @111552522175915203592 of @108827198716965466311 as we talk to some prominent members in the relationship marketing community!  If you're not in the community, come and join us here http://goo.gl/4O0V8v If you are in the community and would like to come hangout live on air, let me know in the comment section and we'll invite you in and see what you've been up to!The Relationship Marketing Community HOA2014-05-23 20:00:0026  
David F “SmallBizDavid” Leopold3,498Using the Google+ Hangout on Air tool, David discusses his new book, *"Google+ Hangouts for Business"*  with "SmallBizDavid".  Details are being finalized for a "virtual book signing".    The Event's official sponsor is *"PlusMyReach"*, a new Google+ Event  analytical tool.                                                      *PlusMyReach*                                                http://plusmyreach.net          Our "Engagement Metric" is the only Google+ tool that measures total Engagement of your HOA Event (before, during, and after)---and tells you what the "Reach"  of the active engagers is.  The tool is essential to help you make critical Marketing decisions. Event Hashtag:  #PlusMyReach ABOUT *"Google+ Hangouts for Business":* Author: David Amerland Google+ Hangouts™ can help you build brands, shorten sales cycles, improve customer  service, train staff, align employees behind strategy, and a whole lot more. You name it,  someone’s doing it successfully with Hangouts. You can, too—and Google+ Hangouts  for Business will show you how. David Amerland completely demystifies Hangouts:  the hands-on tools, best-practice techniques, opportunities, even the etiquette. Amerland  reveals exactly how to profit from Hangouts, even if you have absolutely no video or  business social networking experience. You’ll discover why Hangouts isn't “just another”  video or conferencing technology—and why the difference makes it so valuable to your  business.  Then, Amerland shows you how to:  • Master the unique dynamics of real-time marketing (and avoid the pitfalls) • Confidently run a smooth, professional Hangout, stay in control, and handle the  unexpected • Rebroadcast your Hangouts to everyone (or just the people you choose) • Use Hangouts even if you don't use the Google+ social network • Plan Hangouts that build trust, consumer engagement, and brand equity • Connect at a deeper personal level, and establish an online identity that reflects  who you really are • Do it all at low cost—or maybe no cost at all Whatever your business, this quick and easy guide will help you build powerful new  connections within your company, with your best customers and prospects—with  everyone you need to reach."Google+ Hangouts for Business"---David Amerland releases his new book2014-04-04 16:00:00122  
Yifat Cohen79,721*If you've ever wondered...* What is Google+ and why you can ignore it no more... How online life became exactly the same as offline life & what it means to your biz... The one word that will change everything you do now Online Exposure is a given, this is what you should really worry about  DIVING IN... What are Hangouts and how they can: Give you back your time.. Free you from business travel (give you back those special family moments)... Increase collaboration... Level the Media play field - you can do better than famous TV stars... Do it professionally - just like the TV stars.... Make you money from the things you LOVE to do... Then join @114482686646572776469  as she interviews me about Google+ and Hangouts... *Leave your questions in the comments so I can get them answered* PS. If you haven't heard my talk at Eben Pagen's event a few weeks ago and you didn't receive my 3 strategies for increasing visibility and positioning, but you want to - then RSVP and show up. *Oh, and invite your friends - because great things are better shared* ;) ------------ #howtohangout   #howtogoogleplus   #newbie   #hangoutsonair   #gplusgotogal   #gplustraining   #googleplustips   #hangoutstrategies  How Google+ Hangouts Allow You to Monetize Your Passion2014-04-02 21:00:00192  
Meloney Hall3,804Teacher Says, “ Okay, class --  you better take notes for this lesson.” Fifteen students take notes vigorously as they try to keep up with writing cursive on their lined notebook paper. Eight Students do not take any notes at all.  They might ask for someone’s notes later. One Student draws doodles as a form of note-taking.  She gets laughed at and told to “grow-up” and take notes the right way.  I’m kind of embarrassed I listened to those peers; I need to gain those skills again!  So much easier to retain the information when you can draw pictures with your written notes (printed, not cursive).  How about the Digital Way of taking notes today?  That’s what +113865527017476906160  will be showing us during the HOA broadcast with me.  I will be interviewing Sacha Chua on Wednesday, March 12th at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT about how she uses SketchNotes for taking notes in a digital format.  Free-flow handwriting and techy all at the same time!  She’s a woman in science and technology, so she really loves gadgets!    She uses SketchNotes, and it’s really very fascinating!  Watching her do them LIVE is really the best!  I know Sacha as a fellow HelpOuts Provider, and I have seen her do this for many HOA’s.  This is why I wanted to interview her --  you’ll say WOW like I did when I first learned about her and what she does.    This is a link to give you the basic idea of what the system is and why it is so handy for students, business people, and anyone else who needs to retain information.  And if you’re into saving paper, then this is a true match for you!  I like to think of SketchNotes as a digital white board.  http://www.core77.com/blog/sketchnotes/sketchnotes_101_the_basics_of_visual_note-taking_19678.asp Select YES or MAYBE to get a reminder on your calendar.  It will also help mark the spot if you can’t watch live, but will want to watch the replay.  You’re in for a techy-treat!  Hope you’ll be watching! Visual Note-Taking with Sacha Chua2014-03-12 23:00:0034  
Social Media Hangout5,478Join the owners and moderators of the Social Media communities on Google+ (Strategy, Professionals, Creative, and Discussions) as they introduce you to this brand new HOA series: Social Media Hangout! as well as the Social Media communities. 3:00 PM EDT (Eastern Daylight Time - NEW YORK TIME ZONE) This means: 7:00 PM GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) http://smhangout.com Featuring the likes of: @103008963082975341976  @107665939201638457855  @107022061436866576067  @113690073826160821557  @102572320061138442096  @117547081660023231214  @115516333681138986628  and more to come, keep an eye out for announcements this week! We just may sneak in a few surprises and gifts for viewers, so this is one HOA you definitely don't want to miss. Brought to you by @109836237376101025302, as well as our wonderful partners: @102987204232298235213 @115515796589038584989 @118277786822373935125 @102577254872201879750 @110898358562182430662 and @116266498226740184904 Social Media Hangout: Greetings and Salutations2014-03-09 20:00:00168  
Ronnie Bincer112,493*Learn How to Start a HOA (Hangout on Air) best practices mid-Feb '14* _It is no secret that things change a lot here on Google Plus... come learn the latest suggested way to start up a Live HOA Broadcast._ This live training event will take you step-by-step through the process for setting up and starting your own Hangout on Air (HOA) using Google Plus and the Hangouts Menu. There are other ways as well, but this one is the way that Google is wanting us to use, so I'll treat it as the 'best way' to start things up for now. Things have recently changed to make this method better than it was before for marketing your HOA Event. This training event will go through the steps you'll need to take to get going and after the slides have been shown there will be some time for Q&A. *Invite your friends* and leave questions in the comments for us to address... _we'll get to them if they relate to the Hangouts menu method we'll be covering here._ Find out much more about Hangouts and HOA by becoming a part of the *Hangout Mastery* membership group. Details here www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery === === #HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   #ScheduledHOAEvents   #HOAevents   #EventsTips   #HangoutMastery   #TheHangoutHelper  How do I start a Hangout on Air? Best practices mid Feb 20142014-02-13 19:00:00261  
Jess + Scott + You405We are just people, and just mere mortals at that. So, how can “we” [in this case meaning you and I] change the world?  Peek at Google. Ya, you heard right. Google!  They research and develop (R&D) innovations online and off, in the medical field, in commerce, in transportation, robotics, learning, life’s longevity and more. Much more. They [in this case meaning Googlers or employees] feel the risk is worth the reward and the falling down means learning up. For them, *learning is what helps fuel opportunity which in turn leads to growth and sustainability.* So how different are We-from-They or Us-from-Them? On this Jess and Scott agree: *It’s not the scale that counts so much as how you feel about it and then act on how you feel.*  Here’s the kicker. In descending order: technology, the internet, social media and Google/G+ can now easily and effortless transfer into our hands the ability to explore our curiosity along with all the innovation and opportunity inherent in the technology. Now, how cool is that? *So, do you see that going forward it’s YOU? We decide next steps and decide Is the risk worth the reward, and are we willing to fall and learn to grow?* This week’s JSY! show serves up case studies drawn from a courageous group demanding change to make our point: Even though our R&D budgets are a smidge smaller than say, Google’s, it’s the culture we set in motion for ourselves and our family, work and country that can make an impact. Might even save the world. In the end, it is the *you and I* that chooses to jump (or not), expand (or not) and grow (or not). For small businesses and entrepreneurs this means providing new and different value for our customers. Join @110746124112827812577 @109237790792840071389  and @106867567997804136918    as we explore innovation to create opportunity which can lead to real change. Mere mortals? We think not. *YOU* (the Y in JSY) take action that matters. Come explore this topic with us live or when you can (Yes, we are an evening show - so responding Yes or Maybe will set a reminder so you can catch the replay.) Hashtag: #JSY   *Like the topic?* Invite friends to watch too - just look for Invite More button right below this description.Culture of Innovation (Psst...Like Google)2014-01-29 04:15:0041  
Jim Shankle1,804It's always a pleasure hearing +David Amerland discuss _*"The GSS/G+ Connection"*_ because it's a subject area with many facets. For mobile viewers click on this YouTube Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S76tXQ5qZ30  The time for the Event is translated to your local time zone. As a reference, it starts at 7:30 PM ET. _Google Semantic Search_ and its direct connection to, and support by, Google+ (what I am starting to call _"The GSS/G+ Connection"_) is remarkably deep and important. Yet David explains it with such simplicity, ease, and freshness that it's very understandable and enjoyable no matter your level of experience. Unquestionably, there is a wealth of material in this subject matter which means David will never be over-exposed or fail to peel back yet another layer of this *very large* onion every time he appears in an HOA. Thursday night he is joining my _MBA Marketing Strategies_ class at John Brown University (Rogers Center in Northwest Arkansas) via Google Hangouts On Air. David will explain _The GSS/G+ Connection_ from an MBA's and marketer's perspective. He will also introduce some unique "life applications" that should be pursued as an extension of the emerging power of GSS and Google+. Our session will start at 6:30 PM CST for those interested in seeing Marketing Strategies examined from David's unique perspective. *Two facts backing my conclusion that David has struck a deep vein...* 1) He had 22,000 Followers when I started communicating with him 5-6 weeks ago. Today his Followers number over 150,000, and 2) His game-changing book _Google Semantic Search_ - 230 pages (including an extensive Bibliography for those who want to explore the subject even further) that mines (as David calls it) a "semantically dense" subject. Proof that GSS/G+ is a critically important subject for MBA students (everyone really) was on display last week. Friday for an enjoyable and fast-paced hour, David, +Mark Traphagen  +Ronnie Bincer   (aka "The Hangout Helper") and +martin shervington  discussed how Google+ is changing behavior on the internet - to the better - https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c0n7nndld5gebbjat1of0dhb124  Even after a full hour, there were many unaddressed questions - reflecting that the session could have continued for the rest of the day. Based on the enjoyable chemistry of these four professionals, most their large audience probably would not have left them had it continued. Come join us Thursday night to continue the discussion. #mktgmba  MBA Marketing Strategies - David Amerland Explores "The GSS/G+ Connection" at John Brown University2013-11-08 01:30:0064  
John Blossom126,205*Join Us for Chromecast Fridays! Episode 5* Hang on to your hats, it's yet another Friday on the horizon and another chance to join #Chromecastfridays , when we get together in an On-Air Hangout to talk about the new Google #Chromecast TV streaming device and all things streaming to your TV. Lots to talk about this week - new content partners for Chromecast, the @102139249949018843498 may be coming to @115229808208707341778 soon, Sony's baking up a TV bundle and launching its new PS4 soon, +TwitchTV is expanding its coverage of live computing gaming and more! I will be taking a break next week for the holiday weekend, so please come join us! Chromecast Fridays! Episode 52013-08-24 03:00:009  
John Blossom126,205I hope that you'll have some time to stop by Friday for Chromecast Fridays!, our weekly get-together in On-Air Hangouts. Much to discuss as the world of Chromecast continues to burst open with new sources of content - file streaming from Dropbox, Plex in the wings, a Raspberry Pi wannabe and more! Tell your friends about  #chromecastfridays ...Chromecast Fridays! Episode 32013-08-10 03:00:009  
Craig “The Tech Teacher” Chamberlin81,380*Tune In Monday Night on YouTube at 9 PM EST for PCM Tech Talk Live!* In today's LIVE broadcast, get ready to discuss these topics with Craig Chamberlin while on the air on YouTube! - Your Questions! Anything Goes! - YouTube Will Let Channels Charge Subscribers - Nintendo Trying To Get Developer Support for Wii-U - iPad Teaches Kids Programming - Windows 8 Updates With Your Permission - Brand New Fitbit Wearable Tech! - Playstation 2 Officially Going To Die - Apple Having Trouble Signing New Carriers? - Xbox May Not Require A Constant Internet Connection - Senate Voting To Tax The Internet... Again. - 3D Printed Handguns, As Many As You'd Like For $8000 - Adobe Moving Software to The Cloud *Read all of the articles for tonight's episode in the official flipboard PCM Tech Help Show Magazine: Episode 50* http://flip.it/ctGKE *Join the Community!* https://plus.google.com/communities/103552239261416834535 #googleplus   #googleplushangouts   #gplus   #gplushangouts   #livestream   #hangoutsonair   #hoa   #techhelp   #xbox720  #xbox360 #3dprinting #3dhandgun #3d #printing #technews #adobe #cloud #adobecloud #cloudcomputing #cloudsoftware #youtube #windows8 #ipad #programming #youtubevideo #tv #broadcasting #freebroadcasting #makemoneyonline #tvdying #nintendo #fitbit #wearabletechPCMTTL! 50: YouTube "Paid Subscriptions" Further Kill Traditional TV. Tech News! Live Q&A!2013-05-06 21:00:3812  
Ronnie Bincer112,493*Watch the 9th in the series about Google Plus Communities (GPC)* _Google Plus Community (GPC) "Managing LARGE Communities" focus_ Special Guest: @115980322864066690488 - owner/moderator of a *Large & Active* Public GPC on Google Plus (41k+ members inside *Google+ Updates* http://goo.gl/RPt17 ). Listen and watch as Clayton, @116024884086268367178 @116049412326685043114 & @108210288375340023376 discuss the latest developments for GPC and what goes on behind the scenes when building & managing a large Public Community. If you are on mobile you can watch here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ *Feel Free to Share this Event with others to help them get up to speed!* Learn about what to do when your GPC grows and becomes a bigger part of your day. Learn how to best take advantage of Large GPCs. *_Scroll Down for more info..._* Find all the previous discussions in this YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLh2TCfgo3UtvWhn9rV0qox1Vj2KHykLl1 or if you prefer check them out here... To get ready, you can *watch part 1 here:* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIvlKooab-c *watch part 2* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1PWWSrnzhA  *watch part 3* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ica-tWpmSnY *watch part 4* via this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrQEgBE8Xcg *watch part 5* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEkKTx0KgIo *watch part 6* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUwocBZfs3o *watch part 7* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j86RsqZaw0w *watch part 8* via this link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUAYbdelgfY *watch part 9* via this link here (this one): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZyKKb33ypQ Tell your friends, come join in the discussion as we will try to bring in some of the comments from the stream into the live show. *Feel free to share this event and invite others to join in!* - - -  #communitytips  #googlepluscommunities   #communities   #onairdiscussions   #community #GPC #GPCtips #GooglePlusTips  - - - Google+ Communities Overview after 5 months - Large Community Focus2013-05-02 21:00:0082  
martin shervington1,145,186Ronnie is my main go to guy for all questions about YouTube. As such, I thought I would grab some time and ask him things like: Why should people on Google+ be looking at YouTube now? Anything we should be avoiding doing when we get started? What does he think about monetizing videos? How can people use it for business? Are there ways to get better YouTube search results? What top tips does he have for people getting started? How does he approach doing analysis? How can we increase our subscribers and why is this useful to do? And many more to follow... Just click on 'YES' and we will see you then!Loads of YouTube hints and tips for Google Plussers, with Ronnie Bincer2013-04-01 18:00:0068  
United Nations Human Rights1,162,116In the lead up to the first Forum on Business and Human Rights, taking place from 3 to 5 December, we will host a Hangout on Google+ on Thursday, 22 November at 3pm CET: http://google.com/+unitednationshumanrights Take part in the conversation and make your voice count now! http://bit.ly/W9dn0FBusiness Forum Hangout Make your #VoiceCount Google+ Hangout Series (I)2012-11-22 15:00:00141  
Yifat Cohen79,721*Do you feel like a good parent when you give your child juice for lunch instead of french fries?* I would. *And I would be wrong.* If you're like me, you're probably going through the same parent's dilemma as I am - *how do I keep my child healthy while allowing him to enjoy all the goods out there?* This is such a big thing for me that my step son has named me a healthologist (there's more to it, join the Hangout to get the whole story - it's worth it). *Quality - Quantity - Timing* My daily struggle with what to put in my child's mouth so that he has a healthy diet is shared with many parents, I'm sure. What to put in his lunch box other than peanut butter and jelly? What's for dinner? (my daily nightmare) Did he have enough protein today? Did he eat fruits? He had a cup of juice, does that count as one serving? What about dessert - can he have some? Should it be home made? Sugar or not..? And why do I keep craving sweets after a meal? *Myth and Reality* Dr.@100118793214522675509 is the author of The Step Up Diet: From Scratch...The Quality, Quantity and Timing Solution to Childhood Obesity. In the book, Dr. Katalenas breaks down myths that we use as a basis to our purchasing decisions, like - *Sugar-free or calorie-free drinks are a good option to reduce or maintain weight in children.* *A serving of fruit juice is equivalent to a serving of fruit.* *Some canned pasta dishes contain a whole serving of vegetables and are a good alternative for the busy family.* *As a children’s drink, chocolate milk is equivalent to regular milk.* And the one I'm most guilty of - *Toddlers should take a vitamin supplement every day.* *IF YOU'RE A PARENT CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR FAMILY'S MEALS, YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR HANGOUT* Bring your questions to Dr. Katalenas and get a step by step advice on how to get started on healthy meals that you can fit in your busy schedule. Grab Dr. Katalenas book here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095M3RUY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0095M3RUY&linkCode=as2&tag=myubifone-20 *About Dr. Katalenas:* After growing up in Spain, Dr. Katalenas moved to the United States in 1984 to learn English and to become a pediatrician.  A Board Certified Pediatrician, Dr. Katalenas graduated from the University of Oviedo Medical School, located in Northern Spain, in 1982. She worked as a General Practitioner in her hometown of Oviedo, and also performed Clinical Medical Research Projects at the University Medical School. She has served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Round Rock Medical Center for three years, most recently in 2008. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for the University of Texas Medical Branch, a supervising physician for the Resident Program for UT Southwestern Medical School and a Clinical Instructor for the University of Texas School of Nursing.Yes, you CAN you give your kid french fries for dinner! If...2012-10-25 18:00:0034  
McDermott Media207Please join me (@108541235642523883716) and @107350354213838732087 specialist @100147094927476057991 for an interactive session on how your business can get the most out of LinkedIn. To learn more about Donna, check out here website www.donnaserdula.com. To learn more about McDermott Media and how we can help your business, visit www.mcdermottmedia.com  Here's a little snippet from Donna:  "I have been blogging for well over 10 years. Yes, it’s true! I built my first Web site in 1996 and in late-1998 I set up a blog. As the years passed, I utilized my knowledge of blogging and social networking as a sales professional. Just as I was trying to develop relationships with my prospects and customers on a personal level, I immediately recognized the potential of digital relationships as well."Small Business Workshop Series: Making Sure Your Business is LinkedIn2012-10-24 02:30:0013  
Mick Fealty14,337All across the world, systems are crashing. In banking we've seen debt slicing and long haul internal systems like that of RBS/NatWest/Ulster Bank literally falling apart. In Europe post war notions of solidarity are being stretched to bursting as sovereign nations argue over the degree to which fiscal sovereignty can be shared.   Further afield the Arab nations continue in popular tumult after several generations of acquiescence under varying degrees of autocracy. Yet like Greece, Spain and Portugal to the north - each just one or two generations ahead - the Arab world is finding that democracy does not come in a shiny, ready wrapped box. Even in more settled democracies, once venerable institutions are finding huge problems keeping up with the speed at which their citizens can communicate, not through them but around them.   Why not join our panel this Friday for #DigitalLunch  at the usual time, where we will attempt to serve starters about 1pm and finish before the hour is out? #DigitalLunch: Crashing systems2012-09-28 14:00:007  
Yifat Cohen79,721*WHAT IS THE PATH TO DISCOVERING WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR?* _I want to live, not merely survive_ _And I won't give up this dream_ _Of life that keeps me alive_ _I gotta be me, I gotta be me_ _The dream that I see makes me what I am_ ~Sammy Davis Jr *WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?* When you first start your *Google+ presence* you must decide *who you're going to be in public*.  How do you go about figuring it out?  @115633934578783827271 became a self stylized "unconventional consultant" because he couldn't imagine himself as anything else but. He is now dedicating his life to bringing this whole social business divide between us ("social") and business (capitalism) together in a unified and harmonious fashion. *LET'S EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES* Join us tomorrow to explore the ways Gregory found what he stands for, and how you can go about doing the same. *LIVE BRAINSTORMING*  We'll talk about life's journeys, about dreams, values and the masks we put on...about finding what really matters and going for it full force. Come share your passions with us!Making Your Life Count.2012-08-28 18:00:0032  

