Google’s ‘Solve for X’ – redefining problems into challenges

Google’s ‘Solve for X’ – redefining problems into challenges

Thought you all would like checking out this new site. It’s like TED, but from Google.

Solve for X is a place to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon to give us all hope that these ideas could really be brought to life. 

Lecture Materials and Activity 3: Design

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This week we are talking more about design and the way design fits into the concept of Technology as a System – a system complete with inputs, processes, and outputs.

Lecture Materials

For this week, March 12-16, please carefully review two sets of slides on Technology as a System and Problem Solving Design Processes (ODU Google Apps login required).

You should recognize these slides because we’ve seen them several times already this semester. They will not be on a quiz, but will be important in your success on the group project and Activity 3 (explained below).

As designers of technology, you are responsible for carefully managing the flow of inputs (people, information, materials, etc.) through a problem-solving design process in order to maximize desired, intended outputs and minimize undesired, unintended outputs.

By the end of this week and moving into next week, you should have confidence in answering the following questions:

  • What are inputs?
  • What are processes?
  • What are outputs?

Activity 3 (20 points)

Your challenge this week — as a group — is to design, develop, model, evaluate, and communicate a means by which to transport the greatest quantity of provided material from a marked starting point, across a designated distance, and to a marked delivery point with the highest degree of accuracy and precision.

More details to come in class…

 

 

Google’s ‘Solve for X’ – redefining problems into challenges

Google’s ‘Solve for X’ – redefining problems into challenges

Thought you all would like checking out this new site. It’s like TED, but from Google.

Solve for X is a place to hear and discuss radical technology ideas for solving global problems. Radical in the sense that the solutions could help billions of people. Radical in the sense that the audaciousness of the proposals makes them sound like science fiction. And radical in the sense that there is some real technology breakthrough on the horizon to give us all hope that these ideas could really be brought to life. 

Technology as creative expression

Nice job today in class with practicing creative expression! Across both sections, literally hundreds of new ideas — some simple and practical, others audacious and out there — emerged into the world. Wow.

Imagine what you can do in your groups with a bit more time??

The Humble Paperclip

I wanted to share a short video clip about that little object known as the paper clip:

Certainly the people who invented the paper clip (many varieties, even) had to take a creative leap to see the potential for technological innovation in a simple piece of straight wire…

…and then convince other people that they had a brilliant idea…then manufacture it…market it… all of which required more creativity.

What we Accomplished Today

Remember what we discussed about letting go of self-doubt and worry of being judged by others. In fact, you’ll probably see a lot of similarities between what we did today and this video from TED of Tim Brown at IDEO:

But why is creativity so difficult? Well…

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers [emphasis added]

We’ll talk more about Robinson and his views on creativity this semester. Sarah already posted one of his talks (with animation!) on her blog. Check it out!

Discussion Prompt

So what do you think about this idea of technology as creative expression that we talked about today? In what ways does a technological innovation reflect its designer(s)? What leaps of creativity do you do to come up with innovative ideas to problems you experience?