Good Morning Kerri-Anne – Schools of the Future

September 25, 2008

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I taped my next segment on Channel 9’s Morning’s with Kerri-Anne yesterday and it’ll air tomorrow (Friday 26th September 2008).

We talked about the Schools of the Future a topic near and dear to my heart and one that is incredibly important.

We can’t continue to provide education that measures up to our old needs, we have to equip kids with the skills and tools they will need for the next 50 years plus.

The 3 R’s have been joined by the 3 C’s – Communicate, Collaborate and Creative thinking as important skills and the classrooms of tomorrow are far beyond the physical four walls and extend into the virtual and digital worlds.

Anyway if you can, watch the program – and if you can’t a copy will be on my site in the media section next week -and let me know your thoughts on what Schools of the Future.

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Postcard from the Future – Innovation

September 23, 2008

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I’m sitting here in 2020 reminiscing over the evolution of innovation and the ever increasing speed of change over the last few decades.

I remember back to late last century when I lectured undergraduates in innovation and we used a six step seven year process as our model – can you believe it?

Haven’t things changed, no one has time for six steps now, let alone 7 years.

Innovation now has to be almost instant.

Take the use of Claytronics, how did we ever live without it? Oh yeah you haven’t seen this yet, have you?

Claytronics is sort of like your old fax machine, but instead of sending and receiving paper based copies, it sends and receives 3D objects.

Last week my wife bought an entire dinner set this way. She picked the design and pieces she wanted, customised the size of each of the dishes, Suzie her on line avatar ordered it for her and then hey-presto our in home machine whirred and giggled and out came the dinner set ready to use – just like a store bought one.

Who would have thought that we would be able to purchase objects on line, have them personalised and delivered to us in real time and it all started as an innovation off the good old Claytronics machine.

One of the big pushes over the last decade has been the need for businesses to me more in tune with their customers, staff, suppliers and stakeholders. I know this is an old and well worn tune, but in 2020 we either live by this or die not heeding this.

Social networks (FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter and tonnes of others) began to become popular roughly in 2005 (some early forms were around from 1995) and you’ve seen a couple of years of how they have changed the world.

I remember the headline in September 2008 “Social networks are more popular than porn”. HitWise announced the results of a survey they had completed of 10 million internet users’ finding that search traffic had increased to social network sites and decreased to porn sites.

The reality in 2020 is that the internet is all about reaching out to and interacting with others. Social networks is where this all started to become possible.

In my next postcard I want to tell you about five (5) really easy ways to innovate your product or service using you’re extended on line community. These are really easy profitable ways my clients have been using to figure out what to innovate, how to innovate and how to get prospective and existing customers to do it for them, for FREE.

Of course if you can’t wait till then I’d be happy to fill you in before. Give me a call (61 3) 9525 8600 or email me and we can talk it through.

The beauty of the future is it’s unwritten. You can make of it whatever you want.

Your challenge, between now and the next postcard, is to figure out what you want from you business so that together we can figure out how to make it happen for you.

Anyway I’ve got to go now and of course wish you were here in 2020, but I know that’s not physically possible, but I can do the next best thing and show you what it will look like, if you click here.

It will show you the world of 2020, who lives in it, how we live, work and play in it and I know it will definitely start you thinking about what you and your organisation need to do to get ready for the world of 2020.

That link again is (that’s such an old fashioned thing to say): http://www.morrisyoureyeonthefuture.com/2020.html

I’ll send you another Postcard from the Future soon, but until then take care and remember your future hasn’t been written yet and how it will look and what successes you will have, are entirely up to you.

Your friend in the future.

Morris Miselowski

 

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How memories are made, and recalled

September 9, 2008

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What makes a memory?

Single cells in the brain, for one thing. For the first time, scientists at UCLA and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have recorded individual brain cells in the act of calling up a memory, thus revealing where in the brain a specific memory is stored, and how it is able to recreate it.

Reporting in the current edition of the journal Science, Dr. Itzhak Fried, senior author and a UCLA professor of neurosurgery, and colleagues, recorded the activity of hundreds of individual neurons making memories from the brains of 13 epilepsy patients being treated at the UCLA Medical Center.

The patients’ surgeons had placed electrodes into their brains to locate the origin of their seizures before surgical treatment (standard procedure in such cases).

Fried made use of the same electrodes to record neuron activity as memories were being formed. The patients watched several video clips of short duration—including such things as landmarks and people, along with other clips of Homer Simpson, Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Cruise and others.

As the patients watched, the researchers recorded the activity of many neurons in the hippocampus and a nearby region called the entorhinal cortex, that responded strongly to individual clips. A few minutes later, after performing an intervening task, the patients were asked to recall whatever clips came to mind.

“They were not prompted to recall any specific clips,” said Fried, “but to use ‘free recall;’ that is, whatever popped into their heads.”

The researchers found that the same neurons that had responded earlier to a specific clip fired strongly a second or two before the subject reported what he had recalled (but did not fire when other clips were recalled).

Ultimately, it was possible for the researchers to know what clips the patients recalled before they even said it.

for full article click here