Thoughts | December 2017

Netflix

Netflix could use simple algorithms to temporarily download shows you're already watching ahead of time.. They could strike deals with Internet Providers to reduce the overall streaming workload.

As things progress and this algorithm gets more advanced, several more factors could be added in: ideal time to download; ideal day to download; maximum cache size, success rate / user (important to only use this function for users that binge watch, and / or, watch shows from start to finish).

Also, look for Netflix to add badges, or another type of reward system in the future.. if they are not acquired soon.


Selective Listening

This is already (somewhat) being done.. but earbuds should let you tune in and tune out of reality based sounds… Even if you’re not playing anything at the given time. Turn the volume up and down on reality.


Relaxingly Productive

The work station as we know it should be reconsidered. I am much more productive when I am comfortable (i.e. sitting in an overstuffed chair with an ottoman). Sitting in generic chairs, at a desk, with poor posture is a recipe for low productivity.


Skepticism

When you squint, your glasses (or contacts) should automatically zoom in and focus. Obviously they would recalibrate automatically when you open your eyes fully again…


Discovery

Private research firms that find "undiscovered" talent, and market them and their skills to major players in their respective markets.

Think NFL draft for college aged nerds.

Thoughts | June 2017

The SmartWatch needs to be able to function as a portable storage device. Whether this happens over WiFi, BlueTooth, or direct connection doesn't matter.


Machines will eventually be able to create music that is indistinguishable from human curated music. Given big data and AI, this robo music will easily appeal to the masses. Who will get the rights / proceeds?


Pen projectors with a gyroscope to keep the image steady. Use a track ball as a mouse...


VR meet and greet apps. Rooms you can go into that will load your body into a VR app and headsets that you can wear in order to see the other person.

We're getting there...

It's kind of an odd thought, having miraculous feats of "innovation" slowly released to us. I suppose the slower the rate these advancements are released to the public, the more corresponding industries can benefit (i.e. "sci-fi films").

The (honest) truth is, there is an Elon Musk available today for every industry we can imagine. Whether or not these Muskonians have been "discovered" is a mystery to me, but we are more than equipped to advance our reality more quickly than it's current crawl than we might think. The real question is "what are we afraid of?"

If we're afraid of artificially intelligent machines taking over our globe... why not deploy them on Mars first (notice I didn't suggest moving the human race to Mars, we still have time). Otherwise I can't think of a dog-gone thing to fear...

It's easy to sit in a seat and ask why I don't forecast more trends...

The reality is, if I, as an individual were exposed to the most advanced technology in the world, we, as a species would cross into realms most of us have never dreamt of.

I brought you the the iPhone, the Smart-Watch, and the AirPods, without anything more than a Palm Pilot, an iPhone, and a pair of headphones. It's time to introduce me to the "latest and greatest."

If you doubt me... please contact me for details. I would be more than happy to explain.

Do you ever wonder?


Do you ever wonder how you used to think when you were young? Most of us can acknowledge that we, as human beings are at the peak of our creative expression when we are young - but how different is our mindset? How different did we look at the stars when we were six (for instance) compared to how we look at them now (mid-twenties and on)?

Our entire way of thinking is slowly constricted with time.

The point of this "article" is not to reveal the obvious (thank you, captain), but rather to ask the obscure. Do you ever wonder?

What if we awoke every day to a different reality? Different memories, different languages, different colors? Would that change how you live your life today? What if anything truly were possible?

What's the "craziest" thing you've ever thought?

I ask because "crazy" could become the new "normal." People that think outside the box could be, and have been considered in one of two lights - either off the wall bonkers, or out of this world smart. Either that, or you're just a dull non-thinker.

The defining line is success. That is not to say that if you start thinking "crazy," you'll become an internet Billionaire - I'm not sure it works that way (otherwise... loophole!). However, with a good mix of "crazy" in your current diet of rational thought and tedium could help you climb the ladder, or discover new ladders you never knew were there.

My favorite poster

Thinking Different is like growing a beard... you'll undoubtedly go through an awkward phase.


