I love this kind of geeky stuff where you try to figure out where the tech world is going. This Ted Talk examines just that topic. This talk states that much of what is being developed today will be available 5 years from now. I have a feeling, in about 20 years or so, Continue Reading →
Now here is a video that is incredibly impressive! Not only is this 10 yr old girl a child prodigy but an excellent public speaker with some interesting points of view. Don’t watch this or you just might learn something.
“Learning between grownups and kids should be reciprocal“. Remember the days when kids should be seen and not heard? That was my generation. I only hope that my generation will understand what this brave young lady is saying. “Progress is when the new generations grow and develop better than the previous ones.“
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
- The Youngest Speaker at TED Advocates “Kid’s Eye View” (mashable.com)
- Youth Behind GreenMyParents Movement Urge America to Vote to Help Them Win a Pepsi Refresh $250,000 Grant (eon.businesswire.com)
- Child Prodigy Pledges $10,000 For Haiti Through Twitter (huffingtonpost.com)
If you follow me and my blog you know I’m a big technology buff. I enjoyed this TED Talk thoroughly:
At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop.” In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.
Everything in this presentation puts my iPhone to shame and gives us a glimpse of what the future of technology could hold for us. If you like this presentation you can find all the TED Talk presentations on either their website at TED.com or on their YouTube channel. Stuff to make you think…
This is an incredibly interesting presentation. The carrot and stick method of motivating people does more harm than good. Rewards narrow our focus and restrict our possibilities whereas working completely autonomously increases creativity. If your a manager of people in any field, watch and learn!
Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.
The traditional “Carrot & Stick” method typically shows:
- Higher rewards as a motivator led to poorer performance
- Higher incentives as a motivator led to worse performance
- Financial results as a motivator can result in a negative impact on overall performance
These approaches are outdated, unexamined and rooted more in folklore than in science.
Scientists who study motivation give us a totally new approach. Intrinsic motivation. It’s based around a desire to do something that matters, something with purpose, something we like and something that is important. This motivation strategy has three key components:
- Autonomy – the urge to direct our own lives
- Mastery – the desire to get better and better at something that matters
- Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves
Watch the entire presentation. You will get a better understanding of what motivates you.
Eric Giler wants to untangle our wired lives with cable-free electric power. Here, he covers what this sci-fi tech offers, and demos MIT’s breakthrough version, WiTricity — a near-to-market invention that may soon recharge your cell phone, car, pacemaker.
Wireless electricity could be a reality within a year and five years from now it will probably be completely normal. Companies like Witricity and Powercast are currently developing this technology to be sold on a commercial scale.
Neither company trades publicly on the NYSE but if they ever do, this would be a great buy. I’m really looking forward to the day I will never have to worry about my iPhone having enough power to get thru the day.
It’s been a while since I have posted a talk from one of my favorite websites. Here the talk is about twitter and how twitter allows us to communicate directly with our government and each other. Social Media technology is removing barriers to communicating and is preventing countries from developing propaganda campaigns. It’s also keeping our news outlets honest and even competing with them directly. Very interesting presentation and something I wanted to share.
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While news from Iran streams to the world, Clay Shirky shows how Facebook, Twitter and TXTs help citizens in repressive regimes to report on real news, bypassing censors (however briefly). The end of top-down control of news is changing the nature of politics.