Category: Updates

After Aereo, what’s next for Internet TV? (a good-read shared by Gerd)

“While the content on the major broadcast networks is very important for some people, it’s not important for everyone,” Niemeyer said. “So it’s a dent, but I don’t think it’s going to significantly change the trends.”” After Aereo, what’s next for Internet TV? via Instapaper

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview (recommended reading)

“At 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic. In his view, the world is a giant operating system that just needs to be debugged.” from Pocket via IFTTT

ProtonMail Is A Swiss Secure Mail Provider That Won’t Give You Up To The NSA | TechCrunch (a good-read shared by Gerd)

“One of our goals is actually to build a system that does not require trusting us,” he said. “We’ve taken the first step with our zero access architecture which means we cannot actually read any of our users’ encrypted messages. When the code base becomes more mature, we also plan ...

How Your Machines Get Smarter (good infographic via Mashable)

Nice infographic “Years ago people thought we would be living like The Jetsons by now. We may not be as technologically advanced as once thought, but we have come a long way from computers that filled up whole rooms. Now, we have machines that think and execute smart actions.” from Pocket ...

US Report Projects High Toll on Economy From Global Warming (via the NYT): Ego-to-Eco shift is finally happening?

Interesting to see that now that Global Warming (or rather, its consequences) has become a serious business issue, everyone is much more open to discussing it…? If greenhouse gas emissions continue at a rapid pace, the report said, the global sea level could increase roughly a foot by 2050, and double ...

New project aims to upload a honey bee’s brain into a flying insectobot by 2015 (a good-read shared by Gerd)

“Every once in a while, there’s news which reminds us that we’re living in the age of accelerating change. This is one of those times: A new project has been announced in which scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are hoping to create the first accurate computer simulation ...

Design to Disrupt: Four visionaries (a good-read shared by Gerd)

“Gerd Leonhard  (Download his slides.) Thinking out of the box is extremely different when you have been crammed into the box in the first place. According to Gerd Leonhard we are all about to experience what internet has done to the music industry. This should not be surprising, because ongoing medialization is ...

Stepping Out: a report on Fitbit, via The New Yorker (recommended reading)

I was travelling myself when I got my Fitbit, and because the tingle feels so good, not just as a sensation but also as a mark of accomplishment, I began pacing the airport rather than doing what I normally do, which is sit in the waiting area, wondering which of ...

The Disruption Machine (recommended reading via Jill Lepore, The New Yorker)

Great read about disruption and some insightful comments on Christensen’s ‘The Innovators Dilemma’. I don’t agree with all of it but it’s worth pondering. In the last years of the nineteen-eighties, I worked not at startups but at what might be called finish-downs. Tech companies that were dying would hire temps—college ...

10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s (good list via IO9)

A good list via the pretty cool IO9  ‘we come from the future’ site. Here is  their list and my brief comments: Artificial intelligence assistants (a clear ‘yes’) Computers are everywhere – but unseen (a clear ‘yes’) Virtual animals with digital minds (I doubt it, and I kinda hope not) The 1st sanctioned megascale geo-engineering project (unlikely ...


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