Mindstorm Inc.

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Mindstorm’s Logo by Hachiro

Mission Statement

To find and investigate all things deemed mysterious, unanswerable, incomprehensible and unfathomable. Everything in our world happens for a reason and finding out the reasons behind perceived random occurrences would not only increase our chances of survival and success, but also increase our pleasure of living.

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Foreword

Like our predecessors, the challenges of the millennium that we are going to face in not one but many. The next society like all previous ones will be shaped by environmental factors that cannot be controlled by a single individual.

Trends from environmental forces includes:

Social

  • Declining differences in gender roles and buying patterns
  • Growing diversity in the world’s population
  • Increasing lifespan and aging population

Economic

  • Increasing military and humanitarian expenditures
  • The outsourcing of white collar workers
  • Increase in savings and money management as many workers reach retirement

Technological

  • Increasing use of wireless broadband technology
  • Growth in open source software movements
  • Advances in biotechnology, cosmetic surgery and medical drugs

Competitive

  • The growing influence of China as a world leader in both technology and manufacturing
  • Empowerment of workers to improve performance

Regulatory

  • New legislation to digital copyright and intellectual property protection
  • New legislation on internet taxation, e-mail spam and domain names

While technological changes is often perceived as the fastest and greatest in impact, the next society would be driven more by demographic changes than anything else. Although many advance economies (G7: United States, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, England and Canada) are facing a rapidly aging population, world population on aggregate is still exploding.

The era of the baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) is drawing to its end. As the 78 million baby boomers have aged, we look now to Generation X (people born between 1965 and 1976) to fill the gap. Commonly known as the baby bust, the current era of Generation X will also soon be eclipsed.

The next society would be a society filled with Generation Y, or more commonly known as the baby boomlet (people born between 1977 and 1994). People of Generation Y are the babies of the baby boomers and are thrown into a society of computers and cellphones. Being a Generation Y baby myself, wireless communications, text messaging, camera phones and multinational relations is a common thing seen among my peers.

Everything in my world including my name (Ee Suen Zheng) starts with the letter e!! We have e-commerce, e-books, ebay, internet explorer and emerging socio-economic problems problems (inequality of income)! For most of humanity’s time on Earth, we go to rivers and seas to catch the fish we eat. In today’s world, rearing fish for food is becoming more and more common.

The railway which exploded in the industrial revolution resulted in mankind conquering geographical distance. The internet of the information revolution threatens to eliminate geography distance all together. The industrial revolution brought prosperity and power to many nations while at the same time drastically increasing the inequality of income to unforeseen heights. We should be prudent to expect that the information revolution would do the same.

In 1455, Gutenberg proceeded to destroy the monopoly of the media of the Vatican Church in Rome. This led to the Reformation. In our current day, blogging and internet access threatens to destroy the monopoly of Governments over the media. Globalization is thought to be something new. On the contrary, Alexander the Great was one of the world’s earliest ‘globalizer’ when he tried to merge Hellenistic culture with Asian culture.

Peter Drucker was right in saying that only the terms were different, everything else, the arguments, the logic, the predictions, the rhetoric, was practically the same. However, the changes happening in our lifetime is likely to be on an unprecedented magnitude, scale and degree. For the first time since the dawn of human civilization, we now control the power to wipe out almost all life on Earth with nuclear bombs. Similarly, this is the first time the world is truly and fundamentally globalize and inter-connected.

Whether we succeed of fail in making the world a better place is our ultimate challenge. Yet whether we succeed or fail, we must live through the next society. In an effort to tap into the intelligence of the collective, I have established Mindstorm together we a group of close friends as a platform to exchange ideas, thoughts, logic, rhetotic, knowledge, wisdom and anything else you are willing to share!

Should you be interested in contributing to our cause, please email me at:

jamesesz@yahoo.com

Please visit our site:

Mindstorm

~ESZ, James

The Information Age – Innovation Overload

Computers once filled entire rooms. Now they threaten to fit in our pockets.

1946: RCA begins mass production of the Model 630TS television. It remains the standard for nearly a decade.

1947: John Bardeen and Walter Brattain, under the guidance of William Shockley, build the first transistor. Silicon transistors and the semiconductor industry will follow.

1950: Colour television makes it public debut.

1951: The UNIVAC 1, the first commercial computer, is released.

1964: IBM introduces the System/360, one of the first general purpose mainframe computers to be widely used by corporations. Douglas Engelbart builds the first mouse prototype for use with a graphical user interface.

1972: Atari releases Pong, the first commercial videogame.

1975: The Altair 8800 widely regarded as the first personal computer, arrives. It costs $397 as a kit and $495 assembled. That year, Bill Gates and Paul Allen found Microsoft.

1976: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak found Apple Computer in a garage.

1979: Sony releases the Walkman, the first portable music device, stimulating the market for personal electronics.

1980: The groundwork for the World Wide Web is laid with the development of Enquire, a program which links words within a document to other files

1981: IBM releases the 5150, the original massmarket personal computer, which runs on Microsoft’s DOS operating system.

1982: Mitch Kapor founds Lotus. The next year, the company releases Lotus 1-2-3 which becomes the premier spreadsheet program for the IBM PC

1984: Apple unveils the Macintoch, the first mainstream computer featuring a graphical user interface.

1985: Microsoft introduces Windows 1.0.

1991: Quantum Computer Services becomes America Online (AOL). The dial-up service expands quickly, providing users with e-mails and chat rooms and ultimately becoming the world’s largest Internet service provider in its time.

1992: Marc Anderson and seven others create Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser, which becomes publicly available the following year. It is reworked and released as Netscape Navigator in 1994.

1995: Yahoo launches as a Web portal and quickly becomes the most widely used means of scouring the Web. Amazon debuts as an online bookstore.

1998: The BlackBerry is introduced by Research in Motion.

1999:The BackRub search engine, named after its method of ranking search results by their backlinks, becomes Google.

2001: Apple releases the iPod, which soon dominates the portable music market.

2004: Facebook is launched, following social networking sites such as Friendster (2002) and MySpace (2003)

2005: YouTube, which allows users to posts videos for public viewing, is founded. Google buys it for $1.65 billion.

2007: Apple unveils the iPhone, which marries music and video playback to wireless communication.

Sources: Cornell University Library, Encyclopedia Britannica, Wired PC Magazine, PC World, PBS, News Reports

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