Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Let's Predict the Future

I’ve been reading up a lot about technology and innovation history and although my math isn’t steller, understanding the phenomenon of technological advances is so intriguing.

First and foremost, I think I’ve been impressed for quite a while by the impact of Moore’s Law. For everybody who may think PR can’t be impactful I suggest you read up on Gordon Moore’s visionary and how Intel has thrillingly developed. He made a prediction in the 1965 in Electronics Magazine (which, in 2005 was worth $10,000 according *see CNET’s: Intel offers $10,000 for Moore’s Law magazine*). The law precisely describes a driving force of technological and social change throughout decades. The trend is not expected to stop until 2015 or later.

The following are in no particular order…

Nicholas Negroponte’s book, Being Digital forecasted the interactive world, the entertainment world and the information world would all band together into one. After reading, Being Digital, it’s evident that Negroponte is a digital optimist but even so the unification of the three different worlds seems likely. He discusses that humanity will head towards a fture where everything will be digitalized – which I whole heartedly believe. From newspapers to various types of entertainment it’s all digital. Considering the book was written in 1995 I’m impressed by the prediction that wires and cables would cease to exist and the touch-screen will be the mouse of the future.

I ran the June Monthly Staff meeting at my company and tradition holds that whoever runs the staff meeting gives a 10 minutes presentation before business updates are made. Well, I talked about 2012 and the end of the world phenomenon (it was more uplifting than it sounds here on my blog). I discussed a little bit about overpopulation which was inspired not by Aristotle or the Mayans but by Harry Harrison’s book Make Room! Make Room! Where he discusses the consequences of unchecked population growth on society may be solved by cannibalism. It sounds crazy, but it’s a great read and an amusing theory to say the least.

1996 – Alan Greenspan warned of irrational exuberance in the stock Market on December 5, 1996. Nobody listened to him, the stock market boomed and then took a major downturn in 2000 and 2001.

Also, a couple predictions that turned out to be incredibly incorrect../

John Langdon-Davies: 1938, “Democracy will be dead by 1950.”

Business Week: August 2, 1968 – “With over fifteen types of foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big share of the market for itself.

Anyways, it seems that we’re always looking at what’s going to happen in the future. It’s going to be super interesting to see what happens next in terms of where we’re going and where the world says we’re going.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Confused in the Corporate World

It’s been a long time since I've written in my blog but now that my routine is somewhat set it might be a good time to start.

So, since my last post I’ve graduated, gotten a job and 6 months into a rigorous year long program which tests my abilities as a high-tech consultant. My experience thus far has been stressful to say the least, but at the same time eye-opening. It’s quite interesting to see so many different types of people striving for one cause. No, it’s not career development. It’s to genuinely help our clients. I’ve gotten to know colleagues who give up their weekends and vacation hours to make sure our client’s message is heard and understood. One thing that has amazed me about my company is the genuine care. And as an Agency if we don’t feel a potential client is somebody we can help or be passionate about we’re honest. It’s great to be surrounded by such hardworking and determined people.

Of course, I miss being a student but being under deadlines that can make or break a company’s bank makes one learn so much to extensively. It’s not just about being organized but it’s about composure. Essentially, being a friendly nag to keep yourself out of tough situations is best. It’s a tactic I have yet to perfect.

Another element of the corporate world I have to work on is corporate business lingo. I’ve tried to get into the habit of inserting these in my daily routine but I find them oh so annoying. Here are some of my oh-so favorites:

Do you have Enough Bandwidth? – Whenever I’m asked this I feel like saying no, but it can be safely assumed I’m supposed to say yes. Especially when I’ve been briefed on the project for about an hour, I’m expected to do it.

Forgive me if I’m wrong, but… -- You know those people who are just too polite you know it can’t be real. Well, this is a perfect example.

Let’s Not Go Into “Solutions Mode” Yet – I will never understand this. I didn’t realize we had to be in a state of mind to solve a problem… plus shouldn’t companies always be in “solutions mode”?

Give 150% -- this is impossible and I’m unsure why it’s said in almost every other meeting.

It is what it is – well, duh. What else would it be?

Let’s take a step back – it’s great when this is said when everyone’s sitting in a conference room.

Perhaps all these corporate clichés are just put in place to make people sound polite while they’re actually not.

Hopefully, I’m able to learn to elegantly handle stress both at home and at work. As for now, I’ll write it off as a learning process and continue to try to fine tune the art of composure and clichés in this corporate world.