The Science of Creativity
Really like what the guys from Norway's Skrekstore are doing. They've got everything right.

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Computer Controlled Chaos

This is an interesting thought. If we would have cars that are computer controlled and are able to communicate their position to all surrounding cars then we could play on these controlled chaos intersections. This would shorten travel time drastically. On the other hand, some places seem to have this system already in place, just without computer, as the example below shows.

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Quadrotors and Technological Considerations

I often have arguments about new technological inventions. Somehow most people think what ever is invented either will make climate change worse, will add new possibilities for large corporations to spy and control us, or will kill even more innocent people. In some cases they're right – surely a new rifle isn't invented to bring peace.
But often people are wrong. These new inventions are technology, which means they are tools, which means that who ever uses them will decide upon if it's used for creation or destruction. It's in our hands.
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Critical Thinking
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Happy Happy!
Happy Happy!

Hi dear reader, happy new year to everybody!
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Japanese Trains

I've heard about this guys pushing the people into the tube in Tokyo, but seeing this video...... man, this is unbelievable. Reminds me of stuffing a suitcase. I really have to visit Japan!
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Visual Thinking
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Man, this is so good. Again, David O'Reilly.
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Creative Innovation Director?

Next to this, here another worrying trend: computer chip producer Intel announced Will from the Black Eyed Peas to be their newly "Creative Innovation Director" in charge.
Surely, he is a good music maker and performer, surely he would be a good advertising representative for the brand... But running an innovation lab? Really? There is no connection, it's not really like Michael Jordan and Nike. What are you thinking Intel?
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John Cleese

John Cleese on creativity, via David.
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Branded Content

Somehow it seems worrying to me how brands, people and stories are merging lately. There is no transparency. Still agreeing with this man.
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Where two WikiLeaks server are situated.

Now this start to be ridiculous. Even Twitter is censoring #wikileaks tweets, according to this blog. Where is the democratic spirit now, Twitter?

I guess the good thing about this whole attention is that Wikileaks becomes more a movement, an idea bigger than its creators.... Makes me confident that there is not much a government can do to shut it, if they would have been smart about it they would have soft-pedaled it.

PS: If you live in one of the countries blocking you can still access it via
Comments (1) Thoughts 08.12.2010
Matt Ridley

And the video for the weekend is a talk by book author Matt Ridley, arguing that the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.
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How beautiful. An apple in zero gravity. From here.
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Jensen Kimmitt

Canadian Jensen Kimmitt, world's best yoyo player, seems to defeat gravity.
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Israel's Pavilion
Israel's Pavilion

Don't like Israel's behaviour in the west-bank, but I like their pavilion at Shanghai's World Expo.
Comments (0) Thoughts 04.05.2010
The Virtual Revolution
The Virtual Revolution

The BBC worked on a series about the impact of the internet on modern society. They interviewed some of the very key people on this matter, such as Kevin Kelly, who suggests a very similar view like I did on my talk called "The Digital Evolution" I gave at the Webinale in Berlin last year. Very recommendable interviews.
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Sharks aren't that bad. Via c--b.
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Matt Pyke

Matt Pyke is another of my heroes. His work is beautiful, also the way he runs his studio is. This is one-hour talk he gave last year at the Liverpool Design Symposium.
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Hudson River Plane Landing
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Summer is here
Summer is here

By ft.
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Seed Magazine
Seed Magazine

Interesting discussion by Hungarian physicist Albert-László Barabási and social network scientist James Fowler at the Seed Salon.
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Instructions for Life
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

Follow the three R's. Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Spend some time alone every day.

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.

Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

Be gentle with the earth.

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.

Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

By Dalai Lama.
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The Atlantic Project
The Atlantic Project

The US based magazine Atlantic launched The Atlantic Project, asking questions to make people think again. Realization was done by EuroRSCG (who's as well responsible for LV Journeys).
Comments (0) Thoughts 19.12.2008
Didn't I tell you...
Working in a consultancy a lot of thoughts are spent on the future. This leads often to the situation that you argue a lot with your friends because you're sure you've told them this will happen and they deny it. Therefore I will write this down some speculations now to proof for once and ever my eternal wisdom:

Constant change
The three main factor shaping the next century are technical progress, climate change and population growth. This three factors are interconnected, the population growth is linked to the technical progress, climate change to technical progress and population growth. Climate change and overpopulation is a explosive mix, which can only be disarmed through technical progress and education.

Linearity, which has dominated the human thinking since ever will be paired with interconnected thinking. This will influence how to tell a story, how we feel and how we work.