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There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) 

Most reshares: 8

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2015-09-01 19:50:25 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Where This Goes, I Don't Know
But This Isn't An Issue That Is Going Away

Bravo to Will Smith and the people behind Concussion for bringing a very serious issue to the big screen. 
Via +Brad Esau 

CONCUSSION is going to piss off the NFL. We should not try to pretend otherwise. Moreover, there is no concession we could make short of agreeing to cancel the project entirely that could possibly satisfy them. Our strategy should thus be based on the assumption that we are going to be facing a powerful adversary that may try to prevent the movie from being made—and, failing that, to ensure that as few people as possible see it or take it seriously.

Most plusones: 90

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2015-08-27 15:46:57 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) 

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2015-09-04 22:38:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Of Trolls
And Hackers

A terrific bit of insight here, that puts an act of vandalism into perspective. We need real hackers, not vandalistic trolls. 
Via +Norse 

In any case, the three boys were identified by their logins, according to the school district. This was a smart response, and one any network security pro would expect. They now face felony charges that could effectively wreck their lives. And they’re being called hackers.

So yes, we’ve got a hacker problem. But no, it’s not that we’ve got them. Exactly the opposite.

These three boys are anything but hackers. When they trolled the Enfamil site, they were trolls. When they visited the “hacker” website they were essentially tourists. There wasn’t one line of code, one drop of solder or one creative solution to anything in what they did.

