An Owl in flight, Bullet time
Wow. Just wow.
As a raptor, the owl enjoys a number of natural advantages, not the least of which is its stealth, the very meaning of which seems to be embodied in this image.
It also brought to mind the film making technique "bullet time" popularized by John Gaeta in The Matrix.
Hat tip: TYWKIWDBI via Clive Thompson
Chess intelligence, a 1,000 year song and the "Calculus of Friendship"
"Dune" in Vancouver for 2010 games
Business next: When atoms become like bits
Check out Wired's
story, "In the Next Industrial Revolution, Atoms are the New Bits
," which highlights a key business and manufacturing macro-trend: Atoms are increasingly being manipulated as easily as information bits.
Applied to the competitive landscape, innovative ideas can take a more direct route from concept to manufacture. Whether that future happens or not remains, of course, to be seen, but with print-on-demand 3D objects increasingly common, the entrepreneur with a novel idea stands a better chance today than, say, Professor Bob Kerns, who futilely took on Detroit in his quest to manufacture the intermittent wiper blade in the movie, Flash of Genius. Wired :
Today, Kearns would do it differently. As before, he would have made the first prototype in his basement. But rather than building a factory, he would have had the electronics fabbed by one company and the enclosure made by another. He then would have paid a wiper manufacturer in China to create a custom assembly with these components. They would have shipped straight to his customers, the car companies, and the whole process would have happened in months, not years — too fast for big companies to beat him. No factory, no lawsuits, no madness. He could have fulfilled his dream of turning his invention into a company without tilting at windmills.
Related, can post-institutional methods first pioneered on the web match this emerging post-industrial landscape?
"Sketch furniture," or performance manufacturing
When an action as simple as tracing an object in the air can result in a manufactured piece of furniture, the wall separating virtual and physical reality becomes a little less relevant. The words "thinkering" and "performance manufacturing" leap to mind.
Or for any Trek fans out there, how about "Earl Grey, hot"?