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Trust and the Human Factor

Despite all our technology, or rather in spite of it, it is our humanity that actually makes relationships work. This is a post that references the current (and still ongoing) EU crisis and the incredible US-Iran deal. There are lessons there we have yet to successfully learn, never mind apply. 
Trust-based relationships require the human factor in order to work.
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We Can See You

First, the cool news. A breakthrough in facial recognition technology allows a subject's thermal signature to  be captured, an infrared image to be created which is then mapped against a photograph. the result is that facial recognition can now work, with a high degree of accuracy, in the dark. 

This is another sign that what we used to call 'the real world' is converging with the digital one, the two separated by the thickness of a pixel. Real world analytics is increasingly becoming hyper-personalized thanks to deep neural networks (a.k.a. machine learning or cognitive computing). The algorithms that make this possible are very sophisticated and enable the clever use of computing cycles. 

Now, for the not so cool news: facial recognition employed as an overt or covert technology is about as intrusive as you can get. Currently there are no laws regarding safeguards or regulating its use and as it is going to be deployed more and more, as a security measure in devices we use, there is no debate on what happens to the data that is captured that way. This is a conversation that really needs to happen, and soon. 

Dive in for the full story: http://goo.gl/sKR482
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C'mon now; 50+ spectrum sunblock is the new balaclava, can't wait +David Amerland 😎
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Cat-osaurus

Nike has this routine in the morning without which her day isn't right and she cannot then get to sleep until lunch time. :) She has to have breakfast, go to the bathroom and have a shower. She then spends about an hour in the balcony sunning herself, doing her best impersonation of a spiky dinosaur. With business  completed it's time for some serious sleeping until lunch time. #Productivity  

Meanwhile, yours truly, enjoying Apex Predator status, got by on 4.5 hours of sleep and is now hard at work for the rest of the day. #AreWeStupid  
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+David Amerland​ You and Nike are clearly "One" !!! Enjoy
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Gone Fishing

I frequently mention that we live in a semantic world where data flows through everything uniting the offline and online interface into a seamless whole. Here is a great example where technology that's 150 years old, through an app, transforms a humble fishing boat into an oceanographic research vessel, a crawler beaming back data about the abundance of life in the seas. 

The information, relayed cheaply, this way is used to make decisions about fishing quotas, the health of the oceans, the ability of the planet to survive our presence. All it takes is, actually, connectivity. 

What we get back is granularity in what we see which is leading us to change our perception about  our own planet. 

Dive in for the full picture: http://goo.gl/0lnVUE
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New 3D type Memory Promises "Instant-On" Experience

Imagine turning on a device, like your laptop and having it come on like a light bulb, instantly and ready to use. No more waiting time as critical OS files load, no more waiting for all the background drivers to become active.

That kind of technology is now here with Intel's latest breakthrough in memory storage. The new type of memory that has a 3D layered approach offers significant advantages over RAM and flash memories by being cheaper, faster (in the case of flash) and more reliable, capable of retaining a record of its memory even when the power is off.  

What makes this really exciting however is the fact that the new type of memory will allow Big Data applications to run smoother, faster, in real time. As you can imagine this will have a huge impact on devices and their programming but it will have an even greater impact on the practical benefits that we derive from these devices. 

The age of the personal digital assistant, for instance, requires great computing power happening quickly in small devices, on the move. Technical infrastructure breakthroughs, like this one, make it possible. 
A new kind of computer memory that is up to 1,000 times faster than flash storage is to go on sale in 2016, helping scientists and games developers alike.
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+Joshua Moser​ exactly... We're getting there. This is exciting news
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It's going to be a really long day today with several hours' writing and a few Skype calls that will cut across time zones but the day started off well :) 
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Talking +NOD3x with +Yifat Cohen today. This is a critical skillset you need to develop. I hope you will be able to join us. 
 
Special NOD3x training with our +David Amerland

It's our pleasure to announce that our special guest will be +David Amerland, of semantic web fame.

David will be covering marketing in the semantic web, which requires an understanding of the data as it happens, how far it travels, who it connects and who the influencers are.

David calls NOD3x, "a pair of eyes and ears in a sea of data and without it you're driving blind which means you may never get where you want to."

