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DESIGN East: Futurist tells engineers to embrace change

9/18/2012 05:46 PM EDT
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steel_Cutlass
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re: DESIGN East: Futurist tells engineers to embrace change
steel_Cutlass   10/3/2012 4:33:51 PM
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"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977.

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krisi   9/21/2012 4:58:50 PM
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"Cannibalize your market before your competition does it for you" is a fairly universal mantra in high-tech business...when I was working at the fabless CMOS design company we were trying to do just that on a everyday basis

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przemek   9/21/2012 4:08:00 PM
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Sorry for being so brief---I meant his comments on having to look back critically at your products vs. the new trends (non-tech users, off-label applications). Look at the fall of RIM: they had a virtual monopoly in the government and large companies, and they all but lost it---because were loathe to subvert their own successful products. 'Cannibalize your market before your competition does it for you': note how Apple killed IPod nano while it was still selling briskly. I think Apple understands and applies what this guy is talking about.

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krisi   9/20/2012 3:55:25 PM
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What were the interesting points @przemek?

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przemek   9/20/2012 3:51:16 PM
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I thought Walsh had some interesting points. The tech landscape is littered with companies that failed to change: DEC, RIM... I liked 'what would Steve Jobs say': Steve was in many ways a crazy character but he had a very strong sense of what will woo his customers.

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chipmonk0   9/19/2012 5:48:17 PM
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Engineers should have more self respect than to listen to a Bl__dy Charlatan.

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selinz   9/19/2012 5:02:06 PM
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Well, standard mems manufacturing (layers built with lithography) could be called 3d printing. Refining direct deposition to avoid intermediate lithography steps is not new. It just has a new buzz word.

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krisi   9/19/2012 2:23:10 PM
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3D printing sounds like a great idea on paper...but what exactly are we planning to print at home? I could see that used by people who tinker in their garages or some artisan artists but population at large??? Kris

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rick merritt   9/19/2012 1:00:40 PM
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OK, I just made that "white goods." Thanks for the catch folks!

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KB3001   9/19/2012 12:54:33 PM
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lol

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