Defrag 2013′s most exciting/scary ideas

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The most exciting ideas are also the scariest because they are the most disruptive: They also have the greatest capacity to change our lives.

How to live in the future – now – with Amber Case

Amber Case

Amber Case, cyborg anthropologist who works at software company Esri, isn’t waiting for the future - she’s living in it.

She is surrounded by electronic devices, but those devices don’t control her: They step out of the way and let Case be a better human.

Winning = Designers (not aestheticians) + Developers

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For Heroku’s Oren Teich, a world completely chewed, swallowed and digested by software means a world with hidden - yet discoverable - pockets of value. How can we uncover that value? Delight. How can we hone our delight-finding skills? Design.

The looming battle over your identity

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According to Ray Wang of Constellation Research, a battle is coming. The battlefield? You, and your fragmented, split-personality identities. The major armies? Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft -- the four companies that can control both hardware and the cloud and, most important, the interface between them.

Don’t just solve problems. Understand them.

A major theme from the first morning of Defrag 2013: Knowing how to describe and understand a problem is just as, if not more, important than being able to solve it.