Saturday, March 03, 2012

Too Big to Know

podcast interview:
David Weinberger, @ Tech Nation, Dr. Moira Gunn, IT conversations

book: Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (9780465021420): David Weinberger: Books

We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, but it’s different. Topics have no boundaries, and nobody agrees on anything.

Yet this is the greatest time in history to be a knowledge seeker . . . if you know how. In Too Big to Know, Internet philosopher David Weinberger shows how business, science, education, and the government are learning to use networked knowledge to understand more than ever and to make smarter decisions than they could when they had to rely on mere books and experts.

This groundbreaking book shakes the foundations of our concept of knowledge—from the role of facts to the value of books and the authority of experts—providing a compelling vision of the future of knowledge in a connected world.

David Weinberger is also
co-author of Cluetrain Manifesto

Innovation 4 Abundance

podcast radio: Will Innovation Save Us? | On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Peter Diamandis, chairman and CEO of the X-Prize Foundation
and author of the new book The Future Is Better Than You Think

(free first chapter with summary of ideas)

The discussion was mostly if individuals or government are better in solving grand challenges...
Basically deriving from "greed" (make more money)
or "fear" (i.e. NASA of Soviets winning space race) mindset,
and neglecting that in both cases innovations comes from driven individuals
who happens to get in position to create innovation...

A smart phone in hands of all people in the world
should also come with "apps" with path to prosperity,
like free online learning and business opportunities
that are good for individuals and society.

10 Fastest Growing Companies

The 10 Fastest Growing Companies In The S&P 500

Windows Metro Style Apps Developer Downloads

Windows Metro Style Apps Developer Downloads

Microsoft has first "shipped" Windows 8 "Developer Preview" back in September 2011.
That was a "package" of both OS and Dev tools.

Now, they have "shipped" Windows 8 "Consumer Preview", with 100 000 code changes.
For developers, there are separate SDKs (link above).

Windows 8 is a mix of "Desktop" and "Metro" (touch, mobile).
In this latest release, "old style" (Win32) apps could run in parallel (on the same screen)
with "Metro" style apps, that are main "Start" view.
One of "old style" packages is Office, including next version also!
In fact, existing apps are running almost as in Win32 Virtual Machine on new WinRT.

Bottom line: new "Metro style" development is done in Visual Studio 11 (beta).
"Old style" win32 will still be available, so all existing tools and skills are valid.

Windows 8 looks quite polished and fast...
With this Microsoft will have a decent chance to compete with iOS and Android...