The 'Nudge' Button -- Somebody Please Invent It!
Flaunt your technophobia!
YASATDOOT = Yet Another Software Application That Does Only One Thing
I think we have packaging engineers to thank for the customer-proof plastic packaging that has penetrated the market over about the past 20 years. Thanks to this innovation, every consumer now needs to keep a Jaws of Life in his kitchen drawer and faces the daily possibility of acquiring a life-threatening laceration during the process of extracting a new ballpoint pen or a set of headphones.
Ben Shneiderman of of the University of Maryland Department of Computer Science sent out an announcement today about the release of an important report on creativity support tools. This is an emerging class of tools that supports knowledge and creative workers by helping them generate and work with ideas, collaborate and share knowledge in new ways.
Recently I've been noodling around with an idea not even half-formed about the possible future development of technology platforms. It seems to me that convergence could make it possible for the same kinds of services to be delivered over a growing number of competing platforms that are becoming increasingly flexible, powerful and capable of carrying growing numbers of services.
Normally when we think about platforms we kind of think about operating systems -- Windows vs. Mac vs. Linux (et al).
But other market entrants are beginning to position themselves as environments that can act as non-OS platforms -- Google, Salesforce and iPod, for example. Is it possible that other vehicles could emerge that could deliver all kinds of services in such as way that the user really no longer needs to think in terms of being a "computer user" or "using Windows"?
Well, I told you this idea was not even half-formed. But at least now it is recorded for further future noodling.
AB -- 1/27/06