PostHuman: An Introduction to Transhumanism

Interesting video ..

Must read – REINVENTING THE WEB: A New App Lets You Watch Whatever TV Program You Want, Including The Olympics, Anywhere In The World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is excellent and I recommend you read it

The concluding para

One major test will begin on Feb. 7 at 11 a.m., EST, when Hola’s users will try livestreaming the Olympic Opening Ceremonies from a variety of foreign websites, bypassing the vast system of electronic borders seeking to hem them in. Those who succeed will be watching up to eight and a half hours ahead of most Americans, since NBC is declining to carry the ceremony live on TV or to stream it at all, presumably to boost broadcast ratings in prime time.

There will be pageantry and spectacle and most likely a flurry of bizarre and over-the-top performances. Then the Olympians will parade around Fisht Stadium, a stirring display of athletic excellence and a testament to the human spirit, putting aside ethnic and national differences and coming together for a common purpose, borders be damned.

 Image source : Business insider/Hola

I am at the State of the Net conference in Washington

 

 

 

I am attending the state of the net conference in Washington.

If you are attending – happy to meet. Please contact me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com

See the agenda HERE. I will be attending the event on behalf of the European Internet Foundation with a focus on my role as the co-author of the Digital trends 2030 report.

Vimeo – If you raised 10K on kickstarter for a film – why would you hand over exclusive rights to Vimeo?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like many long standing blogs, I get many press releases – most of which are not relevant

This one from Vimeo sounded interesting until I explored deeper

At the Sundance festival – Vimeo launched a 500K progam to fund crowdfunded films 

The idea is .. If you raised 10K on kickstarter – Vimeo would pay you 10K on a case by case basis for marketing and promotion – and then also permit access to a larger fund

This all sounds ‘motherhood and apple pie’ .. until you realize that its an exclusive to Vimeo ..

That’s not mentioned on the press release ..

More so .. 10K for marketing could also have caveats on how the money is spent (ex with any supplier? or with vimeo nominated suppliers)

The question is:

If you are a content provider .. and you raised 10k on KS etc .. why would you then give someone an ‘exclusive’?

If you have already been proven on Kickstarter .. why would you not go ahead and build a network on YouTube etc?

I love kickstarter and I raised a successful kickstarter round for feynlabs

 But I am tired of companies and PR agencies who exploit innovators and content providers

Finally, I am a huge fan of Walt Disney .. So remember the story of Disney and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit

And I am genuinely interested in supporting great kickstarter campaigns .. who I invited to speak at an event which I chaired (long before they got traction)

Its just that this press release is indicative of how NOT to support innovation and how large platforms try to promote a service which sounds good on paper ..

PS – I am a paid vimeo customer. So no problem with Vimeo as such

The problem with facebook – not your usual scare mongering ..

This is a not your usual anti-facebook scare mongering

The very first sentence is a classic and sums the entire problem “The problem with facebook is – that it is keeping things from you”

and then later “facebook is using it’s filtering power to make money”

and later again “we are all advertisers”

I agree with this analysis .. and my page has more than 40,000 fans – Concepts of Programming Languages .. I hope someone at FB is listening to this

We used to advertise on FB .. but not recently ..

 

Testing ..at the hadron collider exhibit at the science museum

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Ovum claims predictably that Operators’ M2M opportunities revenues will more than treble over the next five years

 

 

 

Ovum claims predictibly that Operators’ M2M opportunities revenues will more than treble over the next five years

This is interesting since its about M2M and not IOT

‘M2M’ (machine to machine). M2M is mainly a Telecoms industry term.

M2M implies a ‘machine + radio’ at least at one end with a cellular modem.

IOT has a wider goal of making intelligent devices using radio technologies (but not necessarily cellular).

IOT is expected to be in the range of 50 billion devices by 2020

By 2020, we are expected to have 50 billion connected devices

To put in context:

The first commercial citywide cellular network was launched in Japan by NTT in 1979

The milestone of 1 billion mobile phone connections was reached in      2002

The 2 billion mobile phone connections milestone was reached in 2005

The 3 billion mobile phone connections milestone was reached in 2007

The 4 billion mobile phone connections milestone was reached in February 2009.

So, 50 billion by 2020 is a large number

Thus,  M2M is a subset of IOT(Internet of things).

For example healthcare has the following wireless technologies – Bluetooth, MICS, 802.11, IEE 802.15.4, 802.11e, Zigbee, Whitehart, Wibree, ISA100.11a, 6LoWPAN , 6lowpan, 3G/GPRS/GSM.

Cellular is just one of them ..

Now, what is Ovum claiming - Ovum outlines operators’ M2M opportunities as it forecasts revenues will more than treble over the next five years

 a)  Over the next five years, M2M revenues will grow to reach $44.8bn, with more than a third coming from Asia-Pacific.

b)  New forecasts* from Ovum reveal that revenues will grow slightly more slowly than connections, reflecting the increasing competitiveness of the market and the extension of M2M into lower-value applications.

c) Total global M2M connections will more than treble from 106.4 million in 2012 to 360.9 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 22.6%.

d) There will be growth across all regions, but it will be fastest in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and Africa. Revenues in Asia-Pacific will grow to almost $15bn, at a CAGR of 26.5%, between 2012 and 2018.

e) The most important industry verticals in 2018 will be healthcare, manufacturing, and energy & utilities, which are forecast to generate revenues of $7.9bn, $7.1bn, and $7.0bn respectively by 2018.

f)  “This is not a forecast of the ‘Internet of Things’ but rather of managed and paid-for connections over public mobile networks,

 g)  “For telcos there are really two opportunities: to stand back and provide the connectivity for M2M services, or to roll up their sleeves and get involved with the end-to-end provision of solutions.”

h) The first is a smaller opportunity but is much more straightforward for telcos to address. The second is much bigger, but involves new skills and competencies, and defining new kinds of relationship with systems integrators (SIs) and software development.

