why we are here

I have been running around a technology event for a while now, and as anyone who has been to one of these knows, they can drain you of all energy. Water is your friend. The reason why we go is to meet people, share experiences and learn from others. Of course I am wrong if I think that. I am here to be in awe of companies predigious tallent showing off. And they do. They do stunning stuff with characters, mouse pointers, pretty pictures emerge and most of the audience is drifting off to look at the pretty AV assistent. Sentences like “the third point is the pool of trained expert users will have difficulties retaining ambigues knowledge and so modelling rules by the business will enable to give control and an insight into behaviour streams” drift through the air with no-one paying real attention.
So why do we still come? The answer is simple, because we hope something changed. The same old story has not just had a facelift while the heart ageing. The funny thing is we want things to be revolutionary, but somehow packaged so we get.
Well, the revolution is on, but it was well hidden.
1) The clasic databased application is on its way to the scrap heap.
2) In memory is the new nirvana – true!
3) Collaboration has reached business properly
4) Documents, rules and process description can make a legally acceptable process

putting Retail to bed

Monster_underbedWhen I woke up this morning and went groggily downstairs I came across my daughter curled up on the living room sofa fast asleep. I expected her to be upstairs in her bedroom with her stuffed toys and gymnastics medals so I ended up waking her by the noise I had made.

She:”morning daddy”
Me:”morning honey. Are you ok?”
She: “sure, why are you asking”
Me:”well, you have a nice bed upstairs, so why sleep on the sofa”
She:”I haven’t”
Me:”what?” – clearly I was not awake yet, but my pulse started to quicken.
She:”my bed is lumpy”
Me: “lumpy?”
She:”it’s always been lumpy. I can count the springs, dad!”

Now that is about as clear a buying signal you get as a parent. So that afternoon we went out to buy two mattresses (turns out my son wasn’t too happy with his either). The first choice of bed buying is that you have to lie on them. So we went from shop to shop (about 7 of them) and as the day progressed general misery set in. My children had enough after 3 stores, my wife was therefore fed up after 5 (g children around when they don’t want to is sole destroying) and by shop 7 we almost bought the first bed we lay on. So during the day I started to wonder what was going on and why.

Hey, Nano Nano!

_Image_Area of NanotechnologyWhen things get so small that we can’t see it anymore, it somehow challenges the believe system. Think of a machine that can float in your blood and repair stuff as it goes along…sounds scary, great, unbelievable – all those things and more. (Turns out that you need to drill through blood since at the nano level it gets similar to rock, so the best way though it seems to be a tiny drill bit, that is rotated using magnets :O) – Anyway, the point is I have to admit I am hooked.

At the chemistry level we seem to discover more and more ways to cheat normal physics, in medicine terms we can reasonably hope fro great changes in the way medicine works, and in terms of physics the whole thing has gone very weired. All of which are great reasons to be interested in the stuff. So over the next year I will start reading up on the matter, not from a technology point of view (since that is a closed book) but more from an impact on IT and Business point of view.

Nanotechnology has changed some businesses already, significantly (medical, manufacturing, automotive,…) but non of it seems to explicitly hit us (exclude the self-wiping glass for now) – or has it. It turns out that that stuff is pretty much in all areas of innovation (one of my physics friend called it “Nano” is the new “Big”.

So time to catch up. I recon it would be good to find a classification first that is relevant to my investigation. As a definition I might not include micro machines, but restrict the source to the core definition of Nano patents:
1) whose subject matter is in the scale of approximately 1-100 nanometers in at least one dimension; and
2) that involve materials, structures, devices or systems that have novel properties and functions because of their nano-scale size.

So far I have found 56 distinct areas of nano research – well here is hoping there will be some structure emrging soon.

Have fun!