Convergence or Divergence

Very interesting video by Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Jesse Schell that talks mainly about the sudden success of things like Facebook’s FarmVille, Webkinz, Club Penguin, etc.

What caught my ear were some thoughts about the 18 or 19 minute mark about divergence of function in electronics. An iPhone is an example of convergence. Many functions in one little gadget. Jesse contends that for the most part, the rule is divergence – single function gadgets. He makes some funny comments about the venerable Swiss Army Knife.

He also talks about disposable technology, and, of course, BIG BROTHER (due to all the sensors in your life). Interesting theory about how people will be rewarded for tasks.

The main thrust of Jesse’s presentation is gaming. Life is becoming one big game, and you are encouraged by an all encompassing point system.