Posted on June 17, 2016 by matthewdbenson
Following 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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Posted on March 8, 2014 by matthewdbenson
Artwork by Arto Heikkinen
‘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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Posted on December 25, 2013 by matthewdbenson
Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/franckreporter
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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Posted on August 17, 2013 by matthewdbenson
Posted on May 18, 2013 by matthewdbenson
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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Posted on November 17, 2012 by matthewdbenson
Christmas 1984 – I received a present from my parents, ‘Elite‘, a ‘space simulation’ computer game for my BBC Micro ‘B’ (cassette version, back in the day when games would take several minutes to load, accompanied by an audible screeching noise …).
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Posted on October 31, 2012 by matthewdbenson
Courtesy of YouTube/StanfordUniversity
Of course, most people will see this post as coming very late. More than a year late. Steve Jobs died on October 5, 2011. He was, of course, known for his leadership of Apple, towards becoming the most valuable company in the world, and the drive behind numerous innovative products (iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.).
But Steve Jobs was also (eventually, if not always earlier) the inspiration for many. His passion, on stage delivering new product launches; his drive to deliver; his dedication to perfection; his creative instinct; his personal ‘turnaround’ (founding Apple, leaving Apple, returning to Apple, and his ultimate success at Apple).
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