USI 2013? We’ve got a problem!

APOLLO 13, 1995 gtwallpaper.comEditor’s note: USI - if you are unfamiliar – is the self-acclaimed “Annual Forum of Geeks and Bosses for information technologies that transform our societies.” It took place in Paris on June 24-25.

Of course, there was no problem at USI 2013 event!

It’s just a play on words on ‘Houston, we’ve got a problem’, with regards to stunning speech delivered at USI by Jim Lovell, one survivor of the turbulent Apollo 13 flight.

By the way, Jim revealed the true story. He actually said: “Houston, we’ve had a problem” as he was the second cosmonaut to raise the issue. A first cosmonaut had called Houston a few minutes before, stating ‘we have a problem’, but with no response back.

Below is a selection of presentations I enjoyed particularly, and ‘best of’ Tweets and quotes shared during the session. USI 2013 definitely confirms its singular positioning, at the crossroad between designing future of digital technologies and sharing rewarding and deeply humanist management experiences.

What’s happening on Internet, Vincent Cerf (video)

Cerf co-invented the architecture and basic protocols of the Internet: that’s it!

vintcerf blog.gearshift.tv

He shares his view about the future of Internet:

  • For many people, first Internet experience will be on mobile. 38% of media interactions happen on smart phones;
  • Email is natively social: first distribution lists on Arpanet were about science fiction and food ‘miam miam’;
  • Internet future trends: GoogleGlass, RFID on each bottle, sensor on the cork, the Internet of things, Google Self Driving Cars, ‘self-driving cars are much safer, they on’t get angry’, smart grid consumption, smart monitoring;
  • Major issues regard privacy, cyber security collusing national security; ‘we need a cyber fire department to call before calling the police’;
  • Interplanetary Internet?
  • Internet freedom: ‘you don’t have to get permission to bring a new product, this has to be preserved’;
  • Innovation: ‘Silicon Valley works well because of educated people and access to capital’; ‘tolerance for failure is a mark of experience, not incompetence’.

Apollo 13, a succesful failure, Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell was Apollo 13 commander. He’s an amazing storyteller, featuring a breathtaking narrative of Apollo 13 perillous adventure. Following on-board explosion, reducing oxygen supply and electric power, the spacecraft crew had to find the ‘free return’ flight from moon to earth. Here is what Jim tells about it:

  • I was not worried, the stars, the sight, the sound, even the smell sound so familiar to me… But you know that sensation you get when you’re in deep trouble? That’s how I felt looking at the empty oxygen tank;
  • Team work and leadership are the secrets to sucess; Another one is: always expect the unexpected!

A successful failure Apollo 13 Jim Lovell USI 2013

  • I had to learn in a short time to maneuver, you’d be surprised how quickly you learn when you’re in deep trouble;
  • “Copy the instructions before we lose communications” said Houton… It was maximum stress for me, while my companions wanted to take pictures of the far sight of the moon, the sight you never see: they had camera in their head!
  • When things get quiet, you start to think: how do we do a safe landing on earth? This was visual maneuvering: operating the landing according to the sight on earth across the window;
  • Following Apollo13 long series of disasters, I shouldn’t be here to tail you the tail; there was no “we’ll put you on the next flight” this time;
  • There are 3 types of people on earth: one makes things happen, one watches things happen, one wonders what happened. Every business you’re in, you have to be motivated, be someone that makes things happen;
  • Apollo13 shows that the actions that you take, really determine the chances of success or failure.

apollo-13-jim-lovell-answers-com

La métaphore des jardins, Christian Monjou (video)

Christian Monjou is litterature Professeur at Lycée Henri IV khâgne. He draws subtle links between Art and leadership. Here is the case study of garden architecture.

  • Pour son château de Vaux le Vicompte, Fouquet pensait que l’on dirait: “Qu’il est grand le roi qui a un tel ministre … “. Peu de gens comprirent et notamment pas Louis 14, qui fit embastiller Fouquet. Nul leader ne maîtrise la manière dont ses messages sont décodés’.
  • Dans les jardins à la française ‘tout converge et tout part du château’. Des notions d’optique permettent à Lenôtre de créer des perspectives aux dimensions équilibrées en regardant les jardins depuis le château, respectant le principe de Descartes: “L’ordre n’est pas dans la chose observée, mais dans l’oeil qui observe”.
  • ‘On est très décoratif en France, dès que c’est utile, cela nous embête un peu, ça nous fait peur.’
  • ‘Tout part et revient au roi: le centralisme à la Française. Voir le roi et être vu par lui est l’essentiel. Cela a-t-il changé ?’  Pourtant, ‘le boulot d’un leader c’est de faire surgir ses fous. Un politique doit intégrer l’œil du fou. Je me tue à leur dire depuis des années.’

Versailles planetejardin.net

  • Quelques agréments de la balade dans le jardin : ‘an eye catch, a fabric, vista, un point qui vue attire dans le jardin, qu’on atteint par des chemins détournés et deouis lequel le regard est attiré par un autre eye catch’. Le ‘ah, ah !’, une petite rupture de gazon, sur laquelle on trébuche en s’exclamant ‘ah, ah’.
  • ‘Savoir reconnaître du #Palladio dans l’architecture de l’époque, c’était ça les #Geeks de l’époque’
  • Passons au jardin britannique : ‘Les organisations britanniques ont l’air naturel, comme leurs jardins. elles sont beaucoup plus complexes en réalité’
  • ‘Des grands conquérants, de grands penseurs : si vous n’avez pas un poète, vous ne ferez pas une entreprise’
  • ‘Le challenge du jardin c’est l’équilibre entre l’énergie et la lisibilité’ #leadership

