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BY ADA LIMÓN
JUNE 8, 2009
Maybe my limbs are made
mostly for decoration,
like the way I feel about
persimmons. You can’t
really eat them. Or you
wouldn’t want to. If you grab
the soft skin with your fist
it somehow feels funny,
like you’ve been here
before and uncomfortable,
too, like you’d rather
squish it between your teeth
impatiently, before spitting
the soft parts back up
to linger on the tongue like
burnt sugar or guilt.
For starters, it was all
an accident, you cut
the right branch
and a sort of light
woke up underneath,
and the inedible fruit
grew dark and needy.
Think crucial hanging.
Think crayon orange.
There is one low, leaning
heart-shaped globe left
and dearest, can you
tell, I am trying
to love you less.
THIS GUY IS ME.
I THINK I’M IN LOVE
My new Idol.
Exploring Humanity's Evolving 'Global Brain' -
Thomas W. Malone, director of MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence, on his study of humanity’s ability to think beyond our own brains: the idea of "collective intelligence".
What does collective intelligence mean? It’s important to realize that intelligence is not just something that happens inside individual brains. It also arises with groups of individuals. In fact, I’d define collective intelligence as groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent. By that definition, of course, collective intelligence has been around for a very long time. Families, companies, countries, and armies: those are all examples of groups of people working together in ways that at least sometimes seem intelligent.
It’s also possible for groups of people to work together in ways that seem pretty stupid, and I think collective stupidity is just as possible as collective intelligence…
What’s new, though, is a new kind of collective intelligence enabled by the Internet. Think of Google, for instance, where millions of people all over the world create web pages, and link those web pages to each other. Then all that knowledge is harvested by the Google technology so that when you type a question in the Google search bar the answers you get often seem amazingly intelligent, at least by some definition of the word “intelligence”….
Our future as a species may depend on our ability to use our global collective intelligence to make choices that are not just smart, but also wise.
Want to dig deeper? Andy Revkin has a collection of links on his NY Times DotEarth blog. The fact that we are even having this discussion, in the connected manner that we are having it, is a pretty good example of the power of this idea.
The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up - Rita McGrath
The chart above, created by Nicholas Felton of the New York Times, shows how long it took various categories of product, from electricity to the Internet, to achieve different penetration levels in US households. It took decades for the telephone to reach 50% of households, beginning before 1900. It took five years or less for cellphones to accomplish the same penetration in 1990. As you can see from the chart, innovations introduced more recently are being adopted more quickly. By analogy, firms with competitive advantages in those areas will need to move faster to capture those opportunities that present themselves.
Intel's Recovery Realization - NYTimes.com -
Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, says that a year ago he realized that Intel had misestimated the swing to companion computing devices (tablets and smartphones), but now that’s behind them. Now they are going to push hard to be good at everything, and everything is going to be fine.
Sure. Fine. Not.
Businesses will also build their own cloud computing systems, Intel executives said, because it will be vastly cheaper to own them than to use public systems like Amazon Web Services. Amazon has argued that its service is cheaper.
In 2011, Intel projected revenue from business would grow 13 percent this year, but it fell 1 percent. Intel now projects business revenue will rise 8 percent by 2017.
The cloud business, along with high-performance computing and telecommunications sales, is expected to grow in excess of 20 percent in that time, Intel said. That could more than make up for a shortfall, should Intel have to cut prices or be disappointed in its still-critical PC business.
Renee James, Intel’s president, also talked about offering cloud services, like security, and chip manufacturing services, which could also give Intel a new revenue base as it comes to terms with its PC-centric past. The future, as one executive said, is a world in which “everything that has electricity will have intelligence,” and that will ultimately be the base of Intel’s new model.
Still, at the end of the session, Intel said it would be investing more heavily in tablets and cloud, a little bit less in PCs and phones.
Obviously, Renee James is out of her mind if she thinks businesses are going to build homegrown private clouds in any serious numbers, instead of moving to hosted solutions like Amazon. Fear might cause a spike or two — CIOs being risk averse at core — but the swing to hosted cloud will make them look like trilobites in a few years.
Intel is still hoping that the PC business will grow so they can fund their move to tablets and smartphones. Meanwhile, the market is poised to move to wearables and calm computing (like internet-of-things home sensors, connected appliances, and a shifting array of smart gizmos). The bottom has already dropped out of the market for everything they know how to do.
Security services? It looks like everyone that was selling servers, chips, and other hardware is now self-marginalizing to selling security software.
It’s fairly evident that Intel won’t be able to halt the power glide fast enough. Short Intel.
Find out who you are, and do it on purpose. — Dolly Parton (via stoweboyd)
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