Episode 7: Which Smart Phone Makes you a better Trans-human

which smart phone?

which smart phone?

After a week of being sick, off line with no internet up in the mountains hiding in case of the Mayan apocalypse I finally managed to get enough band width together to post a new episode of #TiredAllOver.  In this episode Lincoln and I continue our discussion about smart phones in particular which one makes a better trans-human.  We did have some technical issues with the tcp/ip connection so it took a lot of editing but still a great episode.  Its mostly a fair comparison about various phones such as Apple’s iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920 and I found the discussion particularly interesting given new Droid DNA campaign (see this commercial on youtube… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYIAaBOb5Bo ) and a little bit of an elevator pitch for transhumanism.

Apples iPhone 5 : http://www.apple.com/iphone/

Nokia’s Lumia 920: http://www.nokia.com/us-en/products/phone/lumia920/specifications/

Check Lincoln out on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/LincolnCannon

or on twitter at: https://twitter.com/lincolncannon

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In the Aftermath of the Mayan Apocalypse…

mayan calendar

mayan calendar

As I sit high in the mountains looking out the window at all the snow and ice the morning after the apocalypse I tease my children that the whole world is freezing over and its carbon dioxide ice snow falling. Its seems my five year old is high skeptical of my explanation and I Quote, “na a, daddy, not at home just here, its ok I’ll keep you safe” what strict me is the absolute positive out look she has over the world. If only us adults were like that. Since I don’t have enough band width to upload an episode I thought I would post a quick note and test this app on my phone. Along those lines its interesting to note that at this holiday season the I hope your all safe and recovering from the apocalypse and in the next year I lets work to see lots of new technology as we slowly get to the point of plugging the internet to the back of my head… Happy Holidays, Christmas, Hanukah or other holiday.

What the heck is a Bitcoin

a bit coin

a virtual bit-coin

It seems in the darkest depths of the internet some people are off using a new form of geek money.  In my little white collar world of UX Design and Microsoft Technologies I guess its not a surprise that I missed this until recently.  When interviewing a friend of mine (Bryce Lynch, a member of http://www.zerostate.net )  from DC that is not drinking as much kool-aide as I do, he was willing to set me straight.  The audio of the recording wasn’t exactly clean enough to make a podcast but I thought I would elucidate you all on this cool internet hacker subculture monetary system that is slowly gaining ground and increasingly so should be taken seriously.

So the real question is ‘What the heck is a bit coin?”

Its a decentralized virtual currency that is ‘created’ and controlled via a distributed network system that can’t really be regulated but is reasonably secure.  It was fascinating to me that this not only exists but there are business’s accepting it as currency.  It can additionally be ‘mined’ by providing CPU power to the bitcoin network.  Next time you want to start a virtual business consider bitcoin especially if your target demographic is pretty geeky.  Or not but this way you won’t get taxed by the government and it seem that there is even an exchange rate with more familiar currencies like US dollars.

to learn more check out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin

A Google Map of vendors that accept Bitcoins: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Real_world_shops

Check out Bryce at: http://drwho.virtadpt.net/

Episode 6: Lincoln’s Phone and How Smart Phones make you More then Human

lincoln-cannon

Lincoln Cannon

On this episode we are talking with Lincoln Cannon, a prominent futurist in the transhumanist community and president of the MTA about his smart phone, how we uses and how it makes us better then human or ‘Trans’ human. We talk about the state of the technology, the important nature of user experience to the smart phone in particular Lincoln’s iPhone 5. Further we talk lightly about where the technology is going and the next phase in its evolution post today’s current generation of smart phone.

Check Lincoln out on facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/LincolnCannon

or on twitter at: https://twitter.com/lincolncannon

Ideas Need to Evolve for Mainstream Popularity

Transhumanists make me #TiredAllOver at least in that in academia they seem to fight all the time with each other and are all going in different directions… so I wrote an article on how they can get things moving in the same direction and http://www.Transhumanity.net  published it. We will see if they listen.  Here is a link and the first paragraph or so:

Why do you (transhumanists in general) care if mainstream thinking in modern civilization cares about ‘Transhumanism’?

If you talk to random people on the street about transhumanism, you will get eye-squinting and other strange responses.  For the most part, the response will be negative. Transhumanism is not anywhere close to anything the average person cares about.

However, if you could back a few decades and ask someone about being ‘Green’ you would get a similar response to what you get now regarding ‘Transhumanism.’

Read the rest here:

http://transhumanity.net/articles/entry/transhumanist-ideas-need-to-evolve-for-mainstream-popularity-how-can-this-b

Episode 5: Good UX Design, Return on Investment (ROI) and Plugging the Interwebs into the back of my head…

ms retail software kiosk

Microsoft Retail Store Software Kiosk

In this episode I talk about the Return on Investment or ROI of good UX design and I dive a little bit into what how UX design can solve problems and improve human machine interfaces.  A couple of things I touch on include good practices with UX , user centered design and how to easily apply it to mobile application development and additionally how it solved some R & D with visual over lay systems such as glass’s and potentially cybernetic implants… all in good fun =)

And the Cloud Matter’s Because?