The Century of Waves
Some of the most important steps in science will be a move towards understanding the use of waves (frequencies). If you compare it with the common methods used by now to process and transmit data (linear 0's and 1's) frequencies would allow much faster and more complex data processing and transmitting. And I wouldn't be surprised if Neurologists find out that the human brain works similar. With different parts sending out different frequencies, which then inter fear, accumulate and block each other.

Pixel bible
The next media revolution will be the introduction subtractive color displays. This means that no light is used for displaying color and shapes, but actually the surface of the display changes psychically, making it the same experience to read text like on a printed page. This is already achieved commercially in the Kindle, but only in black and white and low resolution. Soon this will change (I give four years from now on). The consequences are that for example Newspaper should release their news the same way like podcasts work. The saving of resources (paper production requires a lot of water) would be enormous.

The next iPhone
The key is to create a material which can change shape and texture (like a clump of clay, which can also be a screen). This device would then be pretty much be the digital reflection of our identity. It would pay in the stores, be the airplane ticket and passport, and open house door before we reach it.

The fastest Population growth happens in developing countries. Reasons are a lack of pension systems, daily occupation and long term thinking due to low education. Therefore this problem can be tackled through increasing education and health care and therefore quality of life.

Through the technical progress we can communicate, travel and trade for affordable costs across the globe. This leads to a decrease of the importance of country borders. National identity is weakening. Therefore other values – global values – are increasing importance. Such as religion, football teams, music, brands. Conflicts are not held between countries, but groups connected through shared believes and values.
On the other side there is always a counter balance. I expect that also that the value of the very local identity will be also increased. So I will be not Swiss anymore, but an European from Zurich.

A consequence of this general shift will be for example the renaissance of the mercenary. Another is the gain of political power for large corporations, because they can operate across country borders.

Company structure
There will be a few mega-large companies in the next 100 years. But the future belongs to small interconnected companies. Flexible and working closely in a grid of other small companies. Also, thanks to the internet, it doesn't matter anymore where the company is based, unless it deals with hard goods. Companies working with hard good will be further centralized.

A lot of shit manger often refer to football as a parallel to business success ('We have to play as a team, blabla'). But actually football is a good reflector for changes in our society. The strength of a national football team mostly reflects the upbringing of their players. Also, money flow reflects again the shift of importance within the football world.

Money flow
Another reflection of shifting values and importance and works therefore greatly as early indicator. For example was the financial globalization started much before the human, which is still very much in process.
Also, we'll see a great increase of sensors in our daily life.

There are three main streams dictating further development. Data can be stored on always smaller space, and always cheaper. The internet becomes faster and bigger. And computers still get faster.

Climate change is becoming the new global dictator. Sea level rising and a diminish of fertile soil and water while the population is growing – an explosive combination which will lead to an increase of conflicts and war. Sometimes the link of these conflicts to climate change will not be obvious, but by a closer look an obvious consequence of territorial, water and nutrition shortage. Another consequence of climate change is that countries will start to move towards protectionism in a few decades, contradicting the current direction of interconnection.

Fighting climate change
There are two methods to fight climate change, but to work they have to be combined. On one side the technological advance has to lead to more efficient and cleaner energy production and consumption. One the other side humanity has to lower the general consumption.

The increased global interconnection and complexity will also demand for new global regulations. This will not only concern a new visa regulation, but also a global tax system.

Britney Spears
Will commit suicide in around ten years and people will feel guilty.

Also read this manifesto:
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Bruce Lee
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Youssou N'Dour

I talk a lot about Africa because that’s where I live and that’s where there are many problems. Some people have the possibility of using nuclear energy, but with the amount of sun we have, we believe solar energy should be the future for everyone, especially for Africa, where the sun shines 9 to 10 months a year. If we manage to solve this problem, we will need less energy and the system will become even more efficient. So in my opinion solar energy is the solution.
Comments (0) Thoughts 08.02.2008
Bill Hicks

Thanks Patrick.
Comments (0) Thoughts 28.01.2008
World Economic Forum 2008
World Economic Forum 2008

Every year, the world's leader in politics and economy fly to the Swiss Alps to discuss the world's state.
The mood seemed to be not the best, having to face the American economic recession. Still, there was space for inspiring ideas and views, like the panel discussion about the world's future (you can skip the first five minutes), impressively presented by Hala Gorani from CNN.
Also delighting was the last talk by Conductor Benjamin Zander about the importance of the right mind set. Highly entertaining.
But not all guest where that enjoyable. The interview with AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson was rather questionable.
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David Lynch
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The Good People
Food for Thoughts
Water for Soul
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