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Inventor who shocked tech world stumped by 43-year patent delay -
"Bob Noyce was an investor in everything," Misa said. "When he died, his family found a shoe box of promissory notes. He was very keen on building the electronics industry."
history  ip  technology 
march 2014 by gnat
Can Do vs. Can’t Do Cultures - Ben's Blog
great Western Union evaluation of the telephone
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, offered to sell his invention and patents to Western Union, the leading telegraph provider, for $100,000. Western Union refused based on a report from their internal committee. Here are some of the excerpts of that report:

“The Telephone purports to transmit the speaking voice over telegraph wires. We found that the voice is very weak and indistinct, and grows even weaker when long wires are used between the transmitter and receiver. Technically, we do not see that this device will be ever capable of sending recognizable speech over a distance of several miles.
“Messer Hubbard and Bell want to install one of their “telephone devices” in every city. The idea is idiotic on the face of it. Furthermore, why would any person want to use this ungainly and impractical device when he can send a messenger to the telegraph office and have a clear written message sent to any large city in the United States?

“The electricians of our company have developed all the significant improvements in the telegraph art to date, and we see no reason why a group of outsiders, with extravagant and impractical ideas, should be entertained, when they have not the slightest idea of the true problems involved. Mr. G.G. Hubbard’s fanciful predictions, while they sound rosy, are based on wild-eyed imagination and lack of understanding of the technical and economic facts of the situation, and a posture of ignoring the obvious limitations of his device, which is hardly more than a toy… .

“In view of these facts, we feel that Mr. G.G. Hubbard’s request for $100,000 of the sale of this patent is utterly unreasonable, since this device is inherently of no use to us. We do not recommend its purchase.”
history  technology 
january 2014 by gnat
Silicon Valley's Favorite Stories -
At Intel you take the ball yourself and you let the air out and you fold the ball up and put it in your pocket. Then you take another ball and run with it and when you’ve crossed the goal you take the second ball out of your pocket and reinflate it and score twelve points instead of six.’ ”
history  technology 
february 2013 by gnat
dy/dan » Blog Archive » Is This Press Release From 2012 or 1972?
"Giving teachers tools to help them manage that is a good goal. Devising tools that remove teachers from the process is where we go wrong."
education  history  technology 
february 2013 by gnat
Why We Can't Solve Big Problems | MIT Technology Review
The answer is that these things are complex, and that there is no one simple explanation.
energy  future  technology 
november 2012 by gnat
Learning Management Systems: Disruptive Developments, Alternative Options and the Implications for Teaching and Learning | Contact North | Contact Nord
This series of six short modules explores what an LMS is, how it works, what the alternatives are and what is developing in terms of emerging technologies.

The series is designed for all who administer, use and teach with an LMS or are considering doing so. It is practical, up to date and informative – intended to help each reader get more out of the LMS they currently use, understand how thistool for online learning is growing and evolving, and determine how to make the right decisions for the future.

Module 1 - Learning Management Systems in Ontario: Who’s Using What?

Module 2 - Thinking About Choosing a Learning Management System?

Module 3 - From Wikis to Wordpress: How New Technologies Are Impacting the Learning Management System

Module 4 - Making Decisions About Learning Management Systems: Building a Framework for the Future

Module 5 - Different Approaches to Online Learning and the Role of the Learning Management System

Module 6 - 8 Basic Questions About Learning Management Systems: The Answer Sheet
education  technology 
may 2012 by gnat
open learning spaces: What place the library?
Think less about a book room and more about an information resource was the first point. If a library is simply a place for books then it has a very short timeline ahead of it indeed. Think more about the library as a service, having a teacher-librarian who can act as a filter, a connection maker, an information expert for learners. Someone who can support inquiry learning through the development of information literacy competencies in addition to the development of children as readers.

In this case if this is the model for the librarian, then ‘where’ the library is becomes less important. How the teacher-librarian can add value to the learning that goes on in the hubs is. It’s about a partnership in learning- more of a Learning Commons approach, where children are encouraged to ‘become critical consumers of information’ (OSLA, 2010, p. 3). It’s a question I know Amesbury School in Wellington are addressing with the intentional appointment of a teacher librarian to work within their new learning hubs.