See you all tomorrow!
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Spot on +Gregory Snead, great to see you hangout from #Detriot !  
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The Magic of a Setting Sun

No matter how many times I have photographed the sun going down at the end of a day, there is always a magic to it that, for lack of another word, is quite atavistic, in nature. This one was taken from a high rooftop, peering over other rooftops. On the left hand side, appearing to be level with the roofline is a strip of blue that's the sea in the horizon - perfectly still. 

Shooting directly into the sun is always a little tricky because it can fool the camera's sensors into closing down the aperture and speed so you end up with the 'light bulb effect' - a bright blob in an otherwise dark picture. 

I used a 70mm focal length here on a zoom les, with film speed set to ISO 200 (for richness of colour). A polarising filter cut down on glare and provided some saturation. I set the aperture setting at f/9 but what really enabled the shot was the shutter speed which was set at 1/1250. Fast enough to capture the sun, maintain clarity in the foreground and not overexpose the picture or and lose the orange effect of the setting sun. :) 
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+David Amerland Hi David, this is one occasion where I have to disagree with you. I started my working life as a professional photographer and the company I worked for had the best equipment then available. That notwithstanding, I soon realised that I didn't have the talent for that profession and moved on. Latterly I've been watching with keen interest the incredible images turned out by some phone photographers. So in my opinion and experience, it's not the equipment that makes a photo, it's what the photographer "sees" in the world around them. Time to take a bow when you produce a beautiful image David, it has been created by you, not the camera :)
 
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Yep! I agree

"So Google says they have no plans to phase out Google+ and that it's doing well. That information comes directly from the two people with the best information."

"The echo chamber tech press, on the other hand, insists in saying Google+ is being killed. Their information comes from nowhere. They made it up."

+Mike Elgan shooting straight from the hip. You need to read this :) 
 
Sorry, tech press. Google+ is alive and well.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/Z6sQ6w )

A chorus of tech journalists this week is saying that Google is phasing out its social network, Google+.

Where did they get this juicy nugget of information? Well, they made it up. And I'll tell you why.

But first, let's look at what the press is saying and compare that with reality:

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/google-is-alive-and-well-despite-persistent-media-reports.html

#GooglePlus #Google+
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Build a G+VR ( sell a cheap 390 cam, like mini version of maps camera + VR cardboard) , don't let Facebook do it first ... Push forward the concept of digital semiotics ... Btw that talk at Ted pretty much resumes my dream social network https://youtu.be/8O2ZBnYjcGw
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Red Mountains

A little earlier today, as the sun was setting, I snapped off a shot of the mountains in the East. The sun's dying rays were painting them red and the moon was rising above them in a clear sky. The shot made the day's cares melt away for a while. :) You can use the scroll wheel of your mouse to zoom in, for detail. For those who shoot I was using a 70mm zoom lens, with film speed set to ISO 200, on 1/100 shutter speed and f/5.3 aperture setting
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+Chris Sutton I never knew that I was fascinated by clouds ...It's all because of +David Amerland :) 
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The Best HOA You've Never Heard Of

+Bill Slawski and +Ammon Johns are both class acts. Knowledgeable, intelligent and balance din their views they also manage to bring an edgy element of fun in a HOA that has no discernible purpose. I usually miss them entirely because of scheduling conflicts. I am in a slightly less travel-hectic mode at the moment and pressed between HOAs I managed to fit in some time in this one and every second was worth it. I will try to revisit next week but in the meantime, enjoy this one. :) 
 
Bill and Ammon (+Bill Slawski  and +Ammon Johns   ) reprise their role as the "Wyld Stallyns" of SEO, with  +Terry Van Horne.

(No squirrels are harmed in the making of this program)


About Bill and Ammon's Bogus Hangout
This is not a polished, planned and scripted event.  This is a casual hangout with old friends and new, shared with all.  Somewhere around the halfway point, we'll post the link for anyone who wishes to come and join us (space permitting) allowing us to meet even more old and new friends.

The idea of pre-planning, a set topic, or even simply knowing who will be on the show this week?  All totally bogus.

Free Air-Guitars to all attendees (exact model and colour may vary with imagination)

Our general style is to issue uninvited invitations, naming folks we think might like a chat, without asking first if they are available (or willing). 

This week our uninvited invitations are going out to +Lany Sullivan +Sheryl Loch +Mike Bayes and +Ben Fisher.  Of course, these are typically uninvited and unexpected invitations to those named, so any or all of them may be unavailable.  That's just another part of the chaos.