Calling theseboneheads hacke... more »

Of Trolls
And Hackers

A terrific bit of insight here, that puts an act of vandalism into perspective. We need real hackers, not vandalistic trolls. 
Via +Norse 

In any case, the three boys were identified by their logins, according to the school district. This was a smart response, and one any network security pro would expect. They now face felony charges that could effectively wreck their lives. And they’re being called hackers.

So yes, we’ve got a hacker problem. But no, it’s not that we’ve got them. Exactly the opposite.

These three boys are anything but hackers. When they trolled the Enfamil site, they were trolls. When they visited the “hacker” website they were essentially tourists. There wasn’t one line of code, one drop of solder or one creative solution to anything in what they did.

Calling these boneheads hackers is an insult to hackers. And that’s one source of our real problem: we don’t have enough of them. Real hackers, that is. They’ve been given a bad name at the same time our young people have been steered away from technical careers.
[...]
As faculty at the University of New Mexico, I have to personally scramble to fill my classes because there are so few students. Then the recruiters descend on them and many get jobs even before completing their programs.

It’s a thin, thin trickle: three to seven students per semester lately, in a state where an incentive program is trying to hire 350 tech people in the next year. The disproportion between supply and demand just shocks me.

One of our success stories is restaurant software builder Lavu, which recently received a massive cash infusion. What’s their biggest problem? They struggle find the software engineers they need, either locally or nationally.

They need clever techies who can hack code. They’d do a lot better if they could find more technical talent, but as I’ve said it’s awfully thin on the ground in this low-income rural state. You’d think we’d be cultivating that talent, but in practice we send a very different message.

America needs hackers, say the NSA, FBI, Homeland Security and more. They visit conferences looking for creative hackers, but rather than finding love, their own practices have made them the unloved targets of Spot the Fed games.___

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2015-09-04 18:06:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This Is Worth Sharing Again
No, No, It's Not Complicated, It's Complex

It's also worth noting "smart groups", as opposed to individual expertise, do better at solving complex problems. Expertise is better at complicated problems.  

This Is Worth Sharing Again
No, No, It's Not Complicated, It's Complex

It's also worth noting "smart groups", as opposed to individual expertise, do better at solving complex problems. Expertise is better at complicated problems.  ___

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2015-09-03 21:31:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

More Dog Piling on the Chinese Economy
It Never Gets Old
#thebigpicture   #smokeandmirrors  

More disentanglement of the myths and adoration that the Chinese economy was some kind of unstoppable force, some kind of miracle, some kind of magic the other baffoons in the Western world economies hadn't figured out. 
I haven't had this much fun since I stole borrowed the parents Impala at age 15.
 
I was incredulous in 1995, skeptical in 2005 (but at least impressed they had kept the charade going for this long), and now bemused as all the chickens are coming home to roost. 


The main argument that we hear against a China carry trade unwind is that the Chinese government will not let it happen and it has US$3.9 trillion in foreign exchange reserves to handle the issue.

It is astonishing how often this type of argument isrepe... more »

More Dog Piling on the Chinese Economy
It Never Gets Old
#thebigpicture   #smokeandmirrors  

More disentanglement of the myths and adoration that the Chinese economy was some kind of unstoppable force, some kind of miracle, some kind of magic the other baffoons in the Western world economies hadn't figured out. 
I haven't had this much fun since I stole borrowed the parents Impala at age 15.
 
I was incredulous in 1995, skeptical in 2005 (but at least impressed they had kept the charade going for this long), and now bemused as all the chickens are coming home to roost. 


The main argument that we hear against a China carry trade unwind is that the Chinese government will not let it happen and it has US$3.9 trillion in foreign exchange reserves to handle the issue.

It is astonishing how often this type of argument is repeated. It is worth keeping in mind that though China has these assets, it also has a whole lot more in liabilities – debts of close to US$24 trillion, up $15 trillion since 2008 alone. Thus these debts dwarf China’s foreign-exchange reserves. Note also the 3Q decline in reserves, which may be a portent of things to come.

Via +Jeffrey J Davis ___

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2015-09-03 21:18:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Barclays, Banks
And Blockchain Evolution

More indicators it will be banks, and big banks at that, that will drive the adaptive evolution of the blockchain technology. 
For one, they understand better the problems that can be solved with blockchain for transactions, smart contracts, etcetera. 

More #blockchain  experiments.___Barclays, Banks
And Blockchain Evolution

More indicators it will be banks, and big banks at that, that will drive the adaptive evolution of the blockchain technology. 
For one, they understand better the problems that can be solved with blockchain for transactions, smart contracts, etcetera. 

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2015-09-03 15:48:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A Win
Against Shoddy, Ill-Conceived, Inept, League Investigations

The league continues with it's unbroken string of demonstrations of how inept they are with investigating anything. 
+Business Insider  called the ruling "Shocking", but no, it wasn't shocking at all. What was shocking, that in an actual court of law, rather than the kangeroo court of the NFL hearing office, the um, "case" presented by the NFL was shredded by the judge, to the point where the NFLPA barely had to do anything. 

Any other ruling would have been a travesty of  justice and procedure. 

Goodall and the league office are utterly inept at understanding what it is they do, try to do, and mete out when it comes to drug use, domestic violence, or anything that requires nuance and ability to think. 
Goodall, need you be reminded, was trained asan &q... more »

A Win
Against Shoddy, Ill-Conceived, Inept, League Investigations

The league continues with it's unbroken string of demonstrations of how inept they are with investigating anything. 
+Business Insider  called the ruling "Shocking", but no, it wasn't shocking at all. What was shocking, that in an actual court of law, rather than the kangeroo court of the NFL hearing office, the um, "case" presented by the NFL was shredded by the judge, to the point where the NFLPA barely had to do anything. 

Any other ruling would have been a travesty of  justice and procedure. 

Goodall and the league office are utterly inept at understanding what it is they do, try to do, and mete out when it comes to drug use, domestic violence, or anything that requires nuance and ability to think. 
Goodall, need you be reminded, was trained as an "economist", so make of that what you will. ___

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2015-09-03 15:11:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Knowledge Investor
Re-Framing The Relationship

I love it when someone, +Esko Kilpi in this mentally nutritious post, articulates something I've been perking away in my own mind, but couldn't cook it up for a serviceable, digestible way.

The new view understands firms as contextual interaction, rather than seeing them as entities outside of that interaction. Neither is it helpful anymore to prioritize financial investments above human capital investments. The knowledge-based view sees firms as continually evolving live networks of investments and interaction.

A knowledge worker is always an investor. This means that in practice we should not talk any more about the employer — employee relationship, when talking about knowledge work. Instead, it is an investment — investor relationship.

The challenge for the firm is to beinviting to ... more »

The Knowledge Investor
Re-Framing The Relationship

I love it when someone, +Esko Kilpi in this mentally nutritious post, articulates something I've been perking away in my own mind, but couldn't cook it up for a serviceable, digestible way.

The new view understands firms as contextual interaction, rather than seeing them as entities outside of that interaction. Neither is it helpful anymore to prioritize financial investments above human capital investments. The knowledge-based view sees firms as continually evolving live networks of investments and interaction.

A knowledge worker is always an investor. This means that in practice we should not talk any more about the employer — employee relationship, when talking about knowledge work. Instead, it is an investment — investor relationship.

The challenge for the firm is to be inviting to as many contributions/ investments, as possible, from as many people as possible. Another difference from the industrial model is the growing need to cross-organizational and geographic borders when trying to optimally match tasks and skilled contributions. The form of a firm doing this resembles an Internet-based platform. Firms become multi-sided markets.

Now, in this following paragraph, comes the "money line":

It may be good news. The networked business increases its intellectual capital as the nodes of the network do the same. The network acts as an amplifier of knowledge. But the demands for the worker grow. Being skilled is not enough. The challenge for the knowledge worker is to take responsibility for the value and growth of her human capital and to plan her “investment portfolio” carefully. Work should always equal learning.

The crux of the biscuit (as Frank Zappa would say) is the vitality of this explicit understanding between the firm, and the value provider. And, for that matter, how the firm is designed. This has to be valued, and visualized via social network mapping and finely defined "data flows" for firm and value provider to fully realize and express the potential in this relationship. ___

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2015-09-02 18:43:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Of Social Networks
And Engineered Serendipity
#smartswarms  

This can be tied together with two of my previous posts over the last 24 hours, combined into a "why you network" and "think like an owner" train of thought.  (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GregoryEsau/posts/7WXNs7ULGtb) and (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GregoryEsau/posts/iroJZLN5Msk) [respectively]. 

If we have a well developed mindset of why we network, a well developed network (what I would call a Smart Swarm), combined with the mindset of business ownership (we think of the broader implications of our role in a business, and take keen interest in other's roles), we are in a much better position to orchestrate serendipity, or, that is, to Smart Swarm

As Greg Lindsay does here, let's take a fresh look at what serendipity should be:

I believethe... more »

Of Social Networks
And Engineered Serendipity
#smartswarms  

This can be tied together with two of my previous posts over the last 24 hours, combined into a "why you network" and "think like an owner" train of thought.  (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GregoryEsau/posts/7WXNs7ULGtb) and (https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GregoryEsau/posts/iroJZLN5Msk) [respectively]. 

If we have a well developed mindset of why we network, a well developed network (what I would call a Smart Swarm), combined with the mindset of business ownership (we think of the broader implications of our role in a business, and take keen interest in other's roles), we are in a much better position to orchestrate serendipity, or, that is, to Smart Swarm

As Greg Lindsay does here, let's take a fresh look at what serendipity should be:

I believe there’s a third way between the diminishing returns of typical organizations and sheer luck. In Silicon Valley, they call it “engineering serendipity,” and if that strikes you as an oxymoron (which it is), perhaps we need to step back and redefine what serendipity means:

Serendipity isn’t magic. It isn’t happy accidents. It’s a state of mind and a property of social networks — which means it can be measured, analyzed, and engineered.
It’s a bountiful source of good ideas. Study after study has shown how chance collaborations often trump top-down organizations when it comes to research and innovation. The challenge is first recognizing the circumstances of these encounters, then replicating and enhancing them.

Engineering company "campuses" is one thing, albeit an expensive endeavor (it doesn't necessarily work), and there would be much to learn from here. 
The other is knowing how to cultivate and orchestrate your own Smart Swarms to capture the same benefits. ___

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2015-09-02 17:21:36 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

To Think Like A Leader
Think Like An Owner

In other words, understanding the greater context and consequences of your actions, beyond that of what you perceive of your role or job. 
In all of my years in the highly demanding world of custom homebuilding, where you live and breath your mistakes, and triumphs every single day (there is no place to hide in that world!), I tried to preach this to my crews and the people I worked with. For myself, I never saw myself as just a carpenter, or site lead, but as an orchestrator of a building process. I tried to work only with General Contractors who valued me as such (which was fewer than what one would think or hope!). 
While getting people on my sites to see themselves as an integral part of a business didn't meet my own expectations often enough, I never doubted the wisdom of the pursuit. When it did come together, it was thed... more »

To Think Like A Leader
Think Like An Owner

In other words, understanding the greater context and consequences of your actions, beyond that of what you perceive of your role or job. 
In all of my years in the highly demanding world of custom homebuilding, where you live and breath your mistakes, and triumphs every single day (there is no place to hide in that world!), I tried to preach this to my crews and the people I worked with. For myself, I never saw myself as just a carpenter, or site lead, but as an orchestrator of a building process. I tried to work only with General Contractors who valued me as such (which was fewer than what one would think or hope!). 
While getting people on my sites to see themselves as an integral part of a business didn't meet my own expectations often enough, I never doubted the wisdom of the pursuit. When it did come together, it was the difference between joy and toil. And 'joy' was vastly superior in terms of quality and production. 

