Recommended read. The downloaded report is 26 pages of interesting input and detail. Internet and ….
Excerpt introduction: The comprehensive report from After Broadband: Imagining Hyperconnectivity is now available. Featuring a foreward written by Wharton Professor Kevin Werbach, the report highlights the day’s discussions and insights.
Many thanks to our event participants and sponsors for contributing.
Download full report here via After Broadband | Report. Wharton Business School
Small business of-interest. Who better to adapt to the cool new office design than startups and small businesses. Facilitating innovation, collaboration and small business budgets.
Excerpt: As cloud computing and wireless Internet become ubiquitous, workers are cordless. Who needs a cube, much less an office? Just follow the leads of these cool companies.
Read full article via Inside the Latest Office-Design Craze: Hot Desking | Inc.com.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners of-interest.
Excerpt: Venture capitalists are still investing in flashy Internet start-ups, but the “Next Big Thing” is more likely to be a maker of humdrum Internet plumbing for businesses.
The Wall Street Journal’s third annual ranking of the top 50 venture capital-backed companies shows a crop of contenders that overall are focused less on online consumers than in years past.
Read full article via Looking for the ‘Next Big Thing’? Ranking the Top 50 Start-Ups – WSJ.com.
With all the articles on Big Data, especially this year, if you haven’t heard of the new expert, Data Scientist, you will. This article gives you some insight into what is a data scientist and why you will need them. Data mining, data management, information technology
Excerpt: There are some great articles about big data and analytics in the current issue of HBR, and I am happy to have co-authored one of them with DJ Patil, one of the world’s first practicing data scientists. In fact, data scientists are what our article is about. I would argue that they are the most important resource for capitalizing on big data. While there is a lot of Hadoopalooza in the technology press about the tools for managing big data, and they are wonderful, it’s also true that they are a) widely available, and b) mostly free. Neither can be said of data scientists. The other necessary resource, massive quantities of data, can also be found on every virtual corner these days. If your customers have internet access, for example, you’ve got big data.
Simply put, you can’t do much with big data without data scientists. They are the magicians who transform an inchoate mass of bits into a fit subject for analysis. God may have been the first to produce order out of chaos, but data scientists do it too, admittedly on a smaller scale. They can suck data out of a server log, a telecom billing file, or the alternator on a locomotive, and figure out what the heck is going on with it. They create new products and services for customers. They can also interface with carbon-based lifeforms — senior executives, product managers, CTOs, and CIOs. You need them.
Read full article via Can You Live Without a Data Scientist? – Tom Davenport – Harvard Business Review.
Of-interest read on today’s world internet
Excerpt: Thanks to more traffic that can be sent via CDNs and cached at the edge, the shape of the Internet is changing. Instead of data traveling back and forth over long-haul pipes, today’s Internet looks like streams of data flowing to reservoirs at the edge.
Read full article via http://gigaom.com/2012/09/13/the-shape-of-the-internet-has-changed-it-now-lives-life-on-the-edge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OmMalik+%28GigaOM%3A+Tech%29 From GigaOM
Another good read — advice on how to manage the deluge of information now — and worse coming. Author lists the common advice steps, but takes it farther with more great strategy to now put into place. Data management
Seek Knowledge, not Information
At the risk of a data-driven mental meltdown (not unlike Ms. Blanchett’s ill-fated character), we can’t stop seeking information, nor should we stop its flow. Rather, we should employ strategies that exercise our ability to organize, communicate and collaborate, to discern useful knowledge from useless noise.
Looking ahead, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news: Our data deluge is only going to get worse. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, by 2015, there will be three billion Internet users transmitting 245 terabytes of data per second. The good news is this is also an opportunity; you can arm yourself with helpful strategies and tips to better manage and mine this useful information to better meet your short and long-term goals.
Read full article via Turn Down the Noise: Tips for Managing Information Overload – Information Management Online Article.
Okay, I admit I may be straying a bit from small business news to use, however, as most of you know, I find neuroscience and its business use evolution to be fascinating, especially for skills and learning in leadership and management. What caught my eye on this one, “Are you saying the Internet could become conscious” ……. whoa, is this a science fiction movie in the making? No, at least not yet. What he does — sort of reminds me of one of my Logic classes many years ago — is use the basic formula to prove his statement. This is a Friday read if you have time or find such topics interesting.
Are you saying the Internet could become conscious, or maybe already is conscious?
That’s possible. It’s a working hypothesis that comes out of artificial intelligence. It doesn’t matter so much that you’re made out of neurons and bones and muscles. Obviously, if we lose neurons in a stroke or in a degenerative disease like Alzheimer’s, we lose consciousness. But in principle, what matters for consciousness is the fact that you have these incredibly complicated little machines, these little switching devices called nerve cells and synapses, and they’re wired together in amazingly complicated ways. The Internet now already has a couple of billion nodes. Each node is a computer. Each one of these computers contains a couple of billion transistors, so it is in principle possible that the complexity of the Internet is such that it feels like something to be conscious. I mean, that’s what it would be if the Internet as a whole has consciousness. Depending on the exact state of the transistors in the Internet, it might feel sad one day and happy another day, or whatever the equivalent is in Internet space.
Read full article via The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel – Steve Paulson – The Atlantic.
Interesting read — there are always the ‘predictors’ of Silicon Valley and its big wins and big losses. If you today look at the tech industry as a whole, do you believe Silicon Valley, as we have known it, is over? I heard many of the same kind of arguments in late 1970s and early 1980s, following the economic issues then. So far, Silicon Valley appears to have had several “lives”, re-inventing itself after each strong pummeling. What do you think is going to happen this time? Small business
Excerpt: And this weekend when David Sacks accidentally unleashed a shitstorm on his Facebook page when he wrote that Silicon Valley as we knew it may be over, he was also being rational. His reasoning was this:
I think silicon valley as we know it may be coming to an end. In order to create a successful new company, you have to find an idea that (1) has escaped the attention of the major Internet companies, which are better run than ever before; (2) is capable of being launched and proven out for ~$5M, the typical seed plus series A investment; and (3) is protectable from the onslaught of those big companies once they figure out what you’re onto. How many ideas like that are left?
Read full article via David Sacks’ Argument Is Rational, It’s a Good Thing Silicon Valley Isn’t | PandoDaily.