The God Particle Revisited: Augmented Audio Reality in the Age of Wearables.

Last year I argued voice interaction would become the “God particle” of mobile. And in 2012 that voice was a natural overlay to the phone/tablet touch interface, much as the graphical interface was a natural overlay to the command line. So a true believer. It’s worth taking a fresh look at voice interaction as wearables (fitness bands, smart watches, health monitor pendants, clip… Continue reading The God Particle Revisited: Augmented Audio Reality in the Age of Wearables.

What Chess and Moore’s Law teach us about the progress of technology

Computers beating humans at chess is old news. But that’s precisely why it’s worth reviewing. Solved problems sometimes hold the best lessons. And the numerical chess rating system makes it particularly useful in quantifying some common assertions about the progress of technology.

Mundane Science and SF are awesome. Please stop it with the invisibility cloaks and FTL.

While most of my posts are about technology, at heart this is a futurist blog. Futurism is “the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on Earth in general.” And to be clear my focus is… Continue reading Mundane Science and SF are awesome. Please stop it with the invisibility cloaks and FTL.

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Bitcoin as Rorschach Test. Some see Traditional Currency. Others see Byzantine Generals.

This is part 2 of a two part series on Bitcoin. Part 1 here. Just before the MtGox Bitcoin exchange went bankrupt I posted that “Bitcoin is a far better payment system than currency. And that’s just fine.” A lot has happened since. Not just the MtGox collapse, but also the contested Newsweek story claiming Dorian… Continue reading Bitcoin as Rorschach Test. Some see Traditional Currency. Others see Byzantine Generals.

WhatsApp’s first year free model deserves to be emulated

As widely reported, Facebook acquired messaging service WhatsApp on Feb 19. My preferred take is from Ben Thompson here. For a more skeptical view see Arnold Kling (here and here) or Matthew Yglesias (here). But rather than debate the acquisition, I want to narrowly focus on WhatsApp’s freemium model. You get the first year free and pay $1/year for… Continue reading WhatsApp’s first year free model deserves to be emulated

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