Through the MCDM

February 24, 2009

Last group of questions

Filed under: Questions — Tags: — captainchunk @ 9:53 am

1. Why shouldn’t governments/colleges/institutions keep every record possible?

2. Should the US government control other methods of communication like it does with the radio spectrum? Why or why wouldn’t this be in the interest of US citizens?

3. Does new technology actually degrade the family unit or is it just the usage that degrades the family unit? Why is this a recurring theme with technology?


February 2, 2009

Questions for class

Filed under: Questions — Tags: — captainchunk @ 10:55 pm

1. Is the US patent system a good way to protect innovation? If not, what would be a good way to protect innovation and what impact would this have on innovation and the innovators?

2. Are disruptive technologies bound to succeed? Could the telegraph have done more to stop the telephone? Why does it seem like some technologies are inevitably going to succeed?

3. Can old technologies still have a place in current society like the turntable? Why would this happen?

January 26, 2009

Three Questions

Filed under: Questions — captainchunk @ 1:33 am

1. In the article about innovation-decisions, it is said that the typical early knowers of innovation have more education, higher social status, and more metropolitan. Is this a good or bad phenomenon? Does it really matter or is it just “the way it is?”

2. The disruptive technology article discusses hard drive technology. What are some current disruptive technologies emerging on the market and what long term potential do they have?

3. Does it make financial sense to really pursue disruptive technologies? Most of the hard drive companies that the article mentions are not in business under that name anymore, and Seagate currently is one of the top respected hard drive makers. Clearly it wasn’t a fatal business flaw for them to not follow the disruptive business immediately.

January 13, 2009

Telegraphs and MMOs

Filed under: Questions — captainchunk @ 1:54 am

1. In order for the telegraph to really take off, Morse’s code was needed. When it comes to technology does the adoption rate depend more on the software than the hardware or are they both equal?

2. It is commonly accepted that people act differently online under the protection of anonymity. What would the ramifications be if there was no anonymity on the internet? Will the internet develop into a much more heavily regulated activity?

3. Should the government regulate more than it already does, what happens in MMOs? If prostitution is illegal in a state, should a MMO user be able to engage in prostitution in the virtual world if they are accessing the world from a state that does not have legalized prostitution.

August 18, 2008

Some questions

Filed under: Questions — captainchunk @ 9:03 am

Does the word journalist need to go? In today’s market, does it describe what it needs to describe?

Media consumption is changing to a faster delivery of information and making it more superficial. 140 characters, I am looking at you. Will these new citizen journalists be able to do in-depth investigative news gathering?

Does there need to be a good revenue model for these citizen journalists? Do they even care about money?

August 3, 2008

Questions for Howard Rheingold

Filed under: Questions — captainchunk @ 8:08 pm

LETS seems to be a very optimistic idea. At some point, I think people don’t want to deal with multiple systems of currency much in the same way that many people do not like to register with 15 different websites to talk to their friends. With the amount of globalization that has already taken place, how can LETS be an efficient, streamlined system?

To me, LETS relies on trust. If the majority of people trusted others, wouldn’t a system like this already see widespread use despite not having technology that makes it easy to use the system?

I am not sure that seeing which politicians buy and sell stock will make a big difference. If there really are shady dealing a foot, wouldn’t the politicians just use another method to do their dealings?

July 12, 2008

Long Questions

Filed under: Questions — captainchunk @ 3:17 pm

How small is too small? The iTunes example is used a lot in The Long Tail due to its methodology of selling single songs. The Tail is about variety and the smaller the unit the more things you can have. I kept wondering if at some point, having super small units is really a good thing?

Filtering is crucial for making the Tail useful. Filtering is OK now, but I am curious if will be able to keep pace with the thickness of the Tail. If the amount of content far exceeds the ability of filters, then the Tail risks becoming unwieldy. Will filtering be able to keep up?

Moving down the Tail takes time and time is the one thing that can’t be changed. In to find value in the Tail, the time it takes to navigate through the Tail must be close to zero. I don’t think navigating the Tail will ever be instantaneous, but what can be done to minimize the time barrier of the Tail?

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