Great little game (?) on wired.com, a series of heats to find the best gadget ever. And yes, I may be a luddite. Ask me in 20 years what the iPod did. The bic was revolutionary. Didn't someone say that technology is only those things that are invented after you are born?
"By 2011, McKinsey research suggests, China should have a lower middle
class of 290 million people; by 2025, the upper middle class will be
520 million strong, with staggering disposable wealth. For many
multinationals, this is the market of the future."
A presentation from Will Wright, creator of the amazing looking game "Spore" where you create a single celled creature, and take it up to controlling a galaxy-wide species of extraterrestrials. The cool thing is that it is created with an educational intent to show people what the "long term dynamics" of the whole of creation to "reframe our instincts over vast scales of space and time" - from ecology, to global warming, to the insignificance of a planet over galaxy scale distances.
Reported on the Guardian sport blog today, the Myfootballclub.co.uk idea seems to be about to come to fruition. In a real world test of Surowiecki's 'wisdom of crowds' theory, some time next week 50,000 armchair pundits are going to buy a football club, possibly in division 2, or in the conference. They already have around £1.4m and are in initial talks with a few clubs. Fantastic!
TOP 15 CLUBS: most voted for so far are:
Man United (...)
The lawyers then go through due process with the clubs in order that they are voted for. This is a very cool idea - and a very frightening one I am sure; frightening for them if they actually go on and buy Leeds. One question though - your money is in effect an annual subscription, what do you actually own, and can you make money out of it? Anyway I just joined, and I suppose will let you know in due course...
Human Brain Cloud is bit like 'visual thesaurus' but free, and completely user generated - and arguably a bit more interestingly designed. The cloud started with a single word; 'volcano', and everything else has come from people visiting the site. Charmingly I was human126023.
The idea is to create a 3-D prototyping tool for less than $1000. Currently it is scheduled to launch at $4995. The company is Desktop Factory, they are funded by old-skool incubator Idealab. There is a video on money.cnn.com as part of the 'new disruptors' series