When robots rule the world…
"Grossman pointedly questioned Kurzweil about the potential loss of our “human nature” in a world dominated by artificial intelligence. But Kurzweil linked the future of our “human-machine civilization” to the full sweep of human history: “Ever since we first picked up a stick to reach a tree branch,” he said, we have been creating tools to aid our existence. So he sees the futuristic nanotechnology and artificial intelligence purely as tools that will serve as extensions of our humanity. Also: Just as today the data one access on their iPhone exists both within the phone and out in the cloud, he envisions a future where not only are nanobots being added to our bodies but where our brains being augmented by processing power in the cloud. Where search engines do not need to be prompted to offer helpful information, but instead grow intuitive, providing us information as we need it. As Kurzweil sees it, this is about expanding our intellect, and our capabilities, not deferring all this to machines.” - Time Techland

(via Inside the Mind of Futurist Ray Kurzweil: When Robots Rule the World (and Humans are Immortal) | Techland | TIME.com)
Worth watching … if a bit scary:))

Debunking the myth of innovation

Tim Brown starts his talk with having everyone draw their neighbour in 30 seconds.  Immediately after the time is up, there is a murmur of giggles and apologies in the crowd. Brown points out that Bob McKim, a creativity researcher from Stanford University, says that this always happens with adults, because “we fear the judgements of our peers.”  This fear causes us to be conservative in our thinking.  This talk goes on to advocate for the deep relationship between playfulness and creative ideas.

Brown is the CEO of IDEO, credited with designing everything such as a community pharmacy at Walgreen’s to the end to end experience of Virgin Atlantic.  His 2009 book, Change By Design, is a pivotal book that debunks that myth that innovation hurtles forth, fully formed from the brain of a genius.  Instead, he outlines the processes that designers use in order to rigorously facilitate innovation.  

“As more of our basic needs are met, we increasingly expect sophisticated experiences that are emotionally satisfying and meaningful.  These experiences will not be in simple products. They will be complex combinations of products, services, spaces and information.  They will be the ways we get educated, the ways we are entertained, the ways we sat healthy, the ways we share and communicate.  Design thinking is a tool for imagining these experiences as well as giving them a desirable form.” - Tim Brown, 2008

get Change by Design

Tim Brown’s personal blog

IDEO film on Change by Design

Harvard Business Review, “Design Thinking”

Business Week, “Change by Design”