Monthly Archives: September 2010

New issue of What’s Next just up

The new issue (issue 26) of my What’s Next report is live. You can find it (free) at If you can’t be bothered here two items. 1. Computers getting into our faces Having upset a few privacy campaigners with … Continue reading

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Digital & electronic v analogue & mechanical

Interesting review of The Shallow by Nicholas Carr in last Saturday’s Guardian (piece by Steven Poole). Couple of things he’s dead right about. First, too many essays are being turned into books and the expansion isn’t always justified. The whole … Continue reading

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Hybrid networks (why we all need to get to know somebody we don’t know)

According to Ronald Burt, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, there are “structural holes” inside organisations. For example, a study by Mr Burt inside Raytheon (a defence company) found that not only did those managers with wider social networks … Continue reading

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According to a study by the Universities of Washington and California, children aged under-five are sleeping 60 minutes less per night than they were 30 years ago. The study claims that a lack of sleep could contribute to obesity in … Continue reading

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Thinking skills

The American social commentator and satirist H.L. Mencken once said that nobody has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. This was possibly true at the time but is it still? Surely we’re now … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Think?

Something else from the cutting room floor…. I know, I just can’t let go. Perhaps one of the reasons that people avoid deep thinking is that deep thinking opens our eyes to what is going on in the wider world … Continue reading

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Are PCs heading for extinction?

Here’s a good group of statistics from Mary Meeker at Morgan Stanley. In the second quarter of 2007 Apple’s revenues were as follows: 47% Macintosh range of computers, iPods 40% and iTunes 11%. Fast forward to the first quarter of … Continue reading

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Collective Memory

Swiss researchers have found that different countries may have different collective memories. How could this be? The answer is that there is a gene that encodes memory and this gene comes in two types, one of which is better at … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Play

A UK report looking at how parents play with their children has found that 21% of parents have forgotten how to play with their kids. The survey of 2,000 parents and 2,000 children conducted by Prof. Tanya Byron, a psychologist … Continue reading

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Conflict minerals

We’ve had Blood Diamonds , so perhaps next it will be Blood Minerals and Blood Phones. Huh? Simply that many of the mobile devices that we can’t seem to live without nowadays contain minerals, some of which come from countries … Continue reading

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