5 year Strategic Vision in the Tech Sector for Software Engineering Firms

imageAs a CTO, I get asked a lot about what my ‘vision’ is for the future in technology in the sectors I operate in.  where are we going, what will happen is all part of the magic sauce… I thought for once I would share a summary minus all the super secret research and details by which this is based on about where I think the technology sector is going and how a company in that sector would position itself to take advantage of those trends.

As an industry, where are we going? 

How is the market going to transform itself over the next 5 years?

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New Vulcanism… and Our Moral Obligation as technologist to Transhumanism

tsfshd1593The past few months I’ve contemplated somewhat the geek culture and some of the mental characteristics that make a software engineer great or the qualities that make the best technologist and a lot of those things that bring greatness seem to also be clinical diagnosis as mental disorders according to the DSM IV or 5 or whatever is current (ok to be clear I’m not a shrink but my wife is? if that counts); but my point is that instead of classifying these people (like me) as off target maybe a new norm might be articulated around a new approach to things one that devalues emotions to a large degree or at least encourages control and logic in all things; but that does goes down a slippery road of empirical logic and science leading to a spot where one might need to come up with an equivalent of morals and ethics to use as guides allow integration into the larger current society… enter (to draw on Sci-Fi a bit) the Vulcan or the new emergent philosophy (that I made up this morning) called Vulcanism…  so let me back up with what started this line of thinking… my new twitter friend Olivia…

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Home Manufacturing – Industrial Revolution 2.0

1931045_36686566429_1274_nOk, so that title ‘Home Manufacturing – Industrial Revolution 2.0’ sounds dramatic and the point of the article is not that it’s a dramatic thing; but that this revolution is a real long term potential and the trend is emerging now. If we look around us these days, there is an increasing demographic of DIY-er’s; that includes people into 3D printers, crafters and any number of other creative things people are ‘manufacturing’ on their own. I have even seen a homemade robotic factory made of Lego Mindstorms. Continue reading

Design Process in 10 minutes or less – Part 2

Visual Designsok so 10 minutes seems to take me more like 30 to actually write out so here goes the last half.  One thing to keep in mind design is not a set rule where you must do this and this and this.  Experience Design is a cycle of creativity, feedback and working towards a creative goal.  My way might not be your way but if I’m going to teach you lets start by what works consistently for most UX designers I know.

Step 7… at this point we have our Hifi wires?  did we get feedback?  at this point its time for a really good detail review, with stake holders and users separately.  You need their input on what makes since or doesn’t and on what works visual and does.  Asking lot of questions like can they figure out how to do x? and incorporate what is logical into the design. Continue reading

Design Process in 10 minutes or less – Part 1

wiresRunning around being a CTO leaves me little time for creative tasks that I so love.  Last week or so I was asked by a design intern more or less what my design process (and by design process I mean their experience design process) is and or what THEIR’s should be, my response was about 10 minutes of what I felt they should start with in terms of a design process… Continue reading

Custom Applications for the Masses

screen3In the beginning there was machine language and it was good…

But a huge pain for humans…

The word was to make an abstracted higher level language for programming and it was good….

But low the average man could still not write assemble code either,

And by and by it was abstracted again and a high language was born and it was good

But low yet again the average man could not write C++ and low yet again higher

languages where made and they worked… Continue reading

Backward to the Future: How Advancing Technology is Stratifying Society and Making People Less Smart

future-medical-technology-283x300The 22nd of February earlier this year. A social media consultant named Sarak Slocum decided to visit a popular bar in San Francisco one fateful night while wearing her Google Glass. What happened next ultimately made her the face of the innovative new headgear. Sure enough, people started to bully her about the eyepiece. Slocum, for her part, fought back.

According to news reports, the fight was started because of the people’s fear that Slocum was filming them through her Google Glass without their consent. Slocum, on the other hand, denied those allegations, insisting she only videoed the people once they berated her for her geeky choice of eyewear. Continue reading

Social Impact of Google Glass

google glassSo I’ve been wearing my google glass around Microsoft’s main campus and throughout my life. Normally, people are interested and, if anything, come and want to check them out. However, I finally this past week experienced open discrimination or even a mild harassment of sorts.

Don’t get excited, it’s not like Microsoft is not doing the same sort of thing with their own version or other companies like Meta building glasses that are much more interesting then google glass. It’s just Glass was first to market in terms of social impact and visibility that the common person is aware of it. Continue reading

Augmented Reality Game – Hobby

91ddd0c9-d07b-4ed1-ab9a-add81418a48fFor those that know me, you know that I’ve been working on this Augmented reality game for a long time now. Its finally having a public beta on windows phone as I get ready to launch it for a number of projects or campaigns.  The game is designed to really take things to the next level in terms of interactive real world gaming that blur’s the lines between game and reality.  Yes in fact digital crack was really the goal.  Check out the game and like the page and I look forward to you participating.  For the time being this is only on windows phone.

http://www.SpellTheGame.com/

My Selections for the Manual

logo_m4cFor me, the Manual of Civilization could be one of the most important projects of our time. The idea is to collect the most important 3000 books required to rebuild civilization from the ground up. It is an idea that resonates with me in particular; as it aligns with the Foundation’s library project, as well as, with my own personal priorities which include the preservation of knowledge, primarily technical knowledge. To use a metaphor, if Adam and Eve started off on a new planet and only had 3000 books to rebuild civilization, what would those 3000 books be? These are the books that should be codified, and persevered for all time and eternity, or as close to as possible. Continue reading