Innovations in 5: ‘Wait, what now?!’ is the new normal, and the long wait for ‘Ender’s Game’

May 9, 2013

Here’s what we’re reading and watching today:


Screenshot from trailer for the film “Ender’s Game” (YouTube)

1) In an analysis piece for the Harvard Business Review, Dunn & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. chief Jeff Stibel outlines why volatility has become, for businesses, the new normal:

“Volatility and stress are as bad for business as they are for the brain. Business owners often pull back when faced with challenges like political instability, market inconsistency, and fluctuating consumer confidence. That means that they simply avoid making important changes in hopes of receiving more consistent information down the road. Over time, however, businesses become accustomed to bad news and adjust: Stockholm Syndrome Incorporated.”

And, he continues, this new normal — one rife with volatility — isn’t going to change anytime soon.

2) A program in Washington, D.C., is opening “magical portal[s] to another planet” for senior citizens.

3) LinkedIn has launched a redesign of LinkedIn Today, and it includes this entry on the role of emotional intelligence in innovation from psychologist Daniel Goleman. In the (short) piece, he outlines the importance of self-management for an individual diving into the creative problem-solving process:

“… it’s the unconscious parts of the brain that have the widest networks of association, and that put novel elements together in a new way to find a creative insight. It takes a combination of self-awareness and self-management to switch off the immersion and its goal-focus and switch into free association and reverie.”

(LinkedIn)

A sidenote: That reminded us of this video from Epipheo.TV (the makers of “How to survive a robot uprising“) that has been making the rounds. The video outlines how the Internet and the world of digital distractions generally are “making us more superficial as thinkers.” That’s according to Nicholas Carr, who wrote “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.” He’s featured in the video:

4) To understand and meaningfully leverage big data, writes Geoffrey West for Scientific American, “we need to develop a deeper understanding of complexity itself.” The emergence of larger computational systems, continues West, reveals how little we seem to understand in this particular arena:

“The trouble is, we don’t have a unified, conceptual framework for addressing questions of complexity. We don’t know what kind of data we need, nor how much, or what critical questions we should be asking. “Big data” without a “big theory” to go with it loses much of its potency and usefulness, potentially generating new unintended consequences.”

5) If you haven’t seen it yet, the “Ender’s Game” trailer gives away quite a bit about the look and feel of the film, which is based on the best-selling book by Orson Scott Card. It has racked up more than 2.7 million views since it was posted May 7. The movie, however, doesn’t arrive in theaters until November. And, so, we wait …

(Via Singularity Hub)

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