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Gideon Rosenblatt has been at 5 events

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Reinventors Network799,031Talk about a fundamental Reinvention! The arrival of Artificial Intelligence could reinvent what it is to be human, to be employed. As we shift many kinds of work, even knowledge work, to machines, we might ultimately need to rethink economic distribution and the social compact among citizens. Join +Kevin Kelly , the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, as we focus this roundtable on this important initial question: What is the early path of commercialization for Artificial Intelligence? In other words, what will be AI’s first killer apps? This will be where regular people initally encounter AI. Let’s get a handle on this powerful enabling technology now.We have a great group of participants taking part in this discussion: +George Dyson , Non-fiction author and historian of technology+Doug Lenat , CEO of Cycorp+Krisztina Holly , Tech entrepreneur, engineer, innovator+Nova Spivack , CEO of Bottlenose+Wayne Radinsky , Resident Futurist at Boulder Future Salon+Amir Behbehani , Founder of Serial MetricsSee more at: http://reinventors.net/roundtables/reinvent-artificial-intelligence/Reinvent Artificial Intelligence with Kevin Kelly2014-04-30 20:00:00222 
Business Rockstars3,548 We are pleased to host +DR. MICHIO KAKU, Physicist/Futurist  in a discussion about the human brain and it's possibilities.We are taking your questionsSubmit your questions in the comments for a chance to have +Ken Rutkowski relate them to Dr. Michio Kaku in the Hangout! The New York Times best-selling author of PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE, PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE and HYPERSPACE tackles the most fascinating and complex object in the known universe: the human brain.         For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.  THE FUTURE OF THE MIND gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics.  One day we might have a "smart pill" that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a "brain-net"; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality; and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.           Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functions but also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about "consciousness" and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness.  With Dr. Kaku's deep understanding of modern science and keen eye for future developments, THE FUTURE OF THE MIND is a scientific tour de force - an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.------------#physics   #michiokaku   #hangoutsonair   #businessrockstars   #thefuturSOON: "Add 120+ IQ Points & Time Travel!"2014-03-22 00:00:0062 
Yifat Cohen71,858Why does the ex-head of American Express Chairman’s Innovation Fund think our future is in “producerism,” not consumerism? What does it even mean?!?This Hangout is public so feel free to share and invite your friends.Using frameworks +Steve Faktor developed such as the 4C’s of Innovation™ - Creativity, Capabilities, Culture, and Context - and the Creativity Cube™, Mr. Faktor deconstructs the current economic environment to reveal innovation opportunities and growth sectors – health and education in particular. Although his initial scenario suggests doom and gloom for the U.S. and other markets, the future he envisions is ripe with opportunity.SO - How do You Get Innovation Right?Well, if we're lucky (and we usually are), Steve will dive into his latest book Econovation and share with us a future we've taken for granted. It empowers readers to think big, dream big, and conquer economic conditions that will paralyze others. WE WILL TOUCH ON HOW TOCapitalize on a market that will go from making nothing to making everything . . . for China.Use psychological pricing and some crafty tricks from Google to reduce reliance on tapped-out consumers.Sell to consumers whose new identities will be based on what they create, not what they buy, click or super-size.Seduce a desperate government to finance your business, then feed you pancakes in the morning.Motivate tomorrow’s employees with social currency instead of the green, depreciating kind.Upgrade your business and your kids with a little help from Mormons and kindergartners with hacksaws.WHO IS STEVEN?Developing B2B startups at +ideafaktory  and corporate speaking about emerging producerism opportunities that I wrote about in my book +Econovation and Forbes column. -------------------#hangoutsonair   #americanexpress   #econovation   #interview   #entrepreneur   #entrepreneurship   How Global Trends Will Shape the Future of Innovation.2013-01-17 18:00:0046 
Yifat Cohen71,858Google+ changes the Truth about social media marketing.This is a public Hangout, feel free to share and inviteHave you noticed the date? Today the world is ending. And it's a wonderful, wonderful thing.Everything you know, or think you know, about online marketing, social media, engagement and where's the money is online - is no longer true.IN THIS HANGOUTS WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME TRULY CONTROVERSIAL CLAIMS+Alex Mandossian is going to show you why you should pay attention to Google+ now, if you want to make money online. He'll show you why the money is no longer in the listHow the conversation have moved from one-to-many to many-to-manyHow you can broadcast your Hangouts simultaneously on hundreds of sitesAnd most of all - how to position yourself in front of this trend that is going to turn the social media world upside down.BUT WHO IS ALEX MANDOSSIAN TO BE CLAIMING THIS?His colleagues and students acknowledge him as the Warren Buffet of the Internet because of his unique ability to teach his students how to make BIG money with very little risk. Alex has generated $243 million in sales and profits for his small business students, clients and joint venture partners since 1993.  Many of the business strategies you'll learn today transformed his annual income in 2001 to be a monthly income in 2003; and eventually daily income by 2006.These marketing principles helped him grow his student data base from 200 people to 20,000 during his first 2 years in business ... and to over 200,000 during the following 3 years.He has engaged with best-selling authors such as Jack Canfield, +Ken Blanchard  +Harvey Mackay and +Tim Ferriss (4-Hr Work Wk)Business leaders such as Donald Trump, Vic Conant of Nightingale Conant and Ivan Misner, CEO of Business Network International, and celebs such as Larry King and Mohammad Ali to name a few.As a family-centered entrepreneur who works from home, his goal is to become the world’s 1st "work-at-home" billionaire, not just in Net Worth, but by creating 1,000 other Internet millionaires …The money is no longer in the list, so where is it?2012-12-20 18:00:0058 
Yifat Cohen71,858How the social revolution is changing the way we do business.We all keep hearing about how important it is to engage and build relationships - what does it really mean, and what tools are out there to help us master it?When +Gideon Rosenblatt spoke at DreamForce he saw a vision for a future of business information systems that is entirely based on relationships.ENGAGE OR DIE.In this Hangout On Air, we'll dive into the topic of engagement with +Gideon Rosenblatt   as he explains what he calls "engagement leverage." This framework bridges the kind of internal engagement you need with employees with the external engagement you need with customers, suppliers, partners and other external stakeholders. It's a simple, yet surprisingly powerful way for thinking about the way your organization gets work done. Gideon writes at Alchemy of Change about helping companies bring purpose and technology together into a more powerful source of competitive advantage. Gideon just came back from leading a panel on engagement at Salesforce's Dreamforce Conference (now the biggest tech conference in the world) and so in addition to talking with us about the engagement leverage model, he'll also share some of what he saw at Dreamforce. (http://www.salesforce.com/dreamforce/DF12/)DreamForce: what I learned about the relationship revolution.2012-10-04 18:00:0063 

