Technohyperbole

The Economist examines Gartners techno-hype chart.

The annual “hype cycle” chart from Gartner, a market research firm, tries to depict the degree to which certain technologies are exaggerated. Smart robots? Don’t hold your breath. Big data? Not yet. In the firm’s view, innovation advances in stages: from exuberance to pessimism to adoption. Not every technology progresses at the same speed, so Gartner assigns each an estimated time until the end of its ride.

Daily chart: Technohyperbole | The Economist

Most of the Technologies listed in Gartner’s chart seem well placed. However, Cloud Computing seems off, especially since much of the ‘computing’ most consumers and even business users do is over the Internet and in the cloud in one sense or another. For example, even a Google search is a cloud computing task. You ask a question and Google’s vast technical infrastructure computes and delivers an answer.

Unless you are actively working to develop the technologies in the “Innovation Trigger” section of the chart, it is probably safe to ignore most news articles about how ‘X’ technology is going to change the world. However, the toys that emerge from the technologies in this section are fun to play with. Technological innovations have to prove themselves by passing through the “Trough of disillusionment” to prove that they are actually useful.

Humans Need Not Apply. via Kottke.

Relaxing in the afternoon

Besides capturing them while they are sleeping, the only way to get the boys to stay still long enough for an in-focus closeup photograph is to have one of their favorite movies on for them to watch.

The boys

This photograph is by my very talented friend, Viktorija Girton, who visited us earlier in the year.

45 years ago, men walked on the moon

Neil Armstrong

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, back in the lunar module, after his historic moonwalk. (NASA)

What an incredible accomplishment. Someone should go back to the Moon today and take a selfie. via.

Of course it’s a trick question

interview weaknesses

via SMBC

My backyard (almost)

One of the greatest things about living in South Florida is the natural beauty of our beaches and the wildlife that inhabit them. This timelapse video by Cameron Michael captures two of our best beaches, Fort Myers Beach and Sanabel Island.

I’m glad to call this place home.

Disneyland’s original prospectus: Boing Boing has an in-depth look at the original plans behind the development of Disneyland.

Clickbait grammar

Michael Reid Roberts has a piece in The American Reader about the grammer employed by Upworthy and other websites to attract clicks:

The key element in these titles is the relationship between the first sentence and the second. The first is relatively traditional, while the second sentence is short, annoyingly informal, and conspiratorial. We might call these couplets epodal because of the relative line lengths, but I think the effect is more similar to catalexis in that the second line’s brevity emphasizes something unfinished or incomplete. The second sentence is intentionally vague: click here to finish the thought, answer the question, solve the riddle! And, like most unfinished stories, the conclusion is rarely satisfying. But as someone who rarely clicks on Upworthy links, I have come to appreciate the beauty of these teases. Read the above titles again, but without registering the hyperlink: now they read like Buddhist koans. You want to know how you might be a war mercenary, but can you know, really? Bask in the not-knowing.

Collar stays.

Collar stays.

Detroit’s Urban Decay

GooBing Detroit uses images from Google Map’s street view to show the decay of one of America’s once-great cities. Here’s a powerful example.

Peak fat

From The Economist:

Waistlines are widening everywhere. The percentage of adults who are overweight or obese has swelled from 29% in 1980 to 37% in 2013, according to a new study in the Lancet.

Marketers that figure out the LTV of their customers before their competitors will win.

Ben Legg, CEO of digital marketing firm Adknowledge, provides background and insight into LTV, or lifetime value. It’s the business measurement that tells a brand what its customers are worth over time, and subsequently, what it should spend to attract them. LTV can quickly allow one brand to outpace its competitors.

Looks like Jagger

wax jagger

Paris’ Grevin Wax Museum painter Franck Bruneau prepares the head of Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger’s statue in their workshop before it is shipped to Prague for the opening of the museum on April 11, 2014. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

Well, no need to sleep tonight…or ever again. Via In Focus.

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Easter Sunday
St. Peter’s Basilica
Vatican City
41°54′8″N 12°27′12″E

Happy Easter from Daily Overview! St. Peter’s Basilica, located within Vatican City, is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites and one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom.

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dailyoverview:

Easter Sunday

St. Peter’s Basilica

Vatican City

41°54′8″N 12°27′12″E

Happy Easter from Daily Overview! St. Peter’s Basilica, located within Vatican City, is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites and one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom.

www.overv.eu

Waiting ‘till the last minute

There were long lines both on the website and at enrollment centers to sign-up up for insurance in the days leading up to the end of the ObamaCare open enrollment period. But these lines lacked the enthusiasm of an iPhone release. James Taranto wrote in his WSJ post, Yes, We Can Wait:

The first thing we thought of when we saw the pictures was the photos we’ve recently seen on Twitter of Venezuelans waiting in bread lines. Waiting in line to purchase necessities is a characteristic not of a prosperous free society but of command economies under repressive regimes. Closer to home, one doubts even the Transportation Security Administration would be so tone-deaf as to advertise long airport lines as an indication it’s doing a great job.

So what in the world could the White House have been thinking? Here’s a guess: They look at the ObamaCare lines and think not of communist subjects queuing up for bread or toilet paper, or Americans for driver’s licenses, but something more like the lines of consumers eager to be the first to get the new iPhone or the latest Harry Potter book. Affluent people often wait in line for things about which they have a particular enthusiasm—or for special experiences, like an amusement park ride, concert or meal at a favorite restaurant.

One obvious difference is that whereas the iPhone and Harry Potter queuers are eager to get the new thing first, the ObamaCare ones are presumably anxious not to miss the deadline (even if it’s not rigorously enforced). ObamaCare lines might have been impressive if they’d begun to form in the last days of September. At the end of open enrollment, the White House boast is akin to the IRS’s citing a “surge” in filing of tax returns two weeks from now as evidence that the income tax system is popular and well designed.

Long lines on the last day something is available usually means something far different from long lines on the first day.