Category: Gadgets and Stuff

Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends: great food for thought and a goldmine of intel

Every year, Mary Meeker delivers her masterpieces – the latest one is here. 2015 Internet Trends Report from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers   Here are some key moments and my comments: So true – we are going beyond software as means-to-an-end; now great software has to be an experience and egg-on ...

The Apple Watch looks good – too good, actually: distractions + outsourced thinking spells digital obesity

Update: read this very much related Guardian article on why multi-tasking and constant task-switching is bad for our brains. So I looked at those cool new Apple watches and those enthusiastic Apple keynote videos, and I have to say that I am very tempted to get this watch as soon as it ...

Nice video: Here’s How Mobile Phones Worked in 1959 via Re/code

via Here’s How Mobile Phones Worked in 1959 | Re/code. What if someone could call you on the telephone — while you were in your car? That’s the astonishing premise of this 1959 clip from newsreel archive British Pathe. Heads up: Gender politics back then were also comparatively unsophisticated. Pathe produced more than 90,000 newsreel clips during ...

Great piece on QZ.com: Google screenless computing, voice-control, future of interfaces

Read the full piece on QZ.com and then think about the implications of this … it boggles the mind.  If this cool MotoX phone has a mic that is ‘always listening’ then I, personally, wouldn’t feel save about having it around – much like the web camera on my Samsung ...

The Booming Business of Auto-Analytics (Guest Post by Marizanne)

This is another guest post by Marizanne Knoesen, Gerd’s and the The Futures Agency’s content and research manager. “From Apple to Nike, companies are cashing in on self-measurement” – HBR blog article I do think that if you buy a product/service and the company uses your data to improve their business and ...

Robert Scoble at Midem 2013: Music in the Age of Context (Video)

Nice talk by Robert Scoble, at MIDEM 2013 – I didn’t go this year because I am kinda done with the music business, but this must have been a highlight:) Robert Scoble: Music in the Age of Context – Midem Visionary Monday 2013 – YouTube.   Midem Visionary Monday: The Age of ...

More Faustian bargain / big data scenarios : googlenow

Interesting piece quoting my futurist colleague Andreas Weigend “For Weigend, a fast-talking consultant and lecturer on consumer behavior, such episodes demonstrate “the power of a society based on 10 times as much data.” If the last century was marked by the ability to observe the interactions of physical matter—think of technologies ...

Interesting Q&A: Linda Stone, former tech exec, on conscious computing (via Smartplanet)

http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/pure-genius/q-a-linda-stone-former-tech-exec-on-conscious-computing/9891 “The first iPhone was released six years ago. The first iPad only three years ago. Amazingly, we interact with these glowing prosthetics as much as (if not more than) we engage in old school tête-à-têtes. When it comes to our overall wellbeing, what are the consequences of this massive ...

Mary Meeker: Asset-Heavy Lifestyle Is Being Replaced With Asset-Light Value

Interesting post, below, and some related Mary Meeker slides on the same topic (go here to see the entire KPCB 2012 Trends-Set) Asset-light is a clear trend, imho. Mary Meeker: Asset-Heavy Lifestyle Is Being Replaced With Asset-Light Value | Social Revolution. “Meeker reports that people are shedding assets, turning from away from ...

Amazing slideshow by Yuri Van Geest: quanitied self, human-machine futures, DIY and more – must read!

I have seen Yuri speak several times and we have met on quite a few occassions – this slideshow is very powerful and probably one of his best ones, so-far. Cutting edge overview of the best mobile campaigns, new interfaces, mobile, mHealth, Quantified Self, Singularity, Singularity University and the broader DIY ...

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