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TechCo’s 2018 Predictions for the Future of Tech

By | Dec 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Tech innovations tend to be tied to visions of the future, from the Apple’s “sleek and white” house style, evocative of a spaceship, to the sci-fi origins of words like “virus” or “cyberspace.” And by looking to the near future, we can better understand…

Augmented Reality

The Augmented Reality Market Is Predicted to Hit $133.7B by 2021

By | Dec 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm

The augmented reality market is still on the rise. New numbers just out from Zion Market Research put the global augmented reality market at an estimated USD 133.78 billion in 2021. For reference, it clocked in at just 3.33 billion in 2015. Why is AR’s star rising…

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Jobs

5 Stats About the Future of Jobs Drawn From 2017 LinkedIn Data

By | Dec 7, 2017 at 9:20 am

Futurism is a tricky business. The future of jobs — a field of study relevant to anyone hoping to put food on their table — is one of the more popular areas of speculation. According to one study, 65 percent of preteens entering elementary school…

Artificial Intelligence

AI Is Now So Good That You Can’t Trust Your Eyes Anymore

By | Dec 4, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The newest groundbreaking AI tech? Unsupervised image-to-image translation. It allows you to auto-generate a different photo based off of an input photo. Essentially, it’s lying to your eyes. The research paper on the subject of image manipulation, published today by Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS),…

Energy

How Saudi Arabia’s $500-Billion Megacity Could Be the Future

By | Nov 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Saudi Arabia announced plans last month for a futuristic city running entirely on renewable energy sources and operating like “startup the size of a country.” The price tag: $500 billion. Here’s how the city, termed “NEOM,” will run and why it represents an ambitious step towards…

Jobs

The Data Doesn’t Back Up That “Automation Creates Jobs” Theory

By | Oct 31, 2017 at 9:20 am

Fairly regularly, I receive pitches from companies talking about the benefits of automation, and how the streamlined workplace is nothing but beneficial for workers, who will be able to work faster and be happier. These companies tout that automation will “support you in becoming…

Virtual Reality

VR Headsets Finally Have the Tech They Need to Get Way Smaller

By | Oct 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

Check out any vision of the future from the 60s and you’ll notice that, no matter how advanced, the television sets are always bulky. After all, that was how the tech worked back then, and the visual futurists at the time couldn’t picture a…

Security

Experts: The Future of Online Trust Is Up in the Air

By | Aug 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Trust in sources of authority is weakening across the online world: It’s the natural result of a bot-ridden, highly politicized, fast-paced, and siloed world. All the recent hacks and leaked information have sped up the process. But is all that lack of online trust…

Drones

Dubai

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…

Trends

San Francisco

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…

Drones

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…

technology

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…

CES

Las Vegas

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…

CES

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…

Opinion/Analysis

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…

Entrepreneur

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…

Opinion/Analysis

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…