Friday, August 24, 2012

Technology's Promise

This article is very small so I am posting it in its entirity however, it may also be found here:

The Danish team announced the attainment of a 500 mile EV. I have previously decided my threshold was 400 miles which is nearly achieved with the Chevy Volt. 500 miles would crush my threshold and I think I would then be in the market for a new car when they arrive in the US. As eluded to in the article, I do believe the hockey stick would present itself if this occurs. This brings me to my final point. Much like we see with computers today, people have all but stopped buying laptops; HP announced a third quarter loss of nearly $9B. The primary disruptor was the Apple iPad. I am going to predict a similar disruption in the auto industry as these capabilities evolve. Watch out Japan, here come the Danes

Danish Team Announces a 500-mile EV

Fuel cells for range extension, modular design and a lightweight car could make the dream a reality

Range-envy. It’s a huge psychological factor that any company marketing an electric vehicle (EV) has to overcome. Sure the technology will get there eventually, but when? The answer is likely to determine when and if we’ll see the ‘hockey-stick curve’ in EV adoption.

A Danish team (
Serenergy, Insero E-Mobility and ECOmove) is closer to answering that question with their new Modular Energy Carrier concept (MECc). Using 2.5kW Serenergy bio-methanol fuel cell as an energy carrier, the team says their technology can extend the range of an EV up to 500 miles (By comparison, a Nissan’s EV, the Leaf, gets 138 miles per charge and the Chevy Volt hybrid gets 375.) What’s more, it can do so, Insero says, on a 3-minute refueling stop and with a more stable State-of-Charge that will extend the life of the EV’s battery.
The team hopes that using a liquid form of energy storage will speed adoption, since current distribution technology and infrastructure is tooled toward liquid energy. The MECc is expected to debut next year in the QBEAK from ECOmove (pictured above). Fore more info like this, see our
Electric Car and Power Storage

Futurists Prediction

Futurists Analysis:

This assignment calls for the students to analyze one of the predictions made on the futurist. I have chosen forecast #7 below. I chose this one simply because I am aware of an effort to do something very similar. There are two projects that are going on now one of which is the replication of a K9 nose. A dog's nose is 300 times more sensative than a human nose, we currently are pursuing the replication of the K9 nose through mechanical means. I cannnot see any reason why vision cannot also be replicatedand improved. The second project is one that is likely to follow many projects similar to these which is a Robonaut. NASA is now vey interested in send robots on space related missions. As these other endeavors succeed, they will lay the foundation for what will likely become the Robonaut.

Forecast #7:Machine vision will become available in the next 5 to 15 years, with visual range ultimately exceeding that of the human eye. This technology will greatly enhance robotic systems’ capabilities

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Animoto Video

My Animoto Video

Attached is a very brief video that represents an recent innovation that we developed. The platform for this innovation positions us perfectly for what we have in mind for our next innovation which is why I selected this as a prediction.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

New Agora: New Geometry of Languaging And New Technology of Democracy:

The article although interesting was also very peculiar to me. I actually had to read it twice to make much sense of it. A few concepts were introduced early and seemed very similar to the implications made in both the Delphi and NGT. The similarities stem from the premise that individual thought is heavily influenced in group settings. The author suggest that to overcome the propensity toward “spreadthink”, that group dialogue in certain situations requires the need to overcome constraints related to how human beings think and act.
Another very interesting concept that was introduced in the article was related to the extension of the sphere and the influence it has of decreasing the probability that a majority of participants will have a common motive to influence he rights of others; or if a common motive does exist, it will be more difficult for the participants to discover their own strength, and to act in unison.

Dr. John N. Warfield, used the term "spreadthink" to describe the outcome of group dialogue infected with those constraints. Dr. Warfield explained: “ The demonstrated fact that when a group of individuals are working on a complex issue in a facilitated group activity, the views of the individual members of the group on the relative importance of problems and/or proposed action options will be literally spread all over the map.”

Initially, it seemed that this was the same as what is commonly referred to as groupthink, it was later in the article discovered that groupthink is actually very different and referred to: “The deterioration of mental efficiency, quality of reality testing, and quality of moral judgment that results from in-group pressures. Subject to Groupthink, a group may seem to accept a specific decision; however, if individual group members are confronted with that point of view separately from the group, few members would accept that view as their own." This new geometry of languanging is key in discovering and explaining the implications of the Spreadthink.

How does the SDP support planning for innovation and change? The SDP process is simply a way to systematically through structured dialogue assist participants in collaboratively articulating their ideas. The schematic is significant in bringing clarity to the complex topic.


Schreibman, V., Christakis, A. (n.d.). New Agora. Retrieved from

Christakis, A. (n.d.) The SDP Process. Retrieved from

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Delphi Method vs. the Nominal Group Technique

I would first like to point out the purpose, similarities and differences of the two techniques.

First the Delphi Method’s intended purpose is:
“The Delphi method is an iterative process used to collect and distill the judgments of experts using a series of questionnaires interspersed with feedback. The questionnaires are designed to focus on problems, opportunities, solutions, or forecasts. Each subsequent questionnaire is developed based on the results of the previous questionnaire. The process stops when the research question is answered: for example, when consensus is reached, theoretical saturation is achieved, or when sufficient information has been exchanged.”

