Revenge of the Right-side of the brain

27 Jan 2005 - 9:29am
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Dave Malouf
2005

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27 Jan 2005 - 2:57pm
Elizabeth Buie
2004

Interesting article, Dave.

I was especially amused by the reference to the chess-playing "Deep Blue."

Which, as I understand it, was programmed specifically to beat Kasparov.

Talk about the "super-persona"!

:-)

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27 Jan 2005 - 11:55pm
Prasant Sivadasan
2004

Quote 1: "Now that foreigners can do left-brain work cheaper, we in the
US must do right-brain work better."
Quote 2: "Want to get ahead today? Forget what your parents told you.
Instead, do something foreigners can't do cheaper."

I think asian countries are also getting better at right brain work. I
also think right brain work is cheaper in Asia :-)

Prasant Sivadasan
Interaction Designer | Sun Microsystems

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28 Jan 2005 - 12:54am
Donna Timara
2004

> Quote 1: "Now that foreigners can do left-brain work cheaper, we in the
> US must do right-brain work better."

Following the analogy of the article, we must start using the middle
part of the brain - complete source of insanity.

Even I thought, the article was written by a moron. It is typical to
get carried away attributing "foreigners" for cheap labour and not
recognizing the history of art, design and all that contributions that
they have provided. Read it again --

"Want to get ahead today? Forget what your parents told you. Instead,
do something foreigners can't do cheaper. Something computers can't do
faster. And something that fills one of the nonmaterial, transcendent
desires of an abundant age. In other words, go right, young man and
woman, go right."

Boring and lack of class!

:d

28 Jan 2005 - 6:08am
Dan Brown
2004

I, too, found the borderline racism seriously tacky, but I do think
Pink's idea is an interesting one: that we're entering a Conceptual
Age. Perhaps we can state the reasons with a little more class: that
technology has made the world a smaller place, and allowed for a
"distributed work model." With more people to divide up the labor, and
a more competitive labor market, we need other key differentiators.

So, is he right? Are we, in fact, on the brink of a new age? Is the
pendulum swinging from "left-brain" cold calculation and knowledge
manipulation to abstraction and empathy?

Or, is the "conceptual age" merely an extension of the Information
Age, whereby we capture more kinds of information with our
technological net? Is it painfully typical of Western thinking that we
divide our cognitive abilities into two hemispheres and imagine a
competition between the two?

-- Dan

Note: the article's author was Daniel PINK, and I'm Daniel BROWN. Just
wanted to distinguish.

On Fri, 28 Jan 2005 00:54:30 -0500, Donna Timara <tdonna at gmail.com> wrote:

> Boring and lack of class!

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28 Jan 2005 - 6:09am
Chris Whelan
2004

Generally, I bet you're right that right-brain work is
cheaper overseas, but isn't a primary reason that
left-brain work is cheaper is that very little context
is required? Not only is communicating context
expensive, it's usually personal, no?

--- Prasant Sivadasan <Prasant.Sivadasan at Sun.COM>
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> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only
> relevant quoted material.]
>
> Quote 1: "Now that foreigners can do left-brain work
> cheaper, we in the
> US must do right-brain work better."
> Quote 2: "Want to get ahead today? Forget what your
> parents told you.
> Instead, do something foreigners can't do cheaper."
>
> I think asian countries are also getting better at
> right brain work. I
> also think right brain work is cheaper in Asia :-)
>
> Prasant Sivadasan
> Interaction Designer | Sun Microsystems
>
> David Heller wrote:
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> >[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only
> relevant quoted material.]
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28 Jan 2005 - 6:16am
Janna Cameron
2004

> Even I thought, the article was written by a moron. It is typical to
> get carried away attributing "foreigners" for cheap labour and not
> recognizing the history of art, design and all that contributions that
> they have provided. Read it again --

I would argue that this author more addressing one of the basic tenets of
capitalism - international specialization and trade - than trying to insult
foreign workers.

All I would read out of it is that they recognize that other countries can
do the same work with less resources - so they somehow need to add extra
value to be able to demand higher salaries.

His argument makes sense - designers have a tremendous opportunity to add
extra value (wherever they are) because they can work on a class of problems
that can't be solved by a computer. I think that design/ and creativity is
a really great place to be. Good designers are tremendous assets to the
places they work. Maybe along with the "ROI of usability" we should talk
more about the basic economic benefits of creative problem-solving when we
sell ourselves.

Janna

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