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5 Trends Emerge in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2018 - Smarter With Gartner
Trend #4: Transparently immersive experiences

Technology, such as that seen in smart workspaces, is increasingly human-centric, blurring the lines between people, businesses and things, and extending and enabling a smarter living, work and life experience. In a smart workspace, electronic whiteboards can better capture meeting notes, sensors will help deliver personalized information depending on employee location, and office supplies can interact directly with IT platforms.

On the home front, connected homes will interlink devices, sensors, tools and platforms that learn from how humans use their house. Increasingly intelligent systems allow for contextualized and personalized experiences.
technologyadoption  technology  technology_future  hype_cycle  gartner 
11 weeks ago by JohnDrake
Cannes Interview: Christopher Nolan - Film Comment
There’s something else that’s very important. Technology—actually I don’t call it technology . . . the medium of film as it existed in 1968 was vastly superior to what we have now. And you have to put up a presentation like this for people to understand, because they just don’t believe you otherwise. With analog film there’s an emotional involvement to the material, there’s a depth and there’s an openness to your relationship to the imagery and to the narrative. I mean, I can tell you with absolute certainty that if we had screened a DCP [Digital Cinema Package] last night [the presentation] would not have had that response. I know that in my bones. I know that it was about the freshness of the experience, it was about the emotional content. A lot of the information is thrown away when you digitize. In sound terms it’s overtones and subtones—things that you can’t consciously hear. An analog medium has all kinds of complicated cross-talk between the different frequencies of information that you’re getting, which have a particular character to them. We are finally waking up to the fact that our new systems are inadequate compared to the photo cameras. They do something different. [Digital] solved a lot of problems we had before with the wear and tear on prints, and it was a tremendous step forward in terms of consistency in presentation. But I call it the McDonald’s approach—and I’m a fan of McDonald’s. Everything is the same. It’s not Michelin-starred fine cuisine. You’re bringing everything down to a consistent level, but it’s well below what movies can be. And that’s what last night was about. Y
art  director  movies  technology  technology_future  emotion  film  people  producer  technologyadoption 
may 2018 by JohnDrake
Just because you think you’re a ‘native’ doesn’t mean you’re smarter – canalside view
And this is the point. What matters is having the intellectual energy and disposition to be interested, to keep being interested, to keep pace with change, and to change and adapt in response to it.

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According to the UK’s Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, the average age of an employee in the advertising industry is thirty-four. More than two fifths are said to be aged thirty or under. Less than six per cent are over fifty. One need not look far for evidence of bias and judgement

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I’m really only interested in technology that is about pictures. I’m interested in anything that makes a picture. I was always interested in photography because it makes a picture. And even fax machines, when I found out you could make a picture if you did them right. There’s no such thing as a bad printing machine. So long as it prints, it’s doing something. If you feed the right things into it, the right things will come out of it. I’ve always gone into anything technological. I’m convinced that technology and art go together – and always have, for centuries.

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We have a deeper understanding of brands, what they are for, how they work, how they relate to corporate culture and, most importantly, how to make them charming, disarming and therefore tolerable interruptions to people’s lives. We have a deeper knowledge of what it takes to have branded ideas serve valuable commercial purpose. And this is far more difficult than understanding the nuts, bolts and nuances of a new digital platform… We will be quicker to spot a crap idea which is in danger of putting down roots. And we will be more ruthless with the necessary mercy-killing so that creative attention can be diverted to more productive matters. Conversely we will have a more educated nose for that little acorn idea whose potential would go unrecognised by less experienced eyes, including those of its authors. Young idea farmers have a lot to learn from their elders about the cultivation, nurture and stewardship of creativity.
technology_future  technology  GenY  genz  art  genx  martinweigel  age 
march 2018 by JohnDrake
Levi's jeans will be broken in with lasers — Quartzy
“The beautiful thing that we like about jeans, whether we realize it or not, is the contrast in the seams,” he explains.

“What we love about denim, whether we realize it or not, is all the high-lows, the ropiness of the seams, the texture,” he says. “The thing that we’ve gone all-in on now is we’ve placed on ourselves the constraint that we will drive all these different finish attributes only with the laser file. That led us to the need for a tool, and as Liz said, there’s a lot of digital tools out there but none of them look like this on denim.”
technologyadoption  brand_levis  technology  fashion  technology_future 
march 2018 by JohnDrake
Above Avalon: Apple Watch Is a Bridge to the Future
The reality is that Apple Watch likely won't support the same kind of ecosystem that we are accustomed to with iPhone and iPad. Apple Watch ends up being designed more for what may come after the App Store.

