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Having Fun with the Desktop Metaphor

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Innovation and unconventional thinking as applied to the desktop metaphor.  The motto of one entrepreneurial  company is “Lets have fun – and make money.”  When I saw this demo of BumpTop I knew Anand was, at least, having fun.  Check out the demo at TED on BumpTop.

I am filing this entry under “Playful”.

Anand Agarawala demos BumpTop

Anand Agarawala presents BumpTop, a user interface that takes the usual desktop metaphor to a glorious, 3-D extreme, transforming file navigation into a freewheeling playground of crumpled documents and clipping-covered “walls.”

http://www.ted.com/talks/anand_agarawala_demos_his_bumptop_desktop.html

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April 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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Living in an era of Idea Diffusion & the Remarkable Purple Cow

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Another remarkable talk by marketing guru Seth Godin ( bio )

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/seth_godin_on_sliced_bread.html

And a little more wisdom from Seth…

… If you want customers to flock to you, it’s tempting to race to the bottom of the price chart. There’s not a lot of room for profit there, though…In a world that relentlessly races to the bottom, you lose if you also race to the bottom. The only way to win is to race to the top. When your organization becomes more human, more remarkable, faster on its feet, and more likely to connect directly with customers, it becomes indispensable….

…Second, the people that work for you, the ones you freed to be artists [i.e. creators of unique, compelling, and substantial value], will rise to a level you can’t even imagine. When people realize that they are not a cog in a machine, an easily replaceable commodity, they take the challenge and grow. They produce more than you pay them to, because you are paying them with something worth more than money….

… As a result of these priceless gifts, expect that the linchpins on your staff won’t abuse their power. In fact, they’ll work harder, stay longer, and produce more than you pay them to. Because everyone is a person, and people crave connection and respect..

On the power of being genuine and transparent: “Virtually all of us make our living engaging directly with other people. When the interactions are genuine and transparent, they usually work. When they are artificial or manipulative, they fail.

… The linchin is coming from a posture of generosity; she’s there to give a gift [no-strings support of your efforts to succeed]. If that’s your intent, the words almost don’t matter. What we’ll perceive are your wishes, not the script…

…This is why telemarketing has such a ridiculously low conversion rate. Why corporate blogs are so lame. Why frontline workers in the service business have such stress. We can sense it when you read the script because we’re so good at finding the honest signals…

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March 6, 2010 at 5:13 am

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Google Liquid Galaxy live demo at TED

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Google’s Liquid Galaxy is engineer Jason Holt’s 20% time project, a wraparound view of 8 LCD screens providing a truly immersive experience of Google Earth and Street View.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atV2foTBbyE

http://blog.ted.com/2010/02/photoblog_step.php

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February 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm

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The Neural Micro-circuitry of the Brain & Exceeding the Limits of Human Biological Intelligence

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Suppose you could determine the basic structure of the human brains neocortex.  Suppose you could understand the basic elements and  connections that make up that structure.  Suppose you could write equations that simulated those entities and connections.

Now suppose you you had the backing of IBM (Big Blue) and 10,000+ machines to run a simulation of the human brain.  What would you find out?

Watch this 15 minute TED presentation with Prof. Henry Markram of the Neural Microcircuity Laboratory and wonder at the trajectory of brain research.  Such research into the micro circuitry of the human brain may lead to the ultimate understanding of human perception (construction) of Reality, the origin of human consciousness, and perhaps signal an impending future when the capability of computers to simulate human intelligence in silicon may exceed the capability of human biological intelligence.

http://www.ted.com/talks/henry_markram_supercomputing_the_brain_s_secrets.html

The blue brain project – http://bluebrain.epfl.ch

Related –

The Singularity is an era in which our intelligence will become increasingly nonbiological and trillions of times more powerful than it is today—the dawning of a new civilization that will enable us to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity.

http://www.singularity.com/

http://www.booktv.org/search.aspx?For=singularity

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November 28, 2009 at 1:18 am

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