It sounds simple: “Think like an owner.” In fact, it is hard to do. It requires you to put yourself in the shoes of the decision-maker. You may realize that you prefer not to be in those shoes. There’s too much pressure; there are too many considerations; there are too many constituencies. With all the complexity, constant change, and myriad of issues in the modern world, it may be easier to rationalize more narrow thinking: Dammit, it’s not my job!

Yes, it is your job, if you want to be a leader. If it frustrates you, or makes you agonize, or even creates a heightened level of stress for you, then you need to get used to experiencing those feelings. The more you practice this, the better you’ll get at doing it. I would urge you to begin to believe and internalize the view that thinking like an owner is central to your effectiveness in your job. Thinking like an owner means getting to conviction. “Conviction” is meant to describe a threshold level beyond which you feel a high level of confidence about what you truly believe should be done.___

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2015-09-02 15:54:34 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The Clash of Civilizations
Technology Meets Humanity--Amabot Edition

In 1996, Samual P. Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order hit the bookstores, and was one of (many) seminal books that helped me shape my worldview, with clues as to where things just might be going. (We'll set aside for another day as to how prescient that work was! [Quite, imo])
What Huntington missed was another emerging civilization, one with a near cultish obsession with machine, machine like efficiency and automation,  with a drive for empire not unlike most religious inspired civilizations.
The effects on humanity, society, and even the world order are arguably no less profound.

Is Amazon the tip of the iceberg? Is it our future? What's really happening at Amazon?  

What's Really Happening at Amazon?

The recent reports about Amazon's work conditions are disturbing, but I wanted to take a deeper dive into what I think is really happening at the company. At the heart of the problem is what I'm starting to now see as my new mantra on the effects of robotics, artificial intelligence and automation more generally on human work: 

Today, the role of human labor is to do the work machines have not yet learned.

This article started off as just a post here on Google+, but then I started going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, and fell into some conclusions that I think are pretty important about the relatively near-term future of human work. So this article is about Amazon because it's at the cutting edge of something bigger.

It's not a particularly optimistic take on where things are going, and I do think there are alternatives to the picture painted here, which I'd be happy to get into in comments. 

This one's hot off the press, and, I think, one of my better ones. 

#amazon   #automation   #technologicalunemployment   #robotics   #artificialintelligence  ___The Clash of Civilizations
Technology Meets Humanity--Amabot Edition

In 1996, Samual P. Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order hit the bookstores, and was one of (many) seminal books that helped me shape my worldview, with clues as to where things just might be going. (We'll set aside for another day as to how prescient that work was! [Quite, imo])
What Huntington missed was another emerging civilization, one with a near cultish obsession with machine, machine like efficiency and automation,  with a drive for empire not unlike most religious inspired civilizations.
The effects on humanity, society, and even the world order are arguably no less profound.

Is Amazon the tip of the iceberg? Is it our future? What's really happening at Amazon?  

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2015-09-01 22:55:51 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

You Reap
What You Sow

I keep wanting to like Uber the service, as, in principle, I like the model. Except Uber the company keeps playing like total dickheads. 
This could have been, should have been a win-win between a network of independent contractors, and an organizing body. Instead, it's the early 20th century all over again, in this case pitting service providers and technology and marketing providers against one another. 

I do get that Uber doesn't want to get locked into people as drivers model, and their longterm plan is driverless cars, but that reality is ten years out, at least. 
I'm not a rose-coloured-glasses-idealist, but I would like to think there was an arrangement that would have worked well for all parties in this "sharing economy". 

But Judge Chen notes that “there is inherent tension between this argumentand U... more »

You Reap
What You Sow

I keep wanting to like Uber the service, as, in principle, I like the model. Except Uber the company keeps playing like total dickheads. 
This could have been, should have been a win-win between a network of independent contractors, and an organizing body. Instead, it's the early 20th century all over again, in this case pitting service providers and technology and marketing providers against one another. 

I do get that Uber doesn't want to get locked into people as drivers model, and their longterm plan is driverless cars, but that reality is ten years out, at least. 
I'm not a rose-coloured-glasses-idealist, but I would like to think there was an arrangement that would have worked well for all parties in this "sharing economy". 

But Judge Chen notes that “there is inherent tension between this argument and Uber’s position on the merits” because Uber itself has treated the drivers as a uniform class by deeming every one of them to be a contractor. “Despite Uber’s argument to the contrary, there are numerous legally significant questions in this litigation that will have answers common to each class member that are apt to drive the resolution of the litigation,” Chen wrote.
Class certification does not mean that drivers have won. A jury trial will still determine whether Uber drivers meet the legal definition of employees – in which case the company would owe massive amounts of back pay to all eligible drivers – or not. And Chen did not give the drivers everything they wanted. The judge rejected class status for drivers’ claims involving Uber policy around reimbursing expenses like gas, tolls, and the cost involved in a canceled fare.___

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2015-09-01 20:20:40 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The K&D Sessions
Kruder & Dorfmeister

The legendary (within some circles) K&D Sessions. Hip music that defies categorization, although could loosely be put under Electronica if pressed. 
I'm feeling hip, so it's on the proverbial platter as we speak. (really an old Macbook Pro plugged into the stereophonic equipment)

The K&D Sessions
Kruder & Dorfmeister

The legendary (within some circles) K&D Sessions. Hip music that defies categorization, although could loosely be put under Electronica if pressed. 
I'm feeling hip, so it's on the proverbial platter as we speak. (really an old Macbook Pro plugged into the stereophonic equipment)___

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2015-09-01 19:50:25 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Where This Goes, I Don't Know
But This Isn't An Issue That Is Going Away

Bravo to Will Smith and the people behind Concussion for bringing a very serious issue to the big screen. 
Via +Brad Esau 

CONCUSSION is going to piss off the NFL. We should not try to pretend otherwise. Moreover, there is no concession we could make short of agreeing to cancel the project entirely that could possibly satisfy them. Our strategy should thus be based on the assumption that we are going to be facing a powerful adversary that may try to prevent the movie from being made—and, failing that, to ensure that as few people as possible see it or take it seriously.

Where This Goes, I Don't Know
But This Isn't An Issue That Is Going Away

Bravo to Will Smith and the people behind Concussion for bringing a very serious issue to the big screen. 
Via +Brad Esau 

CONCUSSION is going to piss off the NFL. We should not try to pretend otherwise. Moreover, there is no concession we could make short of agreeing to cancel the project entirely that could possibly satisfy them. Our strategy should thus be based on the assumption that we are going to be facing a powerful adversary that may try to prevent the movie from being made—and, failing that, to ensure that as few people as possible see it or take it seriously.___

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2015-09-01 18:17:39 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

A Fascinating Look
Into The Design Process

As we may (or may not) know, design thinking is permeating into all levels of business thinking (some say to the point of saturation, but that was a post from last week). 
In my (not so humble) opinion, design thinking is making infecting different parts of the organization and its mindset for good reason. Design, is the difference. 
That was obvious, and evident to me through my thirty (30!?!) years in home building, much of that in custom. Good design matters, good architecture matters. It's the difference between a waste of 1.5 million, or a "Wow, man, your place is amazing!" 1.5 million. (arbitrary figure.)

So, lets assume design matters. If it does, and it does to you, this is a really neat look into the process of the new Google logos. 

Via +Denis Labelle 

A Fascinating Look
Into The Design Process

As we may (or may not) know, design thinking is permeating into all levels of business thinking (some say to the point of saturation, but that was a post from last week). 
In my (not so humble) opinion, design thinking is making infecting different parts of the organization and its mindset for good reason. Design, is the difference. 
That was obvious, and evident to me through my thirty (30!?!) years in home building, much of that in custom. Good design matters, good architecture matters. It's the difference between a waste of 1.5 million, or a "Wow, man, your place is amazing!" 1.5 million. (arbitrary figure.)

So, lets assume design matters. If it does, and it does to you, this is a really neat look into the process of the new Google logos. 

Via +Denis Labelle ___

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2015-09-01 17:52:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Abnormal
Is The New Normal

We've had dry summers before, but nothing like the one we just had. 
Windstorms. What's normally reserved for November, hits us in August. Saturday here in Vancouver, man, it was insane!
The really sad part was losing so many urban trees. 

“We’re starting to see weather we’ve never seen before, patterns that are not as predictable as what people who have been around a long time get used to seeing. We have good weather service information. This unpredictable stuff that is coming along that is causing a lot of trouble, not just for us, is very difficult to anticipate,” he said.

Martell isn’t the only one thinking that way.

Sadhu Johnston, Vancouver’s deputy city manager, views the windstorm as just one weather event in a summer that has “climate change” written all over it.

“Ifyou look at the sum... more »

___Abnormal
Is The New Normal

We've had dry summers before, but nothing like the one we just had. 
Windstorms. What's normally reserved for November, hits us in August. Saturday here in Vancouver, man, it was insane!
The really sad part was losing so many urban trees. 

“We’re starting to see weather we’ve never seen before, patterns that are not as predictable as what people who have been around a long time get used to seeing. We have good weather service information. This unpredictable stuff that is coming along that is causing a lot of trouble, not just for us, is very difficult to anticipate,” he said.

Martell isn’t the only one thinking that way.

Sadhu Johnston, Vancouver’s deputy city manager, views the windstorm as just one weather event in a summer that has “climate change” written all over it.

“If you look at the summer as a whole, this will go down in history as the first summer Vancouver really experienced climate change,” he said. “Think about air quality problems due to the extreme fires, the drought, the water shortages, extended periods of heat and then followed by extreme storm events. All we’re missing here is very high water levels.”

Johnston said the city has been predicting this kind of unusual weather for a while. In 2012 city council approved a “climate adaptation strategy” that called for changes in how the city plans for extreme weather events. It began planting different types of drought-tolerant trees as part of its 2020 Greenest City plan.

That effort had little impact on Saturday’s windstorm. The city immediately lost more than 500 street trees, many of which were weakened by the summer’s drought. Many more may be found to be damaged in post-storm inspections.

Both Martell and Johnston said the drought dried out roots, branches and leaves, creating the opportunity for trees to topple and branches to land on electricity lines with impunity.



Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Windstorm+shakes+foundation+Hydro+weather+prediction+system/11330841/story.html#ixzz3kVhGmop5

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2015-09-01 17:25:03 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The Difference Between The Winners
And The Losers

Two skills. Synthesis. Talent Development. 
The strength of global frontier firms lies in their capacity to innovate, which increasingly requires more than just investing in R&D and implementing technology. It requires the capacity to combine technological, organizational, and human capital improvements, globally.

Both are learnable skills, but, alas, insanely hard to practice and master. This isn't a knock, but under pressure, most resort to what got them there. Which sorta worked--up until around 2007. And they've been sucking dust ever since. 

Via +Jeffrey J Davis 

The Difference Between The Winners
And The Losers

Two skills. Synthesis. Talent Development. 
The strength of global frontier firms lies in their capacity to innovate, which increasingly requires more than just investing in R&D and implementing technology. It requires the capacity to combine technological, organizational, and human capital improvements, globally.

Both are learnable skills, but, alas, insanely hard to practice and master. This isn't a knock, but under pressure, most resort to what got them there. Which sorta worked--up until around 2007. And they've been sucking dust ever since. 

