Going Digital (part II) – “I’ve seen the future, and it’s … a world of change”

 

Future Shock originalFollowing my last post, I’ve been thinking more about ‘Digital‘. Is it a buzzword? Maybe. A myth? For sure not. Misunderstood? Definitely!

In my last post I talked about some of the technologies that are already here,and on their way to making our world very different. More technologies will come along soon also, at an increasing, seemingly exponential pace.

Recently I came across this spoof/parody article about how digital is misunderstood, “Nobody knows what ‘digital’ supposed to mean. As a colleague, who I shared the link with, said:

… Thing is. … This is the reality!

So how does one go about looking into the future, and understanding what a digital world will look like? After all, if as many say, it will radically and rapidly alter our lives, we should try to better understand it.

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Going ‘Digital’

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It seems that everyone is excited about ‘going digital‘. The ‘digital’ moniker is now being used as a synonym for almost all that follows – it’s not about the ‘web’, ‘social media’, or ‘smartphones’ (they are so last decade …).

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Coming soon: ‘Mission (Almost) Completed’

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Mission (Almost) Completed‘ – a short story by Matthew D. Benson, to be published soon by Fantastic Books Publishing, as part of the ‘Elite Anthology: Tales from the Frontier‘, to accompany the release of the ‘Elite: Dangerous‘ computer game, by Frontier Developments plc.

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(Re)discovering communities

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Over the past couple of years I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about innovation and creativity. Much of that circled around the power of collaboration, and the benefits of homogeneous and heterogenous teams, something that I also spent time thinking about during my MBA, when reading about (corporate) organisational structures.

Since then I’ve developed some of these thoughts, to contemplate ‘communities’.  The drivers of that have been situations where I have seen very passionate communities achieve incredible things, often without formal leaders (though informal ‘leaders’ often become apparent), as well as situations where communities have not formed,  but were they to do so, I believe, might have incredible power that might not be possible through more formal efforts (teams, leadership, extrinsic incentivisation, etc.).

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Keep Calm and Carry Beam Lasers

Just a bit of fun, in the Elite forums ….

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Being drawn into the web

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I tend to be quite active on the internet, and yet I sometimes find myself in a quandary – should I submit a blog post, or add a comment on another web-site or not. This post tries to better understand the various aspects of that decision moment.

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“Adler smoothie” (green smoothie recipe)

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I’ve been experimenting with some green smoothie recipes – while I looked a few up on the internet, I’ve generally just used them for inspiration, and not really followed any of them.

I’ve named this one in commemoration of Eintracht Frankfurt football club (nickname, ‘die Adler‘ / the Eagles), after their fantastic 2012/13 season performance – they drew 2-2 with Vfl Wolfsburg this afternoon to achieve qualification for the Europa League (season 2013/14). Nice job!

Ok, back to the smoothie. Quite simply, I just stuck all the ingredients in the blender. Here’s the recipe:

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