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INNOVATE 2016: How the blockchain will clean up American politics

By |May 29th, 2016|

 The fundamentally transparent nature of blockchain technology — with its unalterable public ledger — will force politicians to be more honest about themselves and their intentions. Blockchain, they promise, will eventually disinfect the American political system — exposing dishonesty and triggering a more accountable political conversation. Read More Source: News

Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

By |May 29th, 2016|

 It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. While there are undoubtedly many technological breakthroughs that can’t be reduced to linguistic and conceptual changes, it’s surprising how often apparent innovations depend on shifts in terminology and discourse. Read More Source: News

360-degree camera maker Jeffrey Martin talks about what it takes to film for VR

By |May 29th, 2016|

 This week on the Technotopia podcast I interviewed Jeffrey Martin, the creator of 360Cities and the maker of the Sphericam. Martin is a skilled 360-degree camera operator and has created amazing panoramas of cities around the world. “I’ve been working with VR since the days of CRT monitors,” he said as he explained the challenges --> READ MORE

What Facebook Live and Periscope need is a waiting room

By |May 29th, 2016|

 Livestreams start boring because broadcasters don’t want to begin the real action until more people have tuned in. That can take a few minutes, even with streams being rapidly distributed via push notifications, tweets and the News Feed. But by that time, the initial audience may have bounced, and the recorded replay won’t entice viewers --> READ MORE

Why do chatbots suck?

By |May 29th, 2016|

 Chatbots have been in the news a lot this year. First there was Tay, Microsoft’s racist love child, who just couldn’t keep herself under control. Then came Facebook with its messenger bots, which, by most accounts, didn’t start well. And now there’s news coming from Viv, which at first glance seems like Siri 2.0. Not --> READ MORE

One chip to rule them all? The Internet of Things and the next great era of hardware

By |May 29th, 2016|

 It’s been almost 10 years since Apple unveiled the iPhone. Since that day, the smartphone has been the overwhelming driver of innovation in the technology industry. Many components have made stunning advances to keep up with consumer demand to have sleeker, more powerful devices every year. For chip makers, the pressure has been to produce --> READ MORE

Apartments are the hot new tech sector

By |May 28th, 2016|

 Welcome to the land technology forgot. High-end leases negotiated and signed via fax. Millions of dollars in apartment inventory tracked on whiteboards with dry-erase markers. Client histories recorded in longhand in legal notebooks and stashed in manila folders. Multi-family real estate (i.e. apartment buildings) is one the fastest-growing sectors in the country right now. Read --> READ MORE

Unicorns along the Wasatch: Utah’s flourishing startup and enterprise scene

By |May 28th, 2016|

 Silicon Valley has traditionally been the startup Garden of Eden, but it’s no longer the only game in town. Utah — specifically Salt Lake City and its ecosystem — has become a formidable breeding ground for startups, even developing its own unicorn herd. Read More Source: News

Gillmor Gang: Conventional Wisdom

By |May 28th, 2016|

 The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 27, 2016. Too much Trump, TV, Twitter, and Gang thinks apps have jumped the shark. Gillmor says no way. Plus, G3 with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway, Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @kevinmarks, @fradice, --> READ MORE

What UX designers can learn from 1990s Japanese video games

By |May 28th, 2016|

 I’m writing this from a slightly saddened perspective, revisiting my favorite SNES RPGs and realizing something: I’ve been spoiled by modern UX design. The sentiment is pretty universal. Read More Source: News