Gideon Rosenblatt has been shared in 557 public circles

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Mariana Lopez de Waard23,530Via +John Wood Thank you :) This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!2015-01-22 08:29:01462104
John Wood26,953This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #Sociology #Funny #Software #Solar #Startup #SystemsThinking #Teaching #bigdata #Technology #tsunami #Transformation #Transplendence #Trust #Water #WaterResources #pharmacognosy #love #WavePower #Web #tsu #WebAnalytics #clinical #Wind #Addcircle #addcircles #tsunation #addfriends #Addpeople #cvd #awesomecircle #awesomepeople #circle #circleoftheday #food 2015-01-22 06:44:15462010
GuruOmBha1,393This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles#sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles#publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle#круги   #круглим  #друзья   #дружба   #circle   #circleshare   #circles  #circlesharing  #круги   #круглим   #кругляши   #музыка   #music   #musicvideo   #love   #lol  #russia   2015-01-09 18:57:24419011
Christian kaysen2,781↦ follow me (so I can include you)↦ ↦ share the circle (public or to a public community)↦ ↦ if you want, delete the last circle share↦ ↦ no plussing, no comments, no obligation,↦ just share it and circle the profile above#Circle#Sharers#Engagers#Followers#AddCircle#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#CoolPeople#Influencers#CircleShare#PublicCircle#ShareCircles#CircleSharing#Awesomepeople#CircleOfTheDay#ShareAndBeShared#ConnectingTheWorld#CircleShareExperiment#круглим #кругляши #обмен   #круги   #crazycircles   #hyperball  2015-01-01 13:23:26233011
Михаил Пушкарев420#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2015-01-01 08:18:30500003
Becky Collins20,667Mobile Marketing Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-26 05:30:104645516
Ardi Santoso273share my circle again2014-12-24 06:14:04412104
Neil Bailey5,146If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#circles   #circleshare   #sharedcircle #circlesharing #followers #social #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles #circleshared   #sharedcircleoftheday   #addmetoyourcircles #awesomepeople   #circlecount   #newfollowers #googleplus #meetingpeoplecircle2014-12-22 07:02:43494342768
Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:56:51501000
Михаил Пушкарев0#ActiveUsers #Add #AddCircle #AddFriends #AddMeToYour #AddPeople #artcircles #artistcircle #AuthorCircle #AutoFollow #AutoFollowBack #Awesome #AwesomeArt #AwesomeCircle #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #AwesomeDay #AwesomeFace #AwesomePeople #AwesomePublick #AwesomePublickCircle #AwesomeSauce #beautiful #BeautifulPhotographs #BeautifulPictures #belarus #Best #bestcircle #bestengagers #bestgoogleplususers #bestofgoogleplus #bestofgoogleplus #BestShared #BestSharedCircle #BestSnowball #BlackSndwhitePhotography #blogger #bloggers 2014-12-13 08:06:48496213
Becky Collins19,428Soccer Circle Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-12-02 07:20:4347814420
Allan watson12,311This is a circle I created a few months ago and am now sharing with you in hopes that we can all benefit and grow our online presence.  This circle rewards those who take part in interaction as seen below..  Everyone in this circle continues to add followers.  IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#Lebanon #Tajikistan #SharedCircles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle2014-11-18 10:35:46487648
Ryan Johnson18,123Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles  #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle  #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing  #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles2014-11-14 11:49:16496482651
Colin Wilson8,566Active users on Google+. Circle Share If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circle #googleplus #google #thankyou 2014-11-13 12:36:27397686382
Brian Mcquillan13,393New Public CircleThis is a public circle of people that would like to be circulated in order to discover new people with similar interest and to gain more followers, if you would like to be included please follow these steps.1. Follow/Add our page(this is needed in order for us to add you to the circle).2. Share the circle publicly.3. (Optional) if you would like to be include in a more specialized circle click on this link #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare  #addmetoyourcircles #awesomeness  #awesomepeople #awesomecircle  #awesome   #awesomesauce #awesomeness #awesomepeople2014-11-11 08:27:25464131433
Nolan Harvey218More friend today #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #morefollowers  2014-11-05 16:59:40501138
Herb Firestone68,143Google Plus Engagers On TSUFollow Friday | Halloween, 2014!To Be Included In Next Friday's TSU/G+ Circle Share:1. Plus and Re-share this post2. Add your TSU url in the comments below3. Follow me on both G+ and TSU if you haven't already. https://www.tsu.co/HerbFirestoneTo Remain In Next Friday's TSU/G+ Circle Share:*Please do the same.If you wish to be removed please let me know by direct message.If you are not yet a member of the following awesome TSU G+ Communities, check them out and join one or more.TSU Strategy, Tips and Networkinghttps://plus.google.com/communities/108690489746900386612TSU Guruhttps://plus.google.com/communities/102413179503907741224TSU Open Networkershttps://plus.google.com/communities/117313545208700875407 #tsu   #googleplusengagers   #engagers   #tsuengagers   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheday   #halloweencircle   #engagerscircles  2014-10-31 19:56:01130000
Becky Collins18,305Project Management Interest Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-10-29 05:09:31430002
George Clark9,475This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle   #Sharedcircles   #circleshare  #publiccircle   #followme   #public #sharedpubliccircles   #circleoftheday #circleall #circlecircle #circleday  #circleme   #circlenetwork   #circleoftheweek #circleplus   #circleshare   #rikacircles  #circletoday   #circleup  #circleyoushare2014-10-24 07:24:06500493656
Chris Cota30,883#haveagreatweekend  circle share is live, have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle every time it grows.1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday #jmhhacker  +Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio+Daniel Stock +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Tazein Mirza Saad +2014-10-18 19:24:164914712
Allan watson7,797Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done. If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#News #BusinessNews #TechNews #Aviation #Flight #Flights #Passengers #Airport #Travel #KLM #Aircraft #AirTravel #Airbus #Flying #AvGeek #Boeing #Chicago #Safety #AmericanAirlines #Canceled #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle     #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle2014-09-27 12:27:02303283042
George Clark7,103Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.#topcircle #circleshareoftheday #sharedcircles  #sharedpubliccircles   #fridaycircle   #themecircle   #mediterranean   #addbackspree   #ripplescircle   #addback   #aahanapriyadarsinee   #peoplescircle   #circleoftheday   #followme   #follow4follow  2014-09-27 10:52:53486372240
Becky Collins16,515Hot and spicy foods circle! :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-15 05:16:26463005
Chris Cota29,847The #FridayCircle Share is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle every time it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday +Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-09-12 18:17:184124812
Chris Cota29,645The #Wednesdaycircle   is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle every time it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday +Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-09-04 03:52:154187618
Amaresh Singh11Circle of Daymy Friends! - You're in this CircleWelcome this circle dated August 29th, 2014.To be considered:1- Add circles2- Ask to be included in the Original post3- Re-share Circle4- Plushttps://plus.google.com/u/0/+OnlineResultPortalPlus/posts/exebUVFcFeW (Indian Universities Circle http://goo.gl/77wQkX)#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles#sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share#shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share#addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-08-29 10:25:10484433065
martin shervington601,579'Plus Your Business Academy' Founding Members Circle! Thank you to everyone who is involved as either a participant, mentor or partner. We have almost completed the first round of Trailblazers and are getting ready for the Pathfinder program to launch in September.So much going on and it would have come together without you all :DOnwards my friends!p.s. I've added myself and the PYB page into this circle too as I wanted to be part of this one.2014-08-22 11:40:0515844976
Amanda Franzen9,091Super Friends CircleIf you received this in your notifications, you are in the circle.  Just share it and add it if you like!My friends in this circle are active users with great personalities!2014-08-19 19:44:55496103
Becky Collins15,071Dance Circle : Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-16 05:13:064828316
Chris Cota28,806#RIPROBINWILLIAMS   tribute circle is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle every time it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday +Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-08-13 14:14:0942081127
Domenico Mallimo25,464Hi friends! I'm glad to share with you this #mixcircle :DTo be added in the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Do +1 t the post.  2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing).   3 - Include the circle among your circles.   4 - Share the circle (include yourself).   #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #circlewednesday #wednesdaycircle #circle #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #slivermetalcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #chiudiilcerchio   my website http://www.slivermetal.org/http://bit.ly/Navigare2014-08-13 05:10:55492161120
Nick Warner645Follow these awesome friends!2014-08-07 16:03:15500306
Chris Cota28,393The Snowball Circle   #Wednesday is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday+Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-07-30 23:31:55420121022
Maria Morisot37,333Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle25 July, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-07-25 10:29:003008193128
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
Chris Cota28,192The Snowball Circle   #Tuesday is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday+Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Tzarul Nicolai +Thomas Wooldridge +Thomas Hawk +Peter Trapasso +Peter Gregg +Ludovic Moreeuw +808 Audio2014-07-22 13:37:444204411
Chris Cota28,298The Snowball Circle   #Thursday is in Effect. We have over 40 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #googleplus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare #sharedcircles #snowballcircle #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare #circleshared #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing #circlefriday #snowballcircle #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday+Daniel Stock +Karen Michelle +Dubie Bacino +Michael Q Todd +Ralph Quintero +Brandon Ross +Soko Llc. - Soko Marketing  +S2014-07-17 13:25:37421131323
Raffaele Romeo Arena44,430Influencer Circle #googlepluscircles  This is an important circle with important people about Social Media Marketing, particulary Google Plus.If you want to know all secrets of Web communication, Social Media, Google Plus, follow this circle.Special thanks to:+martin shervington +Plus Your Business! +Dustin W. Stout +dustn.tv +Peg Fitzpatrick +Mark Traphagen +Rand Fishkin +Guy Kawasaki +Denis Labelle +Ana Hoffman +Gianluca Fiorelli +Rick Eliason +Ronnie Bincer +Amanda Blain +Ryan Crowe +Brian Jensen +Canva +Copyblogger 2014-07-15 21:44:381488421
Harry Day3,861If your looking for amazing people that might share your circle..add the ones that share this circleIN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#circlesharing   #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing   #socialnetworking   2014-07-15 12:23:45493383856
Laura B Williams864I just posted this circle to My Circles when I meant to post it publicly...ooops.This is a circle full of some of the most talented writers on Google+. I am sharing this with you because I like to share awesomeness. If you  are a writer and I do not have you in this circle please let me know in the comments and I will add you! 2014-07-12 13:09:58344302
Chris Cota27,975The Snowball Circle   #Wednesday is in Effect. We have over 15 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #google plus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare   #sharedcircles   #snowballcircle   #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare     #circleshared     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing     #circlefriday     #snowballcircle     #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday2014-07-02 19:58:0750011521
Jan Koncewicz2,304Attention:  New Circle to Share!2014-07-02 18:37:54499303
Chris Cota27,908The Snowball Circle   #Monday is in Effect. We have over 15 new members and as the tradition as been started I will continue to share this circle everytime it grows.OK awesome on each   #snowballcircle share we average 50 engagements. I have passed 26,000   #folllowers gaining 1300 a month. TO BE A PART of the most active circle on   #google plus it is simple!1. ADD the circle this insures you stay in it.2. Share the post.3. Plus the post4. Comment to be added once you have done this!That is all simple right!#circleshare   #sharedcircles   #snowballcircle   #publicsharedcircles  #circleshare     #circleshared     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles     #circlesharing     #circlefriday     #snowballcircle     #thesnowballcircle #growthinfollowers #followfriday2014-06-30 15:09:0841710510
Doug Hyatt3,234MANY NEW PEOPLE #2 THAT WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   2014-06-29 10:59:0549119415
John Nuntiatio38,202#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-15 06:01:32319368
hạnh Đức1052014-06-08 19:03:50486304
JL's Circles11,195The Rabbit Herd (v.1)This is the first of the Rabbit Herd circle shares. It is a very eclectic collection of people and pages. There is no theme, other than the name, behind the people/ pages in this first circle.Why "Rabbit Herd"? My last name means "rabbit" in French and a "herd" is a group of rabbits.As this is the first Rabbit Herd circle share no one is required to do anything. However, it would be great if you:1) Add this page along with my main account (+Jeffrey Lapin ) to your circles.2) +1 this circle.3) Publicly share this circle.4) Leave a comment on this post especially if you have done one of the 3 items above.Please share the Rabbit Herd from this original post.=========================================================I do not wish to offend anyone here on G+, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a message and I will not include you in future circles. Being included in a circle share only affects you as you will receive notifications if people circle you. You are under no obligation to share the circle, add this circle to your own or circle anyone back that circles you.=========================================================#circleshare #sharingcircles #rabbitherd #rabbitherdcircleshare 2014-06-06 00:15:36442202521
Shivakant Tripathi1,773IN ORDER TO MAKE THIS WORK PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW:  1. Plus the post  2. Share the post  3. Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.  4. Request to be added in comments or let me know if you should be in it and for some reason are not.#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers #followback   #awesomecircles #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial   #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle   2014-06-05 23:05:224351048
John Kellden29,071Sitting In CircleThis is seventeen of the bestest brightest people on the planet. If you'd like to join and sit in this circle, just give me a shout in the comments below, and we'll make room for you as well.I'd like everyone who so wishes, to borrow this idea, and create your own Sitting In Circle - circles and Pay It Forward.It's been ages since I shared a circle. I'm sharing this, hoping it is received as warnly as the regard I hold the people included.2014-06-01 17:24:2918007
Robert Connor8,877public circle share1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle  #morefollowers  #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer #topphotographer2014-05-28 11:24:43490171335

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2014-11-29 00:55:49 (236 comments, 43 reshares, 142 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure I'd explain it the way that +Chris Messina does here, but I think he's right to question what's going on with Google+ these days. I do. 

Here's Chris' conclusion: 
Whereas Pinterest helps you express your aspirational self, Google pigeonholes you into what you already are, based on your previous search activity. This is where improving the data that Google has about you — in turn trusting Google as a steward of that data—changes the nature of the conversation by making it less about “privacy” and more about empowerment. While some people will freak out (as they always do), this would be a bold, productive, future-forward direction to take.

I think he's hitting on something here, but I would describe it as helping people to play a more active role in managing not just their interest graph, but their shared interest graph. 
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2014-11-29 00:55:49 (236 comments, 43 reshares, 142 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure I'd explain it the way that +Chris Messina does here, but I think he's right to question what's going on with Google+ these days. I do. 

Here's Chris' conclusion: 
Whereas Pinterest helps you express your aspirational self, Google pigeonholes you into what you already are, based on your previous search activity. This is where improving the data that Google has about you — in turn trusting Google as a steward of that data—changes the nature of the conversation by making it less about “privacy” and more about empowerment. While some people will freak out (as they always do), this would be a bold, productive, future-forward direction to take.

I think he's hitting on something here, but I would describe it as helping people to play a more active role in managing not just their interest graph, but their shared interest graph. 
Let'... more »

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2015-01-09 00:03:08 (23 comments, 23 reshares, 243 +1s)Open 

Most Detailed Map of Our Neighboring Galaxy, Andromeda

JANUARY 5, 2015: The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long section of the galaxy's pancake-shaped disk. It's like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And, there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk. This ambitious photographic cartography of the Andromeda galaxy represents a new benchmark for precision studies of large spiral galaxies which dominate the universe's population of over 100 billiong... more »

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2015-01-24 23:03:02 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Facebook is the the Media Company That Dare Not Call Itself a Media Company. By outsourcing hoax-hunting to users, it gets to effectively make editorial choices without having editorial values.

The really interesting, difficult part is going to be dealing with the "weaponization" potential here, as the article touches on just briefly. You can bet there will be massive campaigns on both the right and left to discredit certain types of information. I wonder how FB is planning on dealing with this...

Thanks for flagging this, +Daniel Estrada. 

This is the coolest feature Facebook has ever added.

"On Tuesday, Facebook announced a new feature for its News Feed. Stories that Facebook believes to be untrue will be marked with a warning: Many people on Facebook have reported that this story contains false information.

True to its text, all the information that will trigger this warning comes from users.If you see a story you think is false on your friend’s wall, you can flag it as a bad post and then tell Facebook it’s a hoax. (After the menu below, Facebook will ask you if you want to privately message the poster telling them about the untrue information.)"___Facebook is the the Media Company That Dare Not Call Itself a Media Company. By outsourcing hoax-hunting to users, it gets to effectively make editorial choices without having editorial values.

The really interesting, difficult part is going to be dealing with the "weaponization" potential here, as the article touches on just briefly. You can bet there will be massive campaigns on both the right and left to discredit certain types of information. I wonder how FB is planning on dealing with this...

Thanks for flagging this, +Daniel Estrada. 

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2015-01-24 15:49:26 (18 comments, 4 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

One of the more clear assessments of Microsoft's new HoloLens; what's exciting about it, its constraints, etc.

I liked thus part about visualizing the Martian landscape, based on actual data:

The HoloLens system, on the other hand, is superb. It felt almost like being there. Everywhere you looked was 3D Martian landscape, and behind you stood Curiosity itself. Bending down you could peer under overhanging rocks, by tapping on certain areas of the map you could focus in on specific areas, and you could walk around within the limits of the room.

One of the more clear assessments of Microsoft's new HoloLens; what's exciting about it, its constraints, etc.

I liked thus part about visualizing the Martian landscape, based on actual data:

The HoloLens system, on the other hand, is superb. It felt almost like being there. Everywhere you looked was 3D Martian landscape, and behind you stood Curiosity itself. Bending down you could peer under overhanging rocks, by tapping on certain areas of the map you could focus in on specific areas, and you could walk around within the limits of the room.___

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2015-01-24 02:32:43 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

OK. Now this is really cool. Check out the images that +Mark Traphagen gets when he searches for "my photos of mountains" while logged in on Google+. 

I did the same thing, with a search for "my photos of animals" and got this: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+GideonRosenblatt/albums/6107725248513259057

It even picked up a couple of pictures of spider webs. This says a couple interesting things: 
1) Google's image recognition is getting really good
2 ) Google is connecting that image recognition to its Knowledge Graph

Yes, Google image recognition is now this good...

Just did this search in Google while logged in to Google+. No, most of these photos are not tagged "mountains" nor do they have any text with them identifying them as mountains.

