Tag: Futurism

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The Golden Quarter

Why the boom in scientific progress stalled.

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The Trans-Everything CEO

A profile of the highest-paid female executive in America, who was born male.

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Glass, Darkly

An ambivalent look at Google Glass, the “Model T of wearable computing.”

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The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling

Technologies of literacy, technologies of memory.

"Millions of people, some my age but most younger, have been keeping lifelogs for years, wearing personal cams that capture continuous video of their entire lives. People consult their lifelogs for a variety of reasons—everything from reliving favorite moments to tracking down the cause of allergic reactions—but only intermittently; no one wants to spend all their time formulating queries and sifting through the results. Lifelogs are the most complete photo album imaginable, but like most photo albums, they lie dormant except on special occasions. Now Whetstone aims to change all of that; they claim Remem’s algorithms can search the entire haystack by the time you’ve finished saying 'needle.'"

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Auto Correct

The long road to Google’s self-driving car.

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Dress Code

“In 1981, with a computer built into my shoe, I walked into a Las Vegas casino and beat the house.”

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Harnessing the Power of Feedback Loops

How real-time information can make you a better human.

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The Watchers

A startup’s plan to launch a fleet of cheap, small, ultra-efficient imaging satellites and revolutionize data collection.

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Welcome to the Programmable World

In the not-so-distant future, all of our objects will talk to each other. They’ll make our coffee, find our keys, save our lives. The roadmap to a fully networked existence.

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That’s Not A Droid, That’s My Girlfriend

On the development of companion robots in Japan.

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What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?

An internet pioneer loses hope in the promise of web culture.

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Welcome to the Future Nauseous

Why the future feels frozen in time, as framed by Marshall McLuhan (“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”) and William Gibson (“The future is already here; it is just unevenly distributed.”)