As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time than children from more well-off families using their television and gadgets to watch shows and videos, play games and connect on social networking sites, studies show…This growing time-wasting gap, policy makers and researchers say, is more a reflection of the ability of parents to monitor and limit how children use technology than of access to it…“I’m not antitechnology at home, but it’s not a savior,” said Laura Robell, the principal at Elmhurst Community Prep, a public middle school in East Oakland, Calif., who has long doubted the value of putting a computer in every home without proper oversight.
When will we learn that it’s not what you have access to, but rather, how you use it. The race to develop and release new technologies cannot exclude the development of systems and processes which guide us in it’s use. As a technophile, I struggle everyday with defining the effect such rapid iteration has on my own life. It’s hard enough for me, so I can imagine why others swear off technology all together. But burying your head in the sand is not the answer either, just ask Blockbuster. One thing is clear to me, we’ll increasingly need more processes and systems which are solid enough to give us stability, while being flexible enough to anticipate and adapt to change. As the saying goes, “the horse is out the gate” and we have 2 choices : 1) stand still and risk getting trampled or 2) think of a way to not only get out of its way, but end up in the saddle. What do you think?
I don’t normally go to the department store Kohls, but I was quite surprised to see such a nicely designed Kohls.com kiosk in the store. I haven’t seen the Kohls.com website, but this kiosk is accessible, informative, very user friendly, and well integrated into the store space. My only complaint is that it doesn’t seem to allow the shopper to do any self-checkout of in-store items. Good for in-store price checks though.
Below are my notes and audio I recorded during the “Future 15: Convergence” sessions at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference. These sessions consisted of multiple 15 minute talks on a particular subjects. I attended two of the talks in the convergence session and the notes are listed separately below. Feel free to leave a comment. More SXSW notes to come. (please note: I tried to capture as many points as possible, hence the shorthand and occasional misspelled word. Also, the audio is not the best quality).
Panel: Convergence – What a Difference a Year Makes!
Speaker Dan Shust (@getshust)
Below are my notes and audio I recorded during the panel “People as Peripherals: The Future of Gesture Interface” at the recent South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference. Feel free to leave a comment. More SXSW notes to come. (please note: I tried to capture as many points as possible, hence the shorthand and occasional misspelled word. Also, the audio is not the best quality)
Panel: People as Peripherals: The Future of Gesture Interface
Speaker: Lee Shupp, Exec VP, Cheskin Added Value (@leeshupp)
Twitter hash tag: #sxswnui
Shupp is trained futurist
Went to University of Houston
Futurists try to understand process of change
Interested in change that hasn’t happened yet
Tech changes much faster than ppl do
I’m currently in Austin, Texas attending the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference. This in my third time attending and as usual the conference promises to be chock full of insights and discussion about everything global media and technology related. As always, I’ll do my best to upload my session notes in a timely manner for you to consume. I’ll be using the tag “SXSW” here to collect all the related posts. Keep watching this space.