Links (July 2015)

Tony Fadell (Ex-Apple, Nest Co-Founder) proposes we think in terms of the thoughtful home, not the internet of things. This extends to ideas like the thoughtful car (Tesla) and the thoughtful city. Technological innovation is meant to offer useful improvement. Nobody is interested in a fridge that can send text messages, but consumers are ready to adopt boring, seamless and secure technologies (PDF Report). Security cameras and learning thermostats seem to be trusted at the moment. Tapingo think you can get your coffee or lunch without waiting. Order on your phone, pay with Touch ID, see it'll be ready in five minutes, then walk into the store and drink. Paid for in advance, no queues, no wasted time. Ibrar Bhatt...

Rosenberg on Reputation

The sum of it is that no dealer, curator, buyer, or critic, or any existing combination of these, can be depended on to produce a reputation that is more than a momentary flurry. Harold Rosenberg was a prominent art critic, writing for the New Yorker in the 60s. I found this quote in Old Masters and Young Geniuses. It's from 1965, but it still seems valid today....

Smart Things

There are a couple of things I wished someone had told me earlier in life. I’ve listed a few of them below. If you buy twenty pairs of identical socks, you’ll never have to pair socks again. For the rest of your life. Never. Again. It’s probably not a good idea to buy that ‘premium’ (loud) polo shirt. Or to pay through the roof for a little emblem on your chest. Nobody ever knocked well fitting clothes in solid colours. They minimise the chance of looking silly in photos a decade from now. Backup your computer off-site. If you buy something worth more than £400, you should probably check it will be covered by your contents/possessions...