Via +Jeffrey J Davis ___

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2015-09-01 16:34:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

It Isn't That You Network
It's Understanding Why You Network

Most people do not have a clue. People that do, change the world. 
Via +John Verdon 

"Getting people to interact with unusual suspects is critical for innovation because what kills most innovation isn’t lack of ideas, it’s lack of relationships. This is probably the one fact you can count on of what is necessary to make true innovation happen, because creativity doesn’t happen in one person’s head, rather in the interaction between a person’s thoughts and their context. And collaborating with individuals from different disciplines allows you to see the issue from a new perspective; which drives the potential for better ideas."___It Isn't That You Network
It's Understanding Why You Network

Most people do not have a clue. People that do, change the world. 
Via +John Verdon 

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2015-09-01 16:26:36 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This Changes The Game
Financial Genius Meets Blockchain
Via +David Kish 

Blythe Masters is not only incredibly smart, highly driven--she's a legend on Wall Street. And she's now taken a very keen interest in blockchain. I'm not here to tell you to like or hate the implications, but rather to suggest that if anyone harboured the idea that blockchain, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, etcetera were going to combine to overthrow the banks, think again. Provide alternatives? Sure. But undermining their position in the financial world? Ain't. Going. To. Happen. 

What we are much more likely to see, is radical innovation come to an industry that has used innovative 'products' to increase its pie, and its pieces of the pie. 
Will blockchain accelerate that? Or defuse that? The clues are intriguing:

Through her research, Masters understoodho... more »

This Changes The Game
Financial Genius Meets Blockchain
Via +David Kish 

Blythe Masters is not only incredibly smart, highly driven--she's a legend on Wall Street. And she's now taken a very keen interest in blockchain. I'm not here to tell you to like or hate the implications, but rather to suggest that if anyone harboured the idea that blockchain, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, etcetera were going to combine to overthrow the banks, think again. Provide alternatives? Sure. But undermining their position in the financial world? Ain't. Going. To. Happen. 

What we are much more likely to see, is radical innovation come to an industry that has used innovative 'products' to increase its pie, and its pieces of the pie. 
Will blockchain accelerate that? Or defuse that? The clues are intriguing:

Through her research, Masters understood how you could input all that information into a digital “smart contract” on a distributed ledger. Conceptually, it’s similar to the way you can embed video in an e-mail. But the difference is that when you send that smart contract along, it doesn’t just contain data, it transfers ownership of the security. The value belongs to whoever possesses it. So a trade could be settled in minutes instead of days or weeks, Hirani says.

Anyone with access to the ledger can read the contract with a click of a mouse. That means regulators, who depend primarily on self-regulatory organizations to police the markets, could easily verify that a securities transaction didn’t violate anti-money-laundering rules or other laws. The blockchain, in essence, automates trust, Hirani says.The clincher for Masters was how the technology can affect risk. Every hour that a trade hangs suspended between sale and purchase, the chances mount that it won’t be fulfilled, she says. Institutions have to set aside capital to protect themselves from such failures. Since the 2008 crash, regulators in the U.S. and the European Union have directed banks to allocate ever-larger sums to cover their exposures. If the blockchain could shorten the settlement time for, say, syndicated loans, from 20 days to 10 minutes, this risk would be reduced and capital would be freed up.

“I spent my whole career thinking about risk, markets, infrastructure, and regulation,” Masters says. “I had seen the financial crisis unfold, and I had seen the credit derivatives market get operationally ahead of itself, which resulted in systemic risk counterparty exposures. I began to believe that distributed ledgers had the capability to tackle that problem.”

_In March, Masters joined Digital Asset as CEO. She, Hirani, and Wilson set to work developing blockchain-based software for three inefficient markets they deemed ripe for an overhaul: syndicated loans, U.S. Treasury repos, and equity shares in private companies. At the same time, Masters recognized that the open structure of the bitcoin process—
no one controls who does the mining
—would be anathema to an industry in which client confidentiality is sacrosanct. So in July, the company acquired Hyperledger, a San Francisco software firm that’s developing the technological equivalent of gated communities. Its system is designed so that users will be able to process transactions themselves rather than depend on the open bitcoin blockchain._

“With private chains, you can have a completely known universe of transaction processors,” Masters says. “That appeals to financial institutions that are wary of the bitcoin blockchain.”While this vision of a superefficient financial world is enticing, let’s not forget that Masters and her rivals will have to persuade institutions and regulators to uproot decades of legacy IT systems and practices. And the introduction of the blockchain will make the markets’ infrastructure even more complex than it already is, at least in the short term.
Skeptics question whether one piece of code could in a single stroke make finance faster, more transparent, and more efficient. “People are talking about how the blockchain is going to be some kind of Messianic savior for the database industry,” says Bradley Howard, the head of digital media at Endava, a London-based IT services provider. “It may be fantastic in some cases, but it could also just be the latest fad.

”Yet Masters, who in July joined the board of Santander’s U.S. unit as nonexecutive chairman, is betting that the mindset at the highest levels of finance is changing. The advent of peer-to-peer lending, mobile banking, and other innovations is forcing Wall Street’s chieftains to rethink their businesses. She says the blockchain may be the biggest fintech play of them all.

“Blythe sees that a new industry is being created,” says Hirani, who’s known Masters for 17 years. “There’s no infrastructure. There’s no companies that have any kind of scale. She’s done the bank thing. She did commodities. She did derivatives. She did loan portfolio management. This allows her to bring all of that experience to bear in creating an ecosystem—and a company around it.”Twenty-three years ago, Masters opened up fresh territory with credit derivatives. Now, she’s determined to do it again, although this time it’s with a technology that was initially designed to bypass the financial system. Masters, with a very British dose of understatement, puts it this way: “I’ve always been motivated to innovate where the implications are significant.”___

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2015-09-01 11:22:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

"Think of it as a buffet"
On Leadership, On Learning

To really learn, you need to be a dilettante. I've always believed that, always practiced that, but it isn't something you often see as practical advice.
I think of this often, as it is a practice that underpins my Smart Swarms Networked Intelligence System as an approach to advanced organizational performance and design.

My reputation doesn't yet extend beyond my own network of intelligence, so it's great to see a luminary such as Eric McNulty advocate an approach very similar to mine for understanding leadership.

It's becoming increasingly clear, that competency in efficiency, expertise, authority and title aren't going to be the difference between success and failure, it is the ability to learn, learn fast, and synthesize knowledge from a diverse set of... more »

"Think of it as a buffet"
On Leadership, On Learning

To really learn, you need to be a dilettante. I've always believed that, always practiced that, but it isn't something you often see as practical advice.
I think of this often, as it is a practice that underpins my Smart Swarms Networked Intelligence System as an approach to advanced organizational performance and design.

My reputation doesn't yet extend beyond my own network of intelligence, so it's great to see a luminary such as Eric McNulty advocate an approach very similar to mine for understanding leadership.

It's becoming increasingly clear, that competency in efficiency, expertise, authority and title aren't going to be the difference between success and failure, it is the ability to learn, learn fast, and synthesize knowledge from a diverse set of resources. In other words, making full use of intelligence in networks.
Having the courage to separate from what you thought you knew, from what you know need to know, is going to be the differentiator from leadership that thrives from leadership that merely survives. ___

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2015-09-01 02:10:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Move Along Folks, Move Right Along....
There's Nothing To See Here

The stock market isn't the bubble to be concerned about. 

The problem isn’t a banking crisis, however: it’s a loss of household wealth, the reversal of the wealth effect, and the decimation of local government budgets and the construction sector. China is uniquely dependent on housing and real estate development. This makes it uniquely vulnerable to any slowdown in construction and sales of new housing.
[...]
Much has been made of the more than $3 trillion losses households have suffered as China’s stock market bubble collapsed. But given the relatively insignificant role financial assets play in household wealth, these losses are modest compared to the far larger loss of household wealth that will occur as housing deflates from bubble heights.

Many people claim theestima... more »

Move Along Folks, Move Right Along....
There's Nothing To See Here

The stock market isn't the bubble to be concerned about. 

The problem isn’t a banking crisis, however: it’s a loss of household wealth, the reversal of the wealth effect, and the decimation of local government budgets and the construction sector. China is uniquely dependent on housing and real estate development. This makes it uniquely vulnerable to any slowdown in construction and sales of new housing.
[...]
Much has been made of the more than $3 trillion losses households have suffered as China’s stock market bubble collapsed. But given the relatively insignificant role financial assets play in household wealth, these losses are modest compared to the far larger loss of household wealth that will occur as housing deflates from bubble heights.

Many people claim the estimated 65 million empty flats held as investments by the middle and upper classes in China will be sold to new buyers in due time. But these complacent analysts overlook the grim reality that the vast majority of urban workers make around $6,000 to $10,000 annually, and a $200,000 flat is permanently out of reach.___

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2015-09-01 01:27:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Yippee
Analysis With Substance

I can't speak for everybody, or most people, or even a few people. I want variety. I want choice. I want the best of all worlds. 
I'm already urban, and preparing for not needing to own a car. 
My prefered options for the future:
--Uber (or an Uber like) with a driver, one with conversationalist skills. I'm not ready to discuss life with a robot. Yet.
--the Autonomous Option. I'm heading to a big meeting, and I want the full on immersive rolling media centre to prepare. 
--Renting Hell on Wheels. We want to get away for the weekend, and we want to enjoy the trip there. For that, we drive in something exotic. 

But enough about me, what about this analysis??

Alex Rubalcava:

Among the forecasts of the Consensus Model, I believe the prediction of constant Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) per person to be the most suspect. Traveling a mile in an AV is going to be deliriously cheap, and when we make something cheaper, we consume a lot more of it.

[...]

The most important scarcities imposed by transportation are time, attention, cost, and the actions of rival drivers. Driving somewhere takes time. During that time, it takes nearly your full attention (one hopes). Every mile you drive costs money, mostly in the form of fuel and vehicle depreciation. And if you want to travel to the same place as everyone else, at the same time, you will face traffic and pay more in time and attention cost to get there.

[...]

Johnson’s analysis, which assumes 12,000 VMT/year, suggests that traveling one mile in an SAV or PSAV will cost between $0.08 to $0.44. On an annual basis, that works out to $960 to $5280. According to the AAA, an American driving an average sedan will spend $0.58 per mile, for an annual spend of $8700, though their analysis assumes VMT of 15,000 per year. Even accounting for the different VMT assumptions, it’s clear that SAV services will reduce the cost of transportation for consumers by thousands of dollars a year.

More importantly, the cost in attention associated with transportation will drop to nearly zero. The average American could shift some of the 5.5 hours of television watched per day into the car, and end up with vastly more personal time once freed from the need to pay attention to the road. This possibility has led many people to predict that AVs could enable further suburban sprawl as the costs of transportation fall. A person who moves to a more distant exurb but commutes via a PSAV will pay less money for transportation, have more time for entertainment, and will also pay lower, exurban prices for their housing. It will be an irresistible combination, and it will be just one of many ways that VMT will ratchet upwards once each marginal mile loses its cost in dollars and attention.

Autonomous vehicles will also allow new transportation use cases to emerge. Short haul flights and regional train travel will be hard pressed to compete against trips in FAVs, if the electricity needed to drive an autonomous Tesla from Los Angeles to San Francisco costs less than $10.00. Compared to a $75 fare on Southwest, the cost savings will be high (especially if more than one person is traveling) and the time penalty will be minimal for distances of under 500 miles, when calculated on a door to door basis. Even for those consumers who choose to forego ownership of a vehicle to use a shared service, AVs promise vastly cheaper inter-city travel. For a service like Megabus, the cost reduction when batteries replace gasoline and software replaces drivers is going to be massive. The existing fleet of A320 and 737 aircraft may get redeployed to long haul flights.