The purpose of the Modified Nominal Group Technique is:
The modified nominal group technique (NGT) is a useful and practical course evaluation tool that complements existing methods such as evaluation forms, surveys, pretests and posttests, focus groups, and interviews. The NGT’s unique contribution to the evaluation process is the semi-quantitative, rank-ordered feedback data obtained on learners’ perceptions of a course’s strengths and weaknesses. In this paper, we demonstrate through a worked example how to use a modified NGT as a course evaluation tool in medical education.”

Although similar, not identical and it seems that the NGT can actually augment and compliment the Delphi method. I participated in a NGT event for the purposes of a Team Building and Strategy session. The end result was surprisingly one of superior quality. Although the time it took to get to the end state was a significant investment, the result was well worth it. During the course of the session the organizational leadership followed the process below. Although the objective was not to review a course, the intent of the exercise was to identify areas of strength and improvement within the organization to facilitate focused improvements, speed the maturation process and develop an organizational strategy that had 100% leadership endorsement. The results were amazing. I am normally for anonymity which is certainly a benefit of the Delphi method however, I think something’s require open dialog to achieve resolution and this was certainly one of them. With that said I believe each of them has their own merits and one may be more beneficial than another in a particular scenario.   

Step 1. Present evaluation questions to the large group of learners

• What were the strengths/highlights of the course?

• What were the weaknesses/suggestions for improvement?

Step 2. Silent phase

• Form small groups of four to eight participants, each with a flip chart.

• Assign a faculty facilitator, or elect a scribe for each group.

• Issue five pink and five yellow “stickies” to each participant.

• Without conferring or group discussion, participants record one-strength on each pink sticky and one weakness/suggestion for improvement

on each yellow sticky.

Step 3. Round-robin phase

• Participants stick one pink sticky in turn on the flip chart without comment or discussion until all ideas are exhausted.

• The facilitator or scribe groups similar comments together.

• Repeat the process using yellow stickies for suggestions for improvement.

Step 4. Discussion/item clarification

• The group clarifies unclear items and edits the grouped items into themes.

• The facilitator or scribe lists and letters items in order of popularity.

Step 5. Voting phase

• Participants rank their top five suggestions in each list from 1 to 5.

• Participants award 5 points to their top item, 4 to the second, and so on.

• The facilitator or scribe collects these lists for data gathering.

Step 6. Small-group data gathering

• Scribes or facilitators add the total points for each lettered item to produce a rank-ordered, weighted list of the groups’ opinions of the strengths

and weaknesses of the course.

• Scribes or facilitators write this list (with weightings) on the flip chart to present to the large group.

Step 7. Large-group data combining

• Reconvene the large group and examine the results from the small groups.

• Combine the small-group scores. (Small groups in this exercise usually produce very similar factors and this can be done with minimal discussion).

• Present the cohort’s ranked, weighted opinions of the strengths of the course and suggestions for improvement.

Step 8. Large-group discussion around dominant themes

• Record or take notes on the rich discussion that now ensues.

Delphi Source:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sir Ken Robinson TED 2006

This is definately an idea worth spreading:

A few of the most intriguing comments include:

· We are educating children today (2006) that will retire in 2065
· We do not know what the world will be like in five years
· Creativity is as important as literacy
· There was a little girl drawing a picture and the teacher asked her what are your drawing, she responded a picture of god. The teacher said nobody knows what god looks like, the little girl said they will in a minute
· If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never have an original thought
· We educate people out of creativity
· Shakespeare was in somebodies English class
· Professors live in their heads and slightly to one side
· Professors view their bodies as transport for their heads
· We teach children not to do things that they won't get a job at, music, dance etc... also gives a negative stigma
· Intelligence is dynamic, diverse and distinct
· Creativity is the ability to have original ideas that have value

Monday, July 16, 2012

NMC Horizon Report

    This post is related to a course I am taking CS855 Futuring & Innovation
    1. Discuss one technology and one key trend from the Horizon Report for Higher Education 2012 or from Horizon Report from 2011 and check out the Horizon Report Wiki.

    a. Technology: The first technology reviewed in the 2012 NMC Horizon Report was: Mobile Apps.
    b. Trend: People expect to be able to work, learn and study whenever and wherever they want to.

    2. Does the modified Delphi process that they used to develop it affect the results?
    a. I took a course UCLA course on Principles of Influence of which there are six: Social proof, Liking, Reciprocity, Consistency, Authority and Scarcity. The first is the most applicable in the scenario for boards. We determine correctness of opinions, beliefs, actions by comparing them to others'. This is especially true under conditions of ambiguity, uncertainty. Others' behavior can promote conformity. Watch this video:

    Below is an image of a mobile application (iLocator) that we developed in support of our Field Support Analysts. The application is context aware and integrated into our Remedy solution. The idea is that an agent can see the lab and any building on the lab, drill into the building and get a ticket count for that building. The agent logs into remedy by setting their preferences, meaning they specify their skill sets i.e. Macintosh Support Analyst, Windows Support Analyst or Equipment Pickup. Based on those preferences, ticket criticality and geographical proximity (context awareness) Analysts are assign tickets. This application allowed us to save six Full Time Equivalents (FTEs). Previously a workflow manager would assign tickets, now they are assigned automatically. Additionally before this application, we required a delivery receipt for all equipment deliveries and pickups. Now we are paperless and that also contributed to the overall FTE reduction and efficiency gains.

    3. Add an image that illustrates your idea. "See below"