Machines are for answers; humans are for questions. The world that Google is constructing—a world of cheap and free answers—having answers is not going to be very significant or important. Having a really great question will be where all the value is. —
Machines are for answers; humans are for questions.
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At the bottom of a Google Webmaster Central Blog page on responsive design, several good examples of RWD at Google are listed. Here they are:
In an interesting Wired article on doctors and the iPad, Bob McMillan notes that Apple’s long-time interest in healthcare is surprising, since the company doesn’t make parallel efforts in other fields:
Why is healthcare the one vertical market that Apple promotes on its iPad apps for business page?
McMillan spends much of the long article telling the story of how Medical Market Manager and Evangelist Afshad Mistri has been Apple’s “secret weapon” in wooing the healthcare field to the iPad. Toward the end of the article, he goes further back in the story, and explores the question of why the roots of Apple’s healthcare involvement are so deep:
As with so many questions about Apple, the answer links to the late Steve Jobs. Apple’s founder was interested in medical technology long before he took ill. But one can’t help but wonder whether all that time in hospitals during his final years had some effect.
A central player in the story is Elliot Fishman, a professor of radiology at Johns Hopkins University. His roots with Apple and Jobs go back to Jobs’ early involvement with Pixar, when his first idea for Pixar’s pioneering tech was to apply it to medical imaging:
When Jobs acquired Pixar in the late 1980s, the company worked with Fishman and Johns Hopkins, trying to make a go of it in the medical imaging market. The project failed … [but] … Jobs took a personal interest in medical imaging back in the Pixar days, and he and Fishman stayed in touch through the years.
In the conclusion to the article, Fishman gets the last word, with the interesting suggestion that medical imaging is a haven for idealistic geeks:
Fishman can’t say if Jobs’ illness made him more interested in helping out doctors … But it’s not impossible to imagine that at a time when some are saying that Silicon Valley is no longer producing anything important, Apple believes that improving doctors’ lives might just be the right thing to do. There’s an intangible appeal that comes from making things better for sick people who are seeking help. “People in computer science are always interested in medical imaging,” Fishman says. “They always like to think that, you know, maybe Angry Birds is good but something medical might actually change the world.”
Details of the early Pixar-medical imaging story are in Wikipedia.
Note that this story is, surprisingly, not mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio … “One More Thing” :-)
This has been a very slow week for tech news. Seems like there’s nothing happening.
I think I finally figured out why - Everyone is busy reading Walter Isaacson’s new Steve Jobs bio!
Steve famously said that people don’t read books anymore - I guess now he’s proving himself wrong.
Tim Carmody shares touching thoughts on the passing of Steve Jobs, thinking of the benefits of Jobs’ inventions for his 4-year old son with autism:
It may be a stretch to say Steve Jobs invented the iPod Touch or most of the technologies contained in it. But Steve Jobs certainly put it in my son’s hands, both by making it a sub-$200 device (and in our case, giving it away free with a laptop) and by helping to create an ecosystem of software applications for people with disabilities — perhaps especially communication disabilities.
The iPod and iPad have been called “a near-miracle device” for children and adults with autism. …
Concluding paragraph …
These frail and fragile bodies don’t always work the way we want them to. Steve Jobs understood that. Steve Jobs succumbed to that. But he also left us things that make that easier, that let us touch people we might not otherwise. That will always touch me.
‘This Stuff Doesn’t Change The World’: Disability And Steve Jobs’ Legacy
by Tim Carmody
“Amazon is such a smart learning organization,” says Nancy F. Koehn … “It’s like a biological organism that through natural selection and adaptation just keeps learning and growing.”
The Omnivore, by Brad Stone
Steve Jobs Commencement address at Stanford Univ in 2005, a year after he was diagnosed with cancer, is eloquent. With his passing yesterday, this quote is especially moving:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to Heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Here’s a link to the quote in the YouTube video. And here’s the text of the talk.