Comprendre ce qu’est le temps pour mieux le vivre, Bruno Jarrosson (video)

L’entame de Bruno Jarrosson est on ne peut plus élégante : ‘il n’y a que le silence qui sait ce qu’on peut dire après Christian Monjou’. Puis Bruno, consultant philosophe, nous livre des réflexions profondes et percutantes sur ”Le temps de mieux vivre’ :

  • ‘Saisis-toi de chaque heure, empare toi du présent’ nous exhorte Sénèque #CarpeDiem;
  • Mais le temps est un sujet douloureux : ‘un joueur qui gagne sans tricher’ #Baudelaire #rétroviseur;
  • Un élément rare : ‘Le temps est tout ce dont nous disposons avant d’être mort’;
  • Angoissant : ‘L’angoisse : la possibilité immédiate du pire’ #ComteSponville;
  • Pénible : ‘Le temps mon pire ennemi, toute souffrance s’éprouve dans le temps’ #kierkegaard;
  • Frustrant : ‘Le manque de temps une notion moderne’;
  • Trop long : ‘Si l’ennui fait paraître le temps long, est-il précieux ?
  • Comment garder la maîtrise ? ‘Ce qui m’arrive dépend-il de moi ? Lucidité sur ce qui ne dépend pas de moi et courage sur ce qui en dépend’ nous dient les Stoiciens #chronos;
  • Distinguer entre ‘Temps mesuré, chonos, et temps ressenti, tempus : nous avions un problème d’accès, nous avons un problème de tri’;
  • Le sens du temps : ‘Ce qui donne sens à l’information, c’est de m’être intéressé au domaine’;
  • Le temps du bonheur ? ‘Le temps est mon meilleur ami, la seule ressource qui me permet de comprendre le bonheur’; ‘Tout passe sauf le temps’; ‘Lorsque l’amour donne du sens au temps, on ne se plaint plus de manquer de temps’;
  • ‘Comment rater son temps ? Considérer que votre temps ne dépend pas de vous’ ;

7 idées pour perdre son temps Bruno Jarrosson

Autrement dit, 2 questions de fin de journée différentes : Ai-je traité toutes les infos ou ai-je utilisé au mieux mon temps ?

Pour conclure, Bruno nous livre les 3 secrets du temps heureux :

  • Courage : agir en volonté;
  • Humilité : cultiver l’ignorance;
  • Générosité : donner du temps.

Google Art Project, Amit Sood

‘To show art in the most amazing way is what the Google Art Project is about’ says Amit Sood. Google art project is an experience, it’s something immersive, deeply into the painting: ‘you can be looking at a guy staring at you, or discovering invisible parts of the Harvesters painting’.

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Harvesters_-_Google_Art_Project commons.wikimedia.org

First indoor video recording was completed with a kind of Google street view camera.

Google-Art-Project-Street-View-Trolley artobserved.com

As 250 institutes agreed between 2011 and 2013, you can now:

  • cross-visit museums: select “gold” and browse pieces across all museums collections in a raw;
  • set-up your own gallery: 350 000 user galleries have been set up worldwide;
  • compare side by side paintings from different museums, become Art curator;
  • read stories through archives: La Dolce Vita, Football in Brasil.

‘Though crowdsourcing is a worry for museum, as well as copyright’, Amit Sood hits the nail with his enthusiasm and dynamic commitment.

Enchanted Ojects, David Rose (video)

David Rose raises the question of the relationship we want to have with technology: a terminal world (MS), prosthetics (GoogleGlass), social robots, enchanted objects?

He spots 6 reasons to enchant an object: omniscience, communication, protection, health, teleportation, expression. A few triggers to drive your imagination are about changing the obkect’s capacity: glance-ability, wear-ability, use-ability, love-ability, tangeability, learnability, expressibility, gestureability, ingestability, affordability, sociability or smoke- ability!

David Rose 6 reasons to enchant an object

David presents a range of Internet connected objects incredibly creative and purposeful: energy clock (running against yourself is utterly motivating), Amazon Trash Can (automatically reordering an item when you trash it), a family clock (keeping tracks of every family member), an augmented pen camera and audio, a tangible wallet, an ambient furniture, an indicator tracking bus at the bus pole, a mirror superposing blood pressure on your image, and a wearable camera with automatic tagging.

Vitality GlowCaps fastcodesign.com

One of the most amazing object is an Internet connected pills cap: Glowcaps is a medication box that makes ringtone when it’s time. Pretty fun and a huge opportunity for Telcos (distributed by AT&T)!

Decalogue for a ‘senseable’ Smart City, Carlo Ratti (video)

Carlo Ratti’s talk on “sensible,” smart cities is smart, humorous, and absolutely fascinating. He illustrates with several projects involving data viz of human boundaries based on how we connect, and knowing in real-time what’s happening with wide dataset:

  • Following data trash around the world;
  • Computing taxi data, allowing people to share taxis, and traffic cut by 30%;
  • Analyzing stress when driving a car;
  • Quantifying the impact of WiFi on the Boston MIT campus activity;
  • Projecting an imaginary city where we manufacture products ouselves;

SmartCities are not about technology, but about social places and good environment.

All projects presented are here: http://t.co/UdaE506syd.

senseable city lab

Innovation et sortie de crise, Marc Giget (video)

Les Mardis radiosociale.org

image credits: gtwallpaper.com, gearshift.tv, answers-com, planetejardin.net, Google_Art_Project commons, artobserved.com, fastcodesign.com, senseable-city-lab, Les Mardis de l’Innovation

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