Praxtime Archive by Topic

Tech

  1. My Soylent review: decent with a very annoying packaging flaw. Plus disruption frameworks. 2016-Jan-25
  2. Praxtime 2015 year end review. My favorites in science, tech, econ, pop culture. Grading and making predictions. 2015-Dec-28
  3. An iPad with a keyboard is not a PC! Technology transitions and PCs in the Clipper ship era. 2015-Oct-27
  4. Why I’m excited about the new Apple TV for gaming, movies, TV, apps, Siri 2015-Sep-08
  5. Twitter’s Temptation: The False Allure of Anonymous Users. 2015-Jun-22
  6. Blazing a path on machine learning and privacy, Google risks becoming “Uber for lawsuits” 2015-Jun-16
  7. 2015 is a transition year to the (somewhat creepy) machine learning era. Apple, Google, privacy and ads. 2015-Jun-10
  8. Talking computers pose a threat to current Apple versus Google market segmentation. Beyond Peak Google. 2015-Jun-04
  9. Cord Cutting: You know it’s all about UX, ’bout UX. No savings. 2015-Apr-30
  10. 5 praxtime predictions for 2015 2014-Dec-30
  11. Grading last year’s praxtime predictions for 2014 2014-Dec-30
  12. Retailers hate Apple Pay now, but it may work out fine for them long term. 2014-Oct-27
  13. There’s a lot to be said for analyzing tech eras by user interface: Gaming, Oculus, Apple Watch. 2014-Oct-13
  14. Apple is taking biometrics mainstream. Watch out as software eats identity and payments. 2014-Sep-15
  15. The surveillance society is a step forward. But one that harkens back to our deep forager past. 2014-Sep-08
  16. Wall street, businesses and even developers feel the seductive allure of monopoly without consequences. 2014-Aug-04
  17. Disruption theory’s ultimate ironic success would be falsifying itself. Plus Newton, Popper and Darwin duke it out. 2014-Jul-14
  18. Windows 9 explained with smiley faces and Venn diagrams. An emoji update to my Win8 post. 2014-Jul-07
  19. The job to be done by Android TV is big screen app entertainment, which will (eventually) subsume existing TV. 2014-Jun-30
  20. On the fated path from disruptive startup to regulated tech monopoly 2014-Jun-23
  21. Timing is Everything. Apple TV, gaming disruption, and why futurists aren’t billionaires. 2014-Jun-16
  22. Jimmy Iovine argues curating music playlists is niche behavior. But this critique applies more broadly. 2014-May-12
  23. Windows 8 explained with smiley faces and Venn diagrams. 2014-May-05
  24. Sure software methodologies appear different. But keep in mind what they have in common. 2014-Apr-28
  25. Twitter should copy Facebook the Conglomerate or Facebook Paper, not Facebook the web site. 2014-Apr-14
  26. The God Particle Revisited: Augmented Audio Reality in the Age of Wearables. 2014-Mar-31
  27. What Chess and Moore’s Law teach us about the progress of technology 2014-Mar-24
  28. Bitcoin as Rorschach Test. Some see Traditional Currency. Others see Byzantine Generals. 2014-Mar-10
  29. Bitcoin is a far better payment system than currency. And that’s just fine. 2014-Feb-24
  30. Bad Software Design. Splitting the blame between Malice, Stupidity and Difficulty. 2014-Feb-17
  31. Make the world better. Don’t say “thin client” again. Ever. 2014-Feb-01
  32. Google believes they’re Bell Labs. They’re becoming GE. Long term danger? Becoming a regulated utility. 2014-Jan-27
  33. Multiple TV remotes showcase the evils of complexity. Smart TVs just make it worse. 2014-Jan-13
  34. Mobile Telecoms. Not just big. Really really big. 2014-Jan-06
  35. 10 Praxtime predictions for 2014 2013-Dec-30
  36. Grading last year’s predictions for 2013 (my 2014 predictions coming next week) 2013-Dec-23
  37. Area man reports “I’m in a promising local blog.” Which is why Twitter needs Pandora style timelines. 2013-Nov-18
  38. Apple’s strategy tax on services versus Google. Voice interaction becoming the “God particle” of mobile. 2013-Nov-03
  39. Next Gen TV Set Top Boxes are generalized platforms combining DVR + Cable + Receiver + Game Console 2013-Sep-22
  40. The Innovation/Monopoly axis 2013-Sep-08
  41. The stock market blindly lusts after exploitative monopolies 2013-Sep-01
  42. Predictions about self-driving cars 2013-Jun-23
  43. A future where it’s normal for all public spaces to be captured on video 2013-Apr-21
  44. 10 Predictions for 2013 2012-Dec-30
  45. Sifting through bad password advice to find the good stuff 2012-Oct-28
  46. The Apple maps kerfuffle means the opposite of what most of the press is saying 2012-Sep-30
  47. Beyond the Touchscreen Interface, to Voice Interaction 2012-Sep-23
  48. The Rise of the Touchscreen Interface 2012-Sep-16

