This blog was started as a pivot – from a vocational career as a bricks-and-mortar architect into the terra incognita of the digital realm.
Lacking qualifications, experience; a track record, deep skills, but at the same time confident that I had much to offer, as well as much to learn, I dove in…
.. and now it’s time to pivot again – on this blog at least. From being a commentary, mostly from the outside, looking in at the digital, I’m now involved in some projects, and embarking on others; my interests, my views, my intentions are much clearer – at once more focused and more ambitious.
So from now on there will be more about what I’m involved with, often from a more political, more social point of view.
I’ve written about convergence before, and here is NexDock, a slimline laptop which docks to all sorts of computing devices to provide screen real-estate and a physical keyboard.
It’s an IndieGogo project, 56% backed, with a month to go, so if you’re interested, check it out. It’s a cautious first project, but with large ambition. I’m going to back it, and I wish it well!
New Scientist reports (pay barrier, sorry) that the Seattle based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) has launched a tool called Semantic Scholar, which aims to;
…read, digest and categorise findings from the estimated 2 million papers published each year.
The article goes on to say;
Up to half of these are never read by more than three people.
That’s right. One million scientific papers a year, read by only three people each. That’s some sort of sad exemplar for futility.
In April I introduced MyPhysioLink – the physiotherapy start-up that I and my co-founder, Cris Costa, have been working on. With the beta launch of the service imminent, we looked long and hard at the name and decided it wasn’t good enough.
So we are now Therapy-Smarter.com. Visit our website to see what we’re up to, and for the latest news on our progress. Physiotherapists can sign up for a free trial.
Although we all know about Moore’s Law, and about the all-but-absurd increase in computing power at ever lower prices that its effects have given rise to, it is still worth reading this short article/graphic at IEEE.org.
Sample boggling sentence:
More transistors were made in 2014 than in all the years prior to 2011.
Well, I have to promote this, don’t I ?
They’ve set it up as a simple lottery, free-entry, with the added rule that everyone who enters using the personalised link assigned to you gains you an extra entry – so sign up, do… – and help me win!
Obviously, it will be bizarre to anyone who knows anything about startups to read this, but no-one told me, so here goes; read Paul Graham.