Even better is the support Silicon Valley is showing for the movie which depicts the origins of the modern day computer and the math and science which has helped our industry evolve. The ad above shows quips from various tech executives, not movie critics.
Below Keira Knightley who stars in the movie describes private screenings of the movie in SV.
And for the last 25 years, fans of the franchise have been eagerly awaiting 2015, when flying cars, self-lacing shoes and — of course — hoverboards would be everywhere. Now that we've reached 2015, it's time to find out what the filmmakers got right — and wrong — about the future.
CES is best known as a consumer electronics showcase, but there's an increasing focus on products that can have an impact on the enterprise. Here's a look at CES product launches that could have business impact – including Makerbot which rolled out a new system that will enable more composite materials to be used to make things like hammers and wood products.
USA Today summary of TVs, drones, virtual reality, cars and other tech prominent in Vegas this week
“several companies, including LG, Sharp and Panasonic, showed off 8K prototypes, models with 16 times the resolution of standard HD.”
“There were more than 100 drone companies here at CES, showing every shape and size of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, with some lower prices than we've seen in the past, and potentially easier to operate.”
"This year, the (virtual reality) has surround sound and even more immersion"
"This year, some 20% more floor space was devoted to auto tech than last year. The driverless cars get the headlines."
The Mercedes F015 concept was introduced in Vegas this week
Dr Raman has made a material which reflects 97% of sunlight while itself radiating at a wavelength of between eight and 13 microns (or millionths of a metre), which is where the atmosphere is most transparent. Production of the material is made possible with modern manufacturing methods. It consists of four layers of silicon dioxide interspersed with three of hafnium dioxide. Each of these seven layers is of a different, precisely defined thickness, ranging from 13 to 688 nanometres (or billionths of a metre). It is backed by a layer of silver 200 nanometres thick, to act as a mirror.
The result, a sheet with a total thickness of less than two microns, is the photonic equivalent of a semiconductor: it does to light what a semiconductor does to electricity, namely manipulates its energy levels. Since, optically speaking, energy levels correspond to wavelengths, such an arrangement can be tweaked to reflect some wavelengths and preferentially emit others. And that, in choosing the layers’ pedantically exact dimensions, is just what Dr Raman and his colleagues have done.
Amazon is practicing one-hour deliveries with bike messengers in New York City and pressing regulators to let it test package drop-offs with drones as the e-commerce giant tries to narrow the gap between its warehouses and its shoppers.
Amazon has been holding time trials with messengers from at least three courier services to pick the speediest and most careful for the bicycle-based service, which is being referred to as Amazon Prime Now and is operating out of the company’s new Manhattan building, according to a person familiar with the test.
The trials could open a new means of cutting delivery times for a company that is already experimenting with options like using storage lockers, its own trucking network and even drones, which it recently began testing in the U.K.
I tell companies to plan on multiple releases of their innovation – because competitive advantage is fleeting and they better be thinking of next wave.
Proof positive of that comes from this gallery – several cars for under $ 20,000 now boast technology which till a couple of years ago was only available in $ 50,000+ cars
They include the enhanced iPhone integration via Siri Eyes Free, on-screen navigation functionality via a $50 smartphone app, and GM's OnStar telematics system in its Chevy Spark (pictuerd), Around View Monitor in the Nissan Versa, Honda's Lane Watch blind-spot camera, HondaLink apps, and a swipe-enabled touch screen in its Civic.
For the last month or so, an army of editors, proof readers, indexers, graphic designers and digital artists have been polishing my book on the SAP economy. This is my fourth book, and it’s the first time I have got to work closely with many of these creative artists. It feels good to support them as they continue to hone their craft.
The schedule calls for media review copies to be sent out Thanksgiving week, eBooks to be available on Amazon in mid December, and hard copies in January.
From book being largely written to eBook availability that is roughly 75 days. That compares very well to the 200+ days it took Wiley to make available my first book, The New Polymath. The economics of book publishing are also moving more in favor of the author (so it appears – I will know in a few months once I tally the income statement for this book). All this would suggest a promising environment for that creative community.
Having said that 75 days is still too long. With blogging technology we have seen how quickly content can be created and distributed. I have impatient, digital readers like Dennis Howlett who keep asking why it takes so long. Part of the challenge is business books still sell in bulk as hard copies. The laws of physics in that channel make the prep a parallel rather than a serial task and it also slows down the eBook process. And let me take the blame too for scope creep. The book was originally supposed to be a 150 page eBook only production. Now it is a 300+ page eBook, soft cover and hardcopy deliverable. I owe it to the 25 powerful case studies I have lined up to add the extra ink.
But Dennis is correct. In our fail-faster, agile world, authors and the creative community around them have to get faster. For the next book, I hope I can shrink the 75 days down to 30.