Mobile web

The Internet has become a part of our everyday lives. We use the World Wide Web for so many little things that it would be a considerable challenge for any of us to get through one day without using the Internet. It wouldn’t make any sense for the Internet to be tied to one place, for us to have to run to the one place every time we need to use use it for the littlest things. I believe that is why the mobile web has gotten so popular and it will keep getting more and more popular. Every type of business out there has a website. Every one of those websites will need to have a mobile version. People will visit a web page more if it is easily accessible. Cell phones are easy to carry, we use it everyday for many things. From personal experience, I can say that I love it when I am able to access a site on my cell phone or my tablet.
I think it is absolutely essential for web designers to be aware of the affects of mobile web and its increasing popularity.

http://www.mobile-ent.biz/news/read/mwc-2013-opinion-why-the-gsma-needs-to-get-behind-mobile-web/020716

http://blogs.cisco.com/cle/mobile-internet-envision-the-socioeconomic-impact/

http://blogs.cisco.com/cle/mobile-internet-envision-the-socioeconomic-impact/

Wearables

http://macdailynews.com/2013/02/12/with-iwatch-apple-could-turn-wearable-devices-into-next-big-thing/

http://ryanrohlf.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/mashable-video-report/

http://research.nokia.com/morph

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IX-gTobCJHs

I used to watch Star Trek with my dad as a little girl and marvel at the impossibilities of the technology they were using. It was literally thought of as other worldly, a fantasy. Almost everything that was thought of as science fiction back then are now the norm. We’ve transitioned from rotaries to brick size cell phones to iPhones in a relatively short period of time. We are already so attached to all of our devices that if I were to lose or forget my iPhone at home, I’d feel lost and completely cut off from the world. The next sensible step for our generation is to figure out a way to integrate the devices to ourselves in such a way that we can be physically attached to them. The buzz on the market right now is the iWatch by Apple. We will see people talking into there arms instead of cell phones as they command siri to call, navigate or connect in other ways. Nanotechnology can help us in many ways, from everyday life to various uses in the medical field, such as the wearable devices used by heart patients to monitor and detect any abnormalities and send alerts accordingly. These devices can also assist people during exercise, keeping record of the time, heart rate and calories burned. It will soon be fashionable for people to wear head gears that can lay out a map right in front of us showing direction with arrows navigating us to our destination. A 360 scan of our surrounding with such a device can warn us or advise us to merge safely while driving. The possibilities are literally endless for the ways we can utilize wearable technology. When thinking about how far we can go with wearables, its not totally crazy to imagine a future with cyborgs inhabiting the earth. From the days of Star Trek to actually seeing touchscreen diminish the use of buttons it can be concluded that, if we can imagine it, it is absolutely possible to create it. The craziest ideas such as the third link I chose that talks about the Nokia Morph can actually be reality some day.

Collective or Connective Intelligence

It is required for individuals to reach connective intelligence in order to produce collective intelligence. Movies and TV shows for example, are products of collective intelligence, but to make a hit movie or a successful TV series, individuals with different talents and skills have to come together. Individual ideas and thoughts meshed into a collective/collaborative effort, lets everyone involved in the project to be a part of something bigger and still get credit for the end product as a whole. As Gestalt psychology states “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” makes perfect sense when thinking about connective and collective intelligence. Paint, engine, steering wheel, may all be important components of a vehicle but the car as a a whole holds a greater meaning to us than its parts. An individual may be intelligent enough to produce good work but someone who brings the right parts together and fits them in like puzzle pieces, except with skills, produces great work. In the web industry, it is absolutely crucial to be able to network and find the right pieces. There’s is literally a world of possibilities out there and no one can harness that kind of power individually. When people are brought together, one persons idea can inspire another. There is kind of a healthy competition, like gears of a clock working together to propel something forward, whether it is an idea, a project, or solution to some devastating economic problem. Because of the World Wide Web we can now more than ever, heighten our individual skills and intelligence. We are now able to come together in a collaborative effort to produce collective intelligence, in order to achieve societal as well as individual advancements. I almost feel dutiful to utilize such a tool as the Web.

http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=43456

http://www.co-intelligence.org/Collective_Intelligence.html

http://www.masternewmedia.org/2003/05/27/what_is_collective_intelligence.htm

Web 3.0

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2102852,00.asp

http://webtrends.about.com/od/web20/a/what-is-web-30.htm

http://technorati.com/business/article/web-30-to-merge-the-physical/

In the world of Web 1.0, people read websites from an information dump rarely ever being able to interact with them. If we look at how much we’ve upgraded from that system to Web 2.0, we can get a sense of where the transition to 3.0 may take us. It will be even more interactive than now. By creating programs that the computer can use to sort useful or good data for us instead of pulling up information like a google search, will save us time from having to sort it out ourselves to find the exact information that we are looking for. Algorithms to have the computer do some of our thinking will generate artificial intelligence, bringing forth the era of a more integrated physical and virtual world. We can already take the Internet everywhere with us through our phones, laptops, iPads and etc. Being able to use it in our everyday lives with a more seamless connection between our world and the virtual world is the core idea of Web 3.0. From reshaping the way we build websites, the focus will be more on how the user will be interacting with them. To an extreme, we may be moving towards a more virtual lifestyle, where we never take our eyes off of our computers but be able to walk down a street and enter a building to buy something or to go see someone for a visit or even an interview, all created by codes in the virtual world. Such a shopping mall already exists, created by Kinset. We are always on the verge of changing and we should be open to these new ideas and discoveries. It’s extremely exciting, however, we should also always analyze the pros and cons of every step we take towards our future.

Design Thinking

From what I’ve discovered so far, design thinking is a fairly new concept. I have been following the CEO of IDEO Tim Brown. He seems to have some good thoughts about design thinking, he also has a book called “Change by Design.” He says, to take what you know about the world and the choices you already have is one way to solve problems and come up with ideas, but to discover new ideas, be creative and innovative, you have to add new choices to the drawing board. Essentially, design thinking is the process to come up with solution to problems to improve everyday life, not just a solution to a certain problem. Design thinkers use empathy to look at who the audience is and how to make things more user friendly. Its different from scientific problem solving, where the focus is more on the problems. Instead, if we look at understanding who we are solving the problems for and coming up with a cost effective solution especially designed for the audience, then we have successfully found a solution that will serve for a longer period of time, more people and it will be easier to manage, cutting cost for future generations. Basically, putting oneself in the shoes of another to feel the environment first hand and designing a solution that would make things easier, faster, and inspiring is the most effective way of solving a problem.

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121127203810-10842349-one-design-thinking-tip-you-can-use-right-now

http://designthinking.ideo.com/

My PLE

I liked this one because of all the great information it has.

http://personal-learning-environments.wikispaces.com/

This website has a lot of interesting ways to think about PLEs.

http://iteachu.uaf.edu/manage-learners/managing-courserooms/personal-learning-environment/

This one gives a lot of examples for the use of PLEs.

http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/personal-learning-environments-presentation

After reading all the information about PLEs, I would have to say my PLE would be a quiet and serene place where I can enjoy complete solitude. A place that I can fill with self expression and all things interesting and useful to me. I can use my PLE to inspire art and find easy ways to research various things for work. It is an area I can call my own, where knowledge and inspirations flow in and innovation and creativity flows out into the world. While drawing, reading, researching and etc. I should find my PLE useful and relaxing.