Also worked for me with:

my photos of ocean
my photos of buildings
my photos of rivers
my photos of drinks
my photos of stores (a few misses in this one)
my photos of bicycles
and many more.

What about...
my photos of children... yes, every photo had a child in it.

Now take it to the next level:

my photos of beach .... yes
my photos of beach with people .... YES! (only photos of beaches with people in them)___OK. Now this is really cool. Check out the images that +Mark Traphagen gets when he searches for "my photos of mountains" while logged in on Google+. 

I did the same thing, with a search for "my photos of animals" and got this: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/+GideonRosenblatt/albums/6107725248513259057

It even picked up a couple of pictures of spider webs. This says a couple interesting things: 
1) Google's image recognition is getting really good
2 ) Google is connecting that image recognition to its Knowledge Graph

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2015-01-23 23:02:15 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

What would it take to switch some of the basic assumptions that currently underpin our economy? 

This is one of the core questions being asked by Tania Singer, Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. The institute has been experimenting with a large-scale mental training study, called the ReSource project, aimed at exploring the development of compassion and pro-social mindsets. It's fascinating. 

+David Amerland shares this piece in follow up to the conversation that the two of us had yesterday with +Social Media Today's Power Talk session on Social Business, where we talked about how business plays a role in changing our economy. 
(See: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cao4vgl2a15bpivm2pln2bk73t8)

This is a worthwhile read. 

#compassion  

Fresh Ideas Whose Time is Coming

Talking about #socialbusiness  is always difficult. Not everyone knows what you're talking about, the ideas sound weird, the pressures and obstacles too high and the reasons for it all are unclear. We covered some of that territory with +Gideon Rosenblatt on the #SMTPowerTalk  yesterday with +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales and +John Ellis - the HOA has started a conversation that's still going strong and you can find it here: http://goo.gl/2l15yA.

Adding even more context and pressure to it all is Davos where the discussions focus on how the current capitalist system we have can mutate sufficiently to survive in the 21st century. Full story on that here: http://goo.gl/BqkPfh___What would it take to switch some of the basic assumptions that currently underpin our economy? 

This is one of the core questions being asked by Tania Singer, Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. The institute has been experimenting with a large-scale mental training study, called the ReSource project, aimed at exploring the development of compassion and pro-social mindsets. It's fascinating. 

+David Amerland shares this piece in follow up to the conversation that the two of us had yesterday with +Social Media Today's Power Talk session on Social Business, where we talked about how business plays a role in changing our economy. 
(See: https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cao4vgl2a15bpivm2pln2bk73t8)

This is a worthwhile read. 

#compassion  

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2015-01-22 00:22:49 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Mass incarceration.

I share this video on prison reform for two reasons. First, if you're not up on what's happening with our prison system, this is nice, relatively short look at what's happening. Second, this video was produced by the son of a friend of mine. He's something like fourteen years old. Very impressive to see someone that young doing such a great job with video as a medium, and doing such a great job at tackling this thorny issue. 

#prisons  

Mass incarceration.

I share this video on prison reform for two reasons. First, if you're not up on what's happening with our prison system, this is nice, relatively short look at what's happening. Second, this video was produced by the son of a friend of mine. He's something like fourteen years old. Very impressive to see someone that young doing such a great job with video as a medium, and doing such a great job at tackling this thorny issue. 

#prisons  ___

2015-01-21 16:28:12 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

OK Good Businessers -- in just over twenty four hours, +David Amerland, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales and I will be having what I'm guessing will be a very interesting conversation - and you're invited to drop in. The topic will be "social business." 

There's already been some confusion about which type of social business we're going to be talking about. Is it "social" as in "social media"? Or will we be talking about "social" as in "social enterprise" or "social good"? The answer is that it will be a bit of both, and we'll talk about how these terms have important areas of interconnection. But since there are plenty of other really good social media experts out there, most of what I'll be focused on is business that is mission-driven and business that is stakeholder-centric

Some of you may knowth... more »

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 +Gideon Rosenblatt. 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 +David Amerland  with +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales  and at the controller's helm, making sure that everything runs smoothly will be +John Ellis with +SEOWiSE.

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!___OK Good Businessers -- in just over twenty four hours, +David Amerland, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales and I will be having what I'm guessing will be a very interesting conversation - and you're invited to drop in. The topic will be "social business." 

There's already been some confusion about which type of social business we're going to be talking about. Is it "social" as in "social media"? Or will we be talking about "social" as in "social enterprise" or "social good"? The answer is that it will be a bit of both, and we'll talk about how these terms have important areas of interconnection. But since there are plenty of other really good social media experts out there, most of what I'll be focused on is business that is mission-driven and business that is stakeholder-centric

Some of you may know this, but for ten years, I actually ran a mission-driven technology consulting shop, and time allowing, we'll get into some of what that was actually like - warts and all. Some of you may also know that David played a critical role developing organization-wide communications for the stakeholder-centric, giant UK retailer, John Lewis Partnership, and I'm hoping he'll draw on some of his experiences there.  

I'm hoping this will end up being an interesting session - something different. 

I hope you'll join us tomorrow. This one is perfect for those of you here in the Good Business community. 

   

2015-01-21 16:25:10 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

In just over twenty four hours, +David Amerland, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales and I will be having what I'm guessing will be a very interesting conversation - and you're invited to drop in. The topic will be "social business." 

There's already been some confusion about which type of social business we're going to be talking about. Is it "social" as in "social media"? Or will we be talking about "social" as in "social enterprise" or "social good"? The answer is that it will be a bit of both, and we'll talk about how these terms have important areas of interconnection. But since there are plenty of other really good social media experts out there, most of what I'll be focused on is business that is mission-driven and business that is stakeholder-centric

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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 +Gideon Rosenblatt. 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 +David Amerland  with +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales  and at the controller's helm, making sure that everything runs smoothly will be +John Ellis with +SEOWiSE.

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!___In just over twenty four hours, +David Amerland, +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales and I will be having what I'm guessing will be a very interesting conversation - and you're invited to drop in. The topic will be "social business." 

There's already been some confusion about which type of social business we're going to be talking about. Is it "social" as in "social media"? Or will we be talking about "social" as in "social enterprise" or "social good"? The answer is that it will be a bit of both, and we'll talk about how these terms have important areas of interconnection. But since there are plenty of other really good social media experts out there, most of what I'll be focused on is business that is mission-driven and business that is stakeholder-centric

Some of you may know this, but for ten years, I actually ran a mission-driven technology consulting shop, and time allowing, we'll get into some of what that was actually like - warts and all. Some of you may also know that David played a critical role developing organization-wide communications for the stakeholder-centric, giant UK retailer, John Lewis Partnership, and I'm hoping he'll draw on some of his experiences there.  

I'm hoping this will end up being an interesting session - something different. +Alexandra Riecke-Gonzales is a great facilitator and will keep us both on our toes. +John Ellis will producing and keeping things on track and organized. 

I hope you'll join us tomorrow. 

#socialbusiness   #goodbusiness   #socialenterprise  

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2015-01-21 02:32:27 (14 comments, 17 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

And now, just a little light-hearted branding humor... 

And now, just a little light-hearted branding humor... ___

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2015-01-19 22:43:32 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Somewhat shortened, and now on Medium, for those of you who missed this piece when it first came out. 

I believe we are on our way to an economy that teems with this kind of possibility, an economy of meaning, purpose and service, and I believe that the Internet of Things will play a critical role in getting us there.

But in the meantime, clear out your closets as the inevitable resting place for the coming raft of smart kitchen scales, baby bottle holders and other clunkers. For on our way to a truly beneficial Internet of Things, we seem destined to first make a stop at the Internet of Frivolous Things.

#iot   #internetofthings   #service   #value  

Somewhat shortened, and now on Medium, for those of you who missed this piece when it first came out. 

I believe we are on our way to an economy that teems with this kind of possibility, an economy of meaning, purpose and service, and I believe that the Internet of Things will play a critical role in getting us there.

But in the meantime, clear out your closets as the inevitable resting place for the coming raft of smart kitchen scales, baby bottle holders and other clunkers. For on our way to a truly beneficial Internet of Things, we seem destined to first make a stop at the Internet of Frivolous Things.

#iot   #internetofthings   #service   #value  ___

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2015-01-19 20:18:47 (19 comments, 13 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

AI Coming to Google+

This is a fascinating glimpse into where Google's Deep Mind artificial intelligence work is headed. I plan to read this again (at least one more time). There's a lot to unpack here. 

Also, on a more narrow note, it looks like some AI features will soon show up here in Google+: 

"In six months to a year’s time we’ll start seeing some aspects of what we’re doing embedded in Google Plus, natural language and maybe some recommendation systems."

Great catch, +Alexander Kruel 

#ai   #deeplearning   #reinforcmentlearning  

Interview with Demis Hassabis of Google, co-founder of DeepMind

Interesting snippets:

Tell me about the two companies, both out of Oxford University, that you just bought.

"These Oxford guys are amazingly talented groups of professors. One team [formerly Dark Blue Labs] will focus on natural language understanding, using deep neural networks to do that. So rather than the old kind of logic techniques for NLP, we’re using deep networks and word embeddings and so on. That’s led by Phil Blunsom. We’re interested in eventually having language embedded into our systems so we can actually converse. At the moment they are obviously prelinguistic—there is no language capability in there. So we’ll see all of those things marrying up. And the second group, Vision Factory, is led by Andrew Zisserman, a world famous computer vision guy."

When will we see this happening?

"In six months to a year’s time we’ll start seeing some aspects of what we’re doing embedded in Google Plus, natural language and maybe some recommendation systems."

What do you hope to do for Google in the long run?

"I’m really excited about the potential for general AI. Things like AI-assisted science."

What’s the big problem you’re working on now?

"The big thing is what we call transfer learning. You’ve mastered one domain of things, how do you abstract that into something that’s almost like a library of knowledge that you can now usefully apply in a new domain? That’s the key to general knowledge. At the moment, we are good at processing perceptual information and then picking an action based on that. But when it goes to the next level, the concept level, nobody has been able to do that."

One condition you set on the Google purchase was that the company set up some sort of AI ethics board. What was that about?

"It was a part of the agreement of the acquisition. It’s an independent advisory committee like they have in other areas."

Why did you do that?

"I think AI could be world changing, it’s an amazing technology. All technologies are inherently neutral but they can be used for good or bad so we have to make sure that it’s used responsibly. I and my cofounders have felt this for a long time. Another attraction about Google was that they felt as strongly about those things, too."

What has this group done?

"Certainly there is nothing yet. The group is just being formed — I wanted it in place way ahead of the time that anything came up that would be an issue. One constraint we do have— that wasn’t part of a committee but part of the acquisition terms—is that no technology coming out of Deep Mind will be used for military or intelligence purposes."

Do you feel like a committee really could make an impact on controlling a technology once you bring it into the world?

"I think if they are sufficiently educated, yes. That’s why they’re forming now, so they have enough time to really understand the technical details, the nuances of this. There are some top professors on this in computation, neuroscience and machine learning on this committee."

And the committee is in place now?

"It’s formed yes, but I can’t tell you who is on it."

Why not?

"Well, because it’s confidential. We think it’s important [that it stay out of public view] especially during this initial ramp-up phase where there is no tech— I mean we’re working on computing Pong, right? There are no issues here currently but in the next five or ten years maybe there will be. So really it’s just getting ahead of the game."

Will you eventually release the names?

"Potentially. That’s something also to be discussed."

Transparency is important in this too.

"Sure, sure. There are lots of interesting questions that have to be answered on a technical level about what these systems are capable of, what they might be able to do, and how are we going to control those things. At the end of the day they need goals set by the human programmers. Our research team here works on those theoretical aspects partly because we want to advance [the science], but also to make sure that these things are controllable and there’s always humans in the loop and so on."

Link: https://medium.com/backchannel/the-deep-mind-of-demis-hassabis-156112890d8a___AI Coming to Google+

This is a fascinating glimpse into where Google's Deep Mind artificial intelligence work is headed. I plan to read this again (at least one more time). There's a lot to unpack here. 

Also, on a more narrow note, it looks like some AI features will soon show up here in Google+: 

"In six months to a year’s time we’ll start seeing some aspects of what we’re doing embedded in Google Plus, natural language and maybe some recommendation systems."

Great catch, +Alexander Kruel 

#ai   #deeplearning   #reinforcmentlearning  

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2015-01-16 01:26:37 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Cartoon-ized me by +Christine DeGraff.

