Women have been made into servants once again. Except this time, they’re digital. Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home peddle stereotypes of female subservience—which puts their “progressive” parent companies in a moral predicament.Read More
Customer experience is... the future of how physical retailers will generate revenue. Experiences won’t just sell products. Experiences will be the products. Interesting read from Business of Fashion.Read More
The expected shift to battery-powered vehicles that drive themselves will have repercussions that extend far beyond U.S. roadways — altering industries as varied as real estate, oil, auto repair and retail.
At least that’s the view of Benedict Evans, a longtime tech observer and partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. In a recent blog post titled, “Cars and second-order consequences,” Evans speculates on the many ways the technology will change the lives of motorists and the economy at large. “Something will happen, and probably something big,” he writes.Read More
A robot that grafts seedlings. Fleets of remote-controlled, self-regulating greenhouses. Organic rice that’s grown entirely by drones. Sure, we’ve heard about agricultural drones in theory, but that still seems light years away - but in Japan, these kinds of agri-tech innovations are already readily employed — if not downright common — across the country.Read More
Japan is famous for its radical residential architecture. But as Tokyo architect Alastair Townsend explains, its penchant for avant garde housing may be driven by the country’s bizarre real estate economics, as much as its designers’ creativity.Read More
As online shopping continues to grow, it’s imperative for companies to utilize tools that can help them attract (and keep) customers. AI can do that in a multitude of ways. It can serve as a communication method to update an audience on collection releases and product availability. It can provide interactive storytelling and unique digital experiences with the help of creative algorithms. It can strengthen e-commerce by tracking users’ preferences and giving them a customized shopping experience... So what's next?Read More
The internet forever changed shopping, the physical retail environment lagged behind. That is until recently. In 2016, we saw some of the first hints of how traditional stores are about to change, too: an Amazon store that lets you grab whatever you like without paying for it, e-commerce companies open physical locations, and high fashion taking inspiration from your local chain drugstore self-checkout. And over the next few years, the brick-and-mortar buying experience will change even more dramatically.Read More
When Mark Zuckerberg donned an Oculus Rift on stage at the Oculus Connect conference last fall to show off a group of avatars playing cards in virtual reality, it was meant to be a peek at the future of social networking. But it turns out that future is already here: Even without Facebook's direct participation, social VR is quickly becoming a thing. Currently, most of the public's limited interest in VR is centered on where we know the money already is: gaming. But social VR is already beginning to connect real people from around the world.Read More
We are overloaded daily with new discoveries, patents and inventions all promising a better life, but that better life has not been forthcoming for most. In fact, most new startups seems to only target a tiny slice of the population. As one colleague in tech explained it recently, for most people working on such projects, the goal is basically to provide for themselves everything that their mothers no longer do.Read More
In short, Amazon is building the operating system of the home — its name is Alexa and it's creeping into multiple products from speakers to fridges to lamps and cars — and it 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.Read More
Looks like they have bigger plans than vending machines, and that Spectacles might be just a first step, rather than a PR move, as people had thought. They also just snapped up the CEO of Sony who is stepping down to become the chairman of Snap 👻 Guess they are getting ready for an IPO this year?Read More
This morning, just like every Monday morning, 75 million Spotify users received a great new mixtape: 30 songs that feel like a gift from a music-loving friend, who might once have made a cassette tape with your name scrawled across the front. But these playlists, from Spotify’s Discover Weekly service, were cooked up by an algorithm.Read More
We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013. But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights’ Zoe Leavitt, reveal more details about how the e-commerce titan could make drone deliveries work at scale, namely through “airborne fulfillment centers.” Yes, that’s a warehouse in a zeppelin.
In short, Amazon has shown a remarkable ability to succeed in a wide variety of different product categories. That’s a contrast to most other high-profile tech companies that are really good in one area — Google’s dominant online services or Apple’s extraordinarily profitable hardware — but struggle when the quest for growth pushes them outside their zone of core competency.Read More
Job decisions, college admissions, health care decisions: All are now being fundamentally altered by your big data, and you might not even know.Read More
Most of the big names in futurism are men. What does that mean for the direction we’re all headed?
Alphabet’s CFO Ruth Porat wants to bring focus to Mountain View. Can the moonshot factory adapt?Read More
We are on the edge of change comparable to the rise of human life on Earth and most of it involves Artificial Intelligence. This article is probably the best article I've read on the topic so far. Enjoy the ride.Read More
For more than 65 years, computer scientists have studied whether robots’ behavior could become indistinguishable from human intelligence. But while we’ve focused on machines, have we ignored changes to our own capabilities?Read More