Science

  1. Contrary to popular belief, fusion power generation is not really like the Sun 2014-Apr-21
  2. Getting fat is a metabolic disorder. An evolutionary take on Paleo and Low Carb Diets. 2014-Apr-07
  3. Mundane Science and SF are awesome. Please stop it with the invisibility cloaks and FTL. 2014-Mar-17
  4. The Reproducibility Crisis in Science. Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love nukes with a side of bacon. 2013-Dec-09
  5. Coal is so bad it makes fracking good 2013-Dec-02
  6. GM Crops: The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good 2013-Oct-13
  7. Living with a deep faith in science 2013-Jun-09
  8. Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes 2013-Mar-10
  9. Two Models of Why We Get Fat 2013-Mar-03
  10. The (very slow) Rise of Scientific Materialism 2012-Oct-07
  11. Higgs nightmare scenario – still good science 2012-Jul-15
  12. Science on the cusp of mainstream 2012-Jul-08

AandSpace

  1. The best place to look for aliens is in a galaxy far, far away. 2015-Apr-20
  2. Avoiding “Sagan Syndrome.” Why Astronomers and Journalists should pay heed to Biologists about ET. 2013-Nov-25
  3. Intelligent life is just getting started 2013-Sep-29
  4. Snail mail to the stars 2013-May-19
  5. So where are all the aliens? 2013-Feb-03
  6. Life on Wet Planets 2013-Jan-27
  7. Closing the astronaut window. Robots onward. 2012-Jul-22

AIandN

  1. The dream of AI has always been talking computers. General AI as prediction. 2016-Jun-09
  2. Understanding AI risk. How Star Trek got talking computers right in 1966, while Her got it wrong in 2013. 2015-May-27
  3. The Economics of Artificial Intelligence 2013-Jul-14
  4. The Gradual Singularity 2013-Jul-07
  5. Bees are to hives what neurons are to brains 2013-Jun-30
  6. The debate on Strong Artificial Intelligence and conscious computers 2012-Oct-21
  7. Consciousness and Free Will 2012-Oct-14

 econ

  1. On the harsh reaction to Paul Graham’s post on inequality. Adapting Tyler Cowen’s laws to writing on the internet. 2016-Jan-12
  2. Since cars replaced horses, won’t robots replace people? The future of technological unemployment. 2015-Dec-09
  3. The current Perez tech cycle is software driven. Which is great, except now monopoly is eating the world. 2015-Nov-13
  4. The algorithmic hand is replacing the invisible hand. But Hayek still applies. 2015-Jul-07
  5. Internet economics is relentlessly pulling ebooks and libraries towards subscription streaming. 2014-Aug-18
  6. Inequality, Piketty and Matthew Yglesias’ The Rent Is Too Damn High 2014-May-19
  7. WhatsApp’s first year free model deserves to be emulated 2014-Mar-03
  8. Internet pricing, Dungeon Keeper and the case for Minimum Viable Free Product (MVFP). 2014-Feb-10
  9. Average is Over could use more focus on the Zero Marginal Cost Economics of software 2013-Dec-16
  10. Business Models for Free Software 2013-Oct-27
  11. The Future of Phones? Free Phablets! 2013-Sep-15
  12. Economists agree on microeconomics, not macroeconomics. The public believes the opposite. 2013-Aug-04
  13. MOOCs and the future of college 2013-Jul-28
  14. The College “Bundle” and MOOC online learning 2013-Jul-21
  15. Coupons will never, ever, ever go away 2013-Apr-28
  16. College athletes should be paid 2013-Mar-31
  17. Digital Economics: Content wants to subscription stream 2013-Mar-17
  18. How much should we worry about the Population Apocalypse? 2013-Feb-18
  19. Articles worth thinking about – Feb 2013 2013-Feb-10
  20. Digital Economics: TV and cord cutting 2013-Jan-20
  21. Digital Economics: Movies 2013-Jan-13
  22. Digital Economics: The Zero Marginal Cost Economy 2013-Jan-06
  23. Digital Economics: The Hollow Middle 2012-Dec-16
  24. Repeal price gouging laws now. Why? Zombie apocalypse. 2012-Nov-18
  25. On the total awesomeness of economist Scott Sumner 2012-Sep-09
  26. Ricardo does the medal count 2012-Aug-19

