Tag: Future Technologies

In the latest episode, the Young Americans get super nerdy, with the help of real-life tech policy researcher Caleb Watney of the R Street Institute. He and Jack discuss the virtues of free markets vs. Millennial skepticism thereof, question the emerging conventional wisdom on tech addiction and Silicon Valley, rebut the Unabomber (!), and go full nerd with semi-related digressions about Blade RunnerThe Matrix, and, of course, Dune.

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The era of free lunches is over, at least in the tech industry. For decades Big Tech has relied on exponential growth in computing power to compensate for deficiencies in everything from management practices to programmer training. But no longer. The end of Moore’s law (the observation that transistor density tended to double every two […]

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Most of medicine is about information, not tools. Consider, for example, that getting the diagnosis right is the single most critical element in the vast majority of medical situations, which means that expertise, not toys are the critical piece. And enormous broadband capacity is making it possible to eliminate the gap between patient and expert […]

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Some weeks or months ago, we discussed the differences between virtual reality and augmented reality. Microsoft hopes to break open the latter market with their HoloLens device. In this advertisement, you can see how various businesses have partnered with Microsoft to incorporate augmented reality into their work. Read More View Post

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Unless you’re a gamer, you probably have not heard of Horizon Zero Dawn. Guerrilla Games’ upcoming product for the Playstation 4 console, the story is set a thousand years into the future and proceeds from a fascinating premise. Typically, science fiction involving “the rise of the machines” — domination of humanity by independent AI (use whatever […]

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You would be forgiven for doubting Microsoft’s upcoming HoloLens technology. However compelling the premise and even the implementation, new tech often fails due to lack of investment in applications or other market hiccups. Microsoft’s own Kinect is an example. Still, this new device has exciting potential. What is HoloLens? Essentially, it sidesteps the challenge of […]

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shutterstock_83454223Do you dream in monochrome? Does the term “manual labor” recall painful memories of assembly or installation? Does the Geek Squad avoid your phone calls? Then this post is for you.

What current inventions do you loathe? What innovations do you fear are inevitable? What old products do you miss and are certain you could enjoy again?

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I’ve only just begun to peruse “The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices”, a book about MIT innovators recommended to me by other Ricochetti. And already my imagination is spinning with theoretical questions about future technologies. Chief among them: Is there any limit to what actions can be automated? What is 152 x 483? No need to “do […]

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