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How We Think

The real difference between the way we work as conscious entities of a relatively predetermined ontological status and intelligent computers is that even at their smartest the latter are purely reactive while we can be completely proactive. And yeah ... mucho research, gallons of coffee, long hours spent writing and thinking (this last string of words can be arranged in a better sentence, for sure ;) ). 
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My synapse keeps widening, lol! Still works on occasion at least, sometimes the answer under my nose is the hardest to find. Maybe my nose is just growing:))
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Required Reading for all Politicos

How about we make all politicians take a reading course on Dune a requirement before running for any kind of office? The quotes alone could suggest fixes to many of the issues we see at the moment - https://goo.gl/5xKPUf
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I just wish politicians had to past a 'test of humanity' to run for office. Get up close and personal with the gom jabbar. ;-)
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Do Your Dtuy!

+Bradford Lowry provides the framing and hardware tools provide all the laughs. Sometimes you really cannot make this stuff up!
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+Vivekananda Baindoor Rao good point.
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Look What I Found!

It's that time of the year. Outside, in the garden, amongst the geraniums was a little unexpected guest! Well, I did lose a few hours of my day I could not afford to lose. His name is now Tommy (after The Who album) and he has been found a really nice home where everyone just went gaga over him. 
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Adorable Tommy, hi! :)) 
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We Are All Bad and Good

The brain of each of us is capable of the greatest atrocities in response to stimuli that activate primitive reactions and the most rational of responses when higher brain functions come into play. The thing is that there is no uncontrollable part of us, just parts we choose to not control. #neuroscience #research
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Meri beti nine years ki hai lekin wo kuch read bhi nahi kArti hai aur nawo meri baat sunti hAi that samay walk kArti hai aur bolti rahati hai school me bhi date child ko paresan kArti hai please koi upaye bataye kya kare hum aur hamare husband bahut paresan hai so please aap ka god jarur help karega
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Feel Tired Much?

When fatigue sets in, either personal or corporate there are deeper underlying causes that have made it possible for it to set in and impossible to fight.
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What Happens When The System Meets A Condition It is not Prepared For

We have systems for a reason: they help us run things seamlessly. The moment something they have been created for happens the system kicks in and takes care of it. I know, I know, this is a gross over-simplification but it is nevertheless accurate in the need for systems and their operation.

The details are where people are usually lost and careers are made. But those details suddenly become important when the system meets a problem it has not been prepared for and has to act fast. It then tends to react the same way a person who is not trained and working in a situation above their pay grade would, which means that what happens next is a shambles that will take a lot of fixing to ...erm, fix.

In the case of the 2010 financial meltdown of Greece which suddenly threatened the whole of the EU I have always maintained the illogicality of expecting an economy to grow when it is in the process of shrinking due to suffocating austerity measures. The system in that case served itself, covering its own backside and that of its primary players (much like a person would).

Six years on we have a very damning report (as we should with IMF oversight) that shows an incredible number of irregularities: decisions made on wrong assumptions based on zero data, things signed off on by people uknown, reports drafted so decisions can be taken which then go missing... it sounds like a total farce, were it not a tragedy. The suicide rate in Greece has spiked: http://goo.gl/CwHNVK. Unemployment rate is hovering at the 26% mark: https://goo.gl/ZYKWKK. Its economy has shrunk by a quarter: http://goo.gl/CKIUnG further weakening the ability of the government to deliver on much needed reforms and restructuring. It all makes for eye-opening if spirit-dampening reading.

The IMF (and the EU in this case f*cked up big time). The real question now, of course, is how do they fix this? When a system is has made a mistake, restoring faith in its ability to continue to function in the future requires that it takes action. We shall stay tuned on that one. 
The International Monetary Fund has admitted to major missteps over the past three years in its handling of the bailout of Greece, the first spark in a debt crisis that spread across Europe.
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Ideas!

I am away most of the day as board meetings demand facetime. However this was too good to not share. We could all do with more Archimedes moments. Have an awesome Thursday Friday! 
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Is it the end of the world or just social media?

