Rock My World Innovations – Stuff We Can Live With – Part I

Sign of the times.

Sign of the times.

When I began researching “rock my world” innovations and how it affects us and our workplace, the hardest part for me is I couldn’t stop. It’s because in the course of studying innovation, much of what you read and hear about today is already old news.

I found some rock my world innovations but more often than not, I found new stuff we can live with.  Stuff here today, possibly gone tomorrow…

I’m a big fan of the future and enjoy learning all I can about new innovations.  In studying innovation in my work I quickly discovered you can erase the past and create the future as quickly as you can erase chalk from a chalkboard.

One of my favorite recitations is that as a CEO in the technology business, we as a company must constantly reinvent ourselves.  We need new technology to keep up with the existing technology and the tsunami of information we have to deal with every day.

We live in a world of plentiful accurate data, and massive storage capacity and processing power.   So anything’s possible.

We live in a world where computers improve so quickly that their capabilities pass from the realm of science fiction into the everyday world!

Like Watson the IBM Computer who can beat the world’s finest chess players or champions at Jeopardy and we’re not talking about surpassing the realm of science fiction over the course of a human lifetime, or even within the span of a professional’s career, but instead in just a few years.

So What is Innovation?smartphones

1) There are the Game Changers that can disrupt and create whole new markets.
2) There are Breakthrough Innovations that Introduces a new technology into an existing market and

3) There are Incremental Innovations that are Small but Significant improvements to our lives.

people toothbrush

More people with cell phones in the world than with toothbrushes.

So let’s talk briefly today about one of the most obvious game changers.  Smartphones.  There are more people with cell phones in the world than with toothbrushes.  Seems impossible right?  Well believe it or not, this guy owns a smart phone!

toothless guy

This guy owns a smartphone

Let’s talk about THE FUTURE of the smart phone 2013… Below is a short video about a new app called Project Glass from Google.  I’ll tell you, I’m definitely going use this app!  I couldn’t find my way around a department store if I had to save my life.  Here’s the story.

I had taken my 2-year-old daughter shopping with me for my wife’s Christmas gift.  I chose the local mall which was a mistake!  There were too many stores, on too many levels and subsequently too many choices.  My two-year old decided she would decide when to leave for me and declared in a high octave it was time to leave.  When I tried to get her back into her snow suit she decided to take it up a few notches so I made my exit as quickly as possible.  I was plowing through drifts of snow with a screaming kid under my arm, like a football and I couldn’t find the car.  I thought it had been stolen.  I quickly dismissed the thought, thinking who would steal a yellow Ford Pinto with a black racing stripe, affectionately nicknamed, The Banana.  When I came to my senses I had realized there was an East and a West entrance to the mall.  It seems I had been rendered temporarily geographically dyslexic.  It is strictly a male trait brought on by the trauma from entering a shopping mall and likely departing with a lighter wallet.

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Google Glass

Here’s the short video…the future of smartphones a.k.a. Google Glass.

What are some of the other game changing innovations? Hint: Laptops Are Doomed!

Syrian Rebels – Are the Moderates in the Lead?

Roadmap to Syria Oposition

Roadmap to Syria Opposition

The President, the lawmakers, and the mainstream media, for more than two years now, continue to bank on the assumption the Syrian rebels are controlled by Al-Qaeda, and the misinformation from MSM pundits, that we should not aid the rebels in Syria.  Meanwhile over 120,000 have died and millions have been displaced from their homes. The refugee camp in Jordan is the 5th largest city in Jordan right now. This is the inconvenient truth.  

We should make them watch this atrocity —> An incendiary bomb dropped on to a school playground.

My concern is the public has been ill advised. Below are, what I believe, reliable sources that the Syrian rebels are controlled by moderates. Considering we still do have some predominantly Muslim countries, Jordan being one, and our long term ally, Israel, who have expressed allegiance to the US, what happens if we do nothing?

I saw Brett Baird’s recent interview on Special Reports with Elizabeth O’Bagy. Brett deferred to her experience of the region. I found O’Bagey to be intelligent, well-educated, and informed on the people, the countries, the sects, and the religions of the Middle East. Her observations were based on actual “feet on the ground.” Looks like I made a big mistake on Elizabeth O’Bagey trusting Fox News to vett their sources. NOTE: John McCain Hires Elizabeth O’Bagy, Syria Analyst Recently Fired Over False Ph.D Claim

Recent interviews on Hannity also buoy my opinion a US precision air strikes will benefit the moderate rebels in Syria. Gen. Jack Keane, who also has had his “feet on the ground” in Syria states, “Moderates are in the lead…”, and Krauthammer on the same Hannity (Hannity appears to have removed the video from his show), backs Keane up. You can see the videos on “Fox News-Expert on Syrian politics, security speaks out.” http://shar.es/z9kSL

Looking at the challenges we have had in the Middle East region, Iraq being one, would we better off today without Iraq’s testy alliance? How about the Iraqi people? Do the majority of the Iraqi people hate the US? Maybe that should be a clue as to what we should do in Syria, or is it too late? So many lives lost, so many Syrians misplaced from their homes. Do they blame the US?

There are many in Congress, on both sides of the aisle, who oppose us helping the rebels in Syria. Rather than condemn the Syrian people, it strikes me that, as a Christian, those of faith, Christians and Muslims, are being slaughtered both by the governments of Syria, Egypt and Iran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist extremists. There are even claims of the rebels killing Christians who have sided with the Assad regime, but I have to believe in the good in people.

On one hand, I like the way Greg Guttfeld said it in his book, The Joy of Hate “I don’t hate all of them (Muslims). I just hate the ones that are trying to kill us.” I have no doubt, we are in great danger. No doubt, there should be more support from the “good” Muslims, but they’re scared and intimidated, too.

I believe that the majority of Middle Easterners, regardless of what tribe, region, or faith, are basically good people. As Americans, we are rich in tradition for having helped innocent people in harms way, and we need to protect the Syrian people from further harm.

In the end I think O’Bagey is a legitimate source, whereas most in the mainstream media are hacks that are reporting on this story are relying on 2nd and 3rd hand information. Some might some might dismiss O’Bagey based on the history alone in the region. I believe. if you ignore all the rhetoric, follow the reporting of people like O’Bagey, Gen. Jack Keane and Charles Krauthammer the decision would be clear, to help the Syrian rebels.

If you believe in reincarnation, and we do nothing to help innocent people from dying maybe if we die and go to hell, we may be reborn in the Middle East?

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