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The Mobile Revolution: Cultivating Boundaries of the Unbounded

Google Tech Talk March 2, 2012 Presented by Professor Carsten Sørensen. ABSTRACT There are over 5 billion mobile phone connections globally and a growing number of other mobile information technologies permeate all aspects of life. The more than 1 billion mobile phones in developing countries is rapidly coming close to matching the global total of 2 billion fixed Internet connections in 2008. It is estimated that 6 billion mobile phone connections will be reached by 2013. The mobile phone offers both a highly visible new technology that has found its way into everyday life and a domain for ferocious business development. The mobile phone has rapidly placed itself intimately close to a large proportion of the global population alongside keys and money. It is a technology that matters to people, and the combination of increasingly intelligent handsets, faster wireless bandwidth, and more complex server-side infrastructures (such as cloud computing), makes up for a potent globally distributed infrastructure. My talk will report on research conducted within the mobility@lse research unit at the London School of Economics since 2000. It will present some of the main findings regarding the social and business impact of the mobile revolution, for example, the re-negotiation and daily endeavour to manage a boundary-less world by cultivating boundaries. The mobile revolution has significantly contributed to the erosion of long-established boundaries for inter-personal interaction <b>...</b>
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TEDxWarwick - John Kay - Obliquity: How Complex Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly

John Kay is a leading economist and Visiting Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a member of the Scottish Government's Council of Economic Advisers. He is a director of several public companies and contributes a weekly column to the Financial Times. He is the author of many books, including The Truth about Markets (2003) and The Long and the Short of It: finance and investment for normally intelligent people who are not in the industry (2009). His latest book, Obliquity, was published by Profile Books in March 2010. In thespirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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At a reunion of 600 Pan American Airlines alums last weekend in Miami, former employees got together to share stories of glamour and history, from the Beatles, kings and presidents to Vietnam orphan airlifts and hijackings.

Photos by Brandon Kruse for The Wall Street Journal, except where noted.


Bonnie Hinck, a Pan Am flight engineer and pilot from 1987 to 1991, and Mario Baldatti, a Pan Am pilot from 1964 to 1991, posed for a friend at the Pan Am reunion in Miami Saturday. The two met at a dive shop in Key Largo, Fla., and were married in 2004.


Loretta Erickson, center, a former Pan Am flight attendant from 1971 to 1986 who now lives in Los Angeles, danced along with other former employees.


Ellen Kiernan, right, a former Pan Am flight attendant who started working in the late 1950s, watched a slideshow of iconic Pan Am advertisements with her husband, Vince Kiernan, who manufactured tools for Pan Am. ‘It was the job of a lifetime,’ Ms. Kiernan said.


Jim Stehmo, right, danced with his wife, Jeannie Reynolds, a flight attendant from 1968 to 1986. The couple traveled from Los Angeles to attend the event.


Ms. Erickson, center, wearing her flight attendant uniform, cheered as other employees danced on stage.


Lillian Walby, dressed in an old uniform, was a flight attendant from 1969 to 1973 and an instructor from 1985 to 1990.


Former flight attendant Omar Rodrigues, left, danced at the reunion as his partner, Rober Melsby, right, danced with another guest.


Former flight attendants wearing their uniforms formed a conga line on stage.


PJ Rismon, a flight attendant from 1966 to 1969 who now lives in Montana, posed for a a picture with other former flight attendants on a classic car.


Irene Schwarz was a flight attendant from 1973 to 1991.


Lorrie Wright, a former flight attendant who worked for Pan Am from 1988 to 1991 out of JFK and now lives in North Carolina, had her picture taken with the hat from a friend’s uniform.


Former Pan Am employees, most of whom were flight attendants, danced in front of a screen showing an image of Britney Spears in a stylized Pan Am uniform that the singer wore in her video for the song ‘Toxic.’


Carmen Ongay turned down a scholarship to the London School of Economics to accept an offer from Pan Am. She thought it might be fun to be a flight attendant for six months, but once she got a taste for traveling the world with kings, queens and celebrities, she couldn’t give it up. (Left: Carmen Ongay)


Former Pan Am flight attendant Maria Monserrate, at left in an undated picture and at right at the reunion. (Left: Maria Monserrate)


Former flight attendant Yvonne Conde, at left in an undated picture and at right at the reunion. (Left: Yvonne Conde)

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