Yesterday, Christine shared a tutorial on how to use Photoshop to turn portraits into cartoons, and foolishly, I asked her to ping me when she'd completed her first work. Of course, that ended up with me being her first volunteer.

I'd say she did a great job (and was pretty kind to my poor face, given what she could have done with it!).

So, have we just witnessed the beginning of a new career for Christine? Stay tuned... 

Not Bad?

Yesterday I shared a tutorial (http://bit.ly/1C65kp1) that showed how to create a photo caricature. +Gideon Rosenblatt was kind enough to let me practice on him. I admit I got a little stumped at the end of the tutorial so it probably could be more cartoonish - but I did get to learn some new tools that were pretty cool. 

Thanks for letting me practice +Gideon Rosenblatt - it was nice to look at your handsome face all day while I worked! 

#photoshop #tutorial #caricature  ___Cartoon-ized me by +Christine DeGraff.

Yesterday, Christine shared a tutorial on how to use Photoshop to turn portraits into cartoons, and foolishly, I asked her to ping me when she'd completed her first work. Of course, that ended up with me being her first volunteer.

I'd say she did a great job (and was pretty kind to my poor face, given what she could have done with it!).

So, have we just witnessed the beginning of a new career for Christine? Stay tuned... 

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2015-01-15 03:06:19 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Some good thoughts by +Danny Brown on a hybrid commenting approach for WordPress blogs. He uses in-line commenting (like Medium):
https://wordpress.org/plugins/inline-comments/

...and he uses Google+ commenting for the bottom of the post. I do the same on my site, using Comments Evolved:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/inline-comments/

Just a word of caution though: when I first set up Google+ comments on WordPress on my site in May 2013, it wasn't officially supported - and I haven't seen any announcements since then to suggest otherwise. So there is some risk here, but after nearly two years in use, it seems like a fairly safe bet. 

#wordpress   #commenting  

Some good thoughts by +Danny Brown on a hybrid commenting approach for WordPress blogs. He uses in-line commenting (like Medium):
https://wordpress.org/plugins/inline-comments/

...and he uses Google+ commenting for the bottom of the post. I do the same on my site, using Comments Evolved:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/inline-comments/

Just a word of caution though: when I first set up Google+ comments on WordPress on my site in May 2013, it wasn't officially supported - and I haven't seen any announcements since then to suggest otherwise. So there is some risk here, but after nearly two years in use, it seems like a fairly safe bet. 

#wordpress   #commenting  ___

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2015-01-15 00:10:16 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I'm quite convinced that this next decade will be like primary school for AI, as it learns through interacting with humans in various modes.

Much of this learning up to now is teaching via our text.
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/knowledge-and-artificial-intelligence/

Next is learning from still imagery, which is well underway. I predict this ability to parse out the "vocabulary of actions" by video analysis will be a huge, huge source of AI learning. 

Wow. Good catch, +Daniel Estrada. 

#ai   #videolearning   #articialintelligence  

> One key challenge was devising a way for the robots to parse individual steps appropriately, while gathering information from videos that varied in quality and consistency. The robots needed to be able to recognize each distinct step, assign it to a "rule" that dictates a certain behavior, and then string together these behaviors in the proper order.

"We are trying to create a technology so that robots eventually can interact with humans," said Cornelia Fermüller, an associate research scientist at UMIACS. "So they need to understand what humans are doing. For that, we need tools so that the robots can pick up a human's actions and track them in real time. We are interested in understanding all of these components. How is an action performed by humans? How is it perceived by humans? What are the cognitive processes behind it?"

Aloimonos and Fermüller compare these individual actions to words in a sentence. Once a robot has learned a "vocabulary" of actions, they can then string them together in a way that achieves a given goal. In fact, this is precisely what distinguishes their work from previous efforts.

"Others have tried to copy the movements. Instead, we try to copy the goals. This is the breakthrough," Aloimonos explained. This approach allows the robots to decide for themselves how best to combine various actions, rather than reproducing a predetermined series of actions.

More: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150113090600.htm
Full paper: http://www.umiacs.umd.edu/~yzyang/paper/YouCookMani_CameraReady.pdf
via +David Fuchs ___I'm quite convinced that this next decade will be like primary school for AI, as it learns through interacting with humans in various modes.

Much of this learning up to now is teaching via our text.
http://www.the-vital-edge.com/knowledge-and-artificial-intelligence/

Next is learning from still imagery, which is well underway. I predict this ability to parse out the "vocabulary of actions" by video analysis will be a huge, huge source of AI learning. 

Wow. Good catch, +Daniel Estrada. 

#ai   #videolearning   #articialintelligence  

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2015-01-14 01:57:11 (124 comments, 17 reshares, 96 +1s)Open 

Wanted: A Consolidated Communities Feed
We need a better way to browse through community posts. It would be nice to have a consolidated stream for all community posts. 

When you're done reading this post, try a quick experiment. If you're at your desktop, bring up the left-hand navigation, and click on "Communities". You'll see something like the attached image. (If you're on the mobile app, click on the drop-down menu at the top - it might say "Everything", then click "Communities".) If you're like me, what you'll see is a bunch of communities with a bunch of little red squares showing how many new posts have been posted in that community since your last visit. Many, for me, are pegged at the maximum, "99+". This screen does absolutely nothing for me, other than make me a bit frustrated at all the good stuff I'm... more »

Wanted: A Consolidated Communities Feed
We need a better way to browse through community posts. It would be nice to have a consolidated stream for all community posts. 

When you're done reading this post, try a quick experiment. If you're at your desktop, bring up the left-hand navigation, and click on "Communities". You'll see something like the attached image. (If you're on the mobile app, click on the drop-down menu at the top - it might say "Everything", then click "Communities".) If you're like me, what you'll see is a bunch of communities with a bunch of little red squares showing how many new posts have been posted in that community since your last visit. Many, for me, are pegged at the maximum, "99+". This screen does absolutely nothing for me, other than make me a bit frustrated at all the good stuff I'm missing. 

To remedy the situation, I have to drop down into each of these communities, communities on topics that I've explicitly told Google I'm interested in. I want to see this stuff, but it's unnecessarily fragmented into a hole bunch of content cul-de-sacs. 

What if, instead of seeing all these little red flags, telling us how much we're missing out, what we saw was a consolidated stream of all the content from all of the communities that I've joined? Each one is still prominently labeled and linked with the community it belongs to so I can quickly jump in for a community deep dive when I want it (just like I can link from the main stream feed to a person's or page's profile for a deep dive on their content). 

Right now, community posts do show up in the main feed, but it still feels very haphazard to me. It's almost like figuring out which of the many, many potential community posts to include is just making the relevance algorithms work too hard. And remember, these are all communities that I've freely chosen to follow - I'm interested in them. I just miss that vast majority of what shows up in these communities because they're buried, really buried in the UI. 

A while ago, I suggested another approach to better surfacing these posts by creating a dedicated feed for them where you select different circle feeds today:  
https://plus.google.com/105103058358743760661/posts/VGvbQtcyDvK

This could still be another way to get to this same consolidated communities stream. But for heaven's sake, what we see today when we click on "Communities" is a waste for such prime real estate. To be frank, that UI is just plain dumb. It adds very little value. In fact, for me, it's negative: a constant reminder of the failure to surface interesting content to me. 

OK. That's the idea. I really, really wish something like this could happen. Signs are that Google is now more enthusiastically wrapping itself around the notion of being a shared-interest network - and these are the kinds of tweaks that could really help make that even more true: 
https://plus.google.com/105103058358743760661/posts/DUditYv4EPu

#sharedinterestgraph  ___

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2015-01-13 21:02:05 (12 comments, 17 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

We wrap ourselves in a bubble of ego-plasm and wander around thinking about ourselves and what others are thinking about us. Here's a nice talk, by Roman Krznaric, on building empathy, or "outrospection." 

Thanks +Gregory Esau, for flagging this, or I'd have likely missed it. And thanks +Brad Esau for finding it. 

I'd hoped to post this earlier but didn't get the opportunity. This is my message for 2015 and I'll repost this every month or so. When people start understanding and practicing this, we'll start moving past our deeply embedded warrior/tribal mentality. 

http://youtu.be/BG46IwVfSu8___We wrap ourselves in a bubble of ego-plasm and wander around thinking about ourselves and what others are thinking about us. Here's a nice talk, by Roman Krznaric, on building empathy, or "outrospection." 

Thanks +Gregory Esau, for flagging this, or I'd have likely missed it. And thanks +Brad Esau for finding it. 

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2015-01-12 22:31:02 (26 comments, 9 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Is Google+ now being positioned more as a "shared interest" network? +Chris Messina compares screenshots from the latest iOS Google+ app to earlier releases, and there does seem to be much more of an emphasis on "interests" and "topics" in the marketing material. 

This is a good sign. 

My original slides from nearly three years ago (wow) on Google+, the "shared interest graph": 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GideonRosenblatt/posts/fxp3viNzg9d

Thanks to +Alex Schleber for the pointer to Chris' piece. 

#sharedinterest   #interestgraph  

Is Google+ now being positioned more as a "shared interest" network? +Chris Messina compares screenshots from the latest iOS Google+ app to earlier releases, and there does seem to be much more of an emphasis on "interests" and "topics" in the marketing material. 

This is a good sign. 

My original slides from nearly three years ago (wow) on Google+, the "shared interest graph": 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+GideonRosenblatt/posts/fxp3viNzg9d

Thanks to +Alex Schleber for the pointer to Chris' piece. 

#sharedinterest   #interestgraph  ___

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2015-01-12 15:27:02 (19 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

This one goes out to all those people, like me, who are really excited about the potential of the Internet of Things, but are finding yourself scratching your head over some of what you're seeing. 

This piece starts out somewhat light, but then I get a little mad over the squandered opportunity, and try to end with a short vision of what we could be aiming for, where these smart, connected devices really could serve strong customer missions and be a real source of positive contributions for society. Ever the optimist... 

+Yifat Cohen was actually the catalyst for this one, as I note in this piece; thanks to a post here on G+, she got me thinking about whether we really do need smart pacifiers capable of tracking our infants' temperature readings - you know, quantified babies. ;)

#internetofthings   #iot   #quantifiedself   #service  

This one goes out to all those people, like me, who are really excited about the potential of the Internet of Things, but are finding yourself scratching your head over some of what you're seeing. 

This piece starts out somewhat light, but then I get a little mad over the squandered opportunity, and try to end with a short vision of what we could be aiming for, where these smart, connected devices really could serve strong customer missions and be a real source of positive contributions for society. Ever the optimist... 

+Yifat Cohen was actually the catalyst for this one, as I note in this piece; thanks to a post here on G+, she got me thinking about whether we really do need smart pacifiers capable of tracking our infants' temperature readings - you know, quantified babies. ;)

#internetofthings   #iot   #quantifiedself   #service  ___

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2015-01-11 17:05:20 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Nice, quantitative analysis of tweets by +Stone Temple Consulting. 

HT +Mark Traphagen and +Eric Enge.  

Study finds having an image in a tweet more than doubles chances of it being retweeted http://buff.ly/1zWG0B4___Nice, quantitative analysis of tweets by +Stone Temple Consulting. 

HT +Mark Traphagen and +Eric Enge.  

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2015-01-09 00:03:08 (23 comments, 23 reshares, 243 +1s)Open 

Most Detailed Map of Our Neighboring Galaxy, Andromeda

JANUARY 5, 2015: The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long section of the galaxy's pancake-shaped disk. It's like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And, there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk. This ambitious photographic cartography of the Andromeda galaxy represents a new benchmark for precision studies of large spiral galaxies which dominate the universe's population of over 100 billiong... more »

Most Detailed Map of Our Neighboring Galaxy, Andromeda

JANUARY 5, 2015: The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, the Hubble telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long section of the galaxy's pancake-shaped disk. It's like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And, there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk. This ambitious photographic cartography of the Andromeda galaxy represents a new benchmark for precision studies of large spiral galaxies which dominate the universe's population of over 100 billion galaxies. Never before have astronomers been able to see individual stars over a major portion of an external spiral galaxy. Most of the stars in the universe live inside such majestic star cities, and this is the first data that reveal populations of stars in context to their home galaxy.

