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November 22, 2013

Jony Ive and Marc Newson Interviewed by Charlie Rose on CBS

Tesla’s Elon Musk is Fortune Businessman of the Year

In the magazine’s cover story, author Chris Anderson compares Musk with the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, in part for his persuasiveness. Here are a few excerpts from Fortune:

Anderson writes: “Jobs’ reputation for ‘reality distortion’ is well-documented. In his own way, Musk is equally persuasive, trusting his own internal logic and instincts in the face of intense pushback.”

Congrats Elon! You really do deserve it.

Microsoft Matches PS4 Sales with 1 Million Units Sold in Under 24 hours

But let’s make sure to put the numbers in perspective. Sony’s PlayStation 4 also sold over 1 million  units in 24 hours when it launched around a week ago. So far, the two console giants are neck and neck. However, there’s just one little detail Microsoft fails to mention in its PR: The Xbox One launched in a total of 13 countries, 11 more than the PlayStation 4.

I think that it’s fascinating to see how geography and how many markets you launch at make such a big difference. Microsoft must have known that sales would be lower than Sony well in advance. And so they decided to go to market in 15 countries versus just 2 for Sony. Regardless of this fact, I give both companies a big congratulations on their success with these two next-generation consoles. They are continuing to push the computational limits for gaming and prove that consoles are still awesome.

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August 26, 2013

Mega Cities in Hong Kong

You can build a two-story house on a plot of land or you can build a 60-story house, but if you build 60 stories you can get 20,000 apartments out of it.

I went to Hong Kong was I was about 8 years old with my parents. I remember being completely amazed by the tall buildings. However, after all of these years I can only imagine what they look like in person. Amazing feats of human engineering.

Elon Musk creates “in-thin-air” gestural design process

Will post video next week of designing a rocket part with hand gestures & then immediately printing it in titanium.

Seriously? Elon is the real life Tony Stark. No Doubt.

If Steve Ballmer ran Apple Inc.

[Under Ballmer] Apple would give both China Mobile and NTT Docomo whatever concessions necessary to gain access to their customers, and Apple’s carrier base would double, perhaps even triple to Samsung’s level.

The revenue and profits would flow.

And yet, under Ballmer, everyone at Apple would be working so hard, and be making so much money, both for themselves and for Apple’s shareholders, that they would ensure that Apple never again reinvents consumer computing.

Ballmer would have ruined the “culture” that goes on at Apple Inc. on a daily basis. I am glad he never had a chance to.

One method Ballmer used to severely hurt Microsoft

At the center of the cultural problems was a management system called “stack ranking.” Every current and former Microsoft employee I interviewed—every one—cited stack ranking as the most destructive process inside of Microsoft, something that drove out untold numbers of employees. The system—also referred to as “the performance model,” “the bell curve,” or just “the employee review”—has, with certain variations over the years, worked like this: every unit was forced to declare a certain percentage of employees as top performers, then good performers, then average, then below average, then poor.

If your best talent are constantly worried about their rank, none of them would want to be on best teams, as their likelihood of being rated less increases. Having your team see you lose almost $1 Billion from the failure of the Surface RT makes the workplace even more demoralizing.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to replace Ballmer?

One could argue that Elop does have the skills to turn around companies who are seemingly set on a wrong course, though he doesn’t come without controversy either. Many former Nokia supporters have consistently called for his ouster since his famous burning platform memo, which called for drastic change within the company for it to survive.

I don’t think that Elop would help Microsoft at all. They need to bring back Sinofsky.

Google is already killing the Chromecast

Well, thanks to a recent update pushed out by Google, AllCast doesn’t work anymore. To hear Dutta tell the tale on Google+, this was probably a calculated move to ensure that only Google-approved content providers could play.

Almost too good eh? I saw this coming. I love AirPlay.

300 days with the iPad mini

 The main thing you need to know about my iPad mini right now is that it’s here next to me.

Personally, I still enjoy the size of the full-sized iPad 2. But if the next generation of the iPad mini has a retina display, I just might pick one up this holiday season.

Inspirational, Technology

Hyperloop

Elon Musk finally unveils prototype plans for the highly anticipated “Hyperloop”

The solar-powered system, which Musk previously described as a cross between a Concorde, rail gun and air-hockey table, would shoot as many as 28 passengers in each enclosed capsule through a low-pressure steel tube at up to 800 miles per hour, according to the 57-page design plan.

Musk is the CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX. He has a track record of envisioning marvellous ideas and then actually bringing them into reality. If anyone is going to be able to pull off a brand new mode of transportation, it’s him. However, it is worth mentioning that Musk doesn’t actually intend to do it all by himself, hence why it is an open-sourced project. Who can blame him though? He is running multiple up and coming companies.

“Musk maintains that he has too much on his plate to deal with bringing the Hyperloop to fruition. “I wish I had not mentioned it,” he says. “I still have to run SpaceX and Tesla, and it’s fucking hard.”

I think it’s great that we have innovative and inspiring individuals  such as Musk in the world. There are just too many “arm-chair” CEOs and nothing actually gets done. The landscape of the world and technology is rapidly accelerating and we need help pushing the human race forward from all industries. We need people like him.

Musk talks about going from downtown LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes. But one of my dreams is to be able to travel from downtown Toronto to downtown Ottawa in around 30 minutes. Wouldn’t that be just awesome? Then, imagine the infrastructure of multiple hyperloops that would allow one to travel from one side of North America to the other with just 6 stops in about 3 hours. Thrilling.

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August 11, 2013

An interview with Richard Branson and Elon Musk

This is a very neat hangout with two of the worlds most innovative and inspirational people. I love when they talk about futurist projects such as space travel: SpaceX and Virgin Galactichyper loop and entrepreneurship.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta apologies for being so wrong about medicinal Marijuana 

The number of people who die from smoking Marijuana is abysmal. Deaths caused by alcohol and cigarettes far exceed that of pot. Why it’s still illegal in North America beats me.

What if novelists (or any non-athelete) took steroids?

Why are only athletes like A-Rod and Lance Armstrong being shunned upon for using substances that improve their abilities? Suppose ANY person who made money off a talent or skill was not allowed to use something that enhanced their performance? I’d love to see news reporters or surgeons work around the clock without a hint of caffeine in their body.

MIT PhD student Kuang Xu applies math to the ER

We now live in a modern era of health care and medicine. This calls for new ways to do things efficiently in medical facilities such as hospitals. Being able to predict the flow of patients during different times will be an extremely use way to manage the increasing population.

Joe Rogan Questions “Robo-sapiens” on Syfy

A glimpse at our not so distant future. If Ray Kurzweil accurately predicts that 2045 will be the year of the singularity, then I should be able to purchase a cool avatar for myself in my lifetime. But that BINA48 sure is kind of creepy.

Lavabit shuts down

In an unfortunate act of defiance, the encrypted email service used by Edward Snowden was shut down by its owner Ladar Levinson. He stated that he would rather terminate all Lavabit business than hand over information that he swore to protect for his clients. Silent Circle also closed it’s encrypted email service shortly after.

Facebook won’t be around in the next few generations

Personally, I am finding myself using other social networks such as Twitter a lot more than my Facebook account. If teens aren’t interested in using it right now, then the future of Facebook isn’t looking to good. And their recent boost in ad revenue is just temporary.

Google embeds ads in maps

I’ll stick with Apple Maps. Thanks.

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