Scott K. Johnson wrote this excellent article at Ars Technica about some impressive work being done in mapping and modeling environmental data at Lake George. What’s fascinating to me, is seeing people working together so well, on a huge multi-year project that has a potential for great impact. Some things I see as contributing to this project’s success: Cross Functional Teams The […]
Talking to your plants might make them grow better. I haven’t come across the evidence that confirms it. I’m more interested in the day my plants talk to me. Tell me, sweet blueberries, is the pH too high for you in here? Is the sunlight enough or is it too much? Roses, are you thirsty? How are your roots doing? My dear tree, are you […]
Here’s some very clever research from Disney into making photo albums automatically from all the thousands of photos we shoot. I can imagine this technology being used along with geolocation APIs to create beautiful keepsakes of vacation trips!
This is such a cute video. I’m originally from dairy farm country in upstate New York, so I have an affinity for this sort of thing. From the research above, drones seem to be at least as effective as dogs for herding cattle … but clearly out of their league if you’re going for prize […]
This is really far out: a team of researchers at University of Bristol’s Department of Computer Science has demonstrated a way to use ultrasound to create floating shapes that feel real to the touch! They speculate that “The new technology could enable surgeons to explore a CT scan by enabling them to feel a disease, such as a tumour, using […]
“When tech is fully adopted, it disappears” — Benedict Evans I love Benedict Evans. Here’s the video where he says that: http://vimeo.com/110428014
Here’s a great quote from Mike McCue of Flipboard in an interview by Robert Scoble at the launch of their version 3: algorithmic & human curation woven together is extremely powerful Marcy and Mike McCue, Flipboard’s co-founders, set out to create a personal magazine. The Zite acquisition earlier this year brought them closer to that vision. Now they have a better […]
Here’s an insightful article. It’s a previously unpublished 1959 essay by Isaac Asimov on creativity. It speaks to the reality of working with teams of intelligent and talented people.
Check out this report about how Disney wants to use drones in it’s theme park shows. I imagined drones in theme parks for boring utility purposes. Use your phone to make order a drink while you wait for your table at a restaurant seat and a drone delivers it. Or drones that deliver water and […]
Marcel Proust wrote that the “voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” There’s always a variation, a new way to see something, and that is what makes the world interesting to us as humans, and keeps us alive.