December 18, 2012

No Flying Cars, But the Future Is Bright

Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg

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It has been 40 years since the last astronauts left the moon. That anniversary, which passed last week, has put some prominent technologists in a funk. “You promised me Mars colonies. Instead, I got Facebook,” reads the cover of the current issue of MIT Technology Review. In an essay titled “Why We Can’t Solve Big Problems,” editor Jason Pontin considers “why there are no disruptive innovations” today.

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December 13, 2012
How Technology Has Touched My Life
John Kirk, Tech.pinions
Last week, Ben Bajarin shared the top 5 technologies that changed his life. Yesterday, Steve Wildstrom talkied about how computers had changed his life. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my old technology war stories. more ››
December 13, 2012
The Pixel May Finally Meet Its Maker
Sebastian Anthony, ExtremeTech
The humble pixel — the 2D picture element that has formed the foundation of just about every kind of digital media for the last 50 years — may soon meet its maker. Believe it or not, if a team of British researchers have... more ››
December 12, 2012
110 Predictions for the Next 110 Years
Popular Mechanics
People will be fluent in every language. With DARPA and Google racing to perfect instant translation, it won't be long until your cellphone speaks Swahili on your behalf. · Software will predict traffic jams before they... more ››
December 12, 2012
What to Expect from Tech in 2013
Edward Baig, USA Today
Making predictions is dicey business. But it's customary (and fun) to imagine what the New Year will bring in tech and determine how topics and trends that surfaced in 2012 will evolve. With that in mind, here are some of the... more ››
December 13, 2012
Your Next Assistant May Be an App
Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast
You’ve never met her, but she’ll be your new assistant. For the hour. Or the day. Or however long you need. She (or he) will pick up your clothes, build your furniture, or check in on you after surgery.... more ››