I know, I know, giving a presentation isn't always pleasant. Believe me, I know. But I think there are ways to make doing it a lot more comfortable, and even enjoyable with not a little practice. If not for you, at least for your audience. Naturally, the Internet is filled with advice on how to present… Continue reading The art…and science…of the presentation
We (<- confidential to 2:15-3:05 class) were talking about distraction last week. Later (in 3/28) we'll hear Pete McEachen in ENGR--last semester he mentioned that engineers are merchants of peoples' attention. Which got me thinking: What ethical imperative do engineers have in this business of attention merchantry? Some cars' touchscreens don't work when they are… Continue reading Distraction
"Cool stuff fails"--Prof. Fountain. All successful innovations start with a customer NEED. The Design Evolution of Beer Can Openings (Core 77). I love this article because it discusses the development of a "design" that serves an obvious need. Makes me wonder what development is currently in progress in the service of better meeting this need.… Continue reading Links – ideas for innovations (Unit 1)
Mark Zuckerberg, in Suit, Testifies in Oculus Intellectual Property Trial Not only does this headline feature a beautiful pun, it also relates to Liza Heinig's ENGR lecture on intellectual property rights as they relate to technological innovation, which we'll hear later this semester. Also of interest here: "Mr. Zuckerberg also spent much of his time… Continue reading VR, Intellectual Property and the Future That Hasn’t Happened
I've decided to maintain a Google docs page of things you--engineers--need to invent, fix, improve, and otherwise innovate. You can find it HERE.
...and in the bowl, courtesy of field-workers Charles Li and Alex Shimek ("Look, it's all unbiased and everything!") If you ever needed an argument for how useful technical writing is, we've got a very successful one right here:
We talked about how "cheap" our online attention is. By that same metric, an awkward, yucky, hard-to-make-yourself-do phone call to senators and house representatives is expensive. Doing it shows how important whatever issue you're calling about is, because or else you wouldn't have done it. A phone call is powerful. Calling an officeholder is a… Continue reading Contacting Our Representatives in Congress…by Phone