Introduction To The Five-Hour MBA

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After I graduated from college quite a few years ago, I realized that I didn’t know all that much about living in The Real World (TRW). In fact, everything I know about TRW I’ve learned via experience, some hard and frustrating, since college. I had a particularly sheltered life growing up on a farm in the country, but I know from talking to some of my younger friends nowadays that lots of people still graduate from college, especially liberal arts graduates, without knowing some key stuff about living in TRW. Like how to get a job. What that company they are applying to is actually thinking about them. Why a company would want to hire someone in the first place. What a company even exists for. And then, what you have to know in order to get a job in a particular field if you want to work in it.

I always thought there should be a guide, a handbook to “Making It In The Real World,” that there was probably a set of key, basic information that, if they had it, would help liberal arts grads be better prepared for entering TRW, and enable them provide more value to their eventual employers, move faster up the ranks, make better decisions about where and how to work, and generally be more successful overall.

So I’ve had this idea floating around in the back of my head – we’re liberal arts graduates, we’re smart, we’re fast learners, but no one has told us some key stuff that we could probably learn pretty fast. So why not put together a short course, or a short set of blog posts, as I’m doing here, that provides “The Theory of The Real World 101” – or as I often call it, “The Five Hour MBA.”

Originally conceived as a course that might get taught to liberal arts undergraduates as a series of five to ten evening lectures that just orient kids who are new to TRW into what’s going on out there, it’s seeing its first embodiment as this set of blog posts.

So that’s the genesis of the 5-hour MBA set of posts, which I will be publishing over the next few months. The first one is right below, and you’ll see more once or twice a week as I continue to produce them.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this idea, and on the content I’m putting in here as it gets created.

Warning: One Of You Will Probably Drop $5k On A Pair Of These

Vuzix STAR 1200 Augmented Reality Glasses

OK, I want a pair of these, I truly do! I wonder if they work over regular glasses?

Originally saw this on the Technology Review site, in an article from May:

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas hardware company Vuzix has revealed the first clear AR glasses for consumers. The glasses, called Raptyr, use holographic optics instead of video screens to make digital objects appear in mid-air. The approach is challenging, not least the interface has to compensate for (or compete with) natural light. For this reason the lenses can electronically darken to compensate for brighter or darker environments.

Here’s the actual product page for the device. It’s now called the Star 1200 (Raptyr was maybe too game-y?), and it costs $5,000 right now (in pre-order). And it looks pretty clunky. But that it can even be done is totally amazing. And if its price curve follows Moore’s Law – and there’s no reason to think it wouldn’t – we should be seeing it in the $500 range, with a lot better design and much less clunky, in three to four years. That is, unless people start walking into buses while wearing them!

For more on what this all means in the next 15-20 years, take a quick look at Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. Not his best-written book, but likely a prescient view or what augmented reality is going to become. (And of course, I didn’t read it as a book, but on my iPad, acting as a Kindle. The future is already here!)

They say they’ll be shipping this month (August 2011). You can pre-order now for a downpayment of $2,000, with the remaining $3,000 payable on product release. Free shipping, though, in the U.S.!

So, I know you want a pair of these – but what are you willing to pay, and what do they have to look like before you’d be willing to wear them?


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