Future Blips - Douglas Coupland in FT.com

  • Last summer in a London hotel’s breakfast room I was reading the FT while waiting for my ride to show up and, without thinking much about it, I looked to the top of the page to see what time of day it was. I then blinked and thought to myself … Hmmm … OK, Doug, the top of a page is not a toolbar, and you seem to have crossed some new sort of line with technology. This experience was what I call a future blip – a small haiku-y moment where it dawns on you that you’re no longer in the past.
  • Another blip: a few days back I walked around the house looking for newspaper for packing a box and I realised I didn’t have any. I ended up using paper in the studio trashcan left over from eBay purchases.
I’ve been thinking about yesterday’s announcement of the Apple Watch. Like WWDC ’14, it’s a lot to process in a single day – you’re looking at years worth of design and product vision condensed in two hours of video and a massive website update. I’m not sure I’ll fully grasp the potential of Apple’s wearable even after its release.
1. Understand what people need
2. Address the whole experience, from start to finish
3. Make it simple and intuitive
4. Build the service using agile and iterative practices
5. Structure budgets and contracts to support delivery
6. Assign one leader and hold that person accountable
7. Bring in experienced teams
8. Choose a modern technology stack
9. Deploy in a flexible hosting environment
10. Automate testing and deployments
11. Manage security and privacy through reusable processes
12. Use data to drive decisions
13. Default to open
Bitcoin could be a lifesaver for people in developing countries with dysfunctional banking systems. The conventional banking system is geographically segregated, with people in each country expected to use that country’s banking system. But the Bitcoin network is global. So consumers in low-income countries who are worried that local banks will mismanage their funds could use Bitcoin-based financial services in a developed country such as Canada, Switzerland, or South Korea.
“Nobody cares about files,” said Mr. Levie. “They care about what files contain.” Figuring out how to build software for working with that content, he said, “is a road map of years and years of tech development.” In one demonstration, Box uses a big gesture-based screen to examine things like who at different companies in a film production is working on what parts of a script.

My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.

To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…

Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.

My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)