The title of this post is "Do you ever wonder?", which is meant to ask just that and nothing more.

When is the last time you sat down, and dreamt about alternative realities, or you imagined new creatures? When did you last stare in wonder at the stars (the open universe), just to put things into perspective? Take a breath - take a moment to slow down and forget about our earthly existence. Take some time to ponder the grand scheme of things. We have one earthly life to live, let it not go to waste!

"Can't stop the spirits when they need you, this life is more than just a read-through."

- Red Hot Chili Peppers / Can't Stop

Thoughts | May 1, 2017

Self Driving cars should still let you drive your car. Think of it like auto-correct on your phone, only taking over when necessary...


When you squint, your glasses (or contacts) should automatically zoom in and focus. Obviously they would re-calibrate automatically when you open your eyes fully again…


Our infatuation with touch-screens is far from over. We will eventually have cloud linked touch screens available everywhere we go. My favorite application of this is a built-in, table-sized, tabletop touch screen that allows for individual "mini-screens" at every seat. Of course it could function as one big screen as well.


This is already (somewhat) being done.. but earbuds should let you tune in and tune out of reality based sounds… Even if you’re not playing anything at the given time. Turn the volume up and down on reality.

The real problem...

Big data is a substantial problem and it can either get better or it can get worse. It getting better would mean fewer random acts of violence that we're once dubbed unpredictable, smarter suggestions / more relevant ads online, etc.. The problem getting worse would mean pricing disparity in online stores and any other type of unwarranted discrimination.

Guiding Innovation

I was recently asked by an online form (form, not forum) why someone should work for Universally Thinking? My response was simply, "if your dream job consists of being encouraged to think abstractly, to question what is possible and to push the limits of the unfortunate, current state of our creative reality... we may be a perfect fit."

I know there will always be a need for innovation and creativity. The fact is, the current state of our creative reality rests at just a fraction of its potential greatness. We are here to help society realize its ingenius potential.
Collectively we've spent Billions of dollars on "The Next Big Thing" which was just a micro-sized version of a technology that has existed for over 10 years. Yes I am talking about the Smart-Watch. No I do not own one.

It is sad to say, but top Tech Corporations need help innovating. "Innovation" as it stands for Tech Corps is to wait for a startup to grow large enough for it to be a justifiable acquisition.

Instead of this model of what I like to call "Observe and Acquire" why not move on to "Risk and Realize." In other words, why not do what Microsoft (yes I said Microsoft) has done and take a chance on new technology (HoloLens). Of course I could have said (and should have said) Google for it's Glass project as well. Google's Glass 1.0 flopped but they still tried. And yes, I would have purchased one.

How can Universally Thinking help? Simple. We can think like a consumer and think like a startup. I am not going to say that all of our concepts will be huge but, I do believe that any company that currently aims to produce a facade of being a "top innovator" can achieve the more desirable reality of being a top innovator with us on their side.

Consumers can only purchase the same technology for so long before they start going outside and socializing again (look up dopamine). @AllInclusiveTagForTechCompanies Why not start taking chances? Sure they could flop.. but learn from Microsoft and Google.. Even the failed concepts will strengthen your reputation as innovators. The lame duck stops here. Just another Universal Thought.

Raising the Innovative Bar

Entrepreneur.com recently featured an article with the phrase "Want to Seem Innovative?" in the title. While the article offered good advice and input about the new .nyc domain extension, the title raised a flag.

"Want to Seem Innovative?" Seem innovative. It seems that this is the practice of many large corporations these days - giving the illusion of innovation in the form of larger and smaller screens. Have things really changed that much? Are we not still using the technology we perfected some ten years ago as our main source of procurable "innovation?"

Don't get this wrong, it is widely known that Apple's newest iPhone is still attractive to consumers (more so than ever) but there is nothing really stopping us from using our dinosaur of an iPhone 4. After all, the only thing we have to gain is a larger screen and an unruly display - we have all heard about pocketGate.

