Tuesday, November 24, 2009
This is my perfect nightmare. The video was posted over two years ago, shame it's taken such a long time for me to come across it(!) I find this scary and fascinating...an experiment that illustrates the power of subliminal persuasion. Extraordinary, I'll be keeping my eyes shut on the way to work from now on in order to stay 100% original in my creativity...oh well. Better find out what else Derren Brown has been up to recently.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
A note about Google culture that helps them innovate their products. A flat organisation with staff who are empowered and have a sense of independence. Tom Kelly's book "The Art of Innovation" is quoted - it warns against chasing after credit for ideas instead of focusing on producing new ideas: "Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products & User Experience at Google, believes that if you fill a room with smart people and give them access to information, brilliant ideas will flourish, and the need for a strict management hierarchy dissolves."
It's great to see this development from MS - Natal is a console-free Xbox interface which looks very cool. Natural interaction or gesture driven devices are the way forward. We're freeing ourselves from clunky consoles which is great. If you think of these types of innovations alongside the things going on in the Googlesphere ...with any luck, technology may become empowering in the right ways some day soon. (Not that I'm hedging my bets, or anything!)
Product manager from the Google product team explains the Beta launch of GPS voice driven navigation for Android enabled phones...this will connect your phone to Google maps in your car. Hmm...interesting development.