Saturday, January 14, 2017

Only law can change people's habits. Plastic cups example

Imagine someone telling you - plastic cups are forbidden in companies.
Yep. Coffee machine works only if you put your mug in. Crazy isn't it?
It happened in France.
Guess what. 
After a couple of wtf days, nobody really cares and get the habit to use mugs.
Imagine if a law has just "encouraged" this change.
People would have thought it was far too hard.
Only law can change people's habits.
I don't believe people - of course except a small percentage - can put constraints on them for civilization's survival.
You?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Series are like books a century ago.

Series are like books a century ago.

You don’t watch series, you get into it. For dozens of hours, hundreds of hours.

You don’t just spend a good time with series, you learn, you live things, you build yourself with them.


Just like with books before, and still today.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Machines replace humains... or let them do more human things?

When I take the metro, humans are now here to help to regulate the traffic.

The voice speaking in the microphone is no longer a recorded voice, it's a real human talking.

When I go shopping, I scan products by myself. A human is here, just to help, just to say hello, goodbye.

When I go to the post office, automatic machines allow me to do all I need. I can still ask humans some advice, help.

When I buy some bread. I pay contactless or through a machine taking my coins to give me back change. The staff member is here to advise me, not much.

Airbnb. We book places. No transaction. Just human relationship.

Free bike service. Fully automated. I just call people to solve issues with them when some happen.

I buy on Amazon marketplace. I don't buy to a huge multinational powered by machines. I buy to a local bookshop in a small city in France.

Let's be optimistic.

Let's hope we'll do more human stuff in the future and less alienating things.





The day we'll have bigger mailboxes, we'll buy more on Amazon

Amazon is the reflex for most of the products we buy.

And what happen is that people deliver products you buy at home.

And you're not here.

And they can't put them in your small mailbox.

So they drop it at the post office.

So you have to go there.

Or they come back tomorrow, and it's the same story.

Mailboxes are too small.

The day we'll have bigger mailbox, we'll buy more on Amazon


Uber is making mainstream customer rating. It will change human interactions drastically

Uber staff rate customers. They don't hide it. They want customers to know it.
Some drivers event propose to trade a 5 star to you vs. a 5 star for them. 
The fear of getting a 1 star make drivers ultra polite.
And what about you knowing you're rated?
Of course, you don't behave like a "rated version of you a lot nicer" in Uber car. 
Of course... It's well known that rating and judgment don't change behavior.

It will be a lot of fun when every interaction we'll have will mean a mutual rating and we'll all have scores. Better not be too rude...

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Anti-homeless urban spikes, one of the things I hate the most

These things should not be allowed.

We ignore them all day long, none of our leaders actually seize the problem. That's already a shame.

But... putting spikes or other inventive stuff to just not let them sleep in places not too exposed to the wind and passersby, that's just outrageous.

You can sign here if you agree: https://www.change.org/p/anne-hidalgo-et-si-on-interdisait-le-mobilier-urbain-anti-sdf-et-inhumain-%C3%A0-paris

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The iPhone collapse and the Apple pivot



People spend 90% of their time on 4 apps.
Do you need an iPhone to use 4ish apps? No.
People will see it.
People will save money on phones.
Google just released a very expensive phone.
It's too late. The era of 800 dollars phones is over.
Apple is making most of its money on iPhone. They failed to make money with something else. Watches and tables are flat to down.
Without the iPhone, it’s done.
It will have to use its mountains of cash to make acquisitions and pivot.
Cars? IoT?
Tesla? Uber? General Electric?
Our cars and homes are so dumb. There is room for improvement.