Monday, December 20, 2010

What I want for Christmas

Not a hint for my nearest and dearest — rather some ideas on how I’d like next generation technology to be more human friendly.  I’d like automatic backup and secure plus easy networking for all our computers, phones TVs.  I want a magic server! This is what it has to do:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Feedback – rapidly building noise can lead to madness of the crowds

Electronic communications media can suffer from something akin to the noise you get when the microphone is too close to the speaker. Some messages are picked up, amplified, and repeated—only to be picked up and amplified over again. With noise it’s annoying, but with ideas it can be dangerous.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


There are many barriers that influence how we should, or can, communicate using technology. Whether they are physical screens, the technology, or the perceptual or cultural screens we need to get our message past in order to communicate effectively. These writings hope to address some of the important issues involved.