Also, demand aggregation, currently in its infancy, has the potential to further reduce the cost of PSAV services. Just this week, Uber began testing “smart routes” that incentivize users with lower fares to catch an UberPool on a major street nearby, making the overall system more efficient. There will be more innovation along these lines. Some of the ideas that have been discussed include neighborhood commuter jitneys that depart for downtown every 15 minutes, AVs as demand aggregation for public transport, and AV versions of company-specific transportation options, like the Google bus service in the Bay Area.

Finally, new users of transportation, like children and seniors, are likely to travel many multiples of the distance they do today once AVs lower the costs and barriers to their safe transportation.

Every one of these AV use cases will share a common characteristic: they will be outrageously cheap (in dollars, but also in time, attention, and non-excludability) compared with today’s transportation options.

https://medium.com/@alexrubalcava/a-roadmap-for-a-world-without-drivers-573aede0c968___Yippee
Analysis With Substance

I can't speak for everybody, or most people, or even a few people. I want variety. I want choice. I want the best of all worlds. 
I'm already urban, and preparing for not needing to own a car. 
My prefered options for the future:
--Uber (or an Uber like) with a driver, one with conversationalist skills. I'm not ready to discuss life with a robot. Yet.
--the Autonomous Option. I'm heading to a big meeting, and I want the full on immersive rolling media centre to prepare. 
--Renting Hell on Wheels. We want to get away for the weekend, and we want to enjoy the trip there. For that, we drive in something exotic. 

But enough about me, what about this analysis??

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2015-09-01 01:09:33 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Unsurprisingly
It's The Same Fear For The Internet of Things

The military doesn't need to succumb to market forces. Commercial robotics? (we can include the so-called "autonomous" vehicles) It's a good bet speed to market will trump security.
Gill Pratt lays out some very good thinking here. He also wrote the "Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics" paper ( https://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/jep.29.3.51)

I worry about it for every system out there, whether it’s civilian or defense. We have a yet-unsolved problem with security. The great advantage of having robots that can communicate with each other, and having the intelligence that they use be on the cloud, is that they can share things. When one machine figures out how to grab something, suddenly all of them know how to do it, too. That’s the upside.
Th... more »

Unsurprisingly
It's The Same Fear For The Internet of Things

The military doesn't need to succumb to market forces. Commercial robotics? (we can include the so-called "autonomous" vehicles) It's a good bet speed to market will trump security.
Gill Pratt lays out some very good thinking here. He also wrote the "Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics" paper ( https://www.aeaweb.org/articles.php?doi=10.1257/jep.29.3.51)

I worry about it for every system out there, whether it’s civilian or defense. We have a yet-unsolved problem with security. The great advantage of having robots that can communicate with each other, and having the intelligence that they use be on the cloud, is that they can share things. When one machine figures out how to grab something, suddenly all of them know how to do it, too. That’s the upside.

The downside is that when the machine is infected because of malware that came in, then they all are. That can be awful. I know that DARPA has looked at how to fix this, how to break the effects of software monoculture so that all of the systems aren’t the same. I worry about it a great deal, but the robots that we’ve been developing in the DRC can’t be made dangerous because of malware. We’re talking about lab prototypes that we’re using to understand this comms. Issue – their physical power is actually very low.

In terms of when you would deploy this thing, it’s still many, many years off. First the cost has to come down, the effectiveness has to come up, and the reliability has to come up. Along the way — you’re absolutely right the security of the network has to be figured out. At the DRC, we were just trying to see how effectively man and machine can talk to each other even when the communication line keeps cutting out.

Via +Peter Rothman ___

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2015-09-01 00:21:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Burning Man
A Retrospective

It isn't what it used to be, and it never became what it was supposed to be. 

Again, he nodded, increasingly alarmed that this young girl would not survive the night in her current state. Though every ticket to Burning Man had the phrase "YOU MIGHT DIE, and that's your responsibility," printed on the back, Ted began to wonder if that caveat would actually hold up in a court of law. As thoughts of her demise swirled through his head, she looked and him and asked:

"Do you know where I can find some E?"

At that moment Ted knew it was over. The camp he had worked hard to perfect for five years was falling apart. Word was, the narcs were taking prisoners, casualties were mounting steadily and the ravers were to blame. By the end of the weekend, one person was killed, three more people would be... more »

Burning Man
A Retrospective

It isn't what it used to be, and it never became what it was supposed to be. 

Again, he nodded, increasingly alarmed that this young girl would not survive the night in her current state. Though every ticket to Burning Man had the phrase "YOU MIGHT DIE, and that's your responsibility," printed on the back, Ted began to wonder if that caveat would actually hold up in a court of law. As thoughts of her demise swirled through his head, she looked and him and asked:

"Do you know where I can find some E?"

At that moment Ted knew it was over. The camp he had worked hard to perfect for five years was falling apart. Word was, the narcs were taking prisoners, casualties were mounting steadily and the ravers were to blame. By the end of the weekend, one person was killed, three more people would be severely injured, and Burning Man's original "techno ghetto" would be just a memory.

Via +Peter Rothman ___

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2015-08-31 18:44:55 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Twenty Questions
That could Determine Your Organization's Future

I'd just gotten my hot hands on the print edition, and earlier today over on Facebook, I learned that our own +Jennifer Sertl was part of the team that helped put all this together.
I love it when network intelligence weaves a fabric like this! 

Our new issue is out! 20 Questions For Business Leaders, How Adidas Found Its Second Wind, The Future Of Management Is Teal, and More: http://stratbz.to/Rzi7K___Twenty Questions
That could Determine Your Organization's Future

I'd just gotten my hot hands on the print edition, and earlier today over on Facebook, I learned that our own +Jennifer Sertl was part of the team that helped put all this together.
I love it when network intelligence weaves a fabric like this! 

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2015-08-31 18:29:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This Captures My Current Reality Nicely
And Some of My Strategies For Making My Weakness My Strength

Having a "Smart Swarm" is my ace in the hole. 

How to build your reputation.___This Captures My Current Reality Nicely
And Some of My Strategies For Making My Weakness My Strength

Having a "Smart Swarm" is my ace in the hole. 

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2015-08-31 18:23:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Food For Thought--Part Three
Central Bankers as the Socialist Hordes

I can not think of a more delightful bit of cognitive dissonance for a Monday morning. Central bankers as the last bastion of socialism. 
As a customary nitpick, I'd say Central Planning rather than socialism, but the point remains the same--it is meddling in the markets to relieve short term pain. 
Clearly then, you can buck the market. Corrections can be delayed and halted, even reversed, by determined policy action. But, as the history of bubbles from Dutch tulips to subprime mortgages has shown, only for a while. In the long run, Mrs T was right.

As another iconic woman from that era once proclaimed: No pain, no gain. 

In case there's any confusion, financial markets are one of the last bastions of socialism___Food For Thought--Part Three
Central Bankers as the Socialist Hordes

I can not think of a more delightful bit of cognitive dissonance for a Monday morning. Central bankers as the last bastion of socialism. 
As a customary nitpick, I'd say Central Planning rather than socialism, but the point remains the same--it is meddling in the markets to relieve short term pain. 
Clearly then, you can buck the market. Corrections can be delayed and halted, even reversed, by determined policy action. But, as the history of bubbles from Dutch tulips to subprime mortgages has shown, only for a while. In the long run, Mrs T was right.

As another iconic woman from that era once proclaimed: No pain, no gain. 

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2015-08-31 18:14:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Food For Thought--Part Two
Monday Brunch

A sensible look at the Chinese economic "miracle". 

No matter the country, ideology, history, positional power, culture, and GDP, we are alway-- Always --behind the curve when macro-managing economies. 
The illusion (delusion) of economic wizards that think they know is a big part of the problem. We would (collectively) be better off if we didn't have to labour under this illusion. 

China's Federalism drives deep services / affluence divides among provinces, inequality gap difficult to bridge #ns___Food For Thought--Part Two
Monday Brunch

A sensible look at the Chinese economic "miracle". 

No matter the country, ideology, history, positional power, culture, and GDP, we are alway-- Always --behind the curve when macro-managing economies. 
The illusion (delusion) of economic wizards that think they know is a big part of the problem. We would (collectively) be better off if we didn't have to labour under this illusion. 

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2015-08-31 18:07:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Food For Thought
Monday Brunch

Food for thought, that I'm still digesting. The quips about central bankers are spot on, however. 

China’s New Rules in the Theory of Economic Cycles

By: Michael Ambrozewicz & Fiorenzo Arcadi

China was right that with monetary easing the market is not short on funds but simply lacks confidence. Ren Zeping, chief economist at Guotai Junan Securities, mentioned, “As regulations are tightened the bubble will be further eliminated.” We on the other hand believe the real economic cycle is relative to the economic universe of the world. It grows despite monetary and fiscal policies that central bankers institute as a guide and balance that nations adhere to. The economic cycle becomes an elusory curve.

An expanding economic universe today means a smaller economic universe for those nations that can not contribute. The universality of economic easing measures may mean that some nations are able to exert infinite expansion from limited expansion. The cycle expands regardless as long as Earth establishes the resources and man expands on the resources. The trajectory of the global cycle can stall temporarily to catch its breath, but then resumes by accelerating upwards.

World economies do not have independent existences; they form a fabric of allocating resources to the few. The economic cycle becomes violated by political tools such as capitalism, socialism, and communism. These are hidden variables of the economic cycle that achieve a certain degree of momentum. These variables only explore a paradox in complementing the political tools with economic tools that impact wealth and poverty. The gravitational pull and control of these resources is how the economic cycle works.

It was communism that allowed Putin to accumulate resources making him one of the richest men on Earth. The US Fed allowed vast resources to be accumulated by central bankers. It is Chinese communism that is now instituting criminal compulsory measures for alleged market manipulation and trading violations. China accelerated compulsory measures that include arrest, detention, and the surveillance of its own market malaise. 

Now, Chinese economic journalists are being accused of market manipulation and fabricating information to benefit themselves instead of the greed of China’s central command. China’s central command’s greed is causing their economy to collapse inward meaning that shadow banking has taken over in their economy. China’s central bankers demand that their middle class should occupy the same space as they do, but by the same token they are required to be invisible. 

China proclaims that the middle class, along with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, are the ones driving the domestic market as opposed to shadow bankers. On August 28 Premier Li Keqiang stated, “Financial stability is significant to the broader economy. It is important to foster open and transparent capital markets for long-term stability and to ensure its sound development.” The global capital markets have adopted an invisible hand in controlling the global economic cycle. The global economic cycle has been breached along with its confidence.

China can not recast an economic cycle to benefit the central command’s way of thinking. Central bankers across the globe have become intolerant of themselves in hope of propping up their own economic virtual world rather than understanding that the rules have changed. Global bankers misguided the steps in unifying the global economic cycle that wealth will translate to higher wages because of the fact that global wages undermine individual growth. 

Premier Li Keqiang nailed it with his statement, “Now the traditional drivers of growth are not strong, it is important to come up with new measures to bolster reform and opening up. It is necessary to provide more public goods and services, and encourage mass entrepreneurship and innovation to boost the growth momentum.” He further analyzed something that became very critical. He stated, “The real economy will be upgraded for better quality and greater efficiency as each sector becomes more vibrant. The stability of the overall economy would be built on a more solid basis.” 

Remember, the trajectory of the real economic cycle is up and is based on man’s ability to exploit resources. What becomes unreal is the dimension of where the cycle exists in the global timeframe of the economy. The dark economy is built when capitalism, socialism, and communism are on equal footing in the belief that they control the wealth of the many and the few. The gap can not narrow; it only enlarges and becomes infinite with space until it arrives back at the survival of the fittest. The survival of the fittest is more rational and real than what most North American economists have given us. 

