“I realize that most inventions fail not because the R&D department can’t get them to work, but because the timing is wrong — not all of the enabling factors are at play where they are needed. Inventing is a lot like surfing: you have to anticipate and catch the wave at just the right moment.”
Paraphrasing someone tonight: “I worked on cool projects X, Y, Z with cool new technologies A, B, and C. They all failed. Nobody used them. The only app customers still use was written in lowly old PHP. And the customers love it.”
I took that as, if you build the wrong application, no cool new tech will save it.
“You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology.”
~ Steve Jobs, as heard in this 1997 video
- Work hard at minimizing your ego & attachment to identity
- Learn deliberately, seek out weaknesses & work hard at them
- Eliminate bad habits, replace them with good, one at a time
- Read a lot, foundational stuff, not just latest hyped thing
I was reminded of this “If at first you don’t succeed, call it Version 1.0” saying this morning. You can find this t-shirt on Amazon if you’re interested.
Zalando has started their own tech radar list.
“Technology is our superpower. Inequality is our kryptonite.”
I’ll add that not caring about the planet we live on is also our kryptonite.
If you’re into technology, I highly recommend Benedict Evans’ weekly newsletter. In this weeks email you’ll find stories like, The Inside Story Behind Pebble’s Demise, Google’s blog post titled Assessing Cardiovascular Risk Factors with Computer Vision, a story about how Intel Fights for its Future by Jean-Louis Gassée, and Pete Warden’s story of Why Low-Power NN Accelerators Matter. All good reads.
nbcnews.com has an article about science and tech leaders making predictions for 2018.