Navigating knowledge and projecting what the future could look like. The video was dated "September 2011." Siri launched October 2011.
Besides just the techo-stuff that seemed futuristic in '87 I also love how it positions how changes in technology affect human behavior. The professor is not only able to access more data (although why wouldn't he bring this awesome thing along to lunch?) and be more connected (technology) but is able to pull off a really cool presentation to his class even though he's totally waiting until the last second.
It’s a disadvantage of the revolution. People used to say that information is power but that’s no longer the case. It’s analysis of the data, use of the data, digging into it – that is the power. You get so much of the stuff and everyone has access to it. via Google's Think Quarterly
Nicholas Christakis again, this time at the RSA in the UK.
Really good stuff on how networks work. It comes down to the fundamental human need to not only experience (emotion, events, habits, etc) but to share. By expanding our network, we expand ourselves. Particularly interesting is the bit towards the end, where he talks about the correlation between successful Broadway plays and the type of network the people working on it came from.
Shows that either threw together a bunch of people who had never worked together or people who had only worked together tend to fail. Shows that balance the relationships between people tended to succeed. Unsurprisingly, it's not only about happiness spreading (or obesity or altruism) but also that the types of networks we form create different sorts of lives for ourselves.