China’s state authorities arrested Chinese journalist Wang Xiaolu for allegedly causing panic and disorder in the stock market. That one journalist can seriously undermine the market’s confidence and inflict huge losses on the country and its investors? Hard to believe. The political and philosophical variables disrupt the global economic cycle and carry man’s trajectory in harvesting resources. If George Orwell was alive today he would’ve came up with a different theory that would put him into a different dimension relative to space. ___Food For Thought
Monday Brunch

Food for thought, that I'm still digesting. The quips about central bankers are spot on, however. 

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2015-08-31 17:51:35 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

When in Doubt
Blame Canada!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.
Keep it up America, and we will invade and be really polite to you. 

Those watching the Republican nomination race have probably noticed the significant success Donald Trump has had with essentially a European far-right platform: anti-immigrant rhetoric with a strong wink towards options of violence both by his followers (e.g. the men who beat a Latino man into the hospital, which he described as his followers being "very passionate" people who "want this country to be great again") and by him officially, if he's elected. (e.g. by forcibly deporting eleven million people; the means of finding them TBD)

So now we enter the second act of this particular black comedy, in which candidates who are having trouble in the polls try to steal Trump's voters by outdoing him. Alas, neither Scott Walker nor Chris Christie have anything resembling the sort of charisma required to lead a white supremacist movement, but you've got to give them points for batshit insane. In the past two days:

Christie wants to bring in Fred Smith of FedEx to work for ICE, and create a system that lets us track immigrants like packages, and find and deport them instantly when we want to. It's not quite clear what method he would prefer for affixing a computer-readable, nonremovable tag to people; some of the better suggestions I've heard so far involve implanting RFID chips in people's arms or necks, requiring that they wear some special identifying clothing, or simply tattooing their ID number on them somewhere. Trust us, nothing could go wrong with this.

(NB that Fred Smith has made no indication that he wants anything to do with Christie's ideas; he is not to blame for this)

Walker, on the other hand, appears to have become enamored of Trump's idea of building a wall sealing us off from Mexico, and wants to take it a step further: he'll not only build that, but notes the "legitimate concerns" which warrant us seriously investigating building a wall with Canada.

No, he does not appear to be joking.

I'm not sure whether he's terrified of an unexpected reprise of the War of 1812, or if there's a fear that Canadians might stream south of the border and... be really polite to people?

But yes, we have finally reached that point in American history where electoral politics and South Park are no longer clearly distinguishable. So alright, everybody – Blame Canada!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOR38552MJA___When in Doubt
Blame Canada!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you very much.
Keep it up America, and we will invade and be really polite to you. 

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2015-08-31 17:47:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Because
Monday

The insanely fun Connected from the Stereo MCs gang. 
"Stumble, you must fall..."

Because
Monday

The insanely fun Connected from the Stereo MCs gang. 
"Stumble, you must fall..."___

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2015-08-28 14:32:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Ecosystem of You
Nicely Visualized

The #Ecosystem of You [INFOGRAPHIC] http://buff.ly/1LzNXRg___The Ecosystem of You
Nicely Visualized

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2015-08-27 20:42:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Mastery
Is The Competitive Edge

I like this article, I like it a lot. Yes, today's business environment is increasingly defined by shifting and adaptation. Move fast, make mistakes fast, fix everything on the fly. And, there are times that makes sense. 
But, over time? A lot of products, features, services, and fads will come, and will go, but mastering the process, the design process, will win out in the long run. 

Getting to that kind of mastery is our challenge for the next decade. How might organizations build deep design thinking skills and creative leadership at all levels? Lucky for us, there are a host of resources to turn to: Udacity and Kahn Academy, executive training at the d.School and Rotman, and new courses offered at our own IDEO U.

Whenever I’m faced with a tough business challenge, rather than trying to use somepre... more »

Mastery
Is The Competitive Edge

I like this article, I like it a lot. Yes, today's business environment is increasingly defined by shifting and adaptation. Move fast, make mistakes fast, fix everything on the fly. And, there are times that makes sense. 
But, over time? A lot of products, features, services, and fads will come, and will go, but mastering the process, the design process, will win out in the long run. 

Getting to that kind of mastery is our challenge for the next decade. How might organizations build deep design thinking skills and creative leadership at all levels? Lucky for us, there are a host of resources to turn to: Udacity and Kahn Academy, executive training at the d.School and Rotman, and new courses offered at our own IDEO U.

Whenever I’m faced with a tough business challenge, rather than trying to use some prescribed CEO logic, I tackle it as a design problem. That’s not an inborn ability, it’s a skill—OK, a mastery—learned over many years of doing.___

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2015-08-27 17:53:33 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I Am STILL Working
On The Hot Air Balloon

Because I'm lazy, I'll work harder so I don't have to. 

Thanks +Jayson Wiggins ___I Am STILL Working
On The Hot Air Balloon

Because I'm lazy, I'll work harder so I don't have to. 

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2015-08-27 17:40:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'll Go Out On a Limb
And Predict
This Will Become the Norm

There's a reason for the term, "A fool and their (sic) money are soon parted". Because, 98% of people are stupid with money. Maybe 97%. 
I'll look forward to the day when I have to plead and beg to my RoboFinancialMaster to release the funds for that latest must have driver (golf), or that sexy latest model of the Audi I've lusted after. Or, lord help me, my dealer. 

Financial Robo-Advisers Go Into Overdrive as Market Rumbles

According to Dan Egan, the director of behavioral finance and investments at Betterment, the whole idea is that a robot adviser will protect clients from short-term worry, and monitor investments so they don’t have to. And indeed, he says, this is how most people use Betterment.

Over the weekend, he explains, 83 percent of users did not check their accounts, even though the market was tumbling. In other words, it was pretty much like any other weekend on the service. Adam Nash, the CEO of Wealthfront, says the same attitude prevails among users on his service. “They’re thinking longterm,” he says “Set it and forget it.”___I'll Go Out On a Limb
And Predict
This Will Become the Norm

There's a reason for the term, "A fool and their (sic) money are soon parted". Because, 98% of people are stupid with money. Maybe 97%. 
I'll look forward to the day when I have to plead and beg to my RoboFinancialMaster to release the funds for that latest must have driver (golf), or that sexy latest model of the Audi I've lusted after. Or, lord help me, my dealer. 

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2015-08-27 17:34:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This Is
Actually, A Pretty Sensible Article

And from a VC. 
This paragraph here, is the key:
Clay Christensen used to advise auto manufacturers to focus on their customers’ jobs-to-be-done, understanding when their customers were looking for mobile offices and when they wanted family transport vehicles. In a world where cars can drive themselves and passengers don’t need to look at the road, we can imagine cars being built around conference tables. We can even imagine bedrooms on wheels, where passengers looking to go long distances hire a car for a night, go to sleep, and arrive upon waking in their destination.

There is no manifest destiny here. Not for Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber, incumbents, startups, ecosystems of the above, fiefdoms of the above. 
Consumers, bless our little hearts, are fickle. We're odd. Yes, we can be neuromarketed down thegarde... more »

This Is
Actually, A Pretty Sensible Article

And from a VC. 
This paragraph here, is the key:
Clay Christensen used to advise auto manufacturers to focus on their customers’ jobs-to-be-done, understanding when their customers were looking for mobile offices and when they wanted family transport vehicles. In a world where cars can drive themselves and passengers don’t need to look at the road, we can imagine cars being built around conference tables. We can even imagine bedrooms on wheels, where passengers looking to go long distances hire a car for a night, go to sleep, and arrive upon waking in their destination.

There is no manifest destiny here. Not for Tesla, Google, Apple, Uber, incumbents, startups, ecosystems of the above, fiefdoms of the above. 
Consumers, bless our little hearts, are fickle. We're odd. Yes, we can be neuromarketed down the garden path at times. But we can also be like herding cats. 
Many a marketer, a product, a new "next big thing" has died on our collective sword. 
The future of transportation will be no different. 
Maybe it will fragment. Maybe it will be a senseless slaughter for the incumbents. 

And maybe, we don't know what the fuck we want. Europe will be different than North America, Asia will be different from both, Australia might flip the bird to the whole movement. 

What can be said with certainty, there is no magic bullet here, and billions will be lost trying to find it. 
I would hope to expect a fight over attempts to regulate our way out from behind the wheel, that is, the freedom to navigate, to drive. Insurance may make it more expensive, but for the following two generations (or so), people are still going to want the option to drive. ___

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2015-08-27 17:18:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Of Robots
And Factories

Factories took us from the toil of fields, to the toil of the factory floor. Now we're being liberated from the factory floor. 
But.

All work is not a factory. 
That said, if you think (emphasis think) you can be replaced by a robot, I have two avenues of advice.
1) Think of how you use this to your advantage. 
2) Get better at creativity, problem solving, and outsmarting a robot. 
Caveat. None of that is easy, but, life has never been easy. 

Of Robots
And Factories

Factories took us from the toil of fields, to the toil of the factory floor. Now we're being liberated from the factory floor. 
But.

All work is not a factory. 
That said, if you think (emphasis think) you can be replaced by a robot, I have two avenues of advice.
1) Think of how you use this to your advantage. 
2) Get better at creativity, problem solving, and outsmarting a robot. 
Caveat. None of that is easy, but, life has never been easy. ___

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2015-08-27 16:52:46 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Epic
Shareworthy

In case you had trouble following the movie. 

Via +Steve Lolyouwish 

Artist Retells the Entire Story of 'Mad Max: Fury Road' With Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics___Epic
Shareworthy

In case you had trouble following the movie. 

Via +Steve Lolyouwish 

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2015-08-27 15:49:30 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

What's Not To Like?

And no lineups!

Water slide for crocodiles...___What's Not To Like?

And no lineups!

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2015-08-27 15:46:57 (21 comments, 3 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) 

There is Only One Guitar Player I Would Mention in the Same Breath
As Jimi Hendrix

And only one. Fate took him from us way too soon. Took them both from us way too soon. 

(Dear axe people. Joe Satriani and Steve Vai are in a world, and class of their own. As was Jimi Hendrix. Two amazing, but incomparable universes.) ___

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2015-08-27 12:59:35 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A Flying Car
Wound Up In My Inbox

Not sure why Youtube felt the need for this to be in my Inbox, but here you have it. 

A Flying Car
Wound Up In My Inbox

Not sure why Youtube felt the need for this to be in my Inbox, but here you have it. ___

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2015-08-27 02:16:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Tea Leaves
An Interesting Read

The rise of hardware startups is pretty cool. That security startups is perhaps the hottest trend is of no particular surprise. 

What kind of startups are emerging these days?___Tea Leaves
An Interesting Read

The rise of hardware startups is pretty cool. That security startups is perhaps the hottest trend is of no particular surprise. 

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2015-08-27 01:14:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

But Wait
China Does Not Have 7% Growth in GDP

Repeating party propaganda mars an otherwise sensible article.   

But Wait
China Does Not Have 7% Growth in GDP

Repeating party propaganda mars an otherwise sensible article.   ___

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2015-08-26 16:50:33 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Win

Darth Vader Fire Pit___Win

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2015-08-26 14:04:56 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Because Baby, Baby We Were
Born To Run

Forty years ago one of the most iconic rock albums of a generation hit the stores. Admittedly ::hangs head::, I didn't discover it until a few years later when I discovered KISW, Seattle's Best Rock. 

That transgression aside, Born To Run is still firmly in place as one of my "Desert Island" CDs/records. 

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen was released 40 (forty) years ago today.

