Category Archives: Innovation

How Google Inspires Collaboration

The ultimate space for innovative thinking, Google Garage is every creative’s dream space. This playground like atmosphere sparks right-brained ideas and drives collaboration through an environment that influences human behavior.

Program Manager Mamie Rheingold says it serves as a “commons where Googlers can come together from across the company and learn, create, and make.”

Go Inside Google Garage, The Collaborative Workspace That Thrives On Crazy, Creative Ideas | Fast Company | Business + Innovation 2013-09-20 09-24-55

Google’s Project Loon: Balloon-powered Internet access

Could the answer to providing internet to everyone around the world be as simple as balloons? Simple doesn’t actually have anything to do with it, but Google has announced “Project Loon“, which aims to bring connectivity to the 2 out of 3 people around the world who have never had access to this transformational technology.

The Intro

“We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below. It’s very early days, but we’ve built a system that uses balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, to beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster. As a result, we hope balloons could become an option for connecting rural, remote, and underserved areas, and for helping with communications after natural disasters. The idea may sound a bit crazy—and that’s part of the reason we’re calling it Project Loon—but there’s solid science behind it.”

The Technology

“The Era of Cognitive Systems” – Computers that think like humans?

Cognitive Computing IBM

In a recent article by Paul Bloom, IBM’s Telecom Research, he discusses the new era of computing systems, those that actually take into account our physical human senses. IBM has released information on it’s new cognitive computing project called “Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE)”, where they explain the belief that a computer CAN be made to think like a human. If someone has posed this question even a couple years ago, you might have thought it’s possible one day in the distant future, but IBM says “how about 5 years from now.”

“By reproducing the structure and architecture of the brain—the way its elements receive sensory input, connect to each other, adapt these connections, and transmit motor output—the SyNAPSE project models computing systems that emulate the brain’s computing efficiency, size and power usage without being programmed.”

In a series of “Cognitive Computing” videos, researchers share 5 predictions that they believe will change our lives over the next five years. Do we believe that we will be able to experience what an object feels like through a smartphone? Will computers be able to understand and interpret what they see? Will a baby monitor be able to tell us exactly what a baby’s cry means? The exponential rate at which it seems computers are “learning” to take on human roles suggests that these predictions might just become a reality, and even faster that we have ever imagined.

Find out more about IBM’s SyNAPSE project.

Connecting, A Documentary About the Future of Interaction Design

“The 18 minute “Connecting” documentary is an exploration of the future of Interaction Design and User Experience from some of the industry’s thought leaders. As the role of software is catapulting forward, Interaction Design is seen to be not only increasing in importance dramatically, but also expected to play a leading role in shaping the coming “Internet of things.” Ultimately, when the digital and physical worlds become one, humans along with technology are potentially on the path to becoming a “super organism” capable of influencing and enabling a broad spectrum of new behaviors in the world.”