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December 2014


From Putting People First

Why Americans care more about experiences than possessions

Why Americans care more about experiences than possessions

Leslie Bradshaw, managing parter of Made by Many, describes Americans’ shifting value systems. “Young people have redefined success, and their new definition values experience over possession. The word “experience” may sound


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human Agent Collectives

Human Agent Collectives

In the  CACM:  More simply put, it's about people and their tools. Now smart tools that are getting smarter. And unexpectedly, new forms of autonomy are emerging too. A lengthy and interesting piece on the topic. " ... We call


From Wild WebMink

Top Clippings For December 18th

Top Clippings For December 18th

Originally posted on Meshed Insights & Knowledge:Samsung shuts down ChatOn – CNet – If only there was a way for their customers to uninstall their impotent self-defence against Google. EU software procurement breaches rules more


From Wild WebMink

On Terrorism

On Terrorism

Some politicians seem to act as if “terrorism” means a terrible crime committed by someone who doesn’t fit the speaker’s own racial & religious profile. Just because something induces terror in some or many people, that doesn’t


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hadoop as Enterprise Software

Hadoop as Enterprise Software

In BiCorner: A recent meeting made it clear that enterprises are seeing the Hadoop ecosystem this way. Was surprising to me.  Very good introduction to that ecosystem as it exists today and why that matters.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shelf Edge Displays

Shelf Edge Displays

Experimented with the behavior influence of shelf displays. They can provide information and engage.  Here is a new example:" .. Display Solution, based in Gilching, Bavaria, Germany, is a leading developer and marketer of customized


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Studies

Blockchain Studies

Blockchains.  This was new to me, then heard it mentioned several times on one week.  " ... The blockchain is a new organizing paradigm for the discovery, transfer, and recording of all quanta (discrete units) of anything, and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Manufacturing

Big Data and Manufacturing

In McKinsey. On big data and manufacturing.  Talked that just yesterday with an enterprise.  It is clearly a challenge. Lots of unstructured data is common.   It becomes unusable quickly.  But they understand it can be used to


From BLOG@CACM

The Role of Tech Firms in Computing Education

 Computing education can't be about jobs. It has to be about schools to reach everyone.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Addressing Consumer Emotions

Addressing Consumer Emotions

In Adage: Study Uses Data to Track Consumer Emotions When They Buy ... But Is Self-Reported Emotional Data Useful for Marketers?


From Putting People First

Why Mozilla conducts qualitative user research

Why Mozilla conducts qualitative user research

“Technology and business organizations often default to a positivist worldview and subsequently believe that quantitative results that provide numeric measures have the most value,” writes Bill Sellman, Lead User Researcher on


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brand Narratives

Brand Narratives

In Fastcocreate.  Coversations come after you established a narrative.Striking up conversations isn't enough for social media marketing, Bob Deutsch writes. Marketers need to think in terms of the narratives they're building


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

With Super Power Comes Super Responsibility

With Super Power Comes Super Responsibility

Earlier today several people told me that my name was referenced on SlashDot. Specifically it was in reference to me calling programming a super power in a post on my old blog back in 2010. The post on SlashDot said that theremember


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Beard

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Beard

Impressive. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Lessons from the Sony Hack

Lessons from the Sony Hack

Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems and began revealing many of the Hollywood studio's best-kept secrets, from details about unreleased


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

A Look at Computer Science Education Week

A Look at Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Week has been around for about seven years now. In the early years I think most of us didn’t really know how to deal with it. There was talk about doing things similar what what other subjects did for special


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best Visualization Projects of 2014

Best Visualization Projects of 2014

Flowingdata picks a number of examples.  Not the most simple, but some of the most pleasing and artistic examples that are worth a look.    As he notes, his examples are interactive, animated or both.   I agree, this is our direction


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Rival Sentient

IBM Rival Sentient

An AI rival to understand: Sentient: With some emphasis on big data and genetic methods.  And the direct use of biomimicry through the use of genetic algorithms, an area we experimented in.

" ... Sentient was inspired becauseHe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking Futures

Thinking Futures

Newly discovered, note mention of organizational futuresThinking in new ways about the futureUnderstanding change implications, exploring possible organisational futures, choosing proactive responses today. If you're ready to


From Schneier on Security

SS7 Vulnerabilities

SS7 Vulnerabilities

There are security vulnerability in the phone-call routing protocol called SS7. The flaws discovered by the German researchers are actually functions built into SS7 for other purposes -- such as keeping calls connected as users


From Putting People First

Beautiful users: book and exhibition

Beautiful users: book and exhibition

BOOK Beautiful Users: Designing for People Edited and designed by Ellen Lupton Princeton Architectural Press, 2014, 144 pages In the mid-twentieth century, Henry Dreyfuss, widely considered the father of industrial design, pioneered


From Putting People First

Putting People First blog redesigned

Putting People First blog redesigned

Experientia’s Putting People First blog has been redesigned. It is now entirely responsive, allows for easier browsing, searching, and filtering, and features larger images on the posts. The entire history of posts remains accessible


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printed Chocolate

3D Printed Chocolate

Printing chocolate.   " ... Out of all the companies out there, one instantly pops into most individual’s heads when they think of creamy, rich chocolate, and that is Hershey. With the history, the market reach, and the drive


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Delivers in one Hour in NYC

Amazon Delivers in one Hour in NYC

In the WSJ: Amazon Unveils One-Hour Delivery Service.  Program Is for Prime Customers in New York, Includes Over 25,000 Products.  ... " .  Additional charge.  Expanding areas.  Attempting to further own customer relationship


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Almost Lost

Watson Almost Lost

In today's Cognitive Systems Institute talk, Jim Hendler of RPI mentions how close Ken Jennings came to winning the fabled Jeopardy competition ... check out his TED talk about the event and his reflections.   (via Jim Spohrer)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reproducing Scent

Reproducing Scent

In Fastcoexist: A kind of biomimicry.   We worked on related ideas when in the food business.   " ... Scent Of A Rose, With Designer Microbes .... Stop and smell the genetically engineered yeast. .... ".  Now for dealing with


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and Academia

Watson and Academia

In today's Cognitive Systems Institute presentation, Jim Hendler from RPI presented "An Academic Perspective on Watson.".  Nicely done, in particular a comparison of the fundamentals of the expert systems we built in the 90s,


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

35 Innovators Under the Age of 35

Each year MIT Technology Review publishes a list of 35 innovators under the age of 35. Recently, they published the list for 2014. All 35 of these people are doing exciting work that could shape their fields for decades. But

      


From Schneier on Security

ISIS Cyberattacks

ISIS Cyberattacks

Citizen Lab has a new report on a probable ISIS-launched cyberattack: This report describes a malware attack with circumstantial links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In the interest of highlighting a developing threat


From The Eponymous Pickle

University Mobile App Strategy

University Mobile App Strategy

Not sure if this is rare.  Have been part of related work for enterprises.  In particular this could be best seen as a broader strategy about getting focused data to people that need it.  Wherever they are.  And once you have

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