A few great recent links from Cognitive Design
IBM believes success with Watson in multiple domains will trigger a new computing revolution, one focused on cognitive computing systems. Such systems will do for knowledge work what the early data oriented systems did for transactional work. The goal is not to replace human experts but to vastly amplify their reach and effectiveness.
Finding or creating an innovation calling takes time. And you need certain skills and habits of mind to do it. While you most likely won’t find it by reading a book you can cultivate the skills and habits needed to eventually develop one.
The work is guided by a set of 25 knowledge cards. The knowledge cards describe a proven practice for getting in touch with your innovation calling. The idea is to build these practices into your daily routine until they form habits.
How often do you really pay attention to what you see, touch, smell, taste and hear? And when you do pay attention how do you do it? Do you use specific tools and techniques? If you want to be an effective designer or innovator you need to be an active observer. Indeed, good observation skills are important for all professions and everyday life.