We are living in a world in which cows send texts to farmers when they´re in heat, where the most valuable real estate in New York City houses computers, not people, and some of humanity´s greatest works are created by crowds, not individuals. We are in the midst of a networking revolution - set to transform the way we access the world´s information and the way we connect with one another. Studying biological systems is perhaps the best way to understand such networks, and nature has a lesson for us if we care to listen: Bigger is rarely better in the long run. The deadliest creature is the mosquito, not the lion. It is the quality of a network that is important for survival, not the size, and all networks - the human brain, Facebook, Google, even the internet itself - eventually reach a breakpoint and collapse. That´s the bad news. The good news is that reaching a breakpoint can be a step forward, allowing a network to substitute quality for quantity. In Breakpoint, brain scientist and entrepreneur Jeff Stibel takes listeners to the intersection of the brain, biology, and technology. He shows how exceptional companies are using their understanding of the Internet´s brain-like powers to create a competitive advantage by building more effective websites, utilizing cloud computing, engaging social media, monetizing effectively, and leveraging a collective consciousness. Indeed, the result of these technologies is a more tightly connected world with capabilities far beyond the sum of our individual minds. Breakpoint offers a fresh and exciting perspective about the future of technology and its effects on all of us.PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert David Grant. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016219/bk_adbl_016219_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This week on Car Talk, after missing for two months, Jane´s cat showed up at a house seven miles away, and across two major highways. Did Catzilla stow away during Jane´s daily commute? Elsewhere, Sharon´s Explorer is growling, and Gunther thinks a toilet is flushing under his Astrovan´s dashboard. Also, Lori in Arizona threatens to make Male Answer Syndrome obsolete, with two words: ´´Google it!´´; and, more than you ever wanted to know about Senior Prom planning in Yosemite National Park. All this, plus a new Puzzler from the Dates and Nuts series, and lots more, this week on Car Talk. [Broadcast Date: March 24, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/cart/120324/rt_cart_120324_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How-to guidance for optimizing incumbent technologies to deliver a better product and gain competitive advantage... Their zip codes are far from Silicon Valley. Their SIC codes show retail, automobile, or banking. But industry after industry is waking up to the opportunity of ´´smart´´ products and services for their increasingly tech-savvy customers. Traditionally technology buyers, they are learning to embed technology in their products and become technology vendors. In turn, if you analyze Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, and eBay, you marvel at their data centers, retail stores, application ecosystems, global supply chains, design shops. They are considered ´´consumer´´ tech but have better technology at larger scale than most enterprises. The old delineation of technology buyer and vendor is obsolete. There is a new definition for the technology elite - and you find them across industries and geographies. The 17 case studies and 4 guest columns spread through The New Technology Elite bring out the elite attributes in detail. Every organization will increasingly be benchmarked against these elite - and soon will be competing against them.Contrasts the productivity that Apple, Google, and others have demonstrated in the last decade to that of the average enterprise technology groupReveals how to leverage what companies have learned from Google, Apple, Amazon.com, and Facebook to your company´s advantageDesigned for business practitioners, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, technology vendors, venture capitalists, IT consultants, marketing executives, and policy makersOther titles by Vinnie Mirchandani: The New Polymath: Profiles in Compound-Technology Innovations If you´re looking to encourage technology innovation, look no further. The New Technology Elite provides the building blocks your company needs to become innovative through incumbent technologies.PLEASE NOTE: Whe 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Hoyt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004885/bk_adbl_004885_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is philosophy obsolete? Are the ancient questions still relevant in the age of cosmology and neuroscience, not to mention crowd-sourcing and cable news? The acclaimed philosopher and novelist Rebecca Newberger Goldstein provides a dazzlingly original plunge into the drama of philosophy, revealing its hidden role in today’s debates on religion, morality, politics, and science. At the origin of Western philosophy stands Plato, who got about as much wrong as one would expect from a thinker who lived 2,400 years ago. But Plato’s role in shaping philosophy was pivotal. On her way to considering the place of philosophy in our ongoing intellectual life, Goldstein tells a new story of its origin, re-envisioning the extraordinary culture that produced the man who produced philosophy. But it is primarily the fate of philosophy that concerns her. Is the discipline no more than a way of biding our time until the scientists arrive on the scene? Have they already arrived? Does philosophy itself ever make progress? And if it does, why is so ancient a figure as Plato of any continuing relevance? Plato at the Googleplex is Goldstein’s startling investigation of these conundra. She interweaves her narrative with Plato’s own choice for bringing ideas to life - the dialogue.Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multicity speaking tour. How would he handle the host of a cable news program who denies there can be morality without religion? How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a tiger mom on how to raise the perfect child? How would he answer a neuroscientist who, about to scan Plato’s brain, argues that science has definitively answered the questions of free will and moral agency? What would Plato make of Google, and of the idea that knowledge can be crowd-sourced rather than reasoned out by experts? With a philosopher’s depth and a novelist’s imagination and wit, Goldstein prob 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Holland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017142/bk_adbl_017142_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In today´s fast-moving Information Age, traditional business-planning tools are rapidly becoming obsolete. Yet the competitive, ever-changing marketplace demands that executives move quickly or risk becoming relics.In Three Moves Ahead, business leader and chess expert Bob Rice offers an entertaining, practical response to this modern dilemma. He shows how the world´s top executives use chess tactics to thrive in the face of incalculable complexities and unexpected change.Written for nonplayers, this witty, smart guide is filled with real-world examples of how to win the game of business by applying chess strategies honed from over 1,000 years of competition. With incisive prose, Rice clearly shows how to use these principles to attack competitors, defend turf, and crack new markets. He demonstrates how a ´´Strong Square´´ strategy drove Adobe´s rise from niche player to industry powerhouse, how Kodak is reviving its fortunes with an ´´Exchange Sacrifice´´, and how Google is creating holes in Microsoft´s position with a ´´Minority Attack´´.Most importantly, Three Moves Ahead also shows how to ´´Stay Ahead On the Clock´´ and avoid the fate of companies like Polaroid, Gateway, and our dearly departed Ma Bell. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mel Foster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/000463/bk_brll_000463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.