I’m not excited by new technology. I don’t “need” the latest hardware. I’m excited by the possibilities new tech offers.
Personally, I’m more intrigued by the $60 unlocked Firefox OS device than any iOS 8 or Android 4.4 device.
Open Source is a philosophy, not a sales pitch for a bad UX app-focused walled garden ecosystem.
Thank you. That is all for now. :)
You should presume that some day we will be able to make machines that can reason and think and do things better than we can.
Google and the giant power to grow
Larry Page and Sergey Brin share the story of how they almost sold their company. The two discuss their other projects – from self driving cars, the Android OS, Google Now, to machine learning technologies they are beginning to venture into.
A great quote from Sergey that gives good insight into Google’s vision for the future surrounding machine learning is that “You should presume that some day we will be able to make machines that can reason and think and do things better than we can.”
Driving innovations and breakthroughs
Larry Page mentions the book, “Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think” by Peter Diamandis, and how many of the things we need to be happy (housing, security, opportunity, etc.) will be easily provided for us in the near future. He points out that this could be accomplished currently with less than 1% of the amount of resources and work required to do so. Page goes on to say, “The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet the people’s needs is just not true.”
They very briefly make hints to a possible Google Car in the far off future and how the traditional vehicle style is not necessarily needed with a self-driving car (like having a steering wheel, seats facing forward, etc.).
Page discusses how difficult it can be to have a large company manage so many inter-related things: “The user experience needs to make sense. It needs to feel like they’re using Google, but they’re using something else. I think there is a limit to kind of how much we can do there and we have to think carefully about it.”
All and all it gives pretty good perspective into the hearts and minds of the creators of Google. Check it out.
Web geeks go back to school.
Here is the founder of Squarespace, Anthony Casalena (@acasalena), talking about the scaling of ambitions and his company’s notion of “ideation narrative” (or the nurturing an idea and allowing it to grow up over time without forcing it).
Class is in session.
- Black women make up only 3% of the computing workforce.
- Black Girls Code works against the digital divide by introducing young girls of color, into the technical field through workshops and programs.
I will forever love Kimberly Bryant for this. The future is looking mighty bright :)