Archive for november 2007

Innovation for en pris

november 22, 2007

Det bliver stadig mere og mere almindeligt at uddele pengepremier for at tiltrække sig innovation udefra en virksomhed. Entrepreuer.com skriver.

it all started in 1927 when Charles Lindbergh made his famed solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic for a $25,000 prize.

lindbergh2.jpgCompanies like Netflix and Google are catching on and following suit. Netflix is offering a $1 million reward to anyone who can improve their current movie-recommendation software by at least 10 percent. So far, it’s been a year–and still no winner. Netflix is trying to keep programmers motivated by offering $50,000 prizes to whoever comes closest to the 10 percent improvement. Google is also getting in on the prize wars. The company is offering $10 million in award money for people who build the best software to enhance the company’s upcoming cell phone operating system. Entries can be received from January 2 to March 3, 2008. Judges will select 50 winners who will each receive $25,000 and be eligible for ten awards of $100,000 and ten awards of $275,000. The big money comes into play in the second phase of the competition when another $5 million in prize money is at stake.

Dekonstruktion af the social web

november 10, 2007

På konferencen Defrag holdt David Weinberger et foredrag med titlen: “The Rise of the Implicit.” His thesis is that we have a natural tendency to focus on what’s explicit, but the explicit has certain characteristics that mislead us if that is the only focus. The old media sticks things together for unnatural reasons, he said. “New media is doing the work of defragging to break the pieces apart that were stuck to together for unnatural reasons. New media lets all of the stuff fall apart. I worry we don’t pay enough attention to the implicit,” Weinberger said.

He points to links as the way to reconnect the pieces more naturally. “The Web is different. It’s about links and in that sense links are the opposite of information. Links enrich and are decentralized, personal, messy and most of all fully social,” Weinberger said. This idea is linked to the unspoken, the implicit by virtue of the language between humans, from sentences, paragraphs and punctuation to links, which point beyond the self and point to the “lumpiness” of the unsaid.

“Making content public were founding events in our culture, once in writing and then printing. Now we can make relationships among ideas and content permanent and public through links,” Weinberger said. “It is the rejoining of the world, not just information. We are writing together our world. Links are gestures to what matters to us, what is between us.”