A ‘Cambrian Explosion’ needs more than just sheer numbers - it needs tremendous diversity and variety. While there are certainly signs of diversification, the more remarkable aspect of today’s environment seems to have more to do with how many startups there are and not how many different startups there are.
The sheer number of new startups forming and getting funded these days is dizzying. It’s never been easier to start a company to harness new technologies and turn them into products. Traditional venture capital may not even be able to keep up with it. We are at the beginnings of what may very well become a Cambrian Explosion of startups, which will have implications well beyond the technology industry to the entire economy.
Inspired by in-depth piece on Palantir to check out this Steve Blank talk on the secret history of Silicon Valley and its roots to the defense industry.
Neat stuff and a great playground for researching self-organizing networks, distributed systems and other algorithms.
The Kilobot, a little robot that can coordinate with other Kilobots to perform simple tasks, is now available for purchase by anyone, from curious computer programmers to evil geniuses.
Immersive definitely got my attention and was one of my favorites from the TechStars NYC demo day last spring.
Face Recognition Makes the Leap From Sci-Fi
SceneTap, a new app for smart phones, uses cameras with facial detection software to scout bar scenes. Without identifying specific bar patrons, it posts information like the average age of a crowd and the ratio of men to women, helping bar-hoppers decide where to go. More than 50 bars in Chicago participate.
Full Story: New York Times
Someone needs to declare war on latency. Latency of all kinds, not just network delays but app switching, page rendering, UI element activation, etc. Both Fire and iPad2 have 1GHz dual-core processors and ample RAM. They should be able to achieve a much higher level of responsiveness. I had high hopes for Silk and thought a browser with optimized server-side elements could lead to a lightening fast user experience. Such a shame to match advanced network-side tech with crummy device/software performance. Defeats the purpose.
“Most problematic, though, the Fire does not have anything like the polish or speed of an iPad. You feel that $200 price tag with every swipe of your finger. Animations are sluggish and jerky — even the page turns that you’d think would be the pride of the Kindle team. Taps sometimes don’t register. There are no progress or “wait” indicators, so you frequently don’t know if the machine has even registered your touch commands. The momentum of the animations hasn’t been calculated right, so the whole thing feels ornery”
Wireless congestion is more about signaling than data usage. This from Ericsson’s Investor Day presentation by Johan Wilberg, EVP & Head of Networks.
My grandfather served in the Pacific but he never saw John Wayne on the sands of Iwo Jima.
Thank you to all that have served and to all those that continue to serve.Played 49 times.
The fanciest tools and biggest datasets don’t mean much without smart people and a data-driven culture. Wise reminder from @infoarbitrage
As usual, the Defrag Conference has brought together a disparate group of amazing people to discuss innovation, technology, community - and data. I was flattered to ask to deliver a keynote this year, and the topic I chose was near and dear to my heart: using data to create competitive advantage. As I lay out in my slides, building a successful - and sustainable - data-driven enterprise is so much more than simply having better algorithms or a more performant box: It takes great people with data DNA and a model that creates competitive moats around the business. It is so seductive to focus on “the algorithms” as being the “there there” in creating competitive advantage. In my experience, they are a necessary but insufficient criterion for success.
In any event, take a read and share your thoughts. This is merely the beginning of a conversation that we’ll be having for a long, long time.
"The most important thing to realize about the future is that it’s a choice. People choose which visions to pursue, people choose which research gets funded, people choose how they will spend their careers.
Despite how it appears to the culture at large, technology doesn’t just happen. It doesn’t emerge spontaneously, like mold on cheese. Revolutionary technology comes out of long research, and research is performed and funded by inspired people.
And this is my plea — be inspired by the untapped potential of human capabilities. Don’t just extrapolate yesterday’s technology and then cram people into it.”
—From an excellent post on the future of interaction (and the limitations of the current ‘Picture Under Glass’ visions) by Bret Victor. The future is tactile. The future is hands…
Rather beautifully done and thought provoking Networked Society piece from Ericsson. Worth the 20 minutes.
Take Time To Know Her by Drive-By Truckers
shared from exfmPlayed 70 times.