To define my “hacker”, I picked up a copy of Pekka Himanen’s “The Hacker Ethic.” I wanted to know who my hacker is and how I could bound the definition. The book is a beautiful description of the relationship between the hacker culture that rose out of the early sixties (Torvalds, Wozniak, Raymond, et. al) and the Protestant ethic described in Max Weber’s “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.” Himanen takes us through the origin of the Protestant ethic as an evolution from a promise of “Sunday,” where Heaven is “a paradise of life without doing anything,” to striving for “Friday,” when we celebrate our hard, pain-filled work from the week. He concludes that hackers are more drawn to “Sunday” than to “Friday”, except that paradise is realizing the hacker’s passion while recognizing that this passion “may not be sheer joyful play in all its aspects.”
I am fascinated by LinkedIn’s new inMaps feature.
Having to force myself to focus on the business strategy of mobile AR now. Will continue to research and stay aware of advances in AR technology, but to a lesser degree. Currently analyzing value chain of mobile AR. Also creating profiles of key industry players outlined in last post. Hope to talk with those folks soon to clarify any questions about their business strategy/challenges. Putting off social issues of AR until after I complete bulk of business strategy research.
My Notes From Haller et al’s “Emerging Technologies of Augmented Reality”
In addition to deciding what information should be presented, how, and where, AR requires avoiding displaying information in a way that occludes the background detail. View management determines where things are placed in the AR view so as to avoid covering it. In order to determine what 3D objects are in the view and where, a visible-surface determination algorithm is used. As usual, processing power is a key problem with computer vision.