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On the importance and implications of studying technology non-use • ©[interactions.acm.org]

What actually constitutes technology non-use can become a deceptively complex question. Non-use could be understood as the absence of action and, as such, may not be amenable to study through methods traditionally used to study participants’ actions. For example, drawing on ideas from ethnomethodology, Jeffrey Treem [3] argues that technology non-use is not observable-reportable in the same way that use is. As a result, he suggests, we need novel, fundamentally different approaches to study non-use.

In contrast, Jonathan Lukens’s study of visual artists who avoid using tools such as Photoshop for specific portions of their work demonstrates how non-use can require as much, if not more, conscious, deliberate, effortful action as technology use does. In this way, while non-use is often understood as the absence of a phenomenon or practice, something else likely exists in place of use, and it is that something we should be studying.

In practice, though, non-use is often not as absolute as the term may suggest.

via On the importance and implications of studying technology non-use | ACM Interactions.

Solving the inception paradox • ©[socialenterprise.it]

Organizations are not used to deal with communities. 

Communities are made of passion, energy, relationships and knowledge. Human beings are the main ingredient. Their inner dynamics are not deterministic, nonlinear and very hard to predict. They are often invisible to organizations as they don’t fit into the neat, hierarchical and transactional mechanisms that have been designed to get work done.

Even worse, crucial cultivation, engagement, measurement and change management skills are clearly missing in most large corporations today on the market. Without such competencies and sensitivity, organizations are simply not equipped to recognize communities, to understand them or to see their amazing role in business outcomes.

Such discomfort is evident in the unrealistic expectations expressed by companies that decide to launch employee communities. You may find some of the following questions familiar:

How long will it take for the community to deliver its results?

What’s the top usage scenario we should bet on?

Which are the key content and services we should provide?

Is the enterprise social software platform we already have the right one for our community?

How much savings / revenues will we get thanks to the community?

Can you see the issue with them?

via Solving the inception paradox.

A Shipping Container Costs About $2,000. What These 15 People Did With That Is Beyond Epic [trueactivist.com]

All you need is around $2000 to begin building one of these epic homes – made from recycled shipping containers! Check out some of these amazing creations!

A luxury home doesn’t always necessarily mean thousands of square footage, towering great rooms and gilded toilets. Take these homes for example: to begin building one of these epic houses, all you need is $2,000. That $2,000 will buy you a shipping container. What you do with that shipping container… well, that’s completely up to you. Some creative people have found a way to transform this rudimentary “room” with metal siding into luxury housing that blows us away. These homes are epic.

via A Shipping Container Costs About $2,000. What These 15 People Did With That Is Beyond Epic | True Activist.

Map reveals how the entire world could be connected using a global underground network [impactlab.net]

Such a project would need an almost unlimited budget and time to create tunnels long enough to cross the Atlantic, he added.

Super high-speed vehicles would also need to be developed in order to make a trip beneath the ocean comparable to taking a flight.

And then there are tectonic plates and enormous underwater mountain ranges to consider.

Mr Benaim said: ‘The idea of tunnelling under the ocean is probably not feasible because of the depth of abysses and tectonic plate boundaries. I suppose you could go round Greenland and the Arctic [to connect Europe with America].

His suggested solution to the Atlantic problem is quite simple, however.

‘Why should we imagine this map and network as an underground?’ he said.

He explained that a pneumatic tube similar to the grand plans for a 760mph (1,223km/h) ‘hyperloop’ in California might be more feasible.

via Map reveals how the entire world could be connected using a global underground network | Impact Lab.

Greed and the Wright Brothers [NYTimes.com]

Greed and the Wright Brothers - NYTimes.com

The Wright brothers’ critical insight was the importance of “lateral stability” — that is, wingtip-to-wingtip stability — to flight. And their great innovation was something they called “wing warping,” in which they used a series of pulleys that caused the wingtips on one side of the airplane to go up when the wingtips on the other side were pulled down. That allowed the Wrights’ airplane to make banked turns and to correct itself when it flew into a gust of wind.

But when the Wrights applied for a patent, they didn’t seek one that just covered wing warping; their patent covered any means to achieve lateral stability. There is no question what the Wrights sought: nothing less than a monopoly on the airplane business — every airplane ever manufactured, they believed, owed them a royalty

via Greed and the Wright Brothers – NYTimes.com.

A New Breed of Wearables Will Give You Data You Can Actually Use [Wired.com]

Motion capture isn’t new, of course. The Wii and Kinect first introduced the technology on a mass scale in our living rooms. But the Kinect and Wii work by using larger sensors spaced out in a room — infrared projectors, cameras, accelerometers and IR detection, all feeding back to a base unit where the heavy data processing takes place. Some of today’s wearables are capable of performing motion capture and data crunching on par with the Wii — and even bettering it in some cases — but in a form factor smaller than a credit card.

via A New Breed of Wearables Will Give You Data You Can Actually Use | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions [CNN.com]

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Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions - CNN.com

CNN) — An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?

Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.

OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school.

It all started as a science fair project. As a neophyte sixth-grader at Dorseyville Middle School, Suvir noticed he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school.

via Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions – CNN.com.

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