Saturday, 29 November 2008

Everything you need to know

Who knows everything they need to know to do their job or everything they need to know to live their life?

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Commercialisation of art

Art is for the people by the people: there should be no ownership or remuneration. The only benefit you should receive from creating art is recognition that you made it and the self satisfaction of having made it.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

The untapped middle

The key people to talk to improve and organisation are those that have been there long enough to understand its problems but not so long that the become acustomed to its inefficiencies or are in such a position as they will not admit to them. 2 years.

Timespan for impact of a new technology

What is the time taken for a technology to spend all its potential to change society?

Initially, the effect is small as the technology is not well understood, widely known and the number of units is low.

As the technology becomes more mainstream the pace of change quickens, until such a point that the majority of the potential uses of the technology have been saturated, after which its capacity for change diminishes.

The barriers to the effect that technology can have are: the number of units (cost of raw materials, economies of scale), infrastructure, eduction, etc

Examples that can be considered are the internal combustion engine, mobile phones and email.

The internal combustion engine is probably over the hill in its capacity to change, although there are some societies where cars are less prevalent and thus there is still a capacity for change.

Email is widely used and perhaps ove the top, but there are still many IT illiterate people in the world and many possible uses of email that haven't been explored.

Mobile phones have probably peaked; mobile internet still has lots to change to enact.

Western drinking culture

Western societies' problems with alcohol stem from their preoccupation with conversation as the principle form of social interaction.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Nothing is ever news if given in context

Everything in the news has some relationship with events that have gone before and events that are likely to happen in the future; when set in its appropriate context most news stories lack punch.