Born to Run remains the benchmark album by the Boss, though he was quoted not long after its release and subsequent shot up the charts as not liking it that much (this in comparison to his first two albums where his song writing was truer to the rock balladeer style which is indeed what Springsteen has always been most well known for).

At any rate, for any true rock fan, Born to Run is a must-have album. For me, it's got every bit of the Boss going. Jungleland is pure balladeer Bruce at his best with an absolutely spine tingling sax solo from "The Big Man" (the legendary Clarence Clemons).

Meanwhile, the title song is just pure flat rock speaking to all of us of the need to be free. 

H/T +Gregory Esau 

#rock   #rockballads   #songwriting   #springsteen   #borntorun  

https://youtu.be/f3t9SfrfDZM___Because Baby, Baby We Were
Born To Run

Forty years ago one of the most iconic rock albums of a generation hit the stores. Admittedly ::hangs head::, I didn't discover it until a few years later when I discovered KISW, Seattle's Best Rock. 

That transgression aside, Born To Run is still firmly in place as one of my "Desert Island" CDs/records. 

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2015-08-25 19:44:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Ray Dalio
Longer Version

This is well worth your time. 

Ray Dalio
Longer Version

This is well worth your time. ___

2015-08-25 19:23:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

When Ray Dalio Speaks
You Should Listen

Bottom line? ...the era of easy debt-funded returns is over...

There's a few sites that have more of the newsletter, and a bit of Googling leads to a lot of reaction that's worth reading. 

The bulls over the last nearly 20 years seemingly want to ignore the effects that low credit has had on stocks and economies during that time. This Bear says it can't go on forever. Where the central banks go from here, who knows, but what looks increasingly clear is they are hitting the end of the road for levers to pull in order to keep all the economic balls in the air. 

When Ray Dalio Speaks
You Should Listen

Bottom line? ...the era of easy debt-funded returns is over...

There's a few sites that have more of the newsletter, and a bit of Googling leads to a lot of reaction that's worth reading. 

The bulls over the last nearly 20 years seemingly want to ignore the effects that low credit has had on stocks and economies during that time. This Bear says it can't go on forever. Where the central banks go from here, who knows, but what looks increasingly clear is they are hitting the end of the road for levers to pull in order to keep all the economic balls in the air. ___

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2015-08-25 17:37:34 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Jon Stewart
And Leadership

A wonderful tribute to Jon Stewart, and his own brand of leadership at The Daily Show, from +Tanveer Naseer .

Jon Stewart
And Leadership

A wonderful tribute to Jon Stewart, and his own brand of leadership at The Daily Show, from +Tanveer Naseer .___

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2015-08-24 14:31:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

If You Like Watching NASCAR for the Crashes
You Are Going To Love This

Let's not shed too many tears here, this is stupid money being punished. 
Yes, good, well run companies may get caught up in the panic, but that is life in the markets. Live by the herd, die by the herd, as they say. 
Smart money shouldn't be overly affected in the long run. 

If You Like Watching NASCAR for the Crashes
You Are Going To Love This

Let's not shed too many tears here, this is stupid money being punished. 
Yes, good, well run companies may get caught up in the panic, but that is life in the markets. Live by the herd, die by the herd, as they say. 
Smart money shouldn't be overly affected in the long run. ___

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2015-08-24 14:19:49 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

And So It Begins
What Goes Up, Must Come...

While some analysts are saying this isn't an indication of underlying fundamentals of North American and European economies ability to weather a few shocks, I'm not so sure. Mainly because consumers ability to consume hasn't matched the recovery of that the stock markets seemed to want to reflect. 

Is this the beginning of another global meltdown? Maybe. China was a big part of the recovery from 2008, whereas now it's the one causing the global economic flu outbreak. 
The Fed, I see, is already backing away from its September rate hike. 

As for China, this quipet from a CNN piece sums it up pretty well:

Earlier this year, China's stock market was displaying many of the classic warning signs of a bubble.
Grandmas, cab drivers and college kids were all making small fortunes in amore »

And So It Begins
What Goes Up, Must Come...

While some analysts are saying this isn't an indication of underlying fundamentals of North American and European economies ability to weather a few shocks, I'm not so sure. Mainly because consumers ability to consume hasn't matched the recovery of that the stock markets seemed to want to reflect. 

Is this the beginning of another global meltdown? Maybe. China was a big part of the recovery from 2008, whereas now it's the one causing the global economic flu outbreak. 
The Fed, I see, is already backing away from its September rate hike. 

As for China, this quipet from a CNN piece sums it up pretty well:

Earlier this year, China's stock market was displaying many of the classic warning signs of a bubble.
Grandmas, cab drivers and college kids were all making small fortunes in a frenzy of "chao gu" or stir-frying stocks -- Chinese slang for trading.

And the stock rally came at a time when the wider economy was slowing, puzzling many financial analysts. But now they say gravity is taking effect.

"China's stock market had become detached from the reality of China's own economy, and appallingly overvalued," Patrick Chovanec, managing director at Silvercrest Asset Management, said last month.

Remindful of the infamous story from the 1929 Crash, when I start getting stock tips from my shoe shine boy, I know it's time to get out. ___

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2015-08-23 16:59:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The Top Ten Science and Tech Stories of the Week

I never miss one of +Mark Bruce 's weekly lists. 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 34/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/optogenetics-device-boston-dynamics.html 

Optogenetics device, Boston Dynamics bots, Metabolic obesity switch, Human research brain, Metamaterial magnetism pipes, Multimaterial printers, Building with CO2, Graphene nanoribbons, Quantum computing, Internet of Things. 

1. Improved Implanted Optogenetics Light Device
The first fully-implanted, wirelessly-powered, light-emitting optogenetic nerve stimulation device has been developed http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/august/wireless-optogenetic-mouse-081715.html. The device is the size of a peppercorn and is the most unobtrusive optogenetics device yet created and seeks to achieve a negligible impact on the behaviour of the rodents it will be used in. Uniform wireless power comes from the cavity the rodents find themselves in and the design of the cavity itself is a key part of this innovation. This is an enabling tool that should help others really push optogenetics research forward. 

2. The Latest from Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics have a couple of new robotic developments that include the humanoid Atlas robot running outside in the woods using dynamic balancing and the smaller Spot quadruped robot now sporting a face-mounted manipulator arm able to open doors and interact with the environment http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/what-boston-dynamics-is-working-on-next. Also, very interesting to see 3D printing / additive manufacturing as part of a big push to make better, lighter, more functional structural components of robots with with things like the hydraulic actuators and piping cleverly embedded. 

3. A Possible Metabolic Switch for Obesity
An interesting regulatory for obesity has been discovered that comprises a single base pair change (T to a C) in the FTO gene, which influences whether master thermogenesis genes IRX3 & IRX5 are activated in adipocytes to burn energy as heat or store it as fat http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/pathway-controls-metabolism-underlying-obesity-0819. Using CRISPR to correct the base pair change the group showed how to switch between lean and obese signatures in certain cells, activating or blocking fat storage. Whether CRISPR therapies might be explored in this way or if this insight allows the design of drugs to modulate this pathway, it seems being able to exert finer control over our bodies’ fat composition is now a more viable proposition. 

4. Near-Complete Human Brain Model for Research
A brain organiod engineered from human skin cells is the most complete human brain model ever developed and mimics the structure and different cell type composition of a 5 week old fetus https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/08/18/human-brain-model/. The model lacks a vascular system but has been used to create Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease models for further study and it is envisaged that such a tool will generally allow a speed up in brain and disease research, as well as drug testing and providing indicative results in human tissue as opposed to rodents that sometimes don’t translate well. 

5. Metamaterial Pipes for Magnetic Fields
A new device comprises a specially structured metamaterial pipe (that is able to losslessly carry magnetic fields) that is itself surrounded by superconducting strips that deflect external magnetic fields (to block interferences) and a final magnetic sphere to hide the entire structure from external detection, resulting in a magnetically invisible device able to transport magnetic fields https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28071-metamaterial-wormhole-teleports-magnetic-fields-across-space/. Attach a powerful magnet at one end and the magnetic field will emerge from the other end without suffering any losses and looking like a magnetic monopole. I suspect you’d be able to do a similar thing with electric fields. Quoted applications include better MRI scanners, but I think the ability to transport and shield magnetic fields in this way, allowing for novel geometries and arrangements of magnetic fields that weren’t previously possible might well open up interesting possibilities. In related news aluminium has been made to superconduct at a temperature three times higher after forming it into a metamaterial http://spie.org/x114836.xml. 

6. CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D Printer
The CSAIL MultiFab 3D Printer from MIT is a modular device that (i) print with 10 different materials to build working devices in a single print run, (ii) print things like housings, lenses, circuit boards, and wiring, (iii) use an in-built 3D scanner to scan objects and print directly on them as needed http://gizmodo.com/mit-s-multifab-3d-printer-is-one-giant-leap-towards-a-r-1725618941. The video is pretty cool https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poRFPjiB9vw. In related news we had Raytheon 3D printing 80% of the parts for its guided missiles http://www.raytheon.com/news/feature/3d_printing.html, a metal printer / sintering machine aiming to be 100 times faster than exisitng devices http://3dprint.com/90875/aurora-labs-metal-3d-printer, and nice new glass 3D printer http://matter.media.mit.edu/news/article/glass-printing-from-mediated-matter1.  

7. Converting Carbon Dioxide into Carbon Nanofibers
A new process utilises a solar powered concentrated photovoltaic and thermal energy system to generate electricity and heat that is used to raise the temperature of and power an electrochemical cell filled with molten carbonates and nickel and steel electrodes; as atmospheric air is pumped into the cell the carbon dioxide dissolves and begins forming carbon nanofibers on the steel electrode that can be removed for fabrication purposes http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2015/august/co2.html. The process currently uses $1,000 worth of electricity per ton of nanofibers produced and seems to comprise a nice proof-of-concept for an atmospheric carbon capture system that produces building materials as a by-product. 

8. Semiconducting Graphene Nanoribbons
Semiconducting graphene nanoribbons measuring 10nm wide can now be controllably fabricated on a germanium base in a bottom-up chemical vapour deposition process that is compatible with existing industrial semiconductor manufacturing methods http://news.wisc.edu/23936. The nanoribbons grow in straight lines and have defined orientations perpendicular to one another and represent yet another promising step forward to realising graphene components - and subsequent performance improvements - in real devices. 

9. Quantum Computing and Interconnects
D-Wave announced the launch of their latest quantum computing chip in which they claim 1000+ qubits and the most complex superconductor integrated circuits ever used in production systems http://www.dwavesys.com/blog/2015/08/announcing-d-wave-2x-quantum-computer. They claim that the new chip is 15x - 600x faster at finding near optimal solutions compared to classical systems. Personally I’m still on the fence with D-Wave but hope they eventually prove doubters wrong. In related news we also had the first quantum interconnect device for connecting quantum components without losing coherence http://www.technologyreview.com/view/540696/physicists-unveil-first-quantum-interconnect/. 

10. IBM’s and ARM’s Internet of Things Device
IBM and ARM have launched the Mbed IoT Starter Kit comprising a convenient microcontroller and application shield containing a number of different sensors and offering very quick and easy setup http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/embedded-systems/arm-and-ibm-make-it-easy-to-experiment-with-the-internet-of-things. Applications can live and run in the cloud to collect data and execute commands on the device and overall this looks like a nice little extensible platform for getting started with more advanced Internet of Things applications and proving up prototypes and concepts before finalising designs for broader roll-out.

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/08/optogenetics-device-boston-dynamics.html___The Top Ten Science and Tech Stories of the Week

I never miss one of +Mark Bruce 's weekly lists. 

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