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Sadly +Ben Fisher and +Lany Sullivan were both busy this week, and will be missed, but the good news is that +David Amerland hopes to make it instead.
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As ever, we'll open up the invitations to all for any empty seats once the hangout has begun.  Feel free to jump in and not only join the conversation, but help steer it.

We have no idea yet who will actually turn up, and that's how we like it.  
Excellent!

#BeExcellent   #bogushangout   
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Looking forward to your heading this way +Kristin Drysdale :) Anything we can do to support, just let us know!
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Always unmissable and live now :) 
 
Bill and Ammon (+Bill Slawski  and +Ammon Johns   ) reprise their role as the "Wyld Stallyns" of SEO, with  +Terry Van Horne.

(No squirrels are harmed in the making of this program)


About Bill and Ammon's Bogus Hangout
This is not a polished, planned and scripted event.  This is a casual hangout with old friends and new, shared with all.  Somewhere around the halfway point, we'll post the link for anyone who wishes to come and join us (space permitting) allowing us to meet even more old and new friends.

The idea of pre-planning, a set topic, or even simply knowing who will be on the show this week?  All totally bogus.

Free Air-Guitars to all attendees (exact model and colour may vary with imagination)

Our general style is to issue uninvited invitations, naming folks we think might like a chat, without asking first if they are available (or willing). 

This week our uninvited invitations are going out to +Lany Sullivan +Sheryl Loch +Mike Bayes and +Ben Fisher.  Of course, these are typically uninvited and unexpected invitations to those named, so any or all of them may be unavailable.  That's just another part of the chaos.

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Sadly +Ben Fisher and +Lany Sullivan were both busy this week, and will be missed, but the good news is that +David Amerland hopes to make it instead.
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As ever, we'll open up the invitations to all for any empty seats once the hangout has begun.  Feel free to jump in and not only join the conversation, but help steer it.

We have no idea yet who will actually turn up, and that's how we like it.  
Excellent!

#BeExcellent   #bogushangout   
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Может Быть Не к Месту Темы Рассмотрения... к фильмам. Однако Предпочтения... Мои Остаются... Верными... (JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) and (CHARLOTTE BRGNTE'S JANE EYRE)! Меня ВОСХИЩАЮТ... ОТНОШЕНИЯ - К ЛЮБВИ... И К ВЕРНОСТИ...!
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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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Guide to Kicks
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Our legs are enormously strong, they are longer than our arms and we use them from the moment we learn how to walk. Kicking however is not e

A Guide to Google+ Collections - Plus Your Business
www.plusyourbusiness.com

Google+ Collections are a new awesome feature from Google and here is a guide covering just about everything you'll need to know!

The Trust Issue
davidamerland.com

Trust-based relationships require the human factor in order to work.

The New Marketing is Also the New SEO
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SEO, branding and marketing are increasingly converging and overlapping.

How Google Learns to ‘See’ the Truth
davidamerland.com

Google uses human agents to verify breaking news.

Why Muscles Get Tired and How to Make Them Stronger
darebee.com

Everyone who’s struggled to get one more rep in at the gym, or felt the desperate weakness that kicks in when muscles reach their limit as t

Dissenting Justice Scalia’s sarcastic rebuke raises eyebrows
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Scalia’s comment highlights divide on literal and evolving interpretation of U.S. constitution – and is in stark contrast to Canadian court

Stretching for Strength &amp; Flexibility
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Stretching is one of the most misunderstood activities in fitness. Because it is mostly associated with the “bend down and touch your toes”

The Rise of the Rice Paddy Economy
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The web economy post 2011 requires a greater level of attention to detail and engagement from those who succeed.

Four Common Sense Causes That Fail the Logic Test
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In our attempt to sort out drugs, piracy, terror and education what we do does not work. Here's why.

How Android TV is going to change our viewing behaviour - Plus Your Busi...
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Android TV is going to change how we access information in the home, and the start is changing our approach to video. Here are some tips to

Watchmen (International Edition) - Βιβλία στο Google Play
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This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the

Marketing for People Who Hate Marketing
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When it comes to ‘selling’ your services (or products) traditional marketing approaches are soul-draining. You know, for instance, that you

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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