The attached image shows the detailed mapping of the Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury (PHAT) program inset into a bigger image of Andromeda. 

http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-astronomer-produces-most-detailed-photo-ever-another-spiral-galaxy
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2015/02

#thefinalfrontier   #space  ___

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2015-01-08 17:16:08 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Good piece from +Tim Kastelle on the importance of incorporating business model considerations into design decisions. Mission focus is critical, but it's also important to remember that with no money, there is no mission. 

HT +Paul Simbeck-Hampson. 

We can't just look at customers when we innovate, we also have to think about the business side of things.___Good piece from +Tim Kastelle on the importance of incorporating business model considerations into design decisions. Mission focus is critical, but it's also important to remember that with no money, there is no mission. 

HT +Paul Simbeck-Hampson. 

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2015-01-08 04:34:13 (24 comments, 12 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

There are a couple of these stories that I'd already heard (the digitally mapped worm brain running a LEGO Mindstorm, and the brain-to-brain word transmissions), but also a few I'd not.

The one about the claustrum possibly being a kind of "consciousness switch" is wild.

But the wildest, in my view is the injection of a precursor to human astrocytes (a type of glial cell) into mice brains, as a way to make the mice smarter. The original mice neurons remain, but are now surrounded and supported by human astrocytes, which are 10 to 20 times the size of mouse astrocytes and carry 100 times as many tendrils. 

The scientist reportedly considered running the experiment on monkeys, deciding against for ethical reasons, and perhaps after having watched the latest remakes of The Planet of the Apes. 

#neuroscience  

There are a couple of these stories that I'd already heard (the digitally mapped worm brain running a LEGO Mindstorm, and the brain-to-brain word transmissions), but also a few I'd not.

The one about the claustrum possibly being a kind of "consciousness switch" is wild.

But the wildest, in my view is the injection of a precursor to human astrocytes (a type of glial cell) into mice brains, as a way to make the mice smarter. The original mice neurons remain, but are now surrounded and supported by human astrocytes, which are 10 to 20 times the size of mouse astrocytes and carry 100 times as many tendrils. 

The scientist reportedly considered running the experiment on monkeys, deciding against for ethical reasons, and perhaps after having watched the latest remakes of The Planet of the Apes. 

#neuroscience  ___

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2015-01-06 16:23:04 (13 comments, 8 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Violence begets violence in real life. By abstracting it and stylizing it, we attempt to make it art. In the comics I read as a boy, not many people died. When they did, it was a big deal.

Then, something changed. Violence seems to have somehow emerged as one of the tricks of the trade for making comics more real, more life-like. In real life, people die. In real life, there is violence. This is the myth told around our digital campfires today; a modern adaptation of a very old theme.

Walter Wink calls it the myth of redemptive violence, and traces its origins back to Babylon. At its core, this mythic structure supports the idea that there are some forms of violence that are justified and therefore good, and that when taken out of righteousness, acts of violence can offset the evil of others. This idea serves as a kind of root justification for all kinds of institutionally-channeled... more »

Violence begets violence in real life. By abstracting it and stylizing it, we attempt to make it art. In the comics I read as a boy, not many people died. When they did, it was a big deal.

Then, something changed. Violence seems to have somehow emerged as one of the tricks of the trade for making comics more real, more life-like. In real life, people die. In real life, there is violence. This is the myth told around our digital campfires today; a modern adaptation of a very old theme.

Walter Wink calls it the myth of redemptive violence, and traces its origins back to Babylon. At its core, this mythic structure supports the idea that there are some forms of violence that are justified and therefore good, and that when taken out of righteousness, acts of violence can offset the evil of others. This idea serves as a kind of root justification for all kinds of institutionally-channeled violence, from religious fervor to state nationalism and many other forms, and it is particularly potent because it taps a strong desire to externalize our own darkness by projecting it onto others.

Last night, I had a horrible dream. In it, I was in a gruesome knife fight against a handful of assailants. I was wielding a large, serrated blade and was trying to fend of the last attacker, a slightly overweight, middle-aged man who seemed unsure of himself yet repeatedly ignored my demands to put his weapon down, despite my having cut him a few times in his previous attacks. He lunged at me with one last push, and I found my blade going into his heart with a sickening suction sound, like stabbing a piece of meat. He screamed, and in the silence that came afterwards, I awoke. 

I was horrified by what I'd experienced. It felt real. It wasn't in any way stylistic or abstract. It was very real, and horrible -  sickening, actually - and realistic enough to know that it is nothing I would ever want to experience in real life.

I am sorry to share this dream with you. My intention in doing so is not to spread the meme of redemptive violence. After all, this man I had stabbed seemed like he might have been a good person. There was no redemption here, only violence and the scream of a man who might have lived. As horrible as this dream was though, I see it as a gift. For it was real enough to help me to experience some of the angst, horror, and extreme sadness of having killed someone - without having actually done so. 

We live in a culture that propagates violence, that channels it by making it seem to correlate with reality and what is normal. But it is up to us to question this assumption.

Once again, Marvel is pioneering, just as they did with some of their characters in the 60s. This time, with Ms. Marvel, perhaps they are beginning to question the myth of redemptive violence. After putting down a giant sewer alligator in collaboration with the highly redemptive Wolverine, Ms. Marvel asks:
"I don't like hurting stuff. Even giant sewer alligators. I mean… is it possible to help people without hurting other people. Or, you know… reptiles?"

Thanks to +Sean Patrick Hagen for originally flagging this article, and to +Meg Tufano for turning me onto Wink and my current exploration of nonviolent resistance. 

#violence   #nonviolentresistence   #comics  ___

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2015-01-06 01:14:12 (35 comments, 8 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

This is a very interesting, and sad, look at what at least one type of slow down in population growth looks like. We need to slow down world population growth, no question. But this look at what's happening in Japan is rather sad when you consider the actual impact on real people: 

• Extremely high numbers of Japanese do not find sex appealing. 45 percent of women and 25 percent of men, ages 16 to 24, are "not interested in or despised sexual contact."

• More than half of Japanese are single. 49 percent of unmarried women and 61 of unmarried men, ages 18 to 34, are not in any kind of romantic relationship.

• In every age group, the percentage of Japanese men and women who are not in a romantic relationship has been increasing steadily since the 1990s.

• About a quarter of Japanese don't want a romantic relationship. 23 percent of women and 27 percent ofmen say ... more »

And the global economy is destroying the planet. Happy days___This is a very interesting, and sad, look at what at least one type of slow down in population growth looks like. We need to slow down world population growth, no question. But this look at what's happening in Japan is rather sad when you consider the actual impact on real people: 

• Extremely high numbers of Japanese do not find sex appealing. 45 percent of women and 25 percent of men, ages 16 to 24, are "not interested in or despised sexual contact."

• More than half of Japanese are single. 49 percent of unmarried women and 61 of unmarried men, ages 18 to 34, are not in any kind of romantic relationship.

• In every age group, the percentage of Japanese men and women who are not in a romantic relationship has been increasing steadily since the 1990s.

• About a quarter of Japanese don't want a romantic relationship. 23 percent of women and 27 percent of men say they are not interested in any kind of romantic relationship.

• More than a third of childbearing-age Japanese have never had sex: 39 percent of women and 36 percent of men, ages 18 to 34. That number hasn't actually changed much over the last decade, but it is unusually high.

• The Japanese population institute projects that women in their early 20s have a 25 percent chance of never marrying and a 40 percent chance of never having kids.

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2015-01-05 04:05:43 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Somewhere over Washington state, flying home tonight.

Somewhere over Washington state, flying home tonight.___

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2015-01-04 17:10:55 (14 comments, 6 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

A really important experiment in changing the way we deliver healthcare builds momentum in my city of Seattle. The goal: changing the way primary care is delivered.

“If we can show that we are getting 15% to 30% of the costs out by using a model that doctors like and patients want, the whole system is going to flip pretty quickly.”

The driving insight here is that primary care and specialized care have two very different missions. Americans need more of the first so they’ll need less of the second. And each requires a different business model. Primary care should be paid for directly, because that’s the easiest and most efficient way to purchase a service that everyone should be buying and using. By contrast, specialty care and hospitalizations–which would be covered by traditional insurance–are expenses we all prefer to avoid. Car insurance doesn’t cover oil changes, andhomeowners’ i... more »

A really important experiment in changing the way we deliver healthcare builds momentum in my city of Seattle. The goal: changing the way primary care is delivered.

“If we can show that we are getting 15% to 30% of the costs out by using a model that doctors like and patients want, the whole system is going to flip pretty quickly.”

The driving insight here is that primary care and specialized care have two very different missions. Americans need more of the first so they’ll need less of the second. And each requires a different business model. Primary care should be paid for directly, because that’s the easiest and most efficient way to purchase a service that everyone should be buying and using. By contrast, specialty care and hospitalizations–which would be covered by traditional insurance–are expenses we all prefer to avoid. Car insurance doesn’t cover oil changes, and homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover house paint. So why should insurance pay for your annual checkup or your kid’s strep swab?

The (current) fee-for-service insurance model ... makes the life of a primary caregiver so exhausting that students in medical schools and nursing schools are avoiding the field altogether. According to Colin West, a co-director of the Mayo Clinic’s program on physician well-being, the U.S. faces a shortage of tens of thousands of primary-care doctors–at a moment when we need them more than ever. In a definitive survey of third-year med students published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, he found that only about 20% were headed into primary care.

Of course, there’s a catch–at least in the short term. Docs on the treadmill are often responsible for 2,000, 2,500 or even 3,000 patients each. Direct-primary-care doctors serve far fewer patients. In a nation where there is already a shortage of primary caregivers, this would seem to disqualify direct care as a mass solution.

#healthcare ___

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2015-01-03 04:20:51 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

+martin shervington​ does a little digging into how Google is using comments here on Google+ to understand our interests and surface them in search. I had a similar experience a couple weeks ago after mentioning Russell Brand in comment here and seeking him show up in my Google Now feed.

Lots of potential for useful functionality here ... as well as for some creepiness if handled poorly. A fine line to walk for sure, but also some interesting insight into some of the ways that Google+ matters to Google.

Google+ comments generating suggestions on a mobile! - Plus Your Business http://buff.ly/1tjy8Dy #googleplus #mobile #comments___+martin shervington​ does a little digging into how Google is using comments here on Google+ to understand our interests and surface them in search. I had a similar experience a couple weeks ago after mentioning Russell Brand in comment here and seeking him show up in my Google Now feed.

Lots of potential for useful functionality here ... as well as for some creepiness if handled poorly. A fine line to walk for sure, but also some interesting insight into some of the ways that Google+ matters to Google.

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2015-01-01 21:00:13 (57 comments, 11 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

Absorb this fact: as of this morning, we are now closer to the year 2030 than we are to the year 2000. I don't know about you, but the year 2000 doesn't seem all that long ago.

And if Ray Kurzweil's projections are right, a big if, to be sure, human-level artificial intelligence will be celebrating its first birthday.

In short, within the relative blink of an eye, we could lose our spot as the top of the intelligence pyramid on the planet. We don't have a long time to prep for it.

Absorb this fact: as of this morning, we are now closer to the year 2030 than we are to the year 2000. I don't know about you, but the year 2000 doesn't seem all that long ago.

And if Ray Kurzweil's projections are right, a big if, to be sure, human-level artificial intelligence will be celebrating its first birthday.

In short, within the relative blink of an eye, we could lose our spot as the top of the intelligence pyramid on the planet. We don't have a long time to prep for it.___

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2014-12-29 20:09:59 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Neuro-aesthetics: the growing understanding of how we appreciate what is before our eyes. It's quite complex, as you'd expect.

"Our own experiences and knowledge also have a profound effect on how we experience art. People rate abstract art as more attractive when they are told it is from a museum, as opposed to generated by a computer. This preference produces greater neural activity in the medial orbitofrontal and ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Believing an image to be a museum piece also produces more activity in the entorhinal cortex, an area important for episodic memory. Similarly, people’s ventral striatum and parts of the orbitofrontal cortex are more responsive to the “art status” or the authenticity of a painting than to its actual sensory content. Again, knowledge, more than the hedonic qualities of the visual image, modulates these neural activationpatte... more »

The artistic brain.

