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Dispatch: Baseball as Metaphor

Contributed by Rick DeVan on May 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET

For the Love of the Technology, the Bay Area Is Reinventing Baseball (Again) via NYTimes.com.

In stealth mode, the Giants are now able to track the ball in the opposite. Fieldf/x, which the Giants are fully deploying for the first time this year, tracks the hit ball and the defensive players as they react to it. For the first time since baseball statistics have been kept — we are talking 150 years — baseball statisticians will soon have objective data on how quickly fielders react to balls in play, how fast they get to the ball, and the accuracy and location of their throws.

Sure, baseball is a metaphor for, well, just about everything that is worthwhile. And now, it is a metaphor for our technology age, too.

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Dispatch: April 27, 2012 – Maps

Contributed by Rick DeVan on April 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET

One of the great things we may be able to do with ever-increasing technology is reverse the trend of geographic illiteracy of Americans.

Personally, I have a lifelong love of maps. Maps of all kinds, and, of course, the new generations of maps.

Maps are great and now they are getting even better.

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Dispatch: April 20, 2012 – Smart Glasses

Contributed by Rick DeVan on April 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET

I am looking forward to trying the smart glasses being developed by Google in Project Glass.

We started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.

I can anticipate many useful applications, such as finding your way around an unfamiliar city. They may give you away as a tourist, though, as if standing outside the Today Show studios wearing a Massillon Tigers sweatshirt won’t do the trick. (Actually, I am fairly certain any self-respecting New Yorker can spot a tourist from twenty stories up with no problem whatsoever, with or without the sweatshirt.)

Speaking of New York, when I watch the Project Glass video I can’t help but think of this scene from Woody Allen’s Bananas:

Alas, with Google’s Driverless Cars scenes like this may become a thing of the very distant past.

Or not.

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Dispatch: April 13, 2012

Contributed by Rick DeVan on April 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET

If you haven’t yet, please take 19 minutes and 48 seconds to watch Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone?, which I posted last week. It is well worth your time.

I am all for digital communications, be it email, Twitter, Facebook, or blog posts. I sort of have to be in my line of work.

To a point.

And that point is different for just about everyone and every relationship, be it social or business or a combination of the two. Finding that point is the hard part.

I suspect we have all gained and lost many things through digital communications. Gained new friends and lost old friends. Gained new business and lost old business. Gained detailed information and lost the big picture, the proverbial forest and the trees.

Then, again, those things happen with or without digital communications. It’s life.

One thing Sherry Turkle has shown me is that I can empathize with younger people, those who are finding themselves, and finding themselves in the Digital Age.

It is easy for adults to follow their own personal and professional rules online. I have a few myself. I don’t post or comment about politics. It always starts a fight. Don’t worry, I won’t block you if you do and I will read what you post. I will just be quiet whether I agree or disagree. That is proving to be easier said than done in this U.S. Presidential Election year.

Religion, too, although I will almost always acknowledge the major religious holidays as I have friends of many faiths and some of no faiths.

Health issues are not my forte, either. We tend to forget that along with the many people growing up online there are just as many who will be growing old online. Can you imagine the arguments? “Your foot? My knee! My knee!” Yikes!

Remember, though, teenagers and adults and senior citizens and everyone else, we are all still finding ourselves and defining our world. That is nothing new. We have been doing it for a couple of million years now.

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Dispatch: April 6, 2012

Contributed by Rick DeVan on April 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm ET

Please watch this TED Talk. I will have a comment on it next week. Seriously, I am going to wait a week to think and reflect before commenting.

Imagine that.

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