the question is whether enough of the world’s unconnected people want all this internet, from all of these companies, and whether these companies are fully considering the financial and social constraints of the developing world. “It’s still very early to say, from a demand perspective, whether there’s enough market to fulfill all of these mega constellations,” says… Read more »
Posts By: David Firth
South by Southwest Interactive is a festival that used to have a reputation as the place to create a buzz for a new social network or product. Yet these days, SXSW’s focus is less about developing apps, and more about developing society. A society that, thanks to technology which some of these attendees created, feels… Read more »
In Texas, tucked behind a house for the wealthy, perhaps lies some hope for the significantly less so. More than a billion people in the world go to sleep each night without reliable shelter. But a pair of companies working on solving that believes their model of quickly 3D-printing a one-story house could not only… Read more »
Discussion: The Web turned 33 years old this week. Can you even remember what it was like back then? Their was no pictures, no music and no color, and it could take a COUPLE OF MINUTES to load a page. If a webpage takes longer than 3 seconds I start getting annoyed. “It’s like coffee… Read more »
Source: BBC Technology News Date: March 8th, 2018 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-42456995/sim-card-shoes-send-alert-if-wearer-falls Discussion 1) Technology that alerts someone when someone falls. What other applications of this technology can you think of? 2) The integration of sensors with telecoms is a booming field, often called Internet of Things. What issues can you think of for these sim-card enabled shoes?
Source: BBC Technology Date: March 8th, 2018 Link to video: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/technology-43231983/the-smart-dress-with-a-sixth-sense Discussion 1) If you’re thinking of becoming a fashion designer, does it make sense to add MIS as a major? 2) What sorts of tech-enabled clothing would you want?
Verifying authenticity or provenance is one of the art industry’s biggest challenges. Blockchain can help. Blockchain is a potentially revolutionary technology for all sorts of industries, from finance to food safety, social media and retail. A startup plans to use it in the notoriously opaque world of fine art to verify authenticity. Codex has developed a decentralized database… Read more »
Best Buy’s computer repair workers have been aiding the FBI for at least 10 years, new documents suggest. They indicate that several of the US company’s Geek Squad staff were paid for reporting child abuse imagery. The rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the relationship “circumvents computer owners’ Fourth Amendment rights” to privacy. Source: BBC… Read more »
A Facebook executive disclosed that the company wasn’t yet sure how to put in place Zuckerberg’s latest major directive: shifting the company’s metrics so that “meaningful interactions” are valued over likes and clicks, a response to the misinformation and reports about the harms of social media that drew attention last year. Source: Washington Post Date: March 1st,… Read more »
Amazon has challenged 15 teams of some of the world’s best computer science graduate students to build “a socialbot that can converse coherently and engagingly with humans on popular topics for 20 minutes.” If any team succeeds, its members will snare academic glory and the promise of brilliant future careers. (Consider that some of the… Read more »