Everything Grows From SEED

Everything Grows From SEED

For the past 6 months, I’ve been working on a fascinating and exciting new project. I’ve dipped more than my toes into the digital currency world, I’ve dived in and started swimming around. We just launched a digital currency initiative called SEED intending to build a token and network to democratize bots and CUIs (conversational user interfaces). I truly believe that CUIs will do for computer what GUIs did to the command line interface: tons more users, uses, and services. I also think that we’re at a critical time when interfaces to AI-related technologies may fall firmly in the exclusive grasp of a few multinationals that have the resources to dominate, own, and effectively regulate this important technology....
Business Today Needs Deanna Troi

Business Today Needs Deanna Troi

When Paramount debuted Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987, it included not only new characters but new roles for those who commanded Starfleet ships. Among the most original was the character of Deanna Troi, ship’s “counselor.” Many, including the writers for the show, weren’t quite sure what to make of this new role. It was part psychologist, part diplomat, part lie-detector, part-HR Director, and more than a little part eye-candy (she was originally supposed to have four breasts). This role was so misunderstood, that the character didn’t even appear in some of the first season’s episodes....
My article on the ethics of business

My article on the ethics of business

I wrote this several months ago and updated it but it should be relevant: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jd-beltran/spending-monday-giving-tu_b_8722958.html Thanks to JD Beltran for getting it...

Personal Websites

This presentation was first given at the American Center for Design’s Living Surfaces Conference in 1997. It was repeated and enhanced at the Digital Storytelling Festival in 1998. Parts of it are referred to in the premiere issue of Net Company, a quarterly journal from Fast Company. Personal websites are one of the few new forms of personal expression to arise out of the last few decades–certainly out of the computer and media industries. No longer a simple curiosity, the growth in personal websites points to some inherent need people have for self-expression. However, there is a wide gulf between those who find this medium an exciting opportunity and those who see it as yet another form of self-absorption. For designers, personal websites are, at once, a new phenomenon (a type of design project never before existing), and at the same time, merely the latest take on that old, established product: the self promotion. There are already a number of issues surrounding this new application, but if anything, personal websites are probably the quintessential fin-de-siècle product as they reflect the natural evolution of Andy Warhol’s ideas of fame, blended with Tom Peter’s realization that the most important brand is “you.” A personal website may be the best tool with which to build your own brand since it’s on 24-7 and accessible to everyone in the world who can touch the Internet . However, this creates its own problems as we’ll soon see. Why Would Someone Want Their Own Website Anyway? There aren’t a lot of related statistics, but according to a poll by NFO Interactive published in WIRED magazine...