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  • carbon + silicon

    We are a carbon-based life form. Though silicon is abundant in our world, it is not incorporated into us or other “organic” systems. One reason for this is based on the atomic structure – in short, Si can’t do pi bonds (double bonds), which are critical for diversity in molecular bonding. But enzymes can be…

  • future vertical lift

    Going vertical is a big deal – runways (and streets) are expensive and hard to keep intact. Being able to transport people and things is a big deal. The future is vertical!

  • your private parts

    While I’ve had issues with Apple’s design chops lately, their stance on privacy is 100% on-point imho. In this case, the slippery slope is both slippery and a steep chasm.

  • more middle ground

    Another article on the rumored Google standalone “casual VR” device. I’m wondering if this might actually have two displays instead of one. The reason being you might be able to get higher resolution and refresh rate in a smaller panel, and since you’re not using it as a phone, having a separate screen for left…

  • the middle ground

    So Google is trying to find a slot between Cardboard (what we call “casual VR” – and we get to call it that since the ICT Mixed Reality Lab showed a fold-up phone viewer in 2012) and Oculus with a standalone device. Will be interesting to see what the experience is like, and how they…

  • finally!

    an appropriate use of AI! I bet Elon Musk, Wozniak, and others feel silly about their dire predictions for the misuse of technology… (umm…sarcasm intact).

  • merging ahead

    Want to predict the future? Look to the recent past, especially what the “big 4” have snapped up in the way of capabilities. To whit:   Apple Audio, camera, AR, speech, machine learning, mo-cap, facial/image recognition, education. What does that mean? Well, Apple really wants to be able to sense the user – what they…

  • VR heats up

    The 800 lb gorillas are squaring off. Facebook bought Oculus, Sony has Morpheus and PS4, Microsoft has Hololens (though that is more AR), now Google launches proper VR unit headed by Clay Bevor. Let the games begin. Google already has a big push with youtube 360video (though that isn’t necessarily classic VR), but look to…

  • a bugs life

    Well, turns out CES isn’t the only place to get your VR on…

  • CES 2016 – setup

    Just a teaser until I’m back in LA and had a chance to catch my breath…

  • humans are useful?

    Turns out there might be a place for analog humans in the increasingly digital future. Supercomputers + crowdsourcing. Who knew? Well, maybe those that have already played in this area (FoldIt is a great example), but nice to know the machines might not replaces us completely.

  • your virtual delays

    The Oculus touch controller gets pushed back. They want to “perfect” the controller, which is a bit funny because it will be flawed no matter how long it takes. What it really means is that it is probably maddeningly bad at the moment. Which isn’t surprising – they have to solve a lot of hard…