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 Tom Gray shows us why ‘real time’ has been superseded by ‘next time’ with a collection of the fascinating and frightening predictions we can already make from the data we generate from our daily online wanderings.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.