Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Great unexpectations

Posted: 13 September 2011 in Uncategorized
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This week I came across two very appealing technologies from completely unexpected sources. Granted, these aren’t new, but I think they pose interesting challenges to the reigning awesome sauce (Mac OSX, iOS, Android).

Actual innovation in the operating system space from Microsoft? Windows 8 looks like it could be a real challenger.

And the Nokia N9. Just when I had written Nokia off for good, they produce a phone that looks like it’s actually worth looking twice at.


According to Gartner, these will keep us busy for the next 25 years.

  1. Eliminate need to recharge batteries on wireless devices
  2. Improved parallel processing (at the PL and OS levels)
  3. Gesture detection
  4. Speech-to-speech machine translation
  5. Long term persistent storage
  6. 100-fold increase in programmer productivity
  7. Identifying the financial consequences of IT investment

I think numbers 1-3, 5, and 6 are almost certainly doable (though they all lie outside of my expertise).  Number four will at least make very long strides towards being widespread and easy to use.  I seriously doubt it will be perfect (and by perfect I mean as good as a trained  translator).  Number 7 I have no idea about, but getting management to understand the exact benefits of IT has been elusive for the past twenty-five years.  I doubt IT managers even have that kind of understanding about it.  There are so many variables.  As humans are made to become more and more slaves to their corporate overlords (i mean protectors), perhaps prodcutivity will become more predictable.

Most people have at least a passing familiarity with information trapping, if not the term itself. That is, most people who are early adopters of new technology, technogeeks, etc. In a nutshell, it is the practice of collecting information from the web as it happens. Subscribing to rss feeds, setting up Google alerts, and using FreeAlert to find free stuff on craigslist are all examples of information trapping. If entering a query in a search engine is fishing for information, using one of these (and many other services) is setting a trap for information.

I think this is an area that is going to be taking off in the next few years for people in various industries that are expected to keep up with the latest trends.

Body heat -> electricity

Posted: 17 August 2007 in Uncategorized
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Now this will be a nifty little device if they can get it to work. It’d be great to not have to charge your cell phone as frequently. Though the logistics of having a patch on your body with a cord running to your phone might be a little dicey. You could at least power your bluetooth ear-piece with it, though.

Body Heat Used to Power Electronics