Analysis

Most of these reports are written for Telco audiences.

So, they follow a now familiar pattern

a) Show that there is a big market .. (X billion after Y years)

b) Claim connectivity is minimum and thats the low hanging fruit ..

c) Claim services are the key but Telcos need different skills to take advantage of services (or those Big Bad OTT guys will take it all!)

So, no surprises here!

Why Asia Pac? esp with healthcare, energy and utilities driving the uptake?

I am not sure ..

But overall .. a sense of Deja Vu

For real innovation – see IOT, Kickstarter etc

Learning to program – patterns and IQ tests ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a child – I disliked IQ tests

Not that I was very bad at them – but because people short-sightedly tend to use IQ tests as measures in themselves for selection and admission

That process often excluded me ..

As an adult – I realise that my unique form of ‘intelligence’ if you will – lies in co-relating existing ideas to create new ones ..

IQ tests cannot measure that skill ..

However, IQ tests are not REALLY a measure of intelligence at all – (despite the views of some who think that they are) – because you can learn to pass these tests ..

In other words, there is an element of skill involved

So, it’s nice that I can use my form of intelligence of ‘hacking IQ tests’ to apply to another domain –  i.e. learning programming

Mastering IQ tests is really often a matter of understanding common patterns in these tests

I mentioned in Women and Coding – Do we need a different approach – the idea of learning programming like a ‘Chess master’ i.e. understanding common patterns for programming and understanding how they relate to the big picture

This is a technique we are using in our trials

For an analogy from IQ tests – Joseph Perla’s blog post is a good example – where he identifies common patterns in IQ tests and how they can be solved

So, we teach programming by

a)    How to read code (which gives you a big picture)

b)    How to identify patterns in code

c)    and then how to take a ‘systems view’ through the feynmaps techniques we are developing

Note I am not speaking about software patterns – rather I want to study programs and create common patterns as a way to learn programming..

More on this soon ..

As usual, comments welcome

Image source – Wikipedia

Women and Coding – Do we need a different approach ..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last year, as part of my edtech start-up Feynlabs – I have been involved in developing new ways to teach Computer Science and Programming.

We have been primarily focussing on kids and schools including teachers.

Everyone agrees it’s a major issue – and a lot is at stake in getting young people to code.

As the father of a very motivated 10 year old who accompanies me on the Feynlabs journey with his own insights such as the lemon Pi   – I am personally motivated in this quest.

We started off with the facebook group – then the company with an excellent Feynlabs team

Over the last year we conducted trials in UK, Europe and USA to develop the Feynlabs methodology – specifically the feynmaps techniques (more on this later).

We also conducted trials with around 400 teachers online – which are still ongoing ..

So, some interesting insights over the last year

An interesting secondary observation of this work was  - that teaching women to code may need a different approach ..

I heard this from an educator (and I paraphrase)

If you give a two boys a tennis ball and ask them to throw it against a wall and catch it (one who drops first loses) ..

They will happily play that ‘game’ all day ..

But if you try the same exercise with girls – they will ask –

Why?

i.e. Whats the point of this exercise ..

This is actually a profound observation – with some implications for learning to code

Over the last year – working with so many people – we also observe the same.

So, instead of making changing colour/design of sites (ex pink) – how about tying it to a cause? 

Hence the image on this blog of the environment (image source – EU Digital Agenda)

So, we are now announcing a brief free online trial – essentially an adaptation of our work in schools – to teach women to code

I will post more on this later – assuming there is interest – but here are some key aspects – all of which we have been trialling over the last year

a)    How to read code

b)    Understanding Big Picture first

c)    Understanding meta patterns – think like a chess master – who sees many ‘matches’ before and can draw common patterns for the next move

d)    Coaching and Programming (focussed improvement)

e)    Pi (physical computing)

f)     the feynmaps techniques– more on this later

g)    linking to cause ex environmental issues (as opposed to boys being targeted to competitive etc) – see above

h)   Focus on Python Django Javascript node.js and mobile app development

i)     Small steps – over a longer duration – 6 months

j)      tutor led (one on one)

If you are interested – please email me at ajit.jaokar at futuretext.com

I am very much aware that this issue has been in the news over the last week and I hope our approach – based on our insights from trials – can add value

Later it could be a new program/kickstarter etc – not yet decided  – so welcome feedback

The lemon Pi .. A Raspberry Pi based Ph sensor

Over the last year, we have been engaging with the community for @feynlabs

2013, we spent with trials in London, Liverpool, Amsterdam and Miami .. and also online with 400 teachers ..

In 2014 .. we will see a lot more of our work – both open sourced and in products

We will revamp the feynlabs site and continue engagement through the Concepts of Programming Languages facebook page and also elaborate on the feynmaps methodology we have been developing

We will be using the feynmaps methodology to learn many of ideas for Raspberry Pi and Arduino ex the Lemon Pi which we talked of in our facebook page created by by ten year old son

Young Aditya Jaokar has been busy in his half term cooking up ideas. here is one .. he calls it ‘lemon pie’ .. the idea is to detect acidity in lemons etc using a sensor to connect to the Pi .. simple name and good idea. very much doable ..