Smartphone guilt

I've been following tech investor Fred Wilson's conversation in his blog post the last couple days on the Apple smart watch with interest.  (Here is Yesterday's survey and Today's round-up).  He's got an early-adopter, high-income earner, geek readership, and you can spend hours reading the comments.  Very interesting). 

He's trying to gauge if his readers are interested in the Apple watch, and if he should be too.  So far, Apple has pre-ordered 5 M watches based on consumer interest they've seen so far.  Some of Fred's readers think it's going too far with connectivity and wonder how much more connected do we need to be?  Some think this is just the beginning of something we haven't even imagined yet.  I personally think they're geeky-looking, which will restrict it to the tech nerd circle, and not only that, but we already have so much guilt around accessing our smartphones that it will make it hard to sell to the non-techie.  Thoughts?  Will you buy an Apple watch?

The future looks bright if you're not creeped out by virtual reality and dismayed by the shrinking middle class

click on the picture to see the talk.  Start at 16:20 if you want to skip the intros.

click on the picture to see the talk.  Start at 16:20 if you want to skip the intros.

Last night I watched a great talk on what's coming down the pipes in terms of big future trends- it was such an important talk, I felt like I should be taking notes, but I was so tired, I was just trying to see if my business fit into the ten trends she listed.  Here's the talk- it starts at 16:20 if you want to skip through the introductions by Joanne Wilson and Nancy Hachinger- cofounders of the Women's Entrepreneur Festival, where this woman, Erica Orange is the guest speaker.  She's vice-president of futurist firm Weiner, Edrich, Brown.  I promise this is the best use of your time if you're a business owner, or just don't want to be taken by surprise by the future which is frankly galloping toward us an an unprecedented rate.

I couldn't get over what a lucid, confident, and sharp speaker she was.  There were so many good insights in here, it's definitely worth watching twice.  It's good to get a sense of which of her ten big trends you might fit into if you're a business owner.

I think I might fit into the trend about dealing with shrinking time.  Mindfulness can help people make the best use of their time.  I've really learned how to pay attention to the minutes ticking along in my life since I started with mindful awareness.  You get "zoned out" less doing brainless stuff like spend time on Facebook, and you can become aware of your body more, saying, "ok, I'm avoiding something important, and I know that because I just got butterflies in my stomach when I scrolled past an ad for income tax, which I'm putting off.  Let's just breathe into that..."  Mindfulness is powerful stuff.  If you really want time to slow down, be present and aware every single minute.  That's why mindfulness practice is such a pain in the butt to beginning meditators!