Monday was exciting – not only was it the Fall workshop for the iAD Center for Research-based Innovation, but it was also the opening of the iAD Lab [Norwegian language story here] – a physical manifestation of the research project, as well as an important tool for drawing the researchers from the five Oslo-based participants (FAST, Accenture, Schibsted, UiO and BI) closer together.
Myself, I plan to spend at least one day per week in the lab – there is nothing like physical proximity to get to know an organization and a field, notwithstanding all the communications capabilities, electronic and otherwise, we surround ourselves with.
The lab itself, incidentally, is just six workspaces, a few computers and access cards for researchers. Gone are the days when the opening of a computing center was photogenic, with blinking lights and spinning tape decks. But it will enable us to store sensitive data in a secure environment, have enough horsepower to really analyze them, and provide a natural focal point for demonstrations, prototypes and experiments.
And yes, he thinks cities are good, nuclear power a solution we need to consider, and GM food completely safe (and a heck of a lot less evolutionary than the microbial gene sharing that occurs within and outside of our own bodies.)
Tune in to this radio show.
Steven Levy goes nuts over Neal Stephenson’s latest over in Wired. And I am on my way over to Amazon….
This blog has been quiet for a while. The reason was that I (rather stupidly) started updating Movable Type the day before going on holiday in Spain – and when it didn’t work, I took a look at the error log and said to myself "hey, I need a vacation anyway – what an excellent excuse not to blog" and took off.
Incidentally, the error turned out to be that the Perl version my ISP (Verio) had running was too old – despite what they told me. That little caper cost me quite a lot of time and frustration. On the positive side – it wasn’t my fault. And it caused me to install a new FTP client, FileZilla, which is a great improvement on WS_FTP. On the negative side: Upgrading to MT4 (with, reportedly, better spam control) will have to wait until Verio puts its software were its mouth is. Time to migrate to Dreamhost, methinks….
Anyway, I am now officially up and running again. To a grey and rainy Oslo. I could do with about one week more vacation….