ev and g

  1. Homo naledi and the braided stream of humanity. It’s miscegenation all the way down. 2015-Oct-21
  2. Let’s get real about Selfish Genes, Group Selection and Altruism. Towards a less impoverished view of humanity. 2014-Jan-20
  3. Homo Erectus – not so different from modern humans 2013-Aug-25
  4. In favor of the Super Early Anthropocene 2013-Aug-18
  5. Race and IQ. Can’t we all just get along? 2013-May-26
  6. What are the risks of a global pandemic? 2013-Mar-24
  7. What sport are humans best evolved for? 2013-Feb-24
  8. Perfect meritocracy replaces class with caste 2012-Nov-11
  9. The Genomic Tsunami. Reshaping arguments for Human Equality. 2012-Aug-12
  10. Genomics goes from trickle to flood 2012-Aug-05
  11. Cheap genome sequencing – expectations and reality 2012-Jul-29

politics

  1. Using Hannah Arendt to understand the Islamic State. And other recommended reads. 2015-Nov-24
  2. Dan Kahan’s cultural cognition shows why climate-splaining is a fail. Plus applying it to Paul Krugman. 2014-Jul-21
  3. The Ideological Turing Test. What it is. Why it’s worth taking seriously. 2014-May-27
  4. Utopian Radicals Never Recant. Not 1960’s leftists. Not Tea Party rightists. 2013-Oct-06
  5. Demonizing along your preferred axis 2013-Jun-16
  6. Living with a deep faith in science 2013-Jun-09
  7. Atheism as a sacred belief 2013-Jun-02
  8. Politics are driven by urbanization as much as race 2013-May-12
  9. Sometimes bad policy isn’t caused by red state/blue state, but by biased human cognition. 2013-May-05
  10. Gay marriage is conservative 2013-Apr-07
  11. The Long View on Violence and Gun Control 2012-Dec-23
  12. The winding path to multi-ethnic democracy 2012-Nov-25
  13. Understanding Republican Science Denialism. Haidt is right. Mooney is wrong. 2012-Nov-04
  14. Partisan Incomprehension. “You didn’t build that” edition. 2012-Sep-02
  15. Why did Paul Ryan lie about his marathon time? 2012-Sep-02
  16. The Enduring Appeal of Ayn Rand 2012-Aug-26

popc

  1. Why a new Star Trek is a bad idea, even though a new Star Wars is fine. Science Fiction ≠ Fantasy. 2015-Dec-18
  2. Science Fiction movie priorities should be movie first, science second. Because movies are hard. 2015-Jun-29
  3. Time to accept Frozen’s greatness. And why not? John Lasseter modeled Elsa’s biggest scene. 2014-Jun-02
  4. What Star Wars teaches us about being “wrong on the internet” 2013-Nov-10
  5. This is my first Praxtime blog post on WordPress. Moved from Tumblr. 2013-Nov-03
  6. Life hacking tips and tricks 2013-Oct-20
  7. With some sympathy for Orson Scott Card 2013-Aug-11
  8. Football, Boxing and head injuries 2013-Apr-14
  9. Why is Christmas music so bad? Answer: 1950’s television. 2012-Dec-09
  10. Advice on home stereo gear 2012-Dec-02
  11. Adventures at Safeway 2012-Jul-15

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