Normally this is where I say something. Or try to argue two sides of an interesting issue. Instead of doing that today, I just want you to spend 7 minutes watching an informative video about the future, with “Solar Freakin’ Roadways”.
Google has been developing the driverless car for over half a decade, and with each passing year these automated chauffeurs move farther away from science fiction and closer to reality. Five states have passed laws enabling such vehicles, and as of April of this year, over 700,000 miles have been driven without an accident.
While commercialization is still a long way off, last week a debate raged over the ethical situations that may arise when a driverless vehicle is put into a situation where a crash is imminent. As a hypothetical example, what if a crash was unavoidable, and a driverless car had to choose where to guide the car – either to collide with a schoolbus or a volvo? Physics dictates that hitting an object of larger mass will statistically be the safest, but there are kids on board! What is the correct decision? Is the law, and by extension, the public, prepared for cars that “choose” the best scenario?
Last week, facebook announced that it had given its website, largely written in a programming language called php, a programming equivalent of a face lift. They also made a splash in the web development industry by releasing a new web programming language called Hack to the open source community. Hack is based on the php, but claims to keep “all the good parts” while removing some of its limitations. Since Facebook has been converting it’s legacy php to hack for some time now, you can trust that hack can stand up to the highest expectations, and that Facebook clearly has a lot of faith in the strength of the language. Continue reading
The human eye is one amazing instrument – a phenomenon of biological engineering, and the window through which we interact with our world. The fastest and arguably strongest muscle – it is second only to the brain in its complexity. At Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, where I now work, our mission is to promote healthy vision for everyone.
This doesn’t mean just vision correction! It means treating the full range of optical conditions, from common myopia (short sightedness) to the more complex and currently incurable glaucoma – and everything in between. It means designing products that don’t just improve the quality of vision, but are also safe and non-damaging to this special organ.
It’s easy to just focus on simple vision correction, because 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide, and only a fraction of them are treated. But in the spirit of Healthy Vision, I had a very interesting discussion with my coworkers about color blindness – and learned some pretty amazing things! Read on to take a hue test to see how accurately you see the lush colors of the world, and to hear about exciting research into curing color blindness. Continue reading
Google announced on March 18th that they had created a new interface for wearable technology based on the Android platform, which they named, “Android Wear”. This adaptation of Android is meant to be lightweight, highly contextual, and aware of your surroundings. Check out the video after the break. My thoughts on the technology to follow. Continue reading
After completing a $50,000 kickstarter campaign in under 40 minutes, this small company’s mission is to shrink the size of your wallet by decreasing the amount of plastic a person has to carry to a single card.
A small step to the transition of plastic to digital money management, there is a lot to like about the slick promo video for the card that can store debit card, credit card, and loyalty/gift cards on a single swipe-able card. I love the idea, but will the execution be solid enough to stave off the security concerns around a comprehensive identity theft target? Continue reading
Over this week, I have been reading a lot about new companies creating new industries, markets, and services for the unmet needs IT organizations as they shift to the more and more mainstream paradigm of cloud computing. Gone are the days of a 2D IT department! It’s no longer just about Operations and Engineering. The challenges of managing infrastructure outside the corporate wall, processing big data, and growing threat of cyber attacks have created some cool opportunities – and in this post I want to highlight a few that caught my attention. Continue reading
Ever wonder why a common complaint in the workforce of many large companies is that the business processes are too complex? While every company tries to remove inefficiencies, its a recurring narrative that the bigger a company is and the longer it has been around, the more likely it is to be mired down in processes that sap productivity and don’t add value.
Yves Morieux is a Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Boston Consulting Group, head of BCG’s Institute for Organization. In a recent TED talk, he really got me jazzed looking at how the top two organizational structures that corporate leaders use for resolving business challenges contribute directly to this productivity atrophy. It is his opinion that these methods are obsolete and no longer work into today’s corporations. He makes some compelling arguments. What do you think? Continue reading