There are also hints that smell is a quantum sense. Our noses appear to work by sensing the natural vibration frequencies of the bonds between atoms in molecules. Those frequencies determine whether a smell receptor is switched on and sends a signal to the brain. The best explanation for experimental observations involves an electron using a phenomenon known as quantum uncertainty to tunnel through a seemingly impenetrable barrier. Essentially, it borrows energy from the universe in order to leap across an empty space in the smell receptors and trigger the brain’s sense of smell. As long as it returns the energy quickly enough, the electron can use as much as it needs. This “quantum tunnelling” phenomenon is also at the heart of modern electronics.”
Then there’s the navigation trick birds use for migration. Studies of the European robin (and the robin had to wear a cute little eyepatch during this research) suggest that a particular configuration of a molecule in the robin’s retina – a configuration that can only be explained by the rules of quantum theory – allows the bird to sense Earth’s magnetic field and thus determine the direction in which it should fly.
What about precognition? That’s how I sense what’s coming and which way to fly.
I kind of missed the part of Google I/O when Sundar Pichai showed Android apps running on Chromebook.
My bet is the Android model of computing will grow to eclipse Chrome OS efforts, because people will want the Android apps they know and love.
At this time, only Vine, Flipboard, and Evernote are available.
What about Android apps in the Chrome browser?
Nick Bilton, Goodbye, for Now, San Francisco, regarding Mark Zuckerberg
Bilton may have picked the wrong week to praise Mark Zuckerberg’s gut, since the company has landed in the doo-doo once again for manipulating the emotions of Facebook users without a/ asking their permission or b/ informing them.
Mike Isaac — who was chatting with Bilton when he made these ill-timed comments about the ‘adept chief executive who makes decisions and doesn’t care what people think’ — has a good recounting of all the times that Facebook has screwed up on privacy and other maladroit handling of customer expectations.
Some quotes from Zuckerberg:
'We really messed up on this one' — launch of the news feed, 2006
'We simply did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it' — Beacon release, 2007
'Sometimes we move too fast. We just missed the mark.' — Privacy setting 'fix', 2009
'I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes. We can also always do better.' — Settlement with the Federal Trade Commission re deciving users on privacy, 2011
Yes, Facebook and Zuckerberg can obviously continue to make bigger and better mistakes, and we get to be the lab rats.
The consumerization of work, or the enterprization of life? http://t.co/G8DZdY61fF Are we being shaped by the cultures of software co.s?— Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) June 30, 2014
I met Heather McGowan only a few months ago, on a trip to Boston, and she followed up with an email introducing me to some of her work. I quickly asked her to join the Socialogy series, and as in other cases, I was sparked by something she had written.
About Heather McGowan
From Heather’s website:
Heather McGowan is experienced at leading transformational change notably in higher education. While formulating views of the future into an organizational vision of success, she gives guidance in the form ofstrategic visioning in order to focus the principal leaders of an organization on a specific place on the horizon, then she leads them to articulate and communicate the vision in multi-modal ways. Finally, McGowan helps the team to segment the vision into actionable and measurable initiatives.
McGowan has worked extensively in consumer product design, design, strategy, and finance including mergers and acquisitions. She has brought over 25 products to market and is an inventor on several patents.
Heather is also the co-author, with Steven Spinelli, of Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently InnovatThe Interview
Stowe Boyd: I buy into the Gig Economy premise in your three part series on Linkedin, Jobs are Over: The Future is Income Generation, but there is a large downside, too, isn’t there? I wrote about that recently (see The gig economy is here, and it’s not a pretty picture). In that piece I noted that seven out of ten freelancers aren’t saving regularly, and 30% of Gen X and Y freelancers aren’t saving at all.
This new gig economy is one most most people’s accounts are only current cash flow, with barely a one to one cover ratio and no safety net. On the other hand, while we need to encourage and enable the rapidly growing sharing economy, we need a new social contract: one that encourages productivity, experimentation, and some shared equity. - Heather McGowan
Heather McGowan: Yes, absolutely, this is great concern on a number of fronts. There is quite a bit of downside here and there is a real tectonic shift from acquiring assets that will appreciate for harvest later in life to creating multiple income streams life long. On the one hand, we need to prepare students for this. When you are sick and can’t drive the Uber cab, make the Taskrabbit run, etc., you don’t get paid. This new gig economy is one where most people’s accounts are only current cash flow, with barely a one to one cover ratio, and no safety net. On the other hand, while we need to encourage and enable the rapidly growing sharing economy, we need a new social contract: one that encourages productivity, experimentation, and some shared equity.
Uber, Airbnb, both of which grew to a valuation of over $10B in under 5 years because they all scale very quickly because the people are the product—the key decentralized infrastructure.
Mike Loukides, The Future Is All Robots. But Will We Even Notice?