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musings about new technologies, life experiences, and rogue ideas.

The Overview Effect

The Overview Effect is a phenomenon experienced by a large number of veteran astronauts, who traveled to the moon and stars searching for answers to ancestral questions about who we are, what is our purpose, and what is our destiny. They were so focused on what was “out there” that it never occurred to them how breathtaking, how awesome, fragile and how perfect their home would look from mankind’s newest vantage point. It is this profound moment when they began to feel an overwhelming sense of inter connectivity, of unity, or purpose. That we are all part of one ecosystem, and that may have been the most important discovery of the journey. Fair warning: this post will get deep.

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To This Day

This powerful work has been going viral, and rightly so.  It explores how the insecurities that form from bullying, and how they stay with you much longer than the proverbial “broken bones from sticks and stones”.

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Pep Talk From Kid President

This is making the rounds as the next viral video around, and it totally made my day.  I am standing in a crossroads in life, and this is set my mind on the tasks at hand.

~PL

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Designing For Our Bodies

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.  Neil Harbisson’s “eyeborg” allows him to hear colors, even those beyond the range of sight, such as ultraviolet and infrared frequencies.

His story is unbelievable; a remarkable use of modern technology.  This is just one example of a growing trend of technology integration with our biological “hardware”.  I want to talk about encouraging the innovation that will push the boundaries between technology and our world.  To do this, we have to start designing for our bodies, for our native ecosystems.  There is a lot of material in this post, so make sure you catch all of the exciting developments! Listen to Neil’s story, and get excited! Continue reading

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Finding Your Lens, and Sticking To It

Chuck HobermanChuck Hoberman has made a career out of looking at the world with a different perspective.

Hoberman, internationally known for his “transformable structures”, seamlessly fuses the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting.

He is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including consumer products, deployable shelters and structures for aerospace. His art has been exhibited around the world on many occasions over the last 20 years.  Examples of his commissioned work include the transforming video screen for the U2 360° world tour, the Hoberman Arch installed as the centerpiece for the Winter Olympic Games (2002), as well as exhibits at a number of major museums. Hoberman spoke at TEDxJNJ about his accomplishments in a calculated, almost too humble manner, but in the midst of explaining his way of viewing the world, he imparted on me some words of wisdom that really stuck with me. Continue reading

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Cyber Attacks on 9 US Banks Continue

No U.S. Bank Is Safe

If the picture doesn’t send the message, let me spell it out for you. All of the banks in that picture have reported Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks from the hacktivist group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters.  The group claims that its second phase of distributed-denial-of-service attacks has affected nine banks since Dec. 11, and it warns that more attacks are on the way. The group will continue to target U.S. institutions until a YouTube movie trailer believed by the group to be anti-Islamic is removed from the Internet.

Normally, this sounds to me like another half baked conspiracy theory, but the number of stories are starting to add up, and this story is gaining more and more steam. Continue reading

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Ubuntu Phone OS: A Welcome Change

It’s Time for a Change

wpid-Photo-Jan-3-2013-319-PM.jpgI’ve been depressed about my mobile situation.  I have the original DROID X, and it is acting like a senior citizen with dementia.  It forgets it has a camera, a microphone, and needs to be rebooted twice a day. I have loved my android experience until last month, to be completely honest. I bought the phone in March of 2011, and I have really come to think of my phone as an extension of myself.  That said, with carrier concerns, and the degrading performance, it is time for a new phone for me.  But what phone to get? Continue reading

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Thoughts on Modern Leadership

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What is Modern Leadership?

An entire section of TEDxJNJ’s 12/12/12 event was dedicated to leadership. We had speakers talk about their experiences growing as leaders. One was the leader of a large organization, one was a coworker and colleague of mine. Leadership occurs at all levels, yet “some people got it, some people don’t.” At least, that’s what it feels like, right? What is changing about leadership today? What’s working, and what’s not?

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TEDxJNJ: Cyber Arms Race

TED on Tech and Terror

One of my favorite TED talks from the conference was on the advancing sophistication and technical capabilities of terrorist cells. Criminals and terrorist cells are using the advanced logistics technologies we built to dismantle the world we live in.  The same technology that enables mass dissemination of free information is also a massive increase of vulnerabilities to exploit. Watch Marc Goodman’s talk. I want to talk about the irony of terrorist organizations leveraging the same technologies we use to fight them for increased efficiency and deadly force. How do we fight this?

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