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Disruptor has become a dirty word. And not just when applied to Donald Trump | Andre Spicer | Opinion | The Guardian
Toilers are the people who work for decades to develop and then improve a particular technology or technique. A classic toiler is the scientist who works for years on a particular problem, contributing small advances that help to take the field forward. Often it is sustained investment (often by governments) in these people that produce the really important technical breakthroughs.

Tinkerers are people who play around with existing as well as new technologies. These are the engineers who fiddle about with different technologies, trying things out and making do. Often it is these people who find ways to put basic scientific breakthroughs to work in solving specific problems. Typically, they create small improvements that make a big difference.

So instead of encouraging disruptors, our economy and also our political institutions may be better off with a few more toilers and tinkerers.
disruption  business  technology  TrumpDonald  ChristensenClayton  innovation  change  hype  research  dctagged  dc:creator=SpicerAndre 
9 weeks ago by petej
Tech startups: A Cambrian moment | The Economist
"So instead of outlining what these startups do, this special report will explain how they operate, how they are nurtured in accelerators and other such organisations, how they are financed and how they collaborate with others. It is a story of technological change creating a set of new institutions which governments around the world are increasingly supporting.

Startups run on hype; things are always “awesome” and people “super-excited”. But this world has its dark side as well. Failure can be devastating. Being an entrepreneur often means having no private life, getting little sleep and living on noodles, which may be one reason why few women are interested. More ominously, startups may destroy more jobs than they create, at least in the shorter term.

Yet this report will argue that the world of startups today offers a preview of how large swathes of the economy will be organised tomorrow. The prevailing model will be platforms with small, innovative firms operating on top of them. This pattern is already emerging in such sectors as banking, telecommunications, electricity and even government. As Archimedes, the leading scientist of classical antiquity, once said: Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth."
technology  software  innovation  business  startups  entrepreneurs  economics  hype  culture  disruption 
january 2014 by petej
Amazon to deliver by drone? Don't believe the hype | James Ball | Comment is free | theguardian.com
"Bezos' neat trick has knocked several real stories about Amazon out of the way. Last week's Panorama investigation into Amazon's working and hiring practices, suggesting that the site's employees had an increased risk of mental illness, is the latest in a long line of pieces about the company's working conditions – zero-hour contracts, short breaks, and employees' every move tracked by internal systems. Amazon's drone debacle also moved discussion of its tax bill – another long-running controversy, sparked by the Guardian's revelation last year that the company had UK sales of £7bn but paid no UK corporation tax – to the margins. The technology giants – Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al – have have huge direct reach to audiences and customers, the money to hire swarms of PR and communications staff, and a technology press overwhelmingly happy to incredulously print almost every word, rather than to engage in the much harder task of actually holding them to account."
Amazon  business  technology  BezosJeff  automation  drones  robots  delivery  hype  marketing 
december 2013 by petej
The FOTA EduBeardStroke Parabola 2013 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE
"Most technology is awful, it doesn’t work and it causes us endless pain trying to make it work. People will get renumerative careers in helping us to get within touching distance of the initial promise. Eventually they will write books and articles, run conferences and workshops, and the problem will be filed as completed.

It won’t be. We will never, never solve education with technology. It won’t work. We will solve education with education, and we will solve education with a way of educating that is closer to collaborative play than anything we currently do. Technology might help us start to understand education a bit better. That’s it.

(trouble is, I suspect we’ll need to solve capitalism before we get there… and I suspect that technology is only going to be a distraction there as well)"
technology  education  hype  cycle  Gartner  humour  dctagged  dc:creator=KernohanDavid 
january 2013 by petej

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