Neither would you believe, or maybe both. For those who think one or the other my +Talent Zoo piece will provide some answers.
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The Brick's In The Mail

In the age of positivity (eh, did you miss it?) we can, apparently, send someone a brick through the post! OK, I am not going to belabor this one too much. Yours truly discovered it during endless hours of research for something unrelated (don't ask) but in the name of public service citizen journalism ... voila! It's still Wednesday ... right?

Why send a brick to someone? We have several reasons. Actually, just two: It's fun. Who doesn't have a person that they'd like to see receive a brick in the mail? Here's what some people say with…
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+Oleg Moskalensky My ex-roomie was a SEAL. He'll give me some pointers. :)
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Comic-Con Oscar Award

It is hard to even consider that 60 years ago Congress was looking to comics as a reason for delinquency in America! I mean ...whaaaaa? Anyway, all's good now. We will not have to use our super powers and freeze them all. ;) 
Six decades after Congress cracked down on comics, Rep. Lewis achieves a first. D&Q, Image, Boom! and Marvel creators among big winners at Eisner Awards.
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Screen Spam Calls With New Android App

Google's new app uses Called ID information to flag up potential spam calls on your Android phone. 
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Introduction

The world is changing. Showing how is part of what I do. I travel a lot (less than I used to). G+ is my home in more ways than one. In one way or another, all of us here, are part of a vanguard that "gets" the change that's happening.  

In my posts, interviews and podcasts I add pieces to the puzzle. I explain how each one fits in a bigger picture. How that bigger picture then makes sense. 

Sensemaking changes everything.

Before I got here, I used to be a corporate rat who used to be a journalist, before I jumped ship into full-time writing, speaking and blogging. 

In my offline time I indulge a lifelong passion in martial arts, I run, hit the heavy bag and try to find the limits at which we can go without sleep and still function. I also visit as many museums and cafes as possible. Funnily enough I regard what can be found in both museums and cafes as brain food. 

Fitness is important to me. It helps maintain a level of sanity that would otherwise require pharmaceuticals or expensive therapy. I pay some of what it has given me back by running  a Fitness Community. I am also a moderator of Plus Your Business a community focused on helping business people get the most out of G+ and the semantic web. 

Speaking of semantics, I am the owner of Google Semantic Search a community I started to explore the implications of semantic technology in daily life (and there are many) and I also own and post a lot in the SEO Help Community.

Professionally I advise a handful of companies globally, blog for a number of websites, including Forbes, journalism.co.uk, and socialmediatoday and write for magazines and newspapers. 

I give about 50 talks, speeches and presentations each year and hold an annual seminar on SEO and Social Media (details to which you will find on my website.). I advise a couple  of global companies and a handful of startups on social media positioning and search strategies and I write for Forbes, 21CIT, Insights and a number of dead-tree newspapers. 

Some of the Events  I have been part of:
  • SEO in the Sun (SEO & Introduction to Social Media)
  • Manchester SES (SEO)
  • Business Group Digital Conference (SEO & Social Media)
  • Rutgers University mini-MBA (SEO and Social Media Crisis Management)
  • Shanghai APAC executive SEO & Social Media Crisis Management training.
  • MxDE Senior Executive Program, Zug (Piercing the Search Bubble).
  • SMX East (keynote speech on Entities in semantic search)
  • Semantic Technology & Business Conference panelist
  • SMX London
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Currently working on:
  • Working on a writing project about which I can't yet say anything. (Sorry)
If you made it this far you might be interested to know that now all of my writing is curated (without comment) at Prometheus. I no longer use RSS on my website and the G+ Page here gives me the opportunity to archive all my writing across the web.  I have, however, created an RSS feed for it so you can keep track of everything I write here.

The best way to reach me is through Google+ or my website: davidamerland.com
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The Who - Μουσική στο Google Play
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Οι Who είναι αγγλικό ροκ συγκρότημα από το Χάμμερσμιθ του Λονδίνου. Τα βασικά μέλη του συγκροτήματος ήταν ο Ρότζερ Ντάλτρι, ο Πιτ Τάουνσεντ,

Building Trust - Resource Page
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Business development trust resource page.