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Instead of relying on a collection of apps on my wrist, most of my interactions with services and features on Apple Watch end up being through the Siri watch face and various cards featuring glanceable amounts of information and data chosen for me by a digital assistant. These cards are personalized for me based on the time of day and my schedule. The implications of this computing experience are immense. We move away from pulling data from various apps and getting pushed mostly useless notifications to being pushed a curated feed of data that is always changing and tailored to the day at hand. Every app developer will be impacted by this dynamic.

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Unlike Amazon and Google, who are desperately trying to position voice as a way to leapfrog over the current smartphone/tablet and app paradigm, Apple is approaching things from a different angle. Instead of betting on a voice interface that may push some information to a stationary screen, Apple is betting on mobile screens that are home to a digital assistant. Apple is placing a bet that consumers will want the familiarity of a touch screen to transition to a future of greater AI and digital assistants. In addition, Apple thinks user manipulation via screen (fingers, hands, and eyes) will remain a crucial part of the computing experience for the foreseeable future.

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Later this year, there will be more than 40 million people wearing an Apple Watch on a daily basis.
brand_apple  technology_future  apple_watch  wearables 
january 2018 by JohnDrake
Eliminating the Human - MIT Technology Review
Our random accidents and odd behaviors are fun—they make life enjoyable. I’m wondering what we’re left with when there are fewer and fewer human interactions. Remove humans from the equation, and we are less complete as people and as a society.

“We” do not exist as isolated individuals. We, as individuals, are inhabitants of networks; we are relationships. That is how we prosper and thrive.
thefuture  connected_devices  AI  davidbyrne  technology_future  technology  philosophy 
january 2018 by JohnDrake
The scale of tech winners — Benedict Evans
Scale means these companies can do a lot more. They can make smart speakers and watches and VR and glasses, they can commission their own microchips, and they can think about upending the $1.2tr car industry. They can pay more than many established players for content - in the past, tech companies always talked about buying premium TV shows but didn’t actually have the cash, but now it’s part of the marketing budget. Some of these things are a lot cheaper to do than in the past (smart speakers, for example, are just commodity smartphone components), but not all of them are, and the ability to do so many large experimental projects, as side-projects, without betting the company, is a consequence of this scale, and headcount.

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There will be something, though, and though ’something will change, but we don’t know what’ is an unfalsifiable point, so is ‘nothing will change’, and I know which side of that argument I find more likely
technology  technology_future  benevans 
october 2017 by JohnDrake
GitHub - marcdacosta/ambient-shipping: This repo contains utilities for capturing AIS messages and joining them with shipping records.
The Ambient Shipping repo on Github “contains utilities for capturing AIS messages broadcast by passing ships and then joining them with public data sets that reveal what the ships are carrying.”
data  technology_future 
september 2017 by JohnDrake
Tim Harford — Article — What We Get Wrong About Technology
Remember that moment in Blade Runner when Deckard the policeman wants to make a date with the android — and calls her up on a payphone? How could Hollywood give us AI but not cellphones? “When asked to think about how new inventions might shape the future, our imaginations tend to leap to technologies that are sophisticated beyond comprehension. Yet when asked to picture how everyday life might look in a society sophisticated enough to build such biological androids, our imaginations falter”
technology  thefuture  movies  technology_future 
august 2017 by JohnDrake
Gartner Releases "Hype Cycle for the Digital Workplace, 2017"
Technologies That Will Have a Transformational Impact in the Next Five to 10 Years

Conversational user interfaces (CUIs) are a high-level design model in which user and machine interactions primarily occur in the user's spoken or written natural language. CUIs had huge growth in 2017, with chatbots, messaging platforms and virtual speakers contributing to the boom. The explosion in the availability of conversational platforms is making CUIs an alternative to graphical user interfaces.

Virtual assistants (VAs) help users or organizations with sets of tasks that previously could only be carried out by humans. VAs use artificial intelligence and machine learning to assist users or automate tasks. VAs listen and observe behaviors, build and maintain data models, and predict and recommend actions. They may act for the user, forming a relationship with the user over time. VAs' importance will grow as society moves into the post-app era in the next five years.
technology_future  hypecycle  gartner  thefuture  voice_search  technology 
august 2017 by JohnDrake
Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life
Page 79; Watch what happens when a pedestrian first becomes conscious of receiving a call or a text message, the immediate disruption they cause in the flow of movement as they pause to respond to it. Whether the call is made hands-free or otherwise doesn't really seem to matter; the cognitive and emotional investment we make in it is what counts, and this investment is generally so much greater than that we make in our surroundings that street life clearly suffers as a result.
technology  books  technology_future  smartphones  text  sms  phonecall 
july 2017 by JohnDrake
Center for Design Innovation
Most directly, about a third of the way in he talks about how whenever a new medium is introduced we fall back to old ways and known habits with how we use it. Many forget this but it took people an entire decade of watching TV to understand how to use it beyond just being radio with a video camera turned on. All new mediums take time to figure out how to maximize their potential---this is especially hard in an American culture of immediacy, growth obsession, and earnings reports.
brand_apple  stevejobs  people  thefuture  technology_future  technology  technologyadoption 
july 2017 by JohnDrake
TED 2017: Why We Need to Imagine Different Futures — Superflux
The future. About imagination, creating scenarios and making people see and become emotionally involved in future scenarios of the future. This type of approach helps government, business people and others think about the right things.

