Posts Tagged ‘Environment’
The book is built around dozens of stories from the history of scientific, technological and cultural innovation: how Darwin’s “eureka moment” about natural selection turned out to be a myth; how Brian Eno invented a new musical convention by listening to too much AM radio; how Gutenberg borrowed a crucial idea from the wine industry to invent modern printing; why GPS was accidentally developed by a pair of twenty-somethings messing around with a microwave receiver; how a design team has created a infant incubator made entirely out of spare automobile parts. But I have also tried to distill some meaningful—and hopefully useful—lessons out of all these stories, and so I’ve isolated seven distinct patterns that appear again and again in all these innovative environments. (Each pattern gets its own chapter.) (from StevenBerlinerJohnson.com).
If you want a longer version, here’s a talk Johnson gave at TED, starting with the role the introduction of the coffeehouse (and the replacement of alcoholic beverages with coffee) had on the development of innovation in the U.K.
- Chance Favours the Connected Mind… (customerthink.com)
- People and Places That Innovate (nytimes.com)
- Chance and the Connected Mind (laf.ee)
- Chance favors the connected mind (speedofcreativity.org)
- Where Good Ideas Come From (laughingsquid.com)
- Off the Shelf – In New Books, a Look at People and Places That Innovate – Review – NYTimes.com (nytimes.com)
- “How to get good (transformative) ideas” and related posts (martin-koser.de)
- New books on innovation (rs.resalliance.org)
- Good Ideas and My Thanks to Dorothy Roberts (sociological images)
- Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from [Greg Laden’s Blog] (scienceblogs.com)
How much knowledge is too much? (from FlowingData)
By Nathan Yau – Aug 30, 2010
Auger Loizeau, in collaboration with Reyer Zwiggelaar and Bashar Al-Rjoub, describe their smart-home project Happylife. It monitors facial expressions and movements to estimate a family’s mood, displayed via four glowing orbs on the wall, one for each member.
We built a visual display linked to the thermal image camera. This employs facial recognition to differentiate between members of the family. Each member has one rotary dial and one RGB LED display effectively acting like emotional barometers. These show current state and predicted state, the predicted state being based on years of accumulated statistical data.
They also include a few quite beautiful vignettes from a family that has Happylife in their home. While there are no concrete metrics or instructions on how to read the displays, the family does draw some kind of emotional insights and sometimes finds comfort in the glow:
It was that time of the year. All of the Happylife prediction dials had spun anti-clockwise, like barometers reacting to an incoming storm. we lost David 4 years ago and the system was anticipating our coming sadness. We found this strangely comforting. (to read the rest, click here).