Today we are joined by Bill Geiser the CEO of MetaWatch. A company doing interesting things in the smart watch segment. I dive right into the market for smart watches and discuss the challenge and the opportunity. We also discuss, at a philosophical level, what role screens we ‘glance’ at may play in our digital lives. We hope you enjoy.
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Today the topic is the post PC Era. Ben Bajarin and Benedict Evans dive into the some of the trends around the post-PC era and discuss the different markets being enabled by iOS and Android with regard to smartphones and tablets.
Dr. Noam Chomsky is a famed linguist, political activist, prolific author and recognized public speaker, who has spent the last 60 years living a double life – one as a political activist and another as a linguist. His activism allegedly made him the US government’s public enemy number one. As a linguist he is often credited for dethroning behaviorism and becoming the “father of modern linguistics” (and/or cognitive science). Put together his accomplishments are the reasons why he is often listed as one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century. And so I was very much looking forward to interviewing him on Singularity 1 on 1.
Aleks Krotoski explores whether technology has impaired our ability to wander. Now that off-grid is on-grid, and we can send emails from mountaintops, have we sacrificed the pleasure of travelling to discover the unknown? Produced by Victoria McArthur and researched by Elizabeth Anne Duffy in Edinburgh.
In the 1980s geophysicist Andy Hildebrand was working for Exxon analysing seismic survey data. Hildebrand created digital signal processing software that took recordings of waves travelling through the ground from dynamite explosions and processed them to find hidden pockets of oil.
In 2013 the software has a new name and a very different purpose. You can hear its output on the radio, on YouTube and on X-Factor. No longer a tool for geophysicists but for pop stars. Auto-Tune uses the same process that identified underground rock layers to make vocals sound pitch perfect. To an algorithm there is no difference between Kanye’s voice and an oil deposit.
Auto-Tune isn’t the only technology shaping our lives in unexpected ways. In this talk we’ll look at our software mediated world, it’s consequences and our role in it as creators.
Dan W. makes things. Sometimes those things are made of atoms. Sometimes they are made of bits.
Display Cabinet is a mixture of both. And even the purely digital services Arrivals and When Should I Visit? are designed to make smooth your journey through the world of atoms and matter by giving you easy access to information from the networked world of bits.
Dan works at Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. You can find his scrapbook on Tumblr where he documents the seemingly science-fictional collisions of technology and society that he sees happening all around.
When Walt Disney opened Disneyland, he had a vision of fusing technology with entertainment. Nearly sixty years later, the company has found a way of improving the microphone from a touch of a finger to a listeners ear. And new audio technology is improving the lives of many who are now hearing the world in new ways.
Clay Christensen and Dominic Barton on Consulting’s Disruption - HBR IdeaCast - Harvard Business Review
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
A report from the Brighton Digital Festival explores how designers illuminate invisible technology, such as wifi; news of a virtual firework display and a 3D printed Bill Thompson
Nora Young speaks with Elizabeth Lawley. She’s a professor of interactive games and media, and head of "Just Press Play" at the Rochester Institute of Technology. They talk about adding a "game layer" to education. Click the Listen button to stream this interview now, or download the podcast here.
In the past decade, we’ve seen the rise of powerful social networks of unprecedented scale, connecting millions or even billions of people who can now communicate almost instantaneously. But many of the promises that were made by the creators of the earliest social networking technologies have gone unfulfilled. We’ll take a look at some of the unexamined costs, both cultural and social, of the way the web has evolved.
Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist and writer acknolwedged as a "blogging pioneer" by the New Yorker for having started his site Dashes.com in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Today his work focuses on applying the techniques and technologies of the startup world to the transformation the major institutions of society and culture.
Dash is cofounder of Activate, the strategy consulting firm which helps the world’s major media and technology companies reinvent their businesses, and cofounder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new app which helps people get more meaning out of the time they spend on social networking. In addition, Dash is an active advisor to several of the most prominent and innovative technology startups and non-profit organizations and has been a columnist for Wired magazine.
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