Examples: night watchman drone, genetics, air from the future. All ways to hyper quickly get people to experience and envision what could be coming.
thefuture  technology_future  researchtechniques  technology 
june 2017 by JohnDrake
The Myth of a Superhuman AI – Backchannel
The key is to think of intelligence not as a linear scale, but as a vast possibility space. AI won’t be superior, just very different—vastly better at some things and not at others.

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A squirrel can remember the exact location of several thousand acorns for years, a feat that blows human minds away. So in that one type of cognition, squirrels exceed humans.

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Likewise, the evidence so far suggests AIs most likely won’t be superhuman but will be many hundreds of extra-human new species of thinking, most different from humans, none that will be general purpose, and none that will be an instant god solving major problems in a flash. Instead there will be a galaxy of finite intelligences, working in unfamiliar dimensions, exceeding our thinking in many of them, working together with us in time to solve existing problems and create new problems.

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Still the myth of a superhuman AI, poised to either gift us super-abundance or smite us into super-slavery (or both), will probably remain alive—a possibility too mythical to dismiss.
technology  AI  technology_future  thefuture  animals  robots  kevinkelly 
may 2017 by JohnDrake
Alexa: Amazon’s Operating System – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Amazon, meanwhile, doesn’t need to make a dime on Alexa, at least not directly: the vast majority of purchases are initiated at home; today that may mean creating a shopping list, but in the future it will mean ordering things for delivery, and for Prime customers the future is already here. Alexa just makes it that much easier, furthering Amazon’s goal of being the logistics provider — and tax collector — for basically everyone and everything.
theblend  brand_amazon  voice_search  technology_future 
january 2017 by JohnDrake
2016: The Year We Stopped Listening To Big Tech’s Favorite Excuse
In some ways, Chesky’s comments about the unintended consequences of platform design speak to the frustration we, the users, feel when we’re faced with the “We’re just a technology company” excuse. The unspoken corollary to this argument seems to be “Hey, we're just a platform, we're not responsible, nor could we ever be liable for the design choices that guide and enable our users.”

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Until recently, Facebook’s unofficial engineering motto was “Move fast and break things" — a reference to tech’s once-guiding ethos of being more nimble than the establishment. “Move fast and break things” works great with code and software, but 2016’s enduring lesson for tech has proven that when it comes to the internet’s most powerful, ubiquitous platforms, this kind of thinking isn’t just logically fraught, it’s dangerous — particularly when real human beings and the public interest are along for the ride.
technology  technology_future  socialmedia  Facebook  designthinking 
january 2017 by JohnDrake
Have you become more or less optimistic about the value of innovation and new technology? - Quora
My optimism for value of technology keeps increasing. We have never lived in a better time, yet tomorrow will be better still. Yet this progress is hidden by our reliance on news. News, by its nature of reporting on what is unusual, hides the slow almost invisible evidence of betterment. That’s because while next year will be better than this year, it won’t be better by much. Maybe only one percent, or maybe less than one percent. That fractional percent improvement is not visible in a year. We can’t see it. Yet one percent compounded annually becomes huge in time.
technology  technology_future  kevinkelly 
october 2016 by JohnDrake
Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive | WIRED
I know that might sound at odds with what we see and hear these days in the cacophony of cable news and social media. But the next time you’re bombarded with over-the-top claims about how our country is doomed or the world is coming apart at the seams, brush off the cynics and fearmongers. Because the truth is, if you had to choose any time in the course of human history to be alive, you’d choose this one. Right here in America, right now.

/ And most important, we need not only the folks at MIT or Stanford or the NIH but also the mom in West Virginia tinkering with a 3-D printer, the girl on the South Side of Chicago learning to code, the dreamer in San Antonio seeking investors for his new app, the dad in North Dakota learning new skills so he can help lead the green revolution.
election_2016  people  america  thefuture  obama  technology  technology_future  collaboration 
october 2016 by JohnDrake
medium.com
In the year 1820, a person could expect to live less than 35 years, 94% of the global population lived in extreme poverty, and less that 20% of the population was literate. Today, human life expectancy is over 70 years, less that 10% of the global population lives in extreme poverty, and over 80% of people are literate. These improvements are due mainly to advances in technology, beginning in the industrial age and continuing today in the information age.
There are many exciting new technologies that will continue to transform the world and improve human welfare. Here are eleven of them.
automotive  thefuture  planning_JKAF  global  education  technology  technology_future 
august 2016 by JohnDrake

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