The second point though is an important one, and it’s about the place of a library as one of helping to engender a love of books and of reading. It’s often a place of sanctuary for many children, particularly those who don’t always enjoy being outside during the breaktimes. And a wander through our library space over a few lunchtimes this week revealed just that.
education  technology 
may 2012 by gnat
future quote
'In 10 years, we will look back fondly at the day when, at a family gathering, we were all glued to the *same* screen.'
culture  technology  future  quotes 
january 2011 by gnat
How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write -
Steven Johnson's piece on the future of books. Instant purchasing => more books. Ability to switch books => attention shortage. New forms of discovery. Imagines blogging and commentary, but that needs a URL. "Writing for Google", paying per chapter
books  technology  future 
april 2009 by gnat
Biotech in North Carolina | Pipettes at the ready | The Economist
The state has invested more than $1.2 billion in biotechnology in the past ten years, between facilities, research, training programmes and incentives for companies. Those efforts have paid off. North Carolina now has more than 54,000 people working for some 500 biotech companies.
business  bio  technology  usa  economics  government 
april 2009 by gnat
7 Rules of Low-Cost Design for Non-Profit – Amy Smith - Popular Mechanics
6. If you want to make something 10 times cheaper, remove 90 percent of the material.
design  technology  mit  innovation 
april 2009 by gnat
SnapTell - Image recognition based mobile marketing
image recognition as UI. take pix of objects and logos and it'll tell you what they are (and give you links to commerce, wikipedia, etc.)
mobile  iphone  technology  advertising  marketing  image 
february 2009 by gnat
Inside the Transition: Technology, Innovation and Government Reform | The Obama-Biden Transition Team
the comments and user-suggested material on the website show that we haven't figured out how to structure contributions online.
government  internet  politics  technology 
january 2009 by gnat
ownership vs rent
changing models of ownership and possession for the Internet age. Not sure I agree with this. I've come to think that streaming (renting) penalizes those without constant net access: it's an offline tax.
trends  media  technology 
january 2009 by gnat
Anybots · About the Robots
Trevor Blackwell's startup launches
future  technology  robot 
january 2009 by gnat
Following the IT crowd - Technology - NZ Herald News
I don't remember blaming the US govt for the lack of EveryBlock in NZ, more that the US geospatial industry is big because the US govt was free with its data in a way that NZ hasn't yet been. Otherwise not a bad summary of my ten minute talk with Anthony on the phone.
nz  data  mobile  me  technology 
january 2009 by gnat
prescient, but in a "boo, the future" context.
future  writing  sf  technology  books 
november 2008 by gnat
Ponoko Blog
3d printer cheaper than a 1985 laser printer. Brilliant piece of reframing. The implicit trajectory is compelling.
3d  printing  history  technology  innovation 
october 2008 by gnat
George F. Colony: Why this tech recession will be different
thinks it won't be so bad because (1) Tech didn't have far to fall, (2) innovation leads recovery, (3) tech is everywhere, (4) customers live on tech, (5) tech issues are burning. Factoid: "Gen Y spends twice the amount of time on cell phones and half the amount of time reading newspapers [as X]"
trends  technology  economy 
october 2008 by gnat - The Schools We Need Presentation at Ignite Philly 2 - Uploaded by tdlifestyle
I wish every teacher and principal had his passion, and their schools had his resources.
education  kids  technology 
september 2008 by gnat
dy/dan » Blog Archive » So You Know This Does Nothing Good For Me, Right?
very telling graph relating amount of technology use with grade 4 maths scores.
technology  education 
august 2008 by gnat
Future of Internet Search: Mobile version « petitinvention
wonderful imagination of what the future of a ubiquitous all-in-one device might be able to do for us.
ubicomp  technology  future 
august 2008 by gnat
Does The New Business Of Music Change The Way Music Sounds? at FISTFULAYEN
He sees getting great musicians that are his friends together for a month or more and saying, “We’re going to eat well and have a roof over our heads but we aren’t going to get paid union rates. We’re all going to take an ownership stake in this record.”
music  technology  future 
august 2008 by gnat
art and technology MAKE-style meetup
make  geek  community  art  technology  nz 
august 2008 by gnat
China's All-Seeing Eye : Rolling Stone
appalling and evil: American companies selling the surveillance state technology to China.
china  america  privacy  rights  democracy  technology 
may 2008 by gnat
Brave New World Revisited (1958) by Aldous Huxley
"But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power". What would Huxley have made of the Internet?
politics  society  culture  future  technology 
may 2008 by gnat
Homo mobilis |
"microcoordination". unsure i believe the praises sung of mashup culture though.
economics  society  technology  mobile 
may 2008 by gnat
Making it happen |
e-government: technology, trust, and incentives
government  technology 
february 2008 by gnat
Watching as you shop |
monitoring checkout queue length. heatmaps in stores. recording audio in aisles. (bloody hell!)
trends  shopping  business  technology 
december 2007 by gnat
Laboratory for a Fortressed World | Naomi Klein
hypothesis: israel's startup culture is all homeland security based, all defense and paranoia
israel  innovation  technology 
november 2007 by gnat
Technology in Asia | Howling at the moon |
"Technological creativity is rooted in a country's institutions as well as its people's ingenuity. The rules that govern a society must police ideas just enough to reward innovation, without stifling diffusion and collaboration."
economics  innovation  technology  asia 
november 2007 by gnat
O'Reilly Radar > The Future of Web 2.0
A clear vision of the future of Web 2.0 for the next decade.
web2.0  web  future  technology 
march 2007 by gnat
When It Comes to Innovation, Geography Is Destiny - New York Times
great technology ideas can come from anywhere, but they keep coming from Silicon Valley because of two related factors: increasing returns and first-mover advantage.
geo  web  history  technology 
february 2007 by gnat
Science Fiction is the Only Literature People Care Enough About to Steal on the Internet.
Cory Doctorow talks about technology and performers vs virtuosos, what gets stolen on the Internet, and why science fiction writers are best positioned to thrive on the net. Some great quotable lines.
sf  books  piracy  technology  p2p  culture  music 
july 2006 by gnat
Driven to distraction by technology
One interruption every three minutes. More details on the Veritas email-free Friday. Are the only software projects tackling this really Office 12 and Lotus?
attention  technology  radar 
july 2005 by gnat
Agriculture: The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
Jared Diamond's wonderful slam on the unforeseen consequences of technological innovation. A delightful read.
technology  radar 
june 2005 by gnat
Ten things I learned about the future at the Wired NextFest
Hilarious deconstruction of the Wired NextFest at Chicago's Navy Pier.
future  technology  radar 
june 2005 by gnat

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