What in the brain triggers aesthetic experiences? And how does knowledge of basic brain mechanisms inform our understanding of these experiences? These questions are at the heart of an emerging discipline dedicated to exploring the neural processes underlying our appreciation and production of beautiful objects and artwork, experiences that include perception, interpretation, emotion, and action. This new field represents a convergence of neuroscience and empirical aesthetics—the study of aesthetics rooted in observation—and is dubbed neuroaesthetics, a term coined in the 1990s by vision neuroscientist Semir Zeki of University College London. Neuroaesthetics is both descriptive and experimental, with qualitative observations and quantitative tests of hypotheses, aimed at advancing our understanding of how humans process beauty and art.

http://goo.gl/FYW9da
Larger view: http://www.the-scientist.com/May2014/brain_full.jpg___Neuro-aesthetics: the growing understanding of how we appreciate what is before our eyes. It's quite complex, as you'd expect.

"Our own experiences and knowledge also have a profound effect on how we experience art. People rate abstract art as more attractive when they are told it is from a museum, as opposed to generated by a computer. This preference produces greater neural activity in the medial orbitofrontal and ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Believing an image to be a museum piece also produces more activity in the entorhinal cortex, an area important for episodic memory. Similarly, people’s ventral striatum and parts of the orbitofrontal cortex are more responsive to the “art status” or the authenticity of a painting than to its actual sensory content. Again, knowledge, more than the hedonic qualities of the visual image, modulates these neural activation patterns."

HT: +Derya Unutmaz​
+Susanne Ramharter​, I've a feeling you will enjoy this.

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2014-12-24 00:24:22 (29 comments, 11 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Some of types of questions we will soon be able to answer with our growing sensor coverage: 

Who caused that accident?
How’s my competitor performing?
Where did that gun-shot come from?
What is the most popular dress color Friday night in Manhattan? 
What is the prevalence of heart disease or Alzheimer’s in my neighborhood? 
Who are the happiest people in the U.S.?

#sensors  

Some of types of questions we will soon be able to answer with our growing sensor coverage: 

Who caused that accident?
How’s my competitor performing?
Where did that gun-shot come from?
What is the most popular dress color Friday night in Manhattan? 
What is the prevalence of heart disease or Alzheimer’s in my neighborhood? 
Who are the happiest people in the U.S.?

#sensors  ___

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2014-12-22 16:31:55 (19 comments, 7 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Internet of (Kitchen) Things "Drops" the Ball

Yesterday, a few days ahead of schedule, I gave my wife one of her Christmas presents, a new kitchen scale that connects wirelessly with an iPad, supposedly allowing you to do all kinds of cool stuff with your ingredients while cooking. It's a cool idea to be sure, but within minutes of opening it,  the Drop scale quickly revealed its serious shortcomings; most, the result of failing to understand an important point about recipes, and data more broadly. 

The Drop scale comes with an iPad app which includes a number of "bespoke" cooking recipes, structured to work well with the scale. This gets us to the product's most serious failing , which is that it is optimized to work pretty much exclusively with this limited number of proprietary recipes.

This lack of usefulness in working with otherr... more »

Internet of (Kitchen) Things "Drops" the Ball

Yesterday, a few days ahead of schedule, I gave my wife one of her Christmas presents, a new kitchen scale that connects wirelessly with an iPad, supposedly allowing you to do all kinds of cool stuff with your ingredients while cooking. It's a cool idea to be sure, but within minutes of opening it,  the Drop scale quickly revealed its serious shortcomings; most, the result of failing to understand an important point about recipes, and data more broadly. 

The Drop scale comes with an iPad app which includes a number of "bespoke" cooking recipes, structured to work well with the scale. This gets us to the product's most serious failing , which is that it is optimized to work pretty much exclusively with this limited number of proprietary recipes.

This lack of usefulness in working with other recipes severely limits the Drop's usefulness as an all-around kitchen scale, the kind of general utility we expect if we're to make room for something like this on an already crowded kitchen counter. For my wife and me, the decision was simple: within an hour of opening her Drop scale, we'd decided to return it to the Apple Store where I'd purchased it. 

My reason for sharing this experience here isn't simply to recommend against your buying it. The Drop scale got me thinking about good product design and good service design in the Internet of Things.

Drop made the decision to ship its "connected scale" with a limited number of connections to the total world of potential recipes that could have made use of scale like this. It made the decision to create a tailored experience with a limited set of recipes that they knew they could get to work reasonably well, rather than to try to design a user experience that would work with the messier experience of working with third-party recipes. In short, they decided to ignore the more unruly reality of most people's lives, where cooking is unruly, and people like to work with recipes from more than just one source. 

As companies roll out smart, connected, Internet-of-Things devices like the Drop kitchen scale, they will will be forced to make decisions about the openness of the data that pulses through these devices, the data that gives these machines meaning, that enables them to do their work for us. In some cases, it will make sense to tightly control, constrain and contain that data because having a smooth, error-free experience will trump openness and connectivity of data. We will be willing to put up with limitations on our freedom in these cases in order to ensure reliability and ease-of-use. 

I predict that these walled garden cases will actually be the minority of cases, however, and that, in most situations, openness of data will be the winning play. Drop is a perfect example. Why in the world would we ever want a connected scale that only works with a handful of recipes chosen by the maker of that scale? I can see someone thinking something like this might sound good in a business plan or funding prospectus, but am really surprised that investors actually went forward with a product based on this strategy. Maybe they thought they could just call it "beta" and hope to improve it over time. Nope. Not with devices like this that take up physical space in our house. They just get returned, usually never to be tried again.  

A few more examples might help illustrate the point. Let's say that your wearable heart monitors reaches a point where it's capable of making smart connections with workout equipment at the gym. What would work better for you, an open data standard that allows your wearable device to connect with all of the machines at your gym and those of the various hotels you stay at, or a Precor device that only works with Precor machines?

Just as I only have room for one "connected scale" on my kitchen counter and don't want to buy separate scales for each of my cookbooks, I don't want to have to have separate wearable devices for each of the machines I want to connect with at the gym. 

Ah, but there is so much money to be made through lock-in, through tying services to devices and preventing customers from taking the data they generate through these connected devices elsewhere. Right? 

Wrong. In the end, with some exceptions as I noted above, we will opt for devices that interoperate. The Drop scale is just silly example of how companies can talk themselves into making stupid decisions, decisions that may sound good in the business plan, but become quite painful once the returns start rolling back in January. 

#iot   #cooking   #internetofthings   #dropkitchen  ___

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2014-12-20 18:48:33 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I'm excited to see this move forward. For those of you who missed it, reddit announced in the fall that they would set aside some portion of the money they recently raised to recognize their community's contributions to the service over the years. 

The random element proposed here feels a little unfair to me, but +Daniel Estrada makes an interesting point in a comment on his original share of this:

"I think random is the only fair way to do it. The idea is that if people are using them fairly (not colluding, but distributing based on merit), then they'll find the places to go better if you start random than if you weight it in the beginning (by only giving to high-activity posters)."

"This is how you train a neural net: start with random weights and then train it on the activity. The people on reddit are already operating on a sense of internet justice thatt... more »

> To celebrate all of you and your contributions, we plan to give away reddit notes in a random lottery. As of this point, it looks like we're going to have approximately 950,000 reddit notes to divide among active user accounts. There aren't as many reddit notes as there are accounts, so if you get one, lucky you! Eligible recipients of reddit notes will be determined based on activities before 9/30/14 (when we first announced this project), and we plan to give them away in the fall of 2015.

More: http://www.redditblog.com/2014/12/announcing-reddit-notes.html

via +Dor Konforty ___I'm excited to see this move forward. For those of you who missed it, reddit announced in the fall that they would set aside some portion of the money they recently raised to recognize their community's contributions to the service over the years. 

The random element proposed here feels a little unfair to me, but +Daniel Estrada makes an interesting point in a comment on his original share of this:

"I think random is the only fair way to do it. The idea is that if people are using them fairly (not colluding, but distributing based on merit), then they'll find the places to go better if you start random than if you weight it in the beginning (by only giving to high-activity posters)."

"This is how you train a neural net: start with random weights and then train it on the activity. The people on reddit are already operating on a sense of internet justice that they'll be using to distribute the coins, so they'll take that random distribution of coin and train the network on their sense of justice."

"This is exactly how self-organizing dynamics are supposed to work." 

That said, I do wonder if reddit could have sorted people into tiers, with those who have been more active over the years receiving more "lottery tickets." That way, they could have still kept the award allocations random, but still acknowledged more explicitly the contributions people have made - and the variances therein. 

All in all, it's exciting to see this experiment moving forward. 

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2014-12-19 23:28:15 (61 comments, 4 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

The New Precedent for Commercial Terrorism

What just happened is something that will hopefully never happen again. Yet, you can just bet that terrorists around the world are studying the recent terrorist threat aimed at Sony and its movie, The Interview. 

And that is what is so very dangerous about what just happened. It was an example of our commercial system's inability to stand up to terrorist threats. Why this threat worked so well is important to understand.

For those not following the story, Sony planned to release a movie that pushes the edge of comedy, a story about an assassination plot against North Korea's ruler. Sony was then hacked and badly embarrassed by material released onto the web, the perpetrators most likely North Korean. 

Then, this week the attack escalated from hacking to actual terrorist threat, with a message promising toa... more »

The New Precedent for Commercial Terrorism

What just happened is something that will hopefully never happen again. Yet, you can just bet that terrorists around the world are studying the recent terrorist threat aimed at Sony and its movie, The Interview. 

And that is what is so very dangerous about what just happened. It was an example of our commercial system's inability to stand up to terrorist threats. Why this threat worked so well is important to understand.

For those not following the story, Sony planned to release a movie that pushes the edge of comedy, a story about an assassination plot against North Korea's ruler. Sony was then hacked and badly embarrassed by material released onto the web, the perpetrators most likely North Korean. 

Then, this week the attack escalated from hacking to actual terrorist threat, with a message promising to attack theaters where The Interview plays on Christmas, its opening day.

Terrorism experts in the US doubt the threat's credibility, but Sony pulls the movie from theaters. Why? There are many people pointing fingers at Sony right now, but this threat was masterfully architected to make it near impossible for them not to comply. That's because the theater threat wasn't aimed directly at Sony.

Had the message threatened to attack Sony offices, the company could have assumed the risk and bravely resisted. The threat could also have been aimed directly at theater chain headquarters and offices, and they too could have bravely resisted. 

Instead, the threat was aimed at movie goers who happen to be at a theater showing The Interview on opening day. Many Americans would have bravely (and rationally) resisted the fear and gone to theaters anyway, but some percentage of them would have decided to play it safe and just stay home. No one actually knows what that percentage would have been. Would it have been 5%, 10%, 25%, or maybe even 40%? We just don't know.

But the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for theaters and there are many other big movies playing that have nothing to do with The Interview, all of which were held economic hostage by this terrorist threat. A 25% dip in revenues on one of a large theater chain's busiest days means millions and millions of dollars, most of which wouldn't need to put at risk if the movie were suddenly yanked - which is exactly what has happened. 

Many will argue, and already have argued, that if even one life were lost just to show a movie like this it will have been a needlessly tragic and preventable loss that's simply not worth taking. This is the rationalization that we will hear from theaters, and I'm not saying that it's wrong; it's simply the argument that is simply impossible to refute. 

The probability of an actual terrorist attack from North Korea seems to be quite low. But it was a high enough threat to scare some number of people away from theaters, and that was why this threat has proven so surprisingly effective: it's attacked the commercial interests of the partners of a business, partners with limited commercial upside from standing their ground, and lots to lose. The terrorists used a divide and conquer strategy, honing in on the weakest link in the chain: the customers. The threat converted a low probability of physical destruction into a high probability of commercial loss by targeting the fears of customers. 

What we've just experienced is terrorists using the capitalist system with masterful dexterity, and what worries me most about this incident is that an effective response is quite difficult. The level of coordination and trust between partners needed to overcome copycat threats like this in the future will be extremely difficult.

But we must be ready to do so, or they will just continue. 

#sony   #terrorism   #theinterview  

More:
http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2025266085_sonynextxml.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fareed-zakaria-caving-to-north-korea-creates-a-new-danger/2014/12/18/46a5f2b4-86f5-11e4-9534-f79a23c40e6c_story.html
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/dec/18/sony-cancellation-the-interview-hack-north-korea-watchers___

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2014-12-18 04:03:31 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system from IBM.

A machine learning system developed by IBM can identify skin cancer images with 95% accuracy in experiments, which is better than human performance at 75 to 84%, but it remains to be seen whether it can do the same in the real world. IBM is partnering with Memorial Sloan Kettering to test the system in real-world medical settings.___Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) system from IBM.

