Category Archives: innovation

Predicting Connected Computing in 2020

The belief that the age of the internet is slowing or over is crude and misguided.  We are in a new age of computing and having devices connected to the internet.  How this will work is the challenge.  Great insight and presentation from a leader in the industry of integration platforms.  From YouTube: CONNECT 2014: Keynote by Greg Schott, MuleSoft CEO

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Create your own SlideShare.Net Info-graphic

I created it by uploading my professional resume. Excellent results.  I like the idea of instant info-graphics – but the added benefit of publishing of documents is a terrific idea.

#NASA #Curiosity rover #discovery | Curiosity Not Curious?

#NASA #Curiosity rover #discovery 

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Curiosity Not Curious?

Imagine you are a scientist at NASA working on the Mars Curiosity project and you stumble upon a piece of metal coming out of a rock.  Are you curious?  Do you want to investigate?  The namesake of the rover “Curiosity” might imply that you stop your intended plan to drill and begin a few, unplanned experiments.  But, maybe it’s not that big of a deal.  What do you think?

Facebook Background Checks

Gun Purchase: DENIED. 

What if you couldn’t buy a gun because of your Facebook posts?

While I normally like to post about technology innovation, I am captivated by the impact of technologies as well.  Recent articles have brought attention to the impact side of technologies – particular the use of data that we are knowingly posting on the internet.

It may be stating the obvious, but what we share with the public is information that can be analyzed by anyone.  And, not just public information about your interests, demographics, or buying power, but potentially data that can assist mental health professionals in assessing your mental well being.  The NRA might have a hissy-fit on this revelation.  Or not?

Mashable recently posted an article, “Your Facebook Profile Could Determine Mental Illness” on studies that have been conducted in controlled environments, but how long before retailers or the government might want to assess your posts?

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For now, we don’t think we have someone trying to make these connections.  Questions that come up around your rights as a Facebook user, an Internet user or even an American citizen.  But how soon before your internet posts are viewed as a way that can help determine your mental health?  How soon before it is data that is used to inform mental health professionals?  How soon before mental health professionals or others are allowed to access this data?  Is it too early to be paranoid?

Personal accountability of our posts will be the first step to the protection of our identity and security.   The next step is laws and/or lawsuits.  We need to take action on the former before the latter is invoked.

The Huff Post writer, Craig Kanalley, suggests that some of us may want to go on a Facebook Diet.  If we think of our usage as consumption, maybe the suggestion has merit in the article, “Addicted To Facebook? It May Be Time To Rethink Your Priorities, Consider A “Facebook Diet””.

When I think of the posts that I’ve made since joining Facebook, I think they are relatively benign.  Others might not think so, but I do.  That said, I’m trying to be more responsible in 2013.  We’ll see if that pans out.   One thing is certain, I hardly think it’s possible to post without going overboard or appearing crazy to at least 1 of my “friends”.

Just under $4 million for 30-seconds

Top Technology TV Commercials Today

Superbowl XLVII has several commercials that were purchased by companies wanting to appeal to the 100 million viewers.  A few of those companies willing to shell out $4M for 30 seconds of sell are technology companies.  I’ve viewed the commercials that will air today and here’s the list of my top favorites (in the order that I like them):

  1. Samsung
  2. GoDaddy
  3. RIM
  4. Best Buy 

Is there anyone else but me that believes Apple is missing from the line up?

See if you agree with my selection.