Sunday, September 23, 2012

How flat?

Exactly how flat is it? The world.

Pretty flat.

And getting flatter.

The more we share the flatter it gets. The more we open up the flatter it gets.

Flat is good... mostly.

Software-innovation-flat is riveting. It does not matter where you are. APIs connect.

Open-source flat is a revolution. Nothing less.

Hardware-innovation-flat is happening. Kickstarter helps. The maker movement helps. 3D printers help. Shenzhen accelerates, but might matter less as local eco-systems pop up everywhere.

Social-capital-flat is empowering. removes barriers to capital, in Kenya, in New Orleans, in Cambodia... in places where not much is needed to change lives.

Starbucks-flat is convenient at times, but really just the yuppie version of McDonalds-flat. I like the local coffee shop... if they have good tea.

Democracy-flat seems slower. Consent of the Networked explains why.

Flat is mostly good. Unquestionably happening. Unquestionably powerful. Unquestionably subversive.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Triangulation - fun chat

Had fun at yesterday chatting with Leo Laporte about Nokia, thinking different, connected devices, location services and much more. Check it out:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

NYT picks up the hardware as new software meme

In a recent article titled Silicon Valley’s Hardware Renaissance in the New York Times, John Markoff and Nick Bilton pick up on the theme from my June blog post Is Hardware the New Software? Contains some nice additional proof points.