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2014-12-16 01:31:56 (21 comments, 6 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The overly idealistic ramblings of an Ethereum developer, or a really exciting vision for what software could and should be? 

Some of you may find the techno-optimist streak here perhaps a bit off-putting, but stuff like this pumps me up.

Here's someone who really sees Ethereum as a game-changer for the internet and for society. I'm still learning about Ethereum, so I don't have a well-formed opinion yet. But the ideas behind Ethereum do seem to have disruptive potential on a grand scale and in the right direction of distributed, rather than centralized power. 

The overly idealistic ramblings of an Ethereum developer, or a really exciting vision for what software could and should be? 

Some of you may find the techno-optimist streak here perhaps a bit off-putting, but stuff like this pumps me up.

Here's someone who really sees Ethereum as a game-changer for the internet and for society. I'm still learning about Ethereum, so I don't have a well-formed opinion yet. But the ideas behind Ethereum do seem to have disruptive potential on a grand scale and in the right direction of distributed, rather than centralized power. ___

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2014-12-14 17:19:20 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Dissecting Shareholder Value

This is a great piece that looks a little more closely at what people mean when they talk about maximizing shareholder value. It also includes some very good thoughts about restricting voting rights on shares. 

"When you recognize that shareholder value is time related and that it means different things to different groups of shareholders the CEO’s statement, “I did it to increase shareholder value” demands the followup questions: “Which shareholders?” and “Over what time frame?”

#shareholderprimacy  

Dissecting Shareholder Value

This is a great piece that looks a little more closely at what people mean when they talk about maximizing shareholder value. It also includes some very good thoughts about restricting voting rights on shares. 

"When you recognize that shareholder value is time related and that it means different things to different groups of shareholders the CEO’s statement, “I did it to increase shareholder value” demands the followup questions: “Which shareholders?” and “Over what time frame?”

#shareholderprimacy  ___

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2014-12-14 02:54:50 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

If you thought Google isn't listening to your Google+ comments and shares... you'd be wrong.

I was joking around with +Christine DeGraff​ yesterday about Honey Boo Boo on a comment on a G+ post of mine, and a few days earlier I shared a post of +David Amerland​'s about about Brand.

Now look what's showing up on Google Now.

If you thought Google isn't listening to your Google+ comments and shares... you'd be wrong.

I was joking around with +Christine DeGraff​ yesterday about Honey Boo Boo on a comment on a G+ post of mine, and a few days earlier I shared a post of +David Amerland​'s about about Brand.

Now look what's showing up on Google Now.___

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2014-12-13 17:02:38 (17 comments, 9 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Seek Change

As far as I know, these two characters, zhǎo and yì, don't really go together, in the sense of making a commonly used phrase. And yet, their meaning will be understood by anyone who reads Chinese:
Seek...Change

These words came to me in the middle of the night the other night. I feel compelled to share them here; not because I necessarily want you all to change or anything, but because, I think there is a nice message here.

My read on this message is not "seek change" as in "seek variety or the stimulation of the new" - but in the sense of "embrace change."

Change is the one constant in this world. Try to ignore it, or worse, resist it, and it'll whoop you upside the head. 

Change requires a certain amount of faith, I suppose. I'm not talking about "faith" in gildedlett... more »

Seek Change

As far as I know, these two characters, zhǎo and yì, don't really go together, in the sense of making a commonly used phrase. And yet, their meaning will be understood by anyone who reads Chinese:
Seek...Change

These words came to me in the middle of the night the other night. I feel compelled to share them here; not because I necessarily want you all to change or anything, but because, I think there is a nice message here.

My read on this message is not "seek change" as in "seek variety or the stimulation of the new" - but in the sense of "embrace change."

Change is the one constant in this world. Try to ignore it, or worse, resist it, and it'll whoop you upside the head. 

Change requires a certain amount of faith, I suppose. I'm not talking about "faith" in gilded lettering, but faith that what actually happens to you is going to be far, far better than any particular plan you might have originally developed on your own. Embrace that idea and perhaps you can zhǎo your yì with a little more peace. 

Seek:
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%89%BE
Change:
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%98%93

Bonus points: the yì here is the same one as in "Yìjīng" (易經), or the "Book of Changes."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Ching

(This June, while in Xian, I happened to stumble upon a wonderful stone stele inscribed with the Yìjīng. Here's a shot of it - not mine):
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yijing_stele_Beilin.jpg

#change  ___

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2014-12-12 18:03:45 (41 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Does water freeze, or boil, in space?  In a word, yes. 

I love these kinds of articles because I've actually wondered about this question and it does a great job of explaining it.

Plus, it talks about astronaut pee, so you know it's good. 

Does water freeze, or boil, in space?  In a word, yes. 

I love these kinds of articles because I've actually wondered about this question and it does a great job of explaining it.

Plus, it talks about astronaut pee, so you know it's good. ___

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2014-12-11 19:02:07 (20 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Part of the design goal of Inbox was simplicity though, right? So that's why they've removed a lot of that complexity, and why Gmail still exists (to retain that complexity). 

Part of the design goal of Inbox was simplicity though, right? So that's why they've removed a lot of that complexity, and why Gmail still exists (to retain that complexity). ___

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2014-12-11 18:54:29 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I'm so sad to be coming in late, but I've been watching the last 20 minutes or so, and this is an awesome conversation, +Chris Messina and +Yifat Cohen. 

I'm so sad to be coming in late, but I've been watching the last 20 minutes or so, and this is an awesome conversation, +Chris Messina and +Yifat Cohen. ___

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2014-12-11 16:39:28 (28 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

If you're a newspaper publisher, this past 15 years has been trying. I'm in the midst of a very in-depth exploration of the automation of publishing right now, and the newspaper story is, by far, the most brutal of automation's impact on the publishing business.

The internet has fundamentally "unbundled" the newspaper, breaking it up in ways that allow various new players to take over critical portions of the overall value chain. Nowhere is this more clear than in the case of distribution and the role that Google News now plays.

If you're a newspaper publisher, you're going to have mixed feelings about Google. You will probably resent the fact that you're no longer the first stop your reader's make for their quick catch up on what's happening in the world and that this mantle has now passed to Google. But, you're also highly dependent upon... more »

If you're a newspaper publisher, this past 15 years has been trying. I'm in the midst of a very in-depth exploration of the automation of publishing right now, and the newspaper story is, by far, the most brutal of automation's impact on the publishing business.

The internet has fundamentally "unbundled" the newspaper, breaking it up in ways that allow various new players to take over critical portions of the overall value chain. Nowhere is this more clear than in the case of distribution and the role that Google News now plays.

If you're a newspaper publisher, you're going to have mixed feelings about Google. You will probably resent the fact that you're no longer the first stop your reader's make for their quick catch up on what's happening in the world and that this mantle has now passed to Google. But, you're also highly dependent upon Google News for traffic to your site.

A double-edged sword. 

This dependence was quantitatively demonstrated several weeks ago. In response to a new German law, Germany's biggest news publisher, Axel Springer, requested that Google replace its richer news snippets (headline, image and snippet), with just a headline and link. Two weeks later, Springer was forced to rescind this decision after seeing traffic to its site from Google search fall 40 percent and traffic from Google News plummet 80 percent:
http://goo.gl/F5tBer

Spain has followed suite with a similar law, a "Google Tax," which would force Google to pay for showing even a snippet of other companies' articles. In response, Google announced that it would simply shut down Google News in Spain. We'll see what the impact on Spanish newspapers will be, but it seems reasonable to assume that it will largely follow Germany's example. 

To me, this isn't a black or white issue. I understand the pain that newspapers are going through. Luckily, there are good experiments now underway with alternative funding strategies like reader paywalls and even new business models that mix philanthropy and earned revenues. 

As a society, we owe it to ourselves to keep an eye out for our news organizations. But probably not by fighting the technology with laws like this. Now is the time to evolve and adapt our media organizations.


#news   #journalism   #publishing   ___

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2014-12-10 15:19:46 (27 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I'm still digesting these changes that +Mark Traphagen talks about here in the way that reshares work on Google+. 

Sly +Stephan Hovnanian was an early spotter of this last night. 

For what it's worth, these changes aren't yet showing up for me. 

Why Comments on Google+ Posts Is Now Even More Important

Anyone active on social media wants comments on their posts, but a change on Google+ now rolling out to users makes that even more important.

The change that began rolling out late yesterday affects posts that are reshares of other posts. Previously, the phrase "originally shared" in the display of the original post being reshared linked to that post. Now it is no longer a link.

Instead, there is now only a link to the original post if it had comments. That link now appears at the bottom of the display of the post being reshared (which now is highlighted in a gray box.)

Look at the example below. In this case I had reshared a post by +Antoine Carriere. But Antoine's post had never received any comments. So it has no link below the post.

Why Did Google Make This Change?
My speculation is that Google+ wants to "reward" or promote the version of content that is getting engagement. If the original post has comments, now the reader is alerted to that fact, and clicking on that notice enables one to get to that discussion.

In other words, for Google+, discussion trumps time priority. In Google+'s valuation, a post is valuable not because it was shared first, but because it is generating discussion.

Google+ Communism
This devaluing of "original ownership" has actually always been a part of the very structure of Google+. I observed early on, for example, that a reshare of one's post by a higher authority profile would usually outrank the original in Google Search. (See http://stonet.co/1eZujxB). 

So in the Google+ world battles over who shared something first (as if he or she were "owner" of the share) are meaningless. Google+ is putting the emphasis on community, and community happens where the discussion happens.___I'm still digesting these changes that +Mark Traphagen talks about here in the way that reshares work on Google+. 

Sly +Stephan Hovnanian was an early spotter of this last night. 

For what it's worth, these changes aren't yet showing up for me. 

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2014-12-09 04:13:23 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Hmmmm....So does Facebook even allow people to monetize the ads from video on their service the way that YouTube does? If not, will Facebook simply pay media producers for content the way today's TV networks do, and then assume the risk of selling the ads for themselves? 

If so, the web becomes more TV-like. 

Facebook to replace YouTube?

The Verge: YouTube in a 'fire drill' over risk of celebrity defections to Facebook. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwkteN6Bo___Hmmmm....So does Facebook even allow people to monetize the ads from video on their service the way that YouTube does? If not, will Facebook simply pay media producers for content the way today's TV networks do, and then assume the risk of selling the ads for themselves? 

If so, the web becomes more TV-like. 

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2014-12-08 01:01:50 (27 comments, 24 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Interoception: Listen to Your Heart

This is an article about linkages between our interoception and our emotional intelligence and tendency to trust our intuition.

"Interoception" is the ability to sense what going on inside ourselves, such as the ability to track our heart beat simply by feeling its beat within rather than tracking your pulse with your finger. People who are better at doing that demonstrate a tendency to feel things more intensely, empathize more readily with others and rely on their intuition in decision making (regardless of whether or not it is accurate). 

Another interesting angle in this article is the connection between our interoception and feelings of disassociation with our bodies as well as depression. 

Last fall, I just happened to be listening to the audio book "Your Body Is Your Subconscious Mind" byCa... more »

Interoception: Listen to Your Heart

This is an article about linkages between our interoception and our emotional intelligence and tendency to trust our intuition.

"Interoception" is the ability to sense what going on inside ourselves, such as the ability to track our heart beat simply by feeling its beat within rather than tracking your pulse with your finger. People who are better at doing that demonstrate a tendency to feel things more intensely, empathize more readily with others and rely on their intuition in decision making (regardless of whether or not it is accurate). 

Another interesting angle in this article is the connection between our interoception and feelings of disassociation with our bodies as well as depression. 

Last fall, I just happened to be listening to the audio book "Your Body Is Your Subconscious Mind" by Candace Pert at the time she passed away. That book deeply affected the way that I understand intelligence. It shifted me away from a brain-centric understanding to one that goes much deeper into the rest of our bodies. It's made me view efforts to backwards engineer the human brain as only solving part of a much deeper, much older problem.

Intelligence is much, much older than the modern human brain. Our mind and our intelligence is more than just our brains. 

#heart   #mind   #intelligence   #ai  ___

2014-12-07 16:26:53 (23 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

+Daniel Schwabe draws an important distinction about sharing the images of others, noting that downloading someone else's image and then re-uploading it, even if you provide attribution with a link, isn't the same as simply sharing the artist's original link. It robs them of views that are now disconnected from their social network profile. 

I'm not a photographer. I take pictures, but don't make my living off of my imagery. So I thought this was an important distinction. 