Personal Data, Self-Gain and Social Networks
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The question regarding the value of personal data and social networks is only now being addressed.

How Google Search Gets Even Smarter
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Google's efforts in predictive search are key to how useful mobile devices become.

Data Center Learnings: What Others Can Learn From Our Experiences
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LinkedIn is growing at a rate of two new members per second, so our infrastructure and data center systems have to expand to match. Thousand

The Future of Google+ - Martin Shervington
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The Future of Google+ is based around Collections and Communities. This Stream will help you connect with great people and ideas, broadening

What if Google+ took over the Open Web?
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The pairing down of Google+ allows it to truly expand its reach.

Google's Real Time Search and how to use it for your online marketing
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The coin of most business is information. What you do and how you do it often depends upon the quality of research you can carry out and you

A quick introduction to Machine Learning - Plus Your Business
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Learn more and understand what is Machine Learning in this quick introduction with David Amerland.

Social Media Meltdown: The Brian Presley and Melissa Stetten Story
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A non-story on a privat eencounter between two people highlights all the ethical and practical pitfalls associated with social media.

5 Reasons to Use Facebook Dynamic Product Ads
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As you may have heard by now, Facebook has recently announced its latest feature to its advertising community: the Dynamic Product Ads. This

The Tribe That Discovered Trust
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The Tribe That Discovered Trust by David Amerland

There are several things that make a bar by the sea: First the sea. On this Mare Mare is unrivaled. There are tables that are practically within five steps from where the waves break. The setting has been nicely decorated and on a hot summer night it feels brilliant. Second, the service. You do want to feel that everything is as magical and special as the setting and sea and here, unfortunately Mare Mare fails to deliver. Water, comes in plastic disposable cups (and it's not cold). The waiters are not trained and although they do try hard, their best is not sufficient substitute for a system to working the tables that allows the patrons to get their drinks in time without having to wait for more than forty thirty minutes (for a couple of drinks) and an additional twenty (for ice-cream ordered at the same time as the drinks, which came half melted). Consider the fact that you do spend money there and the prices are not cheap, the level for service is deplorable. If you really want to enjoy the sound of the waves and the simmering play of moonlight on the surface of the sea grab a rag and a portable cooler and spend some time on the beach, just five meters away. It's free and you get to supply your own drinks, but then again you won't get frustrated by an order that will come in parts, late and be disappointing.
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Two-floor gym with some superb equipment and really friendly stuff. I found it by accident when I was looking for a place to train and I have been a member now for the last three years. Whenever I am in Greece it's where I can be found when not working. ;) It is professionally run, has great opening hours and the membership fee includes classes as well as the use of the equipment. Of the many gyms that can be found in Patras this is one of the best. You will not be disappointed.
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Dedicated staff and excellent exam results speak for themselves. There are not that many businesses that managed to grow during the recession in Greece - this is one of them.
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Googleplex has a feel and atmosphere that is uniquely its own. I had relatively little time to spend there but the place is totally addictive. It thrums with intent and everyone you meet is dead earnest about their ability to change the world and have an impact. Plus you really got to love a place where ideas simply flow across every conversation.
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Huge hotel with some history practically across the road from Penn Station, in Manhattan. Brief stay over three days it feels totally impersonal so if you want a more cosy feel this is definitely not the place to be. It is incredibly busy and often feels like a massive bus stop with crowds coming in and equally large numbers leaving. The lobby is massive. There is a concierge service but what they do exactly is hard to tell. A quick question on how to get somewhere resulted in my having to use my phone and Google maps any way. Then again this is NYC and the whole city feels like this. It adds to a s sense of imperative and speed that carries you along so you hardly notice the imperfections.
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Budget hotel chosen for its proximity to a speaking venue. Great bar and restaurant and the staff were extremely friendly. It was clean, efficient and lived up to everything one might expect from a place like this.
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No visit to Paris can be complete without at least one trip to the S=arc De Triomphe. I walked the route rather than drive and it allowed me to take in the Seine river barges that were very much Highlander in style (for those who know the TV series). Totally loved the change of the guard.
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