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Let’s Shoot for the Moon! Mashable has a “Smashing” article on the technological imagination… 10 ‘Star Trek’ Technologies That Actually Exist

Human potential is forged in the imagination.   The relationship between Hollywood and American popular culture is the nexus where American ingenuity and chutzpah (audacity) come together to nurture possibilities.

Take, for example, those moments when we experience a seemingly mysterious event, apparently made possible by technology but not obviously understood.  Think about the first time you saw an automatic door open, without having to step on a black rubber mat to obviously trigger the favor.  Hard to believe that invisible waves can cause so physical and timely an action–but today  they do and we take it for granted.  Similarly, there are hundreds of actions and activities that are nearly invisible and unintelligible to many of us…. We use them without even really choosing to and we benefit without paying a price or even understanding.  Automatic seems to be the trend as the life around us, since the first automatic transmission to todays photocell driven seamless interactions…  

Today, technology is all around us and our sense of control, choice and volition seems to be increasingly replaced by consequences to our mundane actions—not the least of which is our social media communications and Google, Facebook and Big Government taking notes and saving data that can further impact what we do next or not do.

So, what is driving all this technological change and why is it here?  The answer is quite surprising and less sinister than one might think–we simply imagine it.  Yes, technological change and possibilities are not only driven by mathematicians and engineers.  They are born in the imagination of a restless writer or a curious George ….  

The Policy ThinkShop recommends:  Mashable has a nice homage to the role that creativity and pining for a better world present when interesting ideas become popular and society creates the necessary conditions to support a crazy idea like: Let’s build a rocket and shoot for the moon!

“Whether it\’s deep space or the deepest depths of the ocean, truly brilliant machines can operate in all sorts of extreme conditions. While the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn\’t exist (yet!), there are other technologies out there that …”

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5 Tips for Managing IT Across Multiple Offices | Inc.com Policy ThinkShop on Tech Trends …

Wires, T1 lines and hardware have been replaced by “the cloud.” Information management capacity has once again been made faster, cheaper and perhaps more reliable, but we still have other “human variables” and intangibles that make communicating across organizations and teams difficult. When will we learn to keep up with technological change with commensurate “cultural changes” in the ways we process information and share it?

“One location, for a growing business, is typically not enough. With enough personnel and capital, many businesses prefer to set up multiple offices to attract different regions of customers.

With separate offices how can your business install a network so all the locations can work, communicate, and share information easily, instantaneously, and …”

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Microsoft and the PC industry: Defenestrated | The Economist A Policy ThinkShop Tech Ideas Review

Technology changes fast and information technology seems to be moving at the speed of light as our work, the life of our kids and even the government’s role in our lives are all changing in ways that keep us guessing.

Just when you thought that you had beat the current technological transformation from desktop PC to handheld devices that use Apps to send micro and instantaneous information to colleagues, friends and family, the technological gadget market seems to be going through yet another transformation.

The players include the usual suspects from the hardware, software and new media industries.  But what does this all mean for those of us who use these technologies for serious business and communication matters?  Are these technologies being driven by what kids need to chat and play?  Or are they serious productive tools that we can depend on as professionals?  Are these gadgets disposable despite their high cost and are we being forced to be on a never ending technological change conveyor belt that stretches our ability to keep up with the learning curve and the bill?

The Policy ThinkShop follows technological change in the communications area to keep you informed of what matters, what changes and how it may affect your business and your career.

“UNTIL August 23rd few people would have described Steve Ballmer as “retiring”. Microsoft’s chief executive has played both tiger and Tigger: snarling (toothlessly, as it turned out) at Apple’s gadgets; and bouncing, with a whoop, onto conference stages to extol his company’s wares. But retiring he is, within a year.

Mr Ballmer’s departure is a surprise. He had announced a reorganisation of the company only in July and had hoped to oversee much of the change. Some celebrated his going: Microsoft’s share price went up by 7.3% on the day the news broke. Mr Ballmer has plenty of …”

via Microsoft and the PC industry: Defenestrated | The Economist.

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6 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

The Policy ThinkShop searches all media to keep up with and promote the latest on social and gadget media.  Checkout the following article on Apps that can help you manage information and have fun …

“It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you’re in luck — we take care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.”

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Device Sends Message to Swiss Farmer When Cow Is in Heat – NYTimes.com

When Christian Oesch was a boy on his family’s hog farm, cellphones were a thing of the future. Now, Mr. Oesch tends a herd of dairy cattle and …

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State of the News Media 2012 – Pew Research Center

A mounting body of evidence finds that the spread of mobile technology is adding to news consumption, strengthening the appeal of traditional news brands and even boosting reading of long-form journalism. But the evidence also shows that technology companies are strengthening their grip on who profits, according to the 2012 State of the News Media report by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The annual State of the News Media report is a comprehensive analysis of the health of journalism in America, which includes detailed analysis of eight different media sectors as well as an overview that identifies key trends and key findings of the essential statistics about news in the last year.

via State of the News Media 2012 – Pew Research Center.

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Kindle Singles, Genre Between Magazine Articles and Books – NYTimes.com

The Kindle Single is not a promising name. It sounds like a new kind of prefabricated fire log, or a type of person you might meet on the dating service eHarmony — perhaps a lonely independent …

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Apple to Bring iPhone, iPad Features to Mac with Mountain Lion – WSJ.com

Chief Executive Tim Cook wants to make its Mac more like an …

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The Pirate Bay Wants You to Download Physical Objects Now

File-sharing site The Pirate Bay is apparently expanding its reach into letting users pass one another physical objects to …

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Surgical robots: The kindness of strangers | The Economist

RAVENS have a bad reputation. Medieval monks, who liked to give names to everything (even things that did not need them), came up with “an unkindness” as the collective noun for these corvids. Blake Hannaford and his colleagues at the University of Washington, in Seattle, however, hope to change the impression engendered by the word. They are about to release a flock of medical robots with wing-like arms, called Ravens, in the hope of stimulating …

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Microsoft and Intel: Wintel swings | The Economist

TOGETHER Microsoft, the maker of the Windows operating system, and Intel, the world’s biggest maker of semiconductors, used to rule the world of personal computing. Now that new computers are as likely to sit in people’s hands as on their desks or laps, life for the Wintel couple is less comfy. On September 13th, at their annual conferences for software developers, both claimed to have found …

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Five ways to get started with your new iPad – latimes.com

So, you got a new iPad for Christmas? Congratulations! You’ve totally been wanting one of those. But you also may be feeling overwhelmed. Your new iPad can be a digital recording studio, an alarm clock, and it can help you study for the …

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