John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), delivered a memorable TED Talk focused around the areas of art, design, technology, and their role in leadership. Check it out below.
Welcome to this week’s links!
In this New York Time’s article, the impact of technology is explored and how it helps us, as much as it hurts us. In essence it looks at the problems raised from an over-reliance on technology, which is a very real problem.
Last week I wrote a piece on news, which you can read here. The center of the piece was the controversy surrounding Common’s presence at the White House. In this unedited video, we get Bill O’Reilly from Fox News going head-to-head with Jon Stewart on the Common controversy, politics, and more.
Being in the presence of greatness is one way to gain great inspiration to motivate yourself to achieve. In this piece from Zen Habits we look at how to find greatness to inspire ourselves ranging from authors to role models and more.
The following are some tips from Conan O’Brien and his creative process, done for the Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People piece. There are some intriguing tidbits on creativity and having fun, needing pressure, preparation, and more.
Its important to pay attention to our minds, just as much as we focus on our health, and one way is through meditation. The Guardian goes in detail on what meditation is and its numerous benefits.
And if you missed last week’s links, check them out here.
Welcome to Sunday’s Top Links!
A great piece from lifehacker shares with us when to buy our stuff throughout the year. Apparently anything we would ever want is on sale at some point during the year, so use this guide and start saving your money.
From TED Woman, Amber Case talks about her study in the field of Cyborg Anthropology. In the video she discusses the various concepts in the field, the evolution of anthropology, your second life, and the future.
Afraid of all your information being online? Well now it is! Although not always accurate, a new service called spokeo is essentially an all access phonebook to your personal information. I suggest you check it out and remove your information if you can.
Interested in being able to function on just 2 hours of sleep? In need for more hours in the day? A great post by Dustin Curtis explores the science of sleep and how to actually minimize the amount of sleep you need.
Have a great new idea for a start up, but looking for some feedback? A new service called StartUpLift does just this by providing you insightful feedback on your ideas and getting you on the path to success.
Technology is getting bigger and better, day by day, as the growth is exponential and nearly impossible to keep up with. Despite these major advances in technology, I’m curious as to how much tech savvy is necessary to really be able to understand the fundamentals of technology and have the tools to be able to learn any new software or hardware that may be developed in the future. Furthermore, how robust does a technology really need to be able to create valuable innovative content? Not as much as you think… check out this brilliant animation created with Google Docs Powerpoint.
So as you can see, something as simple as Powerpoint can be used to create animations that are comparable to much more complex software programs out there. In my opinion, someone capable of creating such a presentation should have the ability to learn and utilize newer technologies as they are developed. The question then becomes how much technology is necessary as part of our education to develop the needed foundation for learning new technologies independently. I feel its much less than we may think, as this generation and those following will grow up with these technologies as part of their everyday lives. What do you think?
The following slideshow is a rundown of various ideas, thoughts, and projects on the web today compiled by Google’s Creative Labs. There’s a wide variety of topics in the presentation including media, art, technology, politics, and more, all under the theme of creativity. Its a bit long at 120 slides, but definitely worth a click through, check it out below.
What were your favorite topics from the compilation?
The following is a very telling infographic on college in America, some of the highlights of the information are as follows:
- 1 out of 3 students drop out of college after their first year
- The average college freshmen spends 10 hours partying a week, compared to 8 hours studying
- 2/3 of all students graduate with debt at an average of $23,200
There’s a lot more information to be found here and its quite clear that there are some severe underlying problems in the American education system…
Pranav Mistry showing off his amazing SixthSense technology. We need more leaders in the world like Pranav who are focused on bringing technology to the masses in open source, innovative forms. Enjoy![videofile]