Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Holoportation" by Microsoft Research

'Holoportation' demo makes live-video holograms look easy

Walking on Mars: NASA, Microsoft Explore Red Planet with Wearable HoloLens

Alex Kipman: A futuristic vision of the age of holograms | TED Talk |

Dropbox: Public 2 Private Cloud

unusual move by Dropbox... with a good reason

Dropbox Develops Magic Pocket, Moves Away From AWS @ InfoQ

"Dropbox discussed their migration away from Amazon Web Services (AWS) on their blog. The blog post recounts all of the activities that have allowed them to achieve their goal of serving 90% of all user data exclusively from their own data centers. The project, named “Magic Pocket”, called for in-house developed software and hardware to be built to support their customer needs.

Dropbox has seen 12x growth since 2012. During this timeframe, the amount of storage required for customer data has increased from 40 petabytes to 500 petabytes in order to serve their 500 million users.

“There were a couple reasons behind this decision. First, one of our key product differentiators is performance. Bringing storage in-house allows us to customize the entire stack end-to-end and improve performance for our particular use case. Second, as one of the world’s leading providers of cloud services, our use case for block storage is unique. We can leverage our scale and particular use case to customize both the hardware and software, resulting in better unit economics.”

Dropbox Intro Video - Magic Pocket - YouTube

visual word: ikigai (purpose)

Ikigai - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Ikigai (生き甲斐, pronounced [ikiɡai]) is a Japanese concept meaning "a reason for being". Everyone, according to the Japanese, has an ikigai. Finding it requires a deep and often lengthy search of self. Such a search is regarded as being very important, since it is believed that discovery of one's ikigai brings satisfaction andmeaning to life.[1] Examples include work, hobbies and raising children.[2]

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki (生き?), referring to life, and kai (甲斐?), which roughly means "the realisation of what one expects and hopes for".

In the culture of Okinawa, ikigai is thought of as "a reason to get up in the morning"; that is, a reason to enjoy life. In a TED Talk, Dan Buettner suggested ikigai as one of the reasons people in the area had such long lives.[3]"

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