Have you heard of the diffusion of innovation curve? I first encountered this model in my Intro to Marketing course last year (2017). I actually never realised that the model was more than 50 years old now! The curve illustrates visually some basic elements of a theory to describe the how and why, and at what rate, new technologies are distributed and accepted by society. I can see why a theory like this would have been developed post-WWII, as it was definitely a major era of innovation, and acceptance and diffusion of what were quite new technologies into the general consumer market was a really revolutionary thing in the 1950s.
So Let’s start with the Parameters
So the Model first captures the relative time scale in terms of when different types of people adopt technology. Then the curve also allocates a general ballpark in terms of relative percentages of the overall market share for a product or service. Obviously all the numbers are pretty streamlined and it forms a pretty neat curve. But I would like to look into the research that backs up the model at some stage. Continue reading
Now, I’ve been actually stewing on the topic of this post for a while now! At the very least, it has definitely been in my consciousness for nearly two months now, since I first watched this video of Elon Musk being interviewed at the Code Conference 2016: “We are already cyborgs”.
As he spoke about our brain and how it processes our sensory inputs, and even how there are those different layers in our brain, so to speak, that deal with more the “low road” emotional stuff versus that “high road” part of our brain that is more about logic and reason. But all of that is still tied in to a very limited information process. We are hard-wired to mostly deal with what is right in front of us now. Really this is a pretty functional limitation for most of human history.
To survive in a tooth and nail world, that really helped. But to face the problems of our age, global problems, it really does require something else. It is that digital layer that Elon Musk speaks about that makes me think, “This is how we could go about transcending our natural limitations of time and space,” how we can get away from being limited by nature to just dealing with what is in front of our nose, and missing the immense and impactful (but intensely subtle and often slow) processes that are going on around us every day.
“I have discovered that one of the important characteristics of most economic trends is that they are too slow in their motion to be visible to humans. We cannot see the motion of the stars, the atoms, a whirling airplane propeller, the growth of a tree, or the hour or minute hand of a clock. In the latter case we can see only the movement of the second hand. Humans do not get out of the way of that which they cannot see moving. As with the electromagnetic spectrum, most of the frequencies and motions of Universe are ultra or infra to man’s sensorial tunability.” Continue reading
I first heard of R. Buckminster Fuller when I attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2018 (look up #GES2018 on Twitter) in Brisbane. Part of the weekend’s events was the launching of what they called the World Game, which was basically an en masse mobilisation of entrepreneurs from all over the world towards making impacts towards achieving the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. It’s really hard to sum it up in a few words, but it was a pretty inspiring concept. And actually, the World Game was originally the brain-child of R. Buckminster Fuller, who has been dubbed “one of the finest minds and most significant thinkers of the Modern Age.” Quite an accolade to hold!
So I went away excited for the concept of the World Game, and did a little research into the man. Most people who have heard of him think of him as the “geodesic dome” guy. But his World Game was basically a blueprint for global cooperation to no longer be constrained by the economic mental concept of scarcity and a lack mindset. Ultimately, we live in a universe where neither matter nor energy is created or destroyed, right? So its ultimately more about flow and transformation. Phew, mind-blowing stuff! Well, I really wanted to do a review of his book. (This will most likely end up as several posts, as it really is such an immensely deep book!) I thought the best place to start was at the beginning and understanding the critical path – what that actually means.
So What is the Critical Path?
I could imagine your thoughts would be the same as mine when you read the book title – “So what is the Critical Path?” Continue reading
It was awesome last night to attend the “Focus On Technology” Panel Discussion and Networking Event at “finding solutions through technology” at the Fishburners Brisbane. It was organised jointly by the new alliance between the Griffith University Chapters and the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Chapters of the Golden Key International Honour Society, an international, multi-disciplinary honour society whose membership comes through invitation to students who achieve within the top 15% in their academic grades at University. I’ll explain a bit more about that in a little, but you can imagine with an audience made up of Golden Key members (such as myself, alumni, academics and industry professionals) it made for quite a stimulating occasion in terms of the different fields that our panelists are involved with, all with one thing in common – they are working at finding solutions through technology for a better future.
Focus on Technology – A Panel Discussion and Networking Event (Brisbane, July 31st 2018)
So, as I was saying, this event was hosted by the Golden Key. I became a member back in April, though my official New Member Reception held at the Queensland Conservatorium (Griffith University) was just a few weeks back in July. I must admit that,although I do give a lot of energy towards achieving academic excellence and learning all that I’m being presented with week by week, I really was surprised when I received a letter addressed to me from the University, and inside two letters actually – one from the University itself, and the other from the Golden Key. Their core values center around excellence in academics, leadership, and service. So I’m really looking forward to seeing what opportunities for personal development and contribution will be afforded to me through this. Continue reading