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Life (yet to be) Scripted 23-Dec-2013
PDFThe goal of "home automation" seems to write rules to control our homes (and our lives) as if we were setting rules for a very smart butler. But the real world is more complicated and computers aren't omniscient butlers who can read our minds and anticipate every eventuality.
A Permanent Slump? 23-Nov-2013
When looking at the changes in today's job climate we need to understand how various factors interact rather than just treating each element in isolation.
Deconstructing “the Smartphone” 21-Oct-2013 (Updated: 22-Oct-2013
PDFAs exciting as mobile may be, the parts are far more than the whole. This excitement is understandable. The devices have evolved to the point where computing is personal and available. “Mobile” is what I call marketecture – putting together disparate concepts into a neat package that defines a market.
Memes that define us 03-Oct-2013
Today's political debates and policies are defined by our use of words that we use in lieu of having to understand what they mean.
Homeopathic Policy 22-Aug-2013
Just because we can "run the numbers" doesn't mean that the results are meaningful. Information theory uses the word information but excludes understanding. Just because 2+2=4 doesn't mean a Tutu has four legs.
The Internet: Missing the Light 26-Jul-2013
PDFWe tend to think of the Internet in terms of high profile applications like the web. The future lies in those applications that aren't yet valuable enough to get so much attention. Yet today's Internet fails us for the simplest things such as connecting a light switch to a light bulb. There is no mechanism for stable relationships and the telecommunications business model works at cross-purposes with "just works" ambient connectivity.