In this day and age anything is possible. Instead of asking when, ask why not now? Why aren't we making huge strides in technology? Instead of making bigger and smaller screens - make flexible, resizable, screens. Make transparent technology for windows, table tops and other awesome applications.

When thinking of the great innovators of this lifetime, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk come to mind, not Apple and Tesla - and that really is a shame. With the resources available to these tremendous corporations (that's Billions with a "B") we should expect more, a whole lot more.

The hover cars we have dreamt of for decades are nowhere near becoming a reality, and drones have yet to be used to their fullest potential. Facebook should be a cloud based Operating System (call me for details) by now, yet it is still just a website.

The looming question of “why not now” has a very simple answer. If new technology were released as soon as possible, how much would the potential profit of old (and boring) technology diminish? Think about it, if transparent or flexible touch screens were released just months after the original touch screen, Apple and their competitors would lose out on nearly ten years of potential profit – or several Billions of dollars. The truth is, these companies have no incentive to “Raise the Innovative Bar” other than maintaining the illusion of timely brilliance.

Do we not deserve more for shoveling money into the hole that is the varied sized touch screen? How much can we invest in the same technology before it gets old?

The truth is, these companies would not exist without our support, maybe it is time they begin listening and stop delaying the release of truly new technology. Until then, we can all awkwardly nod in contempt of "The Next Big Thing" commercials featuring the release of the slightly larger and slightly smaller displays.

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Let Me Blow Ya Mind!

There's no question about it, we live in a crazy age. An age where nearly anything is possible. I once listened to, and scoffed at a Graduation Speech, delivered by Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting star), where he remarked "what if this is all a simulation?" Before you laugh, honestly and sincerely consider the following.

We live in an age of "fake news," a time of virtual reality, and are witnessing what we're told is the dawn of Artificial Intelligence. All of these things are fun to think about separately (among other "futuristic" technologies), but imagine the possibility of using these technologies together.

Technology has the power to shape our perception of reality.

What if what we're told about the world, about existence, about reality is all one big facade? Not to shelter us, or harm us in any way, but to keep things running smoothly (or, at times, not so much). What if virtual reality applied to our TV screens? What if "fake news" was tailored to each of us? What if Artificially Intelligent CGI existed so that the faces that we all recognize could be made and manipulated to say what we, on an individual level need to hear? Throw Big Data in there and there's no telling what's really possible...

We all know about planned obsolescence... What about planned innovation? For how far into the "future" have companies prepared? Not only that... what agreements these companies have with the other giants in the world (i.e. governmental agencies) when it comes to "classified" technologies.

What if the real problem wasn't preventing nuclear weapons from being created / used, but rather was preventing the existence of light sabers and laser guns from being common knowledge. What if the celebrated "greats" of innovation were just the ones that discovered this alternate (honest) reality and negotiated with the right people to maintain the illusion? What if their job was to plan the release of "The Next Big Thing," which really existed over twenty years ago?

How good are we at concealing our secrets, our most valuable innovations?

There's no question that Bill Gates' reality is different than mine. But how different? How profound of a difference is there between his public life, and his private life? Does he live in the public eye, anticipating the camera flash and the printed photographs, only to go home to take and print pictures with his mind? Take some time to laugh at this dramatic example, but at the same time - consider my point.

How many veils have been pulled over our eyes? And for whom will they be lifted? Is there someone out there who knows for a fact that aliens have visited earth, that time-travel is real, and that we live in a cyclical reality? If there were, all that's needed to keep this person quiet is the possibility of public embarrassment / shaming.

As a society we do not ask "higher level" questions because we've been conditioned not to. We're raised to accept our reality, and to not question it. We barely push the envelope when it comes to the real truth. We ask "was the election rigged," but don't ask whether our President is picked decades in advance by artificially intelligent machines that have existed for over a century (another dramatization).

If you do anything with your time in 2017 - branch out! Ask yourself questions you once considered "crazy," because the truth is - crazy is the new possible. There's no telling what lies ahead - the world is only going to continue on this trend of "innovation" and this is a great way to prepare! In the words of Mythbuster Adam Savage "Reject [their] reality and substitute [your] own."