WARNING: This article is talking specifically to Technology Professionals about other Technology Professionals and is making deep assumptions that the reader knows a lot about the ‘Cloud’ and the industry at large.

I was asked a question recently: “How the ‘Cloud’ impacts tech industry professionals and why this trend is important to them and how they can benefit” which is a complex question.  Let’s look at the first part of the question, “How the ‘Cloud’ impacts… …professional’s…” which I think can be broken out in two parts.  Certainly the ‘Cloud’ impacts them in the same way it does consumers; in scenarios like OneNote for example, where I do stuff and magically it is on all my devices using a ‘Cloud’ service like sky drive.  Industry professionals, however, understand and appreciate this and that gets to the other element of that first question. That the impact really has been to give developers a greater way of using the power of distributed systems (i.e. the ‘Cloud’) than ever before.

The second part of the first question, “…why this trend is important…” has a very long and complex answer.  Especially for someone like me, that tends to be a bit of a futurist.  The ‘Cloud’ trend is part of the larger trend towards technological ubiquity. Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and other firms have provided additional infrastructure to use the power of the ‘Cloud’; that has really been a big driving force behind adoption.  The desire to use the power of the ‘Cloud’, I would argue, has always been there. What has changed, or is changing, is the friction against using it. I no longer have to rebuild the universe to get the ‘‘Cloud’’ helping me to do x, y or z task.  Additionally, this also feeds into the trend around ubiquitous computing that has spawned the phrase: “There Is An App For That”.  That being the case, it is important to understand that this has caused the emergence of an additional developer demographic I call the ‘Mobile App Developer’. These developers build mobile apps for devices on their own or as their only job.  The reason I differentiate this from a corporate professional engineer or from a hobbyist is that their mentality is different, their approach is different and you can’t say they are hobbyists while some may be working full time doing this.

This new segment that has emerged is eager to use any of the tools that are provided but have a higher level of friction towards anything ‘Cloud’ that costs money.  Azure, for example, is prohibitively expensive for the average “app” developer; where as for the professional developer, it’s a god send because there isn’t all the jumping around to get stuff set up. From a business standpoint you can lower cost, time to deliver and time to market is cut down.  The apps developer segment has a rich set of free, community based tools. They use these resources and actively avoid using anything like Azure that costs more than free.

Lastly, the final element: ‘How they can benefit’…

Well, all the buzz is about hosting costs and synchronization between devices and the ‘Cloud’ and all that and, for the technology professional type, this is true. The problem I’m seeing now is that things like Azure put off the emerging apps developer unless they are really corporate developers and this will continue to slow adoption of the ‘‘Cloud’’ in the form of services like Azure for some time.  That being said this segment continues to implement ‘Cloud’ based features using non pay related technologies (i.e. “open source” ) and services, and will continue to do so increasingly, so as to be able to compete in the apps marketplace.

In summary let me bullet a few things out… How the ‘Cloud’ impacts technology professionals:

  • Of course consumer impact around their usage
  • Increased pressure for apps to use the ‘Cloud’ through their behavior
  • Provides infrastructure for a more connected experience
  • For Individual Developers Provides additional cost to building and supporting applications
  • For companies it lowers time to market, hosting and infrastructure costs
  • Improves ROI of ‘Cloud’ based systems vs. other systems previously used prior to the onset of wide spread ‘Cloud’ systems
  • Requiring more training to keep up with additional technologies

Why this trend is important:

  • Part of the larger trend towards ubiquitous computing technology
  • Improving customer experience or user experience
  • Affects technology professionals ability to get and maintain jobs and thus adds additional training that may cost money but also time

How they benefit:

  • Many apps developers only see the benefit if there is no cost… this is bad for companies like Microsoft.
  • Can provide a competitive edge
  • To companies it can provide hosting and infrastructure cost savings.
  • Improved time to market
  • Improved reliability

Lastly, if nothing else, it matters; so pay attention.

Some related links:

http://www.Azure.com/

http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/

http://www.dropbox.com/

http://www.skydrive.com/

Episode 4: Surface Final Judgment

And in the last days Surface Pro shall come out and we all shall rejoice as we blindly follow the light and light of the world coming from Redmond or maybe we are drinking too much kool-aide. Pass me another cup…

Check out this episode where futurist Ryan Lane and I try to have a fair discussion about Surface and what we think about its future place amount the pilferer of device out in the marketplace and we try to predict the future at least of personal computers over the next several years.

Noted futurist and designer Ryan Lane from [wire] stone http://www.RyanLane.com/

and if you are interesting in learning more about Surface check it out here: http://www.Surface.com/