in a bubble

I love seeing what new products are being developed, and here is one that particularly caught my eye! (https://panasonic.net/design/flf/works/wear-space/) This device from Panasonic is designed to shield the wearer from surrounding noise and visual distractions. It creates your own little personal space in busy and crowded environments, like in open space offices or public transport. …

on diversity…

Last week I spent some time hanging out at the Institute of Engineering and Technology for a little while and this poster caught my eye. AI is all around us and like many I feel ambivalent towards the steady advances of technology. Earlier this week I was at a talk about ‘How we make decisions …

which one shall it be?

Today I attended a talk at the RSA by Steven Johnson about ‘How we make the decisions that matter’. By this he refers to so-called full-spectrum decisions, or those that have implications on many levels. My main take-away is that many decisions tend to be “whether or not”. These generally fail though regardless of which …

morning chat or morning dash?

Walking through Covent Garden one morning this week, I watched the stall holders set up. Anyone familiar with this spot in London will know how busy and bustly it will be in a few hours’ time! But for now, they are sipping their coffees, catching up with their fellow market sellers, and unpacking their wares …

AI… playing god?

Wow… this is when ethics become real. I’ve always felt an equal level of excitement and unease about AI. There are amazing opportunities and possibilities that machines and technology can help us with. But there are also a number of risks around taking humans out of the equation. This example of the driverless car (and …

wow!

  At the National Portrait Gallery for a quick visit before a meeting today, this picture stopped me in my tracks. At first glance it looked like a photograph, but the label stated that it was oil on canvas. Wow! I was really drawn to it and studied the painting for a while. Even on …

LOL…

Laugh out loud? Lots of love? Lemon or lime? There can be many meanings for the abbreviation “lol”. In this poster from Southeastern, it stands for “Leaves on line”. When we communicate with others, we generally assume that we have a shared understanding of the meaning of the words we use. But this can be …

all that shines…

On my way to the station the other morning I noticed this rug in the window of my local department store. It shone golden in the autumn sun, and only when I looked closer did I notice the design: it was a new rug masquerading as an old, worn and threadbare one. It made me …

we’re travelling at…

  A few weeks ago, I went to Paris for a piece of work and travelled on the Eurostar, a train with a cruising pace of around 270km/hour. We take it for granted, but it’s a staggering speed machine! Nowadays, everything is going faster. And when it comes to IT projects, speed is one of …

e-mails, e-mails, e-mails…

Are your emails taking over your life? Do you find that however hard you try, you never quite get on top of your inbox? So you find that work is always on your mind. And you’re logging on and going through a few more e-mails whenever you have a spare moment, and last thing at …