7 posts categorized "Trends"

November 15, 2011

First Bash at Seeing the Future

FRESH OFF A DAY-LONG session with web-savvy students, I'm looking at how to explain the roadmap I use to view the world of emerging trends. Straightaway, I don't know if my route is worth following. 

A lot of what I do involves falling into rabbit holes. I've dug and dug into social bookmarks, followed streams of consciousness on Twitter, and occasionally showed the discipline to read the hundreds of pages that drop onto my Kindle every week.

By my own admission, I need more clever listening because even reading 2000 words per minute, I fall behind on a weekly basis.

Nonetheless, I think my strategy is sound. I start with watchlists that include terms I need to explore or hashtags on Twitter that I should follow. I constantly review reading lists, trying to find precise chapters and paragraphs that deliver the greatest meaning. And I spend time to poke around the landing zones (i.e., the company websites or personal blog pages) of trust agents worth following.

Some of this process respects serendipity. That means I get to flick through stacks of interesting photos on Flickr and Google Plus. I also permit myself time to view a few exceptional video clips on Vimeo every day.

The insider's tip I should reveal is this--you need to spend some time every day in deep thought, perhaps arising after reading a minimum of 80 pages in a standard book. That deep immersion, away from a computer screen, takes a reader to a special mental place.  That's what I'm going to do now.


On Inside View -- How to see the Future, November 15, 2011.



October 11, 2011

Privacy and Public Parts

IN AN LIT-ET CLASS, WE LISTENED to Jeff Jarvis, author and cancer survivor, as he talked about various facets of privacy. His survival story is compelling enough but his open-minded use of the internet deserves equal attention.

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October 02, 2011

Technologies Bringing Change

Cousins PaddingDICK O'BRIEN REPORTS on "10 technologies that could change your business" and I want to bring his five page article from Computers in Business into the Emerging Technologies and Trends module I teach at Limerick Institute of Technology.

I've already made "tablets and creativity" a major thread of discussion in the module and that corresponds to Dick's third technlogy (i.e., mobile devices). He also cites near field communications, cloud computing, long term evolution, green technology, 3D, nanotechnology, sensor arrays, motion control and HTML5. I'm interested in hearing from fourth year students how many of these emerging technologies will be part of a creative's work flow in the year 2020.

Trends in Tech

Dick O'Brien -- "10 Technologies that could change your business" in Computers in Business, October 2, 2011.


September 20, 2011

Texting 41 Times Daily Seems High

Texts Per Day

PEW INTERNET RESEARCH offers data gathered in the United States that says 18-24 year olds send or receive an average of 109.5 text messages per day.

That seems like a very high number to me. Further data puts the mean text point at 10 messages per day--more believeable.

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September 19, 2011

Collaboration Plus

Adding to #litddALTHOUGH THE SCREENSHOT (at left) might not look like anything special, it represents a major step forward in my collaborative classroom.

Thanks to the instant upload capability of Google Plus, I'm able to record short pieces to camera with my creative multimedia students and let my mobile phone do the rest of the work. The items upload automatically behind the scene or I can remove the Xperia Arc's memory chip and manually upload the files later. This is a big deal because it removes all post-production processing from the loop. I can set an oral task, walk around with my cameraphone, record a few pieces with the camera, and know that Google Plus is shoveling the short takes onto a shared space behind the scenes. We're helped along in the process by a free and open wifi node on the campus. And we're also fortunate to have students who have shown a willingness to dive straight into the process of collaboration through tight circles on Google Plus.

My Totally LIT Circle on Google Plus.


August 16, 2011

Collapsing Google Plus in my Workflow

IN THIS THREE-MINUTE video, I offer a quick look at the way Google Plus appears on my screen after my first morning pass at it.

The information comes pouring through as an aggregate. For those used to the easy flow of Facebook, handling Google Plus effectively might be daunting. Interpreting--and leveraging--Google Plus is an essential skill in knowledge workers who attend modules I teach in the Limerick Institute of Technology.

Watch this on YouTube Produced with Camtasia Recorder on a Dell M2400 laptop.


December 04, 2009

Looking Ahead from 1964

Arthur C. ClarkeARTHUR C. CLARKE was uncanny in his prediction of life in the 21st century. He spoke on the BBC's Horizon programme in 1964 about things he forecast 50 years away. "We could be in instant contact with each other, wherever we may be, where we can contact our friends anywhere on earth, even if we don’t know their actual physical location," he said. He thought like Online Meeting Rooms thinks: "It will be possible ... for a man to conduct his business from Tahiti or Bali just as well as he could from London. Almost any executive skill, any administrative skill, even any physical skill, could be made independent of distance." I wish I had reached a point where I did not have to commute to meetings hundreds of miles away but in 2009, we still have to put ourselves in a face-to-face format if we expect to close deals.

Arthur C. Clarke


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