Visiting Institute for the Future

Alex Pang invited me to the Insitute for the Future, where I also met the young mathematician-turned-futurist Mike Love. Alex blogged about the visit on his blog and Mike on Smartmobs, where he’s a contributor.

We lunched and spent the afternoon discussing Thinglink, crafting culture, and how that all fits into the IFTFs vision of the future. I really liked their notion of “jobby” (the cross between a job and a hobby). Alex and Mike had some nice points about developing Thinglink. For instance, they pointed me to item retrieval services like Global Bag Tag that create unique IDs for your valuable objects. We also discussed the case for offering rights management services through Thinglink, like Numly, who offer unique IDs+DRM for electronic media.


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