Attention Spans Dwindling, Processing Power Increasing. Are We Becoming More Like Our Primal Ancestors?

“[What information consumes is] the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” -Herbert Simon, Nobel winner, Economics (1978) Think about that for a moment. Since the advent of movable type heralded the evolution of readily accessible information, our senses have been assaulted with ever-growing, ever-changing sources of information…

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Downton Abbey Inspires an App?

How do I begin 2016? Big Data? Drones? IOT? Need it now? More mobile? Post-digital? Pre-apocalypse? More on Star Wars and Adele? Nah… Instead I opted for a great story. One that encompasses everything that I love and admire about the age we live in and an age that is past. 2016 begins the sixth…

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Language is how we communicate. Language can be spoken, signed and sung. Language can be pictures — fashion or food. DNA is a language of sorts. So is computer code. And while we think it’s uniquely human, it may not really be so… “Thinkers such as Rousseau have argued that language originated from emotions while…

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Why the Apple Watch Works

I don’t know about you, but I love watches and I own a few…my wife would say more than a few…. Some are simple, like the one I wear during the summer at the beach: waterproof, colorful rubber wristband, colorful face and dials, thick and sturdy – perfect for the task of taking my grandkids…

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The Biggest Game-Changer in Online Commerce…?

Do you know what is driving higher conversion rates on e-commerce sites? Big data, from multiple sources in real time, crunched by powerful programs that ultimately recommend products to you based on where you are, what you have bought in the past, what people like you are buying right now, the weather, your travel plans…

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Lessons from CES: It’s Always All About People

I have just returned from Las Vegas where I joined tens of thousands of gamblers on their yearly pilgrimage, looking for, praying for, the Big Bet. To give you context, I was attending the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – an event that I have been attending since 1996; and to give you some more…

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The JetBlue Blues

For 2015: A new concept in customer service and personalized experiences. You go shopping for clothes… You can go basic and buy something that really doesn’t fit, because it’s been cut narrow to save you money, if you don’t mind the tightness; but you can pay more and buy one with the extra material that…

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How to Fill an Empty White Board

“EUREKA!!!!…I Have Found It!!!” The word eureka as an exclamation (and its meaning from the Greek) is attributed to Archimedes…who according to the story…“discovered” an accurate means of measuring the volume of irregular objects as he lowered himself into his bath (not tub – we are talking serious Greek Bath here) and ran naked and,…

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A Day for Universal Connecting and Creativity

Unplug and reconnect… A soapbox I jump on – every once in a while – and a cause I truly believe in…passionately…in fact, more so after reading about the late Steve Jobs and his strong views on his children’s education. My view is that everyone should pick a “Sabbath” – a time – of some…

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Alibaba and the IPO Treasure

“OPEN SESAME…” My bet is that you will recognize that phrase…its magic and its origin. And for those who forgot, “OPEN SESAME” are the words that magically opened the hidden cave of the legendary forty thieves, the words that Ali Baba, a poor woodcutter, overheard…and ultimately the words that made him richer than rich…. Alibaba…

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Get Out of Jail Free

Have you ever played Monopoly? One of my favorites….online and off. Chances are that at one time or another you have, as the game is available in 111 countries and published in 43 languages and some 275 million game boxes have been sold over the years. Since 1935, over a billion people have played the…

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Amazon Goes Hollywood Without the Algorithm

“You have to use judgment as well.” So said Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, to a bunch of TV critics…as reported by The New York Times. Actually the quote began with: “It’s not like you can come in on Tuesday and the computer says: ‘Doot, doot, doot. Here are the shows you are going…

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Ice Water Optional…Click & Shout

I poured a bucket of ice-cold/ice-cube-filled water over my head and posted the video to Facebook. So did more than a million other people. No…this wasn’t for #dumbestthingspeopledo…although some might debate that…more on that in a minute. I did it because the idea was to raise awareness – and hence money (DUH!) – for research…

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Can Amazon Profit from Porn?

AMAZON!!!! Say it ain’t so!!!! “Amazon’s Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and its Losses Swell”— The New York Times Why do we think that in the digital world innovation comes at a profit loss? And why do we ascribe digital brilliance to every so-called “innovation” from companies like an Amazon or a Napster, to go back a…

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Hunt a Mammoth

Unplug and reconnect. Amazing how the message seems to resonate…or maybe not so amazing…. I imagine that back in the day, some cave mom told her intense, wall-painting son to get out and hunt a mammoth or two and reconnect with what is real…and I have no doubt that advice made him a better painter…I…

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Trees, Shadows, World Cup and Teams

World Cup…and here is my question: How are you watching the game….and with whom? Here is my bet: You are in the vicinity of a large screen and you are surrounded by friends…some of whom you met only a few minutes ago. Unless you scored tickets…airfare, hotel and game…. I happen to be writing this…

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Fiddling While Rome Burns

What do Facebook, WhatsApp and the Ukraine have in common? Nothing, you might say at first – but a lot if you think about it. At its most basic, they were all in the news last week – with the announcement of Facebook’s epic purchase pushing the deaths of Ukrainian activists off the top of…

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Who Gets the Rewards for Your Membership?

What is the price of membership? How much are you willing to pay; commit: sacrifice; pledge; leverage; or give up to participate with a select group that by definition or at least by connotation are exclusive….in other words membership. American Express knows about membership and it “has its rewards”…your initiation is your credit rating and…

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Dichotomy

The Dichotomy. The same technology that allowed Edward Snowden to access, download and share thousands upon thousands of classified documents is the same technology that listens to thousands upon thousands of phone calls and reads thousands upon thousands of messages…which frightened Snowden and catalyzed him to action and so on…. Yet the same people who…

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