On what it means to be a cyborg, machines chatting to each other on Twitter, human individual curiosity vs. organizational curiosity, Nike’s clever accelerator program and how the internet is making TV better.
Quote of the week
It’s a paradox we call reality / So keepin’ it real will make you casualty of abnormal normality.
Articles of the week
- Quiet Babylon: What’s a Cyborg?
The story of where the term ‘cyborg’ came from, and what it means to be one. (Glasses and a phone will suffice, though you can go a lot further.)
- Quartz: The future of Twitter is robots tweeting at each other
On the day Twitter’s 7-year anniversary, Christopher Mims makes a short reflection on how communication in this medium has evolved in very different directions, and where things are headed: machine-to-machine communication and IoT.
- Ribbonfarm: The Dead-Curious Cat and the Joyless Immortal
Venkatesh Rao on curiosity from the individual perspective, and from the very different organizational perspective
- Fast Company: Nike, TechStars Unveil Startup Accelerator Winners
Nike is consistently a great example of how big companies can be innovative. The Nike+ Accelerator has taken on its first set of 10 startups: here you can find out what they’re working on, and how that plays into Nike’s business plan.
- Wired: The Nielsen Family is Dead
Another long read, by Tom Vanderbilt and several other contributors, on the state of television, how shows have changed in the past few years along with how they’re watched, and how networks are using metrics to design hit TV shows.
Our articles of the week: why you might want to get some of your daily news from Fox, the twisted logic behind e-book publishing, an Ikea-made HD TV, democracies and internet freedom, and meme management as an emerging profession.
Quotes of the week
There are a great many bad people in the world, and if you are not offending them, you must be bad yourself.
More information does not make a more informed population.
Articles of the week
- Cory Doctorow: A Whip to Beat Us With
Author and digital rights activist Cory Doctorow sheds light on the twisted logic connecting publishers, e-books, DRM and certain platforms’ nasty habit of locking users in. For related material, see Charlie Stross’ related article on Amazon’s e-book strategy and its consequences.
- Wired UK: Ikea’s “Uppleva” integrates TVs and sound systems into furniture
Ikea is a great example of a company that knows how to extend their range of products. Their latest endeavor: making their own HD TVs. And it seems that they’ve done well on the product, too. This will be interesting to watch. On a grander scale, the company is also planning the construction of an entire neighborhood in East London.
- The Boston Globe: How democracies clamped down on the Internet
The openness of the Internet is threatened – unfortunately not only by nations and regimes that we expect to go against freedom, but also by democracies. This article is a good reminder that we can’t take the net for granted.
- Mashable: Meme Management: Meet the man who reps internet stars
In times when user-generated content can become more successful on the internet then professional productions, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that at some point they also get professionalized. Still, “meme manager” is a job title not many would have anticipated, and yet it is very much an expression of the zeitgeist.
- danah boyd: Getting the News
danah boyd, internet researcher, tells News.me how and where she gets her news fix every day. She discusses the importance of finding points of view as different as possible from one’s own, and what it means to be well informed.
Additionally, should you like to catch up on our series of articles on our social media strategy framework, the collection is now complete.
What it means to innovate, TV and the generational gap, the medical patient of the future and more, this week in our Weekly Reads. Wishing you a great weekend.
Quotes of the week
The future is sooner and stranger than you think.
– Reid Hoffman
The times ahead will surprise us. I will continue to search for the perfect hot chocolate mix.
– Dannie Jost
Articles of the week
- Patrick Rhone: TV is broken
Beatrix, age 4, is baffled upon seeing a TV commercial for the first time. “Is it broken?” she asks, unable to comprehend what has happened to her movie. An anecdote that colorfully illustrates the changes technology is currently going through.
- New York Times: True Innovation
“Revolutions happen fast but dawn slowly”: the New York Times’ Jon Gertner looks back in time to the 20th-century “idea factory” Bell Labs to draw conclusions about what it really means to innovate.
- Wired UK: Forget real time
Sure, we can find out really, really quickly what is happening right now, but isn’t it far more interesting to predict the future? Tom Gray shows us why ‘real time’ has been superseded by ‘next time’ with a collection of the fascinating and frightening predictions we can already make from the data we generate from our daily online wanderings.
- Findings Blog: How we will read
In a series exploring the future of reading, Craig Mod explains how modern readers are “turning into book squirrels, acquiring a variety of nuts to dig into in the cold, lonely winter months.”
- MIT Technology Review: The Patient of the Future
Revisiting the topic of the Quantified Self: Larry Smarr helped doctors to diagnose his chronic illness through his constant collection of data on his own body. Author Jon Cohen discusses what cases like these mean for the future of medicine.
This week’s five top articles feature Youtube’s TV revolution, social media brands, 3D printing piracy, collaborative design and thoughts on ad agencies.
Culture is the environment in which your strategy and your brand thrives or dies a slow death.
The future is where our wishes and fears converge.
- The New Yorker: Will Robert Kyncl and YouTube Revolutionize Television?
It’s not a secret that Google wants Youtube to become even more then it is today. What their plans are and how they want to achieve them? It’s all in this long and very good article.
- What do consumers want from social?
A study from the CMO Council of 1300 looked at the difference of what consumers expect from brands in social media and what marketers think they want. We Are Social has the skinny.
- The Pirate Bay: Evolution
The Pirate Bay goes physical, announces to also share blueprints for 3D models: “We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. It will be physical objects. Or as we decided to call them: Physibles.” Expect to print your own knock-off Legos soon.
- Co.Design: Could A Change In Business Model Win Designers A Place In The C-Suite?
Fuseproject does its design work mostly for equity in startups and is most interested in long-term relationships with the founders to produce better design. Very interesting, alternative business model. A design consultancy that works more like a VC firm.
- What Do Advertising Agencies Do?
Faris Yakob explores the real value of advertising agencies and where they’re headed.