Our Built Environment: It Takes Energy
Can we rethink the way buildings use energy? John Ochsendorf, an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture at MIT, is working with his students to change the way buildings are made and how they consume energy.
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According to a Trendrr report, “second screen activity” is up 127% since last year. But … what does that mean, exactly? More importantly, why is it important for brands?
I reviewed some research that demonstrates why creatives don’t wind up in leadership roles, generally, although a majority of CEOs believe that creativity is the key competency for our era:
The cultural bias against creatives as leaders, Stowe Boyd
A 2010 study of 1,500 CEOs by IBM yielded a few large insights. One was that over 60% believed that creativity is the most critical competency for CEOs today.
Creative leaders — they believe — are comfortable with disruptive innovation, both as a stressor impacting the company but also as a tool for competitive advantage. They are willing to refactor operations to produce better outcomes, inventing new ways of delivering value. They tolerate ambiguity well, and are courageous and visionary.
The disconnect is that, in general, people who demonstrate these sorts of capabilities — creatives — are often passed over for management jobs. In particular, we seem to have a cultural bias against creatives. They don’t line up with the typical leadership profile, and the nature of creatives is to introduce ambiguity, which unsettles people looking for certainty. Recent research by Jennifer S. Mueller (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Goncalo (Cornell University), and Dishan Kamdar (Indian School of Business), as reported in Recognizing Creative Leadership: Can Creative Idea Expression Negatively Relate to Perceptions of Leadership Potential?, shows this to be the case.
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From the introduction to “Cognitive neuroscience: Sensory noise drives bad decisions” [Nature]
The act of tackling today’s real-life privacy questions as new wearable technology comes on the scene is leaving some futurists scratching their heads.
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The “Inside 3D printing” expo, a two-day event held in New York showcased everything from the latest 3D printers and scanners to the ever-broadening spectrum of printing filaments. But hidden away in a conference room were a small array of 3D printed medical apparatuses that are already changing the face of surgery, without all the fanfare of a skull replacement.
Atop a simple table sit a handful of printed medical models, joints, surgical guides and a few porous, metal semi-spheres. These little marvels, strangely enough, are some of medical 3D printing’s greatest success stories to date.
The models, while not very flashy, allow surgeons to prepare for complex surgeries better than they have before. The guides offer precise surgical aid for individual patients, and those little porous half spheres are a cheaper, better hip joint for anyone who needs one.
They’re hip cups — the part of a hip replacement that forms the joint — and 3D printed versions of them have already been implemented in hundreds of hip surgeries all across Europe. Until companies like Lima and Adler began 3D printing them, hip cups had to be screwed in to stay put. Those screws, given enough time, are prone to failure. And while screws are still used in these 3D printed hip cups, it’s their secondary anchoring mechanic that really stops the show. (via The 3D printed future of medicine is here today | DVICE)
“The scariest search engine on the Internet” via CNNMoney
The Internet of Things sounds like an awesome concept until you realize all the doors are unlocked…(via marksbirch)
Scientists have made a step forward in their ability to mimic the sense of touch.
A team from the US and China made an experimental array that can sense pressure in the same range as the human fingertip.
The advance could speed the development of smarter artificial skin…
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The point is this: The otherness of an ‘other’ is none other than you. Allow me a moment to explain, for it is no simple matter, to realize that otherness is fundamentally a complex trait-building, pattern making characteristic of our minds.Wildcat2030’s insight:
My latest entry in the Ultrashorts Project
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