I personally am guilty of doing this: (https://plus.google.com/105103058358743760661/posts/LEQEAs1WQ5t)

It illustrates some of the tricky edge cases. For instance, in the case of the image I shared in the above link, the artist doesn't appear to have directly shared the image on Google+. So how does one ethically share works to a social network for the first time if you are not thear... more »

The subtle differences in resharing images (with attribution) on Google+ (long)

(this discussion could just as well be applied to other types of content, but I will focus on images)

Why do you share your images on a Social Network?

For most people, it is a way to tell others about something they care about - a shared experience with their audience. Getting recognition then means you've been successful in communicating this experience to other people. In some sense, it makes you feel like that experience was relevant to others, and generally gives you a positive feeling of "relevance" and "connectedness".

A second group of people share their images because of this, but also as a way to further their professional work. They derive income from people willing to pay (value) some aspect of the shared experience - this aspect can be  the actual image (your simply enjoy it's aesthetics, or message, etc...), the technical information (you want to learn how to do it), some information "behind the lenses" (you want to know how to get there, when, etc...), some personal contact opportunity (you want to hire them for some assignment), etc... For the sake of discussion, I will call this second group "professionals". This is why you will find many top level professional photographers actively participating in social networks such as Google+, 500px, Flickr, Tsu (who explicitly recongnizes this aspect), 1x, etc... It is fair to say that the Web, and social networks, completly changed the photography market.

The Web economy is driven by "attention", or "eyes". You "social capital" on the Web is diretly related to how many eyes you can reach, and there countless ways in which this gets monetized, directly or indirectly. There are huge fortunes made based on this.

A second type of sharing is of other people's images - resharing. Why do you do it?
A first reason is the same as when you share your own - because you feel that image shares some experience that resonates with you, to the extent that you feel like it is "your own" experience, and deserves sharing.
A second reason is that you want to (also) give the author added recognition - you feel that this author deserves that, and you want your own audience to get to know that artist; you are endorsing in some sense his/her shared experiences to your audience, and by doing so you are also "adding value" to them, and in some sense you end up accruing some additional value in the eyes of your audience.

There are many people, often called curators, who bring value to their audience by selecting and resharing other people's images. Indeed, given the deluge of available images, it is useful to have someone sift through them and select "the best ones" (according to your taste). Some curators never produce any content of their own, they simply share other people's images that they feel their audience will like.
If they are successful in building a large audience this way, they gain "social capital" based on this selection service.
The same way with original content producers, there are some curators who become "professional", in the sense that they derive income from this social capital. Sometimes this is not a direct remuneration; for example, they get paid to provide exposure of some content or service to their audience.

Sharing with attribution is a legitimate thing to do in any social network - it is actually one of the important activities that go on there and one of the reasons for their success. All social networks have a "reshare" function, which makes resharing with attribution a very straightforward thing. How does such sharing make the attribution? By including a direct link from the shared content to the original source. If you click on that shared content, you will see the originally published material, in the author's stream. This way, the "social capital" (link following, views) gets accrued by the original artist. The sharer already accrued some his/her own "social capital" because you are already seeing their post (with the link to the shared original content) - so it's a win-win situation. In fact Tsu, a recent social network, tries to incorporate this model in such a way that you can actually can get paid if the original content you publish is popular.

But what if the content you want ot share is not on the same social network? The "reshare" function does not work! To accommodate this, social networks allow you to include a link to the original image. When you include such a link in a post, most social networks will include a (sometimes large) thumbnail of the image. If you click on the image, you will be taken to the site where that image was posted, presumably the artist's website, blog, etc... Resharing in this fashion preserves the "social capital" of the artist in the same way as resharing within the same social network.

It has become common practice in many social networks (and elsewhere, like in blogs) for people to reshare in yet another way. They download the image to their own stream, and share this copy. Some, aware that they should make an attribution, include a link to the original image as part of the text in the post. So, in some sense, they are giving attribution. But if you click on the shared image, you will still be at the sharer's page/stream, who then gets the "social capital"; the original author never gets any of that. Furthermore, if a third person reshares the shared image (which is a fairly common occurrence in social networks, especially for popular images that become "viral"), any further accrued "social capital" will go to the (first) sharer, and not to the original artist.
It should be noted that, unless they have explicit permission to do this, the sharer is actually violating the copyright of the artist, and almost always also violating the Terms of Service of the social network, which assumes that you upload only material to which you have the copyright. Contrary to popular belief, the fact that some image is available on the Internet does not automatically give you the right to download, copy and republish it.

I realize this may seem a subtle and perhaps unimportant difference, but if you understand the dynamics of the WWW, and how "value" is established, this becomes very relevant. As an example of how this "social capital" can be monetized, consider the proliferation of websites that offer "copyright free" images, e.g. for wallpaper, attracting viewers and benefitting from the generated traffic to sell advertisement space. They often prey on the fact that most artists don't have the means to track every site that has illegally copied their image.

There are many photographers (artists) on the Web, of varying degrees of "professionalism". The vast majority are "non-professionals", in the sense that they don't expect any financial return from sharing their images - simple recognition is enough. For them, the two types of sharing (with attribution!) are not much different, and it makes no difference to them. They are just glad that someone is actually explicitly giving them some form of recognition, even more so if it is some "famous" curator, who may have also shared some image of another photographer that they admire. So for them, it is almost an "honor" to be mentioned/shared in such company, because of the implication that their work, in some sense (or in someone's eye) is of similar or comparable quality. They will object, of course, if there is no attribution of any sort.
If the sharer (curator) gets most of the "social capital" from sharing their images, that's fine, since they don't plan on using this "social capital" for anything. In other words, they don't mind that the sharer benefits from this "social capital", sometimes making money at their expense.

But for those artists who rely on this "social capital" as a way to drive their business, it makes a big difference. For them, the second form of sharing is seen as a way to "steal" their potential "social capital" - the clicks and views that should be accrued to them ends up being accrued to the sharer. 

For these reasons I advocate that the sharing (with attribution) should always by direct inclusion of the link, and never by copying the image to one's own stream.

If you agree, please reshare!___+Daniel Schwabe draws an important distinction about sharing the images of others, noting that downloading someone else's image and then re-uploading it, even if you provide attribution with a link, isn't the same as simply sharing the artist's original link. It robs them of views that are now disconnected from their social network profile. 

I'm not a photographer. I take pictures, but don't make my living off of my imagery. So I thought this was an important distinction. 

I personally am guilty of doing this: (https://plus.google.com/105103058358743760661/posts/LEQEAs1WQ5t)

It illustrates some of the tricky edge cases. For instance, in the case of the image I shared in the above link, the artist doesn't appear to have directly shared the image on Google+. So how does one ethically share works to a social network for the first time if you are not the artist?

I don't have answers here, but I thought it was worth sharing these observations more broadly.  

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2014-12-06 16:20:21 (20 comments, 8 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Here's Nathan Schneider telling people on +Shareable that "owning is the new sharing." This isn't some quick 2-minute read, but an in-depth look at a number of experiments now underway to test out new models of economic organization built around stakeholder-centric ownership models. 

If you're interested in this stuff, please let me know. This is a big part of what I'm thinking about these days too. 

#ownership   #regenerative  

Here's Nathan Schneider telling people on +Shareable that "owning is the new sharing." This isn't some quick 2-minute read, but an in-depth look at a number of experiments now underway to test out new models of economic organization built around stakeholder-centric ownership models. 

If you're interested in this stuff, please let me know. This is a big part of what I'm thinking about these days too. 

#ownership   #regenerative  ___

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2014-12-06 02:14:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Brilliant campaign. My old consulting organization used to do a lot of work with Dogwood Initiative, the organization behind this campaign. This is a super creative organization and this is just another example of that creativity brought to bear on their work in keeping oil shipments out of British Columbia's coastal waters.

Cool to see +Fast Company highlighting this excellent example of using tech for good.

http://dogwoodinitiative.org/

Great catch, +Bruce Weaver.  

Just say yes to using Virtual Reality to show us what can happen if we continue to pillage the planet of its resources. AMEN to this campaign. Brilliant.___Brilliant campaign. My old consulting organization used to do a lot of work with Dogwood Initiative, the organization behind this campaign. This is a super creative organization and this is just another example of that creativity brought to bear on their work in keeping oil shipments out of British Columbia's coastal waters.

Cool to see +Fast Company highlighting this excellent example of using tech for good.

http://dogwoodinitiative.org/

Great catch, +Bruce Weaver.  

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2014-12-03 23:58:02 (38 comments, 4 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

This series of quick clips gets to the heart of Russell Brand's take on the wonder that is life.

I love science. I love grounded pragmatism, tech and all kinds of material things. And  still, I believe there is much about this world that we don't understand and that much of what's most important in life still falls into the mystery bucket. It's a paradox that keeps me happy and on my toes. 

As for Brand, I can't honestly say I've followed his life all that closely. He's funny, of course. Wickedly clever too. But these days, what stands out most is his courage in speaking out on important topics. 

Thanks very much, +David Amerland, for flagging this one for me. And +Carl Thomas - thanks for sharing it first. 

___This series of quick clips gets to the heart of Russell Brand's take on the wonder that is life.

I love science. I love grounded pragmatism, tech and all kinds of material things. And  still, I believe there is much about this world that we don't understand and that much of what's most important in life still falls into the mystery bucket. It's a paradox that keeps me happy and on my toes. 

As for Brand, I can't honestly say I've followed his life all that closely. He's funny, of course. Wickedly clever too. But these days, what stands out most is his courage in speaking out on important topics. 

Thanks very much, +David Amerland, for flagging this one for me. And +Carl Thomas - thanks for sharing it first. 

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2014-11-30 18:01:26 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

I was feeling a bit stuck in my writing this morning, and this piece from +Teodora Petkova, helped me unstick...

You think writing is scary?

Writing about writing is even scarier! It is hard metacogniton. But I felt obliged to try to express with words what I felt when seeing this sketch several days ago. I saw the sketch as a picture of the imprisoned creative self standing behind the rods of many preconceived notions, the biggest one being that writing is “not for them”.

This text was inspired by the sketches I found here: http://goo.gl/jG99Cz (the website is in Russian but it doesn’t matter as pictures talk in a universal language)

Tomorrow follows a kind of a second part, called Writing is like skating on a vert ramp.

I hope I paid forward the inspiration.

p.s. Thanks texts for letting me write you :)___I was feeling a bit stuck in my writing this morning, and this piece from +Teodora Petkova, helped me unstick...

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2014-11-29 00:55:49 (236 comments, 43 reshares, 142 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure I'd explain it the way that +Chris Messina does here, but I think he's right to question what's going on with Google+ these days. I do. 

Here's Chris' conclusion: 
Whereas Pinterest helps you express your aspirational self, Google pigeonholes you into what you already are, based on your previous search activity. This is where improving the data that Google has about you — in turn trusting Google as a steward of that data—changes the nature of the conversation by making it less about “privacy” and more about empowerment. While some people will freak out (as they always do), this would be a bold, productive, future-forward direction to take.

I think he's hitting on something here, but I would describe it as helping people to play a more active role in managing not just their interest graph, but their shared interest graph. 
Let'... more »

I'm not sure I'd explain it the way that +Chris Messina does here, but I think he's right to question what's going on with Google+ these days. I do. 

Here's Chris' conclusion: 
Whereas Pinterest helps you express your aspirational self, Google pigeonholes you into what you already are, based on your previous search activity. This is where improving the data that Google has about you — in turn trusting Google as a steward of that data—changes the nature of the conversation by making it less about “privacy” and more about empowerment. While some people will freak out (as they always do), this would be a bold, productive, future-forward direction to take.

I think he's hitting on something here, but I would describe it as helping people to play a more active role in managing not just their interest graph, but their shared interest graph. 

Let's face it. Facebook grabbed the social graph that matters - the one that connects us to our existing friends and family. That was a lost battle day-one for Google. Instead, it should have been 1000% focused on helping people to build a rich information network around the things we care most about - our interest graph - and then to use that interest graph to connect us with new people who share those interests with us - our "shared interest graph."

That strategy would have completely supported the company's search business and built up on its strengths and its mission to to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

In one of +Dave Besbris' most recent interviews, it seemed as though I was hearing something that mapped more to this kind of focus, but the reality, the harsh reality, is that innovation on Google+ has pretty much crawled to a snail's pace of late. And that is a real shame. There is so much value here, and so much potential that has yet to be unlocked. ___

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