David Soul

Surrey, Canada

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David Soul
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you envision "Biomimicry" will change our future?
They can and will be better in both, but the process is most likely to resemble the overcoming what's now commonly described as the Innovator's Dilemma (but was described at least 30 and perhaps even 40 years prior to that term gaining currency); that is find a niche where the existing level of performance and price can win and then improve the new technology until it's price/performance pushes past the old technologies in larger and larger application areas.
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David Soul
Posted over 3 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
Almost chose it my self! I'd originally gone back and forth between Whitaker's compilation ""Think Before You Think" and Beer's own compilation "Platform for Change" before squirting sideways and going with Designing as the single book, of any genre from my book collection, that "resonates" and is the one "must read" as called for in Seth's request. The delightfully titled "Ten pints of Beer" which describes the rationale of each of his ten books on cybernetics - all of which are well worth reading - is available at www.kybernetik.ch/dwn/Ten_Pints_of_Beer.pdf
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David Soul
Posted over 3 years ago
What's the overlooked gem, the book I haven't read that I must?
"Designing Freedom" - Stafford Beer. Includes prescient essays "the Threat to All We Hold Most Dear", "The Future That Can Be Demanded Now" and a "A Liberty Machine in Prototype" taken from the Massey Lecture series of 1973 (part of The CBC Radio Ideas series). A delightful, short (100 pages) read that tells where we are now, and what should be done about it.... (unfortunately Canadian edition from Anansi Canada is out of print while UK publisher now charges near astronomical price of ~$1 per page so used is probably best bet)