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We Finally Got Our Flying Cars, and Now We Don’t Want Them

By | Jul 11, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Autonomous passenger drones are essentially flying cars. And they’re now being tested in Dubai, where project leaders hope the devices will account for a quarter of all travel by 2030. The American retrofuture has been about 80 percent “flying car” for decades now. It’s…


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Top Highlights From Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Report

By | Jun 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

Mary Meeker’s influential Internet Trends Report just dropped, which means that everyone’s digesting the latest news on the state of the internet. But the presentation is 355 slides long. What you need is a series of pre-chewed insights into the current and future trends…


5 Sectors Benefiting from the Surge of Drone Startups

By | Apr 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Venture capitalists will certainly remember the year 2015 as the “year of drone startups,” but the revolution in the ecosystem still has not reached its peak. As reported by WSJ, venture capitalists will continue to invest in drone-related pitches, especially after the last year’s…


New Pew Report: Yeah, the Internet Is Getting Worse

By | Mar 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm

When the opening to a Pew report notes that “2016 was the first year that an internet meme made its way into the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols,” you know it’ll be good. The Pew Research Center’s new survey, out today, offers an…


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How the Biggest Tech Trends Are Evolving in 2017

By | Jan 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm

Every tech trend piece relies on a few buzzwords — the Internet of Things, Fintech, or blockchain, for instance. But over time, those terms become a little less relevant. Remember when we only listened to non-music audio on iPods? We still have’t come up…


The Top 4 Startup Trends to Watch in 2017

By | Jan 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

With CES right around the corner, the biggest tech trends for the year are about to be made known. Or at least, the trends that certain entrepreneurs wish were the biggest ones. As always with the startup community, it can be tough to cut through…


How Predicting the Future Creates the Future

By | Nov 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm

The two-way wrist radio, a classic from the 1930s Dick Tracy comic strip, is essentially a version of a smartwatch. The flying car, a symbol of futuristic invention, is being work-shopped by none other than Uber. Star Trek’s “Padd,” the communication device that inspired the…


Why Success in Frontier Tech Is Tricky

By | Sep 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Frontier tech is the collective term for significantly ground-breaking new tech in a variety of fields: artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, virtual reality, augmented reality, drones, robots and self-driving cars all qualify. Basically, it’s whatever tech is the awesomest new gadget that might change the world. The…


Tech Paradigms: What They Are and What to Expect in the Future

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” That’s one far-sighted prediction from 1977, a time immediately before today’s technology cycle began. The old ways of thinking, in which a personal computer had no place, shifted rapidly. What does today’s…


Why Self-Driving Cars Are Either Really Good or Really Bad

By | Aug 11, 2016 at 9:04 am

The rise of self-driving vehicles opens up a Pandora’s box of questions. I’m sure you’ve heard plenty about the ethical puzzles that will need to be programmed in, like whether a car should kill its own passenger in order to save three pedestrians. But…


3 Ways VR Will Help the Startup Workplace Collaborate

By | Jul 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Virtual reality is in the process of expanding into the real world, and the tech/startup community is definitely going to be the first to adapt. Heck, even if virtual reality doesn’t wind up catching on, it will among the early adaptors. We all remember…


One Odd Rule Needed to Avoid Self-Driving Car Gridlock

By | Jul 17, 2016 at 2:17 pm

Like most of the future, the impact of self-driving cars on society is tough to fully predict. I mean, who would have guessed a 90s video game would be the franchise to usher in augmented reality to the masses? Not me. But for the self-diving…


6 Challenges Facing Self-Driving Cars in Cities

By | Jun 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Regulations are kind of the point of the government. We need them to reduce danger to the public and to keep the wheels of society greased. And when a major invention stands poised to change everything, we need new rules. We have self-driving cars. We…


Video Is Going to Replace All Internet Content, So Just Accept It

By | Jun 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Well, the future of video looks great, though the future of the internet might not be. Facebook’s head of operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa made the claim last week: “We’re seeing a year-on-year decline of text. […] If I was having a…


Mass Facial Recognition Is Horrifying and in Your Future

By | Jun 2, 2016 at 11:45 am

Facial recognition tech, according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, is “the only technology Google has built and, after looking at it, we decided to stop.” Google exists to suck up information. They have tons of data-collection methods—cookies, forms, click tracking, and web beacons, to name…


100 Candidates for Mars One: The Internet Responds

By | Feb 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm

This morning, Mars One, the nonprofit group aimed at establishing a human colony on Mars by 2025, announced its final 100 candidates for the one-way mission to Mars. The candidates have been narrowed down from the initial 200,000 applicants; in the end, 24 people will be…



Tim O’Reilly On The Future of Technology At SXSW

By | Mar 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, the creators of books, magazines, conferences and events focused on sharing the knowledge of innovators, has been watching the bleeding edge of technology since the beginning of the Internet and open source software. We were…