Today’s post isn’t a normal post. It’s a special one, since I only get to do it once. As of Saturday, November 28th, I am now married to my best… Read more The best news →
Water is weird. It’s absolutely vital to us as a human species and as a planet: we’re made of water, we consume a lot of water, and we can’t survive… Read more Ways to think about water →
As we go through life, we encounter situations from time to time where we need to make a decision about something complex. Planning a product development roadmap? Navigating a tricky interpersonal relationship? Trying to figure out your own personal goals? Here’s one technique I use sometimes: First, start by asking: what is the most important thing? What is the one single thing you could do whereby: a) if you get this thing right, everything else is just an implementation detail, and b) if you don’t get this thing right, then nothing else… Read more How to identify The Most Important Thing →
It was easy to predict mass car ownership but hard to predict Walmart. -Carl Sagan The human brain is a wonderful, powerful thing – but it has some blind spots. One of these, I believe, is the way we compare things. Our go-to comparison method is “This versus that”, and it has a close cousin: “Before – After”. We’re good at comparing things that are similar – that’s why the scientific method, for instance, relies on controlled experimentation. Hold as many variables still as possible; test one at a time. This method… Read more Predicting Walmart →
One day, software will have eaten healthcare. That day has not come yet, but it will. And it’ll come just in time. First of all, what do we mean… Read more Software Eats Healthcare, For Dummies →
Last week, I wrote a post about notifications– how they’ve evolved, why they matter, and where we’ll be able to handle more. (We also talked about notifications at length in… Read more Notifications, part 2: Gradually, and then suddenly →
We’re back with another episode of Emergence Podcast! Matt and I talk about notifications, and argue about whether contextual relevance or ambiguity resolution is more important. In the episode, we refer back to my previous post, Notifications our lives now: is there room for any more? so I recommend reading that post before giving it a listen. https://soundcloud.com/emergencepodcast/emergence-episode-4-notifications Enjoy!
As software eats the world and takes control over the jobs and services we care about, it also generates an awful lot of notifications: 3 new emails. 4 new interactions on Twitter.… Read more Notifications run our lives now. Is there room for any more? →