Welcome to our first Fruity Friday and I hope you find it thought provoking, interesting and useful. As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback on how we can make this weekly update more relevant and useful. So please do drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with anything you may have.
Interesting and mind-bending articles and news from the world of IT. Here’s a snippet of some of the articles that grabbed my attention this week:
- Google Glass app helps kids with autism . Doesn’t everyone need a little help from a (virtual) friend.
- Facebook to release info on pro-Trump ads to Mueller. Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigating whether there was Russian government influence in the last US election.
- The science of fake meat. It looks like meat and tastes like meat. I can’t believe its not butter…I mean, meat. Not really an IT story, but it does highlight that technology has entered many parts of our lives.
My favourite gadget or software for the week. My favourite gadget of the week is my Logitech K380 Bluetooth keyboard, and I use it when I want to travel light and write. Turn it on and I can type straight into OneNote on my phone, looking occasionally to make sure my fingers aren’t typing crazy stuff.
Books that I have read. This week, I’d been thinking about the book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, by the owner of TED and former editor of Wired Magazine, Chris Anderson. The book leads on from Anderson’s previous book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, where he predicts the rise of locally based micro-manufacturing across the globe. Makers takes this further in showing how the web, open source design, and the democratisation of manufacuturing capability is enabling the rise of the long tail – right now. Three-D printers and CNC cutters provide the means for manufacturing low volume run components at low cost. Robotics is reversing the tide of outsourcing, driving manufacturing back onshore and closer to the markets they serve. Communities of interest curating open-source designs can supercharge creative thinking and innovation, and this long tail of manufacturing closes the loop in allowing these communities to realise these designs, quickly and efficiently. Eventually, we will move to open manufacturing. Anderson talks about his starting of DIY Drones to help his personal pursuit of building a drone for his kids. It soon became a centre for sharing drone design. As the site grew, Anderson thought it would be helpful to manufacture kits for some of these designs, and 3D Robotics was born. To find out more, watch Anderson’s talk on Makers, or read the book.
My reflections on the past week and the week to come. This week came with mixed feelings. Concluding a phase of a project that you pour yourself completely into is both a relief, a time for reflection, and a transition to the next thing. It’s important to take the time to reflect on the good work you have done, the challenges you overcame, and the growth you experienced as a result. Take time to reflect on how far you have come this weekend, and how you have grown.