Everything you need to know about entrepreneurship can be learned from Star Wars. It's a geek favorite for a reason.
I am far from an expert on this subject, but it might be illuminating to consider what happens when a dog catches a ball. Neglecting air resistance and other secondary effects, the ball follows a predictable trajectory that is shaped by gravity, and math allows us to predict where it will land. Astonishingly, a dog can _also_ predict where the ball will land almost immediately after the throw, and some dogs can even run and leap to catch the ball before it touches the ground. When you consider that the dog has far less visual acuity than we do and that it is estimating the three-dimensional geometry of the world and position of the ball in real time from imperfect two-dimensional signals bouncing on its retinas as it runs, you might be tempted to award the dog a degree in Applied Mathematics!
So does the dog that successfully locks the ball in its jaws in mid-air invent math, discover it, or neither?
Every once in a while, a blend of forces comes together to create a unique set of conditions that enable the formation of exceptional startups … the sorts of startups that rise from the lab to global domination in less than a decade … you know the ones I mean … the Microsofts, the Googles and the Facebooks of the world. These are the truly magical moments in the history of startups.
I believe we are right in the middle of one such moment. A There are three interesting trends (among others) that have come together to create powerful building blocks for innovation: Fundamental changes in the economics of building a high technology based business (cloud computing, open source, a rich ecosystem of reusable components and services, etc.) The rise of the real-time web, social networks and massively concurrent global conversations. The unbelievable expansion of devices at the edge of the network (replete with new features and capabilities such as LBS). By the way, I am not only referring here to the explosion of smartphones & tablets, but also to the pending ramp of a myriad of other devices (what some people call the Internet of Things).
With so many business books spilling from the shelves, we're often asked for a comprehensive list of recommendations. Here's Bloomberg’s updated list of top 50 business titles published since Jan. 1, 2009.
Traffic lights that act locally can improve traffic globally, new research suggests. By minimizing congestion, the approach could save money, reduce emissions and perhaps even quash the road rage of frustrated drivers.
The new approach makes traffic lights go with the flow, rather than enslaving drivers to the tyranny of timed signals. By measuring vehicle inflow and outflow through each intersection as it occurs and coordinating lights with only their nearest neighbors, a systemwide smoothness emerges, scientists report in a September Santa Fe Institute working paper.
"It's very interesting a the approach is adaptive and the system can react," says mechanical engineer Gabor Orosz of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. "That's how it should be a that's how we can get the most out of our current system."
Euphemisms often evolve over time into taboo words themselves, through a process described by W.V.O. Quine, and more recently dubbed the "euphemism treadmill" by Steven Pinker. (cf. Gresham’s Law in economics). This is the well-known linguistic process known as ‘pejoration’ or ‘semantic change’.
Animated short film, Royal College of Art, London, 2009
Dictaphone Parcel is an animation based on a sound recorded with a dictaphone travelling secretly inside a parcel. As the hidden recorder travels through the global mail system, from London to Helsinki, it captures the unexpected. We hear a mixture of abstract sounds, various types of transport and even discussions between the mail workers. The animation visualizes this journey by creating an imaginary documentary.
Dictaphone Parcel was awarded the Passion Pictures Prize in London, in February 2010.
This guy’s critiques on straightness & gayness are at, the very least, ha-larious.
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