I really have no idea why people think you simply take an idea, make a product that works great and slap a label on it to sell? As if the entire process takes 10 minutes and all the consumer has to do is walk into a store with their need and walk up to the aisle and purchase the product. It seems more and more, that is what the people of the planet think. Instant gratification? has society become so specialized it can't see all the pieces? Or did the Ipod create the Iwantitnow?
You go work a few hours and life will simply take care of yourself and you go buy the stuff you need, that is created in 10 minutes by some inventor. I guess because it is on a shelf, and if you need more, some guy goes in the back and pulls out a case of more of the stuff, you don't think of where and how ideas are made. It reminds me of a time with Agrowbox in an inner city when i asked a young kid where milk come from. He said, "why the grocery store. everyone knows that!"
Perhaps I have outlined the frustration with trying to create something new and good. The process really makes little sense to someone that operates in the normal 9-5 style life.
I can sit for months working on ideas and moving to take something a step further. Part of me is that I actually enjoy the challenge and realize that forever few dozen failures in one day, progress is actually being made. In the normal world, people make one tiny mistake and they can beat themselves up for not getting it right, or being perfect in the eyes of another.
That is why make-up is such a huge industry in our world. (Please read the last blog post about “the way” for the reason.) We have a world where people are accentuating what they have, making it look better or more intriguing, yet, at the end of the day, everyone takes off the stuff they put on, to make up for what someone or they think is lacking in how they appear to the world.
I will refrain from going into the elements of the “why” of cosmetic surgery. A friend asked questions about that the other day and I mentioned, “it all looks good in clothes, but eventually you have to take them off.” Groan, now I am thinking of my old best friend and I sitting at a Starbucks in Austin inventing the “GYROnip – motion stabilizing and sensing artificial breast implant” because we realized all the women walking by us in the morning had been to two different cosmetic surgeons. Each had a certain style and look and each one had breasts augmentation that simply defied physics and gravity while leaving the wearer (do I say implanetee) smiling with glee because men were looking at their breasts, not realizing we were thinking, "Do the have any clue how fake their implants look?"
Wow, talk about a digression. I miss my old friend. More and more, as I become more honest with who I am, I find anything fake a bit odd.
People here find it odd that a human being can sit in a chair with a computer and literally work all day long. That is considered abnormal. I am not sure if they are unaware of what you can do with a computer these days? Or that I don’t have a rapid prototyping machine here where I can hit click at night and have actually physical prototypes of all the ideas sitting on the table in time for a coffee break.
“When did you do this?”
“When I was sleeping?”
“How did you do that when you were asleep?”
“You make the model during the day and schedule the print run for when you sleep”
I remember, as a kid, mom and dad would give you a list of chores to do. They were usually mundane, repetitive and about as much fun to do as visiting a dentist. As a kid, my brain was already working on ways to do the distasteful things as fast as possible, so that one could make some extra time to work on things that were interesting (like solving problems)
I am not sure what most people do during a day? I remember being on the road and you pretty much worked from the moment you woke up till the moment you came back to your hotel and got a few hours of sleep. When I got off the road, I was amazed at how slow or dare I say, uninvolved real life was. You did a series of repetitive tasks over and over, went to work in a place where the oddest office politics and problems would happen in teams of people all trying to work together, and then fun was considered going out for brews after work and planning a weekend.
As I type, I realize I have missed the “normal” life genetic. I will blame it on my dad and his work life.
What can be accomplished in design, modeling, prototyping, and trying a myriad of variations to something is simply amazing when you bring the power of computing into the equation. The human mind still is far better at processing and creating the inspiration and idea, but this will probably not be the case 20 years from now, it is doubtful that in 40 years anyone will even say this as advanced artificial intelligence comes into it’s reality.
If you choose – yes, it is a choice – if you choose to go out and create something new. There are usually two steps. The first is you work alone in a room by yourself. This stage is more akin to throwing a bunch of ingredients into a big mixing bowl and playing with them to come up with new ideas. Sometimes in life, you are blessed to come alongside people that compliment and work really well in understanding what you are talking about with an idea and vision that doesn’t exist. But usually to get that core idea down, it is solitary work.
Once you can articulate the vision, then a team of like minded people, ideally highly skilled and with diverse talents can come together in a team and make the idea of variable in prototyping and flushing out the problem much faster and with better results.
Once you get to that stage, you only have about 8 more big steps to take before you ever get the product or idea to the thought of being on a shelf for people to buy and try. It takes a bit of time.
The cool part of this equation is that technology is moving ahead so rapidly that it really takes less and less time to make an idea reality. Probably a few hours for a simple idea. At an auto show last week, they printed out a 3d car in a week. That sounds cool but I guarantee it took more than a week and a whole lot of people to design and then press the print button where a few people could assemble it.
It is such an exciting time to be alive with ideas and creation. The tools are amazing, and will only get better.
This does not mean one gets lost in this world (trust me, I have, and it isn’t really great for ones mental state) but there is a balance between nature and man.
I keep saying there is a blurring coming to the world in terms of work, play, family, spirituality and physical fitness. It will probably no longer be a set of carefully constructed boxes where people have security fences to protect themselves from anything different. If anything, there will be more different elements coming together.
When you have this set of circumstances, the old way of doing something was to shove that which was different out. The one thing that did make amerce innovative was having cultures and ways of thinking from all over the planet come together with mass immigration. It let the various ways to look at a problem all come together and innovate in imaginative ways.
The other part of creation is simply that you will generate so many ideas to get to a few that really are viable and good. I am not sure if failure becomes common in inventing? The more you fail, the more you realize you are closer to a solution? Or if that simply is how it works? Rarely do you sit down and sketch out a final perfect idea on the first attempt. I am sure there might be some geniuses out there that can, but I am not one of them.
Instead, I spend my day working on things, most of which will never see the light of day. Most will not work, most will not solve anything. Others are too complicated or too soon in the annuls of what is technologically available. Still others are probably not going to be possible inside my lifetime. But, I still keep pushing everyday.
When you find something that you are passionate about, it really is not work.
When you study work passionately, you will ask yourself why you are spending your time doing something you are not passionate about.
Then you get a choice to change, or simply go with the flow of life.
Yesterday, I bought the robochurch.com domain name. Today, I really don’t want to spend all the time making a platform for people to come together to learn about the path, invention, trajectory of artificial intelligence and robotics on our planet. But it is a good idea, with a good name. I will ponder that idea as I work on the issues that need to be done, even the mundane ones like my German lessons and trying to find a place that wants a nerd/geek/creative to help them solve their problems.
I guess people are unaware of how much of an instant gratification society we really live in?
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