June 2008 Archives


We left out Economics when we introduced last year's Nobel laureates. Taking the time to read up what mechanism design theory could possibly be, it comes to our mind that there might be a link with yesterday's Individualism in Business post:

Apart from what we stated Chris Del also wrote that his thought is that, "in the absence of a strong sense of collective aspiration, individualism kills collective effort, which, in turn, spoils the result."

The Nobel prize answer is: "Whether one considers auctions, elections or the taxes we pay, our lives are governed by mechanisms which make collective decisions while attempting to take account of individual preferences. Such mechanisms are designed to deliver the greatest social good despite that fact that individual participants may act for their own gain, rather than for the general well-being of society."

Speed read and scientific background from Stockholm.

Monday morning entertainment. TED Talks 2004, Golan Levin. View the talk!

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Does a train have to stop?

One of our best articles in 2007 is broken. This is a re-post of the initial article with a modified YouTube URL.

Tim Ferris points us to a documentary by Bob Compton today, comparing 4 highschool years in the US, China, and India. Could a flat-world awakening have positive effects on the education system in the US and in Europe? Remember what happened after the Sputnik shock 50 years ago - from NewScientistSpace:

We have shown it before. But the presentation is just too good to remain buried in the archive!

Jeff Brenman: "This is a stylization of a slideshow originally created by Karl Fisch, examining globalization and America's future in the 21st century. It is designed to stand alone, without having to be presented in person. Enjoy!" View the presentation!

We had George Dyson before. He was back a year later. TED Talks 2003, George Dyson. View the talk!

Helge Tennø once more. View the presentation! | Read 180360720.no!

Helge Tennø again ... View the presentation! | Read 180360720.no!

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Denmark is the most networked economy in the world, followed by Sweden and Switzerland, according to the last edition of The Global Information Technology Report. The US is #4, UK is #12, and Germany is #16. What is more important? To win a soccer game or to ... View the report!

IDEO? Adaptive Path! May 14, 2008. Watch the video!

Helge Tennø starts with Don Norman's visceral, behavioral, and reflective level of design. "It's easy. Just skip the interface design phase and make everything beige. You can't go wrong with beige." View the presentation! | Read 180360720.no!

Actually, I do not understand that Atheist versus Believer discussion. Might be that I was raised in Central Europe. Am I an Atheist when I believe in the World not being flat? Am I an Atheist when I believe in Newtonian mechanics? Am I an Atheist when I believe in hydrogen bonds? Am I an an Atheist when I accept the Watson-Crick model?

TED Talks 2002, Richard Dawkins. View the talk! | Read his books!

Stephen P. Anderson at Adaptive Path MX: "How does that idea become reality? Between procedure, politics, and other pushbacks, implementing visionary ideas - however promising - requires a lot more than a good prototype or story." View the presentation! | Read the PoetPainter!

The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin is developing several products for contact-free interaction, some of which are multi-point (multi-touch would be the wrong word here):

  • Two 3D kiosks with virtual touchscreen
  • A 3D media center for video telephony, TV, or online shopping
  • A 3D display combined with touch, point, and force-feedback interaction
  • iPoint Explorer and iPoint Presenter (shown in the video)
  • A contact-free interactive media wall.

Watch the video! | Visit Fraunhofer!

See the world through IDEO's eyes, through Andrew Burroughs' eyes, through an engineer's eyes - or just through your own eyes! Andrew Burroughs. October 12, 2007. Watch the video!

If only the stills and the lightning of those @Google talks were better ...

Nevertheless: Dr. John Medina. May 7, 2008. How do we learn? What exactly do sleep and stress do to our brains? Why is multi-tasking a myth? Why is it so easy to forget—and so important to repeat new information? Is it true that men and women have different brains? Watch the video!


In case you manage to watch this - though I am using Safari for Windows and have QuickTime installed for years now, always in it's newest version, it took me 10 minutes to start the video - enjoy: Steve Jobs is getting better and better. And so is Apple. Watch it!


Follow Mike Arrington and TechCrunch at Moscone West ...

[Update 11:34 PM: "Orange and Apple® today announced that the highly anticipated iPhone™ 3G will be available in Austria, France, Portugal and Switzerland on July 11, and in additional markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa later this year. iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK." Yes!]

It's TechCrunch time! | 33+ ways to watch!

In 8 words and 3 minutes: Act with passion, work hard, get damn good, focus on one thing, push yourself, serve others something of value, come up with ideas, and persist. TED Talks 2005, Richard St. John. View the talk!

He models genes. TED Talks 2005, Peter Donnelly. View the talk!

The original principle of the Internet. TED Talks 2006, Neil Gershenfeld. View the talk!

We have talked about the Sputnik Effect before. 3 Cultures Compared, We Make Light Lighter, and The Race Was On. TED Talks 2007, David Hoffman. View the talk!

Fun for the Apple WWDC Monday or serious thoughts on Human Computer Interaction to be combined with the multi-touch movement?

It is 4 o'clock in the morning.


Stumbling across the phenomenal NASA Dubai coast comparison between 1973 and 2006 recently, I was asking myself if there is a Google Maps History in development?

The idea is simple. Apart from being able to pan and zoom the World map in satellite mode, you would have the option to use a history slider going back into time. Possibly with a resolution of 1 year. What an amazing experience that would be: Watching metropolitan areas in the Middle East and BRIC shrink as you go back one, two, ten, thirty years!

It's time to stop ignoring the 1.2 billion elephants in the room. 1.2 billion elephants of carbon dioxide.

"The iPhone is the Mosaic of the Mobile Web"

Jason Grigsby gives us 2 compelling presentations of the Mobile Web to come. Stop thinking computers. Start thinking mobile!

I always wondered what those keys were about. TED Talks 2008, Yves Behar.

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Discoveries made by accident. Looking for something. Found something else. TED Talks 2008, Robert Ballard.

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At least you should have a look at Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors - starting around 8:50. TED Talks 2004, Al Seckel.

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Because it's how our minds work.

Each generation has to do better than the last one. “My father instilled me a passion to really get up every day in the morning and want to do better.” TED Talks 2007, Hector Ruiz.

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And there are two news from Microsoft featuring multi-touch gong beyond it's Surface table:

  • TouchWall, Plex, and
  • Windows 7.

It's TechCrunch times! | Go to Engadget!


Image © OLPC

Completely missed the OLPC XO-2 announcement 2 weeks ago. Release date: 2010. Please go to Gizmodo to have a look into the enhanced book experience featuring haptic feedback and multi-touch!

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