"Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behaviour. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behaviour. - Dee Hock"
— via Euan Semple (via johntropea)
"We are entering an era of personal analytics where we can take control of our own data, display it in a dashboard, and use it to inform better life decisions, according to Martin Blinder, founder and CEO of Tictrac, speaking at Intelligence Squared’s If Conference."
— Personal analytics could lead to ‘designed’ lifestyles (Wired UK)
Gerd adds: that strikes me as… Mad. You? (via futuristgerd)
"Effectively, multitaskers train themselves to superficially consume multiple sources of input from memory and the external world. Their ability to filter relevance to their current goal declines and they are easily distracted by irrelevant information. Multitaskers actually become bad at multitasking, by multitasking.5"
— Multitasking makes you dumb Gerd adds: interesting debate here. This is why lately I have been reading more books on my kindle, going deeper, than reading blog posts via RSS feeds. Focus is crucial but these are times of extreme noise. (via futuristgerd)
"The real issue behind all this, however, is the decline of traditional media. In France not a single national newspaper is profitable, despite around €1.2 billion ($1.54 billion) in direct and indirect government subsidies, according to Olivier Fleurot, the boss of MSLGROUP, a communications firm, and a former chief executive at the Financial Times, part-owner of The Economist. Google can hardly be blamed for the recession, declining readership, and slumping advertising revenue. Online advertising has not offset the decline of print ads in newspapers"
— Newspapers versus Google: Taxing times | The Economist (via futuristgerd)
"Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz’s estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied."
— Barry Schwartz: The paradox of choice | Video on TED.com (via futuristgerd)
Obstacle or opportunity?