Friday, September 30, 2005

Definition of creativity

"If you've ever watched a child with a cardboard carton and a box of crayons create a spaceship with cool control panels, or listened to their improvised rules, such as "Red cars can jump all others," then you know that this impulse to make a toy do more is at the heart of innovative childhood play. It is also the essence of creativity." - Bill Gates.

New model for e-commerce

Say "online shopping" and there will emerge feelings of inconsistency, confusion, dis-trust e.t.c. Currently in India, people have only one reliable platform for e-shopping and thats eBay. I believe there are a lot of flaws in the eBay model and there are some appreciable facts also about it though.
My vision: There should be a better model/platform for online selling/buying, a website where sellers can sign up for free and run their business online. Buyers can sign up for free, log in and search for the particular product they are looking for and locate a buyer nearer to them who is selling the product for a reasonable price. There should be an easy to use User Interface, a very clean and uncluttered design, unlike eBay or Amazon that show hundreds of things on a single page and confuse the buyer.

If you have any ideas or have any complaints about the existing e-shopping models, please drop in an email ( or post a comment.

Engineering, Science and Art

Whats common between Engineering, Science and Art? People generally dont tend to look at engineering/technology as an art.

Here is what Steve Jobs says about art and science: "I actually think there's actually very little distinction between an artist and a scientist or engineer of the highest caliber. I've never had a distinction in my mind between those two types of people. They've just been to me people who pursue different paths but basically kind of headed to the same goal which is to express something of what they perceive to be the truth around them so that others can benefit by it."

"I think the artistry is in having an insight into what one sees around them. Generally putting things together in a way no one else has before and finding a way to express that to other people who don't have that insight so they can get some of the advantage of that insight that makes them feel a certain way or allows them to do a certain thing. I think that a lot of the folks on the Macintosh team were capable of doing that and did exactly that.
If you study these people a little bit more what you'll find is that in this particular time, in the 70's and the 80's the best people in computers would have normally been poets and writers and musicians. Almost all of them were musicians. A lot of them were poets on the side. They went into computers because it was so compelling. It was fresh and new. It was a new medium of expression for their creative talents. The feelings and the passion that people put into it were completely indistinguishable from a poet or a painter. Many of the people were introspective, inward people who expressed how they felt about other people or the rest of humanity in general into their work, work that other people would use. People put a lot of love into these products, and a lot of expression of their appreciation came to these things. It's hard to explain." - Steve Jobs.

To unleash a killer app, we need to look at technology as an art, from a humanitarian perspective and think how we can create great products so that we can serve people better. There is nothing magical or mysterious about innovation. Innovation is nothing but how "YOU" look at things around you. Your own opinion about things. How you want things to be.