“In some sense the iPhone is literally becoming part of your mind … the iPhone’s memory is basically my memory,” said Professor Chalmers.
True that. We outsource our memory and knowledge to computers. Letting us tap into everybody else’s knowledge at any moment. Its not longer about what you know. Its about how fast you easily gather the information needed. You’re only as knowledgeable as your search query. Knowledge and information isn’t unique anymore its accessible to everybody, everywhere. But whats still unique is how we use the knowledge. How we form connections between pieces of information and spark new ideas.
“during REM sleep acetylcholine-releasing cells in the brain stem fire indiscriminately, sending surges of electricity billowing out across the brain. Memories and associations are triggered in a chaotic, semirandom fashion, creating the hallucinatory quality of dreams.”—Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson
“A good idea is a network. A specific constellation of neurons—thousands of them—fire in sync with each other for the first time in your brain, and an idea pops into your consciousness. A new idea is a network of cells exploring the adjacent possible of connections that they can make in your mind.”—Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson
“People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.”—A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life, Donald Miller
"We want to make technology disappear," - Alex Kipman, Kinect’s project leader at Microsoft.
This quote got me thinking. While Kinect is almost more visible than other technology due to the strangeness of freely moving your body and seeing the movements impacting your avatar, its just an amazing piece of technology. It certainly is a glimpse of the future of technology. We should strive to make technology that disappears, becomes a part of us and turns into a given.
“Good ideas are not conjured out of thin air; they are built out of a collection of existing parts, the composition of which expands (and, occasionally, contracts) over time.”—Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson
So this new Windows looks nice. It hides all the stuff that regular people doesn’t use or know how to use. The operating systems of computers are getting easier and easier to use. Like the iOS, Windows 8 is all about consumption of information and media. Whether its your friends latest updates, the weather or breaking news. Everything is just a tap away. Insanely consumeable. The short glimpse we got of the productive applications like Excel or Word looked the same as always. This apps looked totally outdated and bored the death out of me. It felt totally misplaced, like they didn’t belong there…
“Good ideas may not want to be free, but they do want to connect, fuse, recombine. They want to reinvent themselves by crossing conceptual borders.”—Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson