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How Do We Know if Lex Luthor is 'Good' or 'Evil'?

Activity is a subclass of Context. An Intent Filter defines the moment. 

    Intent intent = new Intent(this, ActivityTwo.class);
        startActivity(intent);

Think: semantic search, Android apps, cognitive computing, IoT. 
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+martin shervington showing why he so often is ahead of the rest of us. :) 
 
How to Show Off Your Content with Google Plus Collections
by +Convince & Convert  guest blogger +martin shervington 

Google+ is taking it up a notch, for content #curators and creators alike.

With Google+ Collections, you are now able to collect content into themes. While not exactly like +Pinterest  boards, they are probably the closest comparison we can make.

In this post, my friend Martin walks you through how to create a collection. 

#visualmarketing   #contentmarketing   #photography  
 
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Thx for clearing that up for me. Now I know what I will be doing when everyone else sleeps, and I have to let the dogs out.
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The Impact of Semantic Technologies

Suppose we could use a high frame rate capture to build a gesture pipeline and understand human intent? Preposterous as that sentence may sound, Google's Project Soli, does just that. 

This is an important piece of development even if it never sees the light of day because it exemplifies, exactly what semantic technologies are all about. The interface between human and machine, person and device, becomes intuitive, tactile, user-friendly. Instead of us learning a new programming language that would allow us to interface with the device, it learns to decode ours. Both, human and machine, gravitate towards the same space: usability. 

The device stops feeling like a machine and it becomes a tool, like a pencil or a pen, we use to achieve something. Yet, and here's the big difference, the device is not just learning, it is actually developing. It captures signals that will be used to make it better. It learns to understand the patterns of our behavior so that it understands the intent of our gestures. At that point, the device and ourselves, inhabit the same abstract semantic space. Its function and our intent are united by the same language. 

Semantic technologies will not just change our lives by allowing us to learn new things or do some things easier. They will change our lives by getting rid of the traditional machine/human barrier. In the Star Trek computer (to give an example Google search is emulating) the crew of the USS Enterprise never think that they are talking to an alien entity, an AI that may not think like they do. They use voice to interface directly certain that the intent of their question is perfectly understood, as is its context. Both the ship computer and the human occupants occupy the same cognitive space. Though they are different, that difference is not a barrier. :) 

Check out the Endgadget write up: http://goo.gl/6Miwk8

h/t +Zeke Cao who if he wasn't so darned smart I'd consider one of my clones. :) 
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What did I start?

This was my off-the-cuff remark that fueled thousands of cloud pics, started a community and made the #cloudwars  hashtag the badge of courage. (well, maybe I am exaggerating a little on that one ;) ). A year later and we have all had countless #SkyKings  and #Skyqueens  the entire #SkyRealm  constitution has been rewritten (twice) and the #SkyMarshall 's place is filled by the Unicorn Army leader +Heidi Bouman 

h/t +Chris Sutton for bringing this up today and he has been instrumental in the shaping it all thanks to this incredibly ability to make cloud formations do his bidding, just so he can take pics!  
 
I defy any country to do clouds so well, especially in May. Brit weather at its best. 
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+Heidi Bouman lol, yep. Otherwise .... flashbacks :D 
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More than just numbers...

Mathematics is the language in which God wrote the universe said Galileo Galilei. He was being over-dramatic but only marginally so. Pyhtagora's 'simple' theorum of x (to the power of 2) + y(to the power of 2) = z(to the power of 2) gave birth to number theory, but it was the madness of notes scribbled in the margins of Arithmetica that turned mathematics into a multi-layered universe populated by demigods of the mind. 

The ideas that were born from that scribbled note have led us down paths where cryptography, analytics, Big Data, machine learning and even search itself have become possible. 

Fermat's Last Theorum has fascinated us because it pulls at the very threads of the mind, hinting that the universe we see is not quite as real as what our eyes and sense s recall. I know maths can be an obtuse field at times but this is an exciting tale involving high drama and it's Friday, plus we are all alive and well in the 21st century. We know more now. :) Dive in: http://goo.gl/HgbbTN
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As always, thanks for the excellent read +David Amerland​
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Add a challenge to your day with +Neila Rey's Daily Dare :D  
 
Daily Dare: 400 flutter kicks
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Understanding Semantic Search

It's more than just natural language processing and it's more than just relational connections. Semantic search takes into account relational values between nodes (entities and facts) and edges (the connection between them all) but pragmatics applies a filter that changes the meaning of the connection in relation to the context of the moment of analysis. Want an example? Think that the search query "gear upgrades" provides different results after I have spent ten minutes looking at the latest map released by Destiny, the video game, than before. ;) 
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+David Amerland I like giving it a mystical feel
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Breaking Down the Process

In order to understand just how a business can successfully manage a community on the web you need to understand the processes involved and their impact. +Eric Enge's interview of Lauren Vargas shows the structure and its effectiveness.

h/t +Stone Temple Consulting  
Interview with Aetna's Lauren Vargas Eric Enge and Mark Traphagen of Stone Temple Consulting recently chatted with Lauren Vargas about how she measures and dri
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Gaming culture is creating a universal language which connects people over a similar understanding of reality. :) 
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+Nomex Gallatin great points and yes, I am totally with what you said. 
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It's Friday!

Yes, again and the only reason it happened is because +Mick Sharpe. One more round up for you to dig deep into while contemplating how you're going to spend the weekend. :)  
 
I.O., I.O., It’s off to work…

Obviously the announcements from the Google Conference are filling the stream at the minute with a lot of thought and commentary coming from all quarters. If you want to pick up on some of the excitement then take a look at Talking about the latest from Google's conference! (https://goo.gl/qKgol3) with +martin shervington and +Travis Taylor enthusing about the changes and new features such as Photos, Android TV and Now on Tap. An appraisal of the opportunities for businesses to take advantage of the ecosystem.

+Ana Hoffman shares some thoughts in “Now on tap” to help you with what you need in the moment, anywhere on your phone (https://goo.gl/9t9jok). The first steps on the way to having a truly helpful personal assistant right at your finger tips. Things are definitely moving apace. Thanks Ana.

There was still some worry about the lack of mention of Google+ in some areas of the presentations but I liked +Stephan Hovnanian’s always sensible take in More affirmation that the bigger picture for Google+ has been about the connective data, not the social network that's supposed to "beat" any other network. (https://goo.gl/zmGzfi). The title pretty much sums it up but always wise to keep in mind Stephan’s advice. Whatever you’re here for - concentrate on the important stuff and remember that Google+ exists primarily as a means to gather more data about us, in order for Google to give us what we need!

Almost missed this but you may also want to take a look at I/O Break (https://goo.gl/KQ9cZ5). +Kristin Drysdale, +Ben Fisher and +Mark Traphagen discuss the event and even bring in some wider discussion on Collections and maintaining your disposable razors! There really is a mine of information on this platform.

Enough of IO for the moment and on with the rest of the week. +Randy Milanovic continues to deliver some great content in 5 Reasons Why Business Leaders Need to Be Social (https://goo.gl/HK0SYV). Randy hits the nail firmly on the head when looking at the main reason why some most business leaders are not using Social Media directly - it’s fear rather than a lack of time. This fear is surprising given the attributes of most business leaders.

Selling things online? Then you need to watch Query Intent, Capture And Conversion In E-Commerce (https://goo.gl/dMKIel). Even if you’re not selling you need to watch this. +Denver Prophit Jr., +David Kutcher and +David Amerland go deep into the Intent based approach that can really make a difference to your bottom line. You know there will be no fluff from the two Davids and this is full of sensible advice of how to satisfy your potential customer. Essentially this is what any e-commerce site needs to do. It will be a paradigm shift to many but there really is no getting around the change in approach needed to succeed in the ever more connected online world. Know yourself and your customer intimately!

Fond farewell

The time has come. Our favourite infotainment show The Mia Connect Power Chat is taking a break for while. Join +Mia Voss and a host of other #BatPackers for The Hiatus Show - The Mia Connect Power Chat (https://goo.gl/fWU5UJ) as they celebrate the relationships forged through the show and Google+. I’ll miss the Friday hijinks and mishaps Mia but looking forward to seeing what else is cooking. Thanks for all the fun.

Wordpress Wisdom

Always good to have a refresher on WordPress best practices and you can’t go wrong with this episode of the Midweek Zap - WordPress: Care & Feeding (https://goo.gl/0Hifch). +Zara Altair and +MaAnna Stephenson dish out the rapid-fire tips relating to backup, plugins (those to avoid and those worth seeking out), DDoS attacks and Schema Markup. MaAnna also points out that the days of easy, cheap DIY are well and truly over. Cheap hosting will trip you up, sooner rather than later. If you’re running a WordPress blog then do take the time to watch and absorb.

Thinkers corner

I’m always conscious of doing a good job and kick myself if I don’t quite manage to hit the mark (my mark, it has to be said, is often too high!). Two pieces highlight the importance of putting in the effort and not just dialling it in. Writing Content Truly From You And For Them What They Need [and] What You Truly Care About (https://goo.gl/V7cZhh) from +Gina Fiedel of +Fat Eyes Web Development uses a recent photo post to illustrate how easy it can be to get drawn into the content for numbers game when, in reality, little value comes from it. Always better to put a little bit of you into every piece and dig deep to make that relevant to your audience. Sometimes difficult, but then the good stuff often is. As ever click through to the article for the full #GinaExperience

Gina’s article was catalysed from +Danny Brown’s short, but incredibly sweet Be proud of every single word (https://goo.gl/L4tWsf) that highlights the sad world we create when driven by the pointless numbers. It seems clear from the comments on Danny’s blog article that the vacuous numbers game has permeated much business thinking. Don’t we all have a responsibility to combat this?

And finally…

You’ll know by now that I’m a fan of +ReachConnectUpliftWomen’s short, information-packed videos. In Neuromarketing and persuasion to increase your sales? (https://goo.gl/CZQIpR) +Lany Sullivan talks with +Mani Saint-Victor about the 4 areas of persuasion that you need to include in any sales pitch. It makes perfect sense when you appreciate that in most cases there will be many types of people that have a say on the value of your proposal.




Have a great weekend wherever you are

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+Carmelyne Thompson's notes on Google's IO conference are amongst the best I have ever seen! A work of art in themselves!!! Plus they capture the whole picture. :) 
 
Google I/O 2015 Keynote. Google Photos. You got me at FREE. Cardboard was one of my favs. Go Loon!
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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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  • 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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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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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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The Temple of the Jade Buddha, in Shanghai is one of those experiences every visitor should treat themselves to at least once. The temple is in the heart of the city surrounded by tall buildings, yet manages to retain a sense of tranquility that is truly timeless. There are bi-lingual tours but the exhibits are also in English. I kinda just lost myself for three hours in there.
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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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There are not many truly customer-centric companies in Greece. Plaisio is one of them. Staffed by people who love tech they also try really hard to make sure that customers are really happy. It has become the only place I buy tech from when In Greece.
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