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The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence

“Let us consider an augmented architect at work. He sits at a working station that has a visual display screen some three feet on a side, this is his working surface, controlled by a computer with which he can communicate by means of small keyboards and various other devices.” — Douglas Engelbart This vision of the future…

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The AI Takeover Is Coming. Let’s Embrace It

Yes, millions of low-paying, low-skilled jobs are increasingly at risk. But there’s also much to gain from the coming AI revolution. OnTuesday, the White House released a chilling report on AI and the economy. It began by positing that “it is to be expected that machines will continue to reach and exceed human performance on…

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Wait! Whats the internet of things

Most consumers don’t know what IoT means. “Although the study demonstrates mass adoption of connected technology is likely in the long term, the majority of consumers (87 percent) hadn’t heard of the term, ‘The Internet of Things’, prior to the study.” — The Internet of Things: The Future of Consumer Adoption by the Acquity Group (now part of…

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Virtual Reality Needs to Be Social to Succeed

New experiences are best when shared, and developers are figuring out how to push users to connect. Awhile back, I pulled my Oculus Rift headset over my face and started walking around a virtual arcade. Inside Pierhead Arcade, you can play skeeball, go bowling, and manipulate a claw machine with Oculus’s special hand-tracking controllers. It was…

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25 Productivity Apps to Watch in 2017

In 2016, I’ve spent some time reviewing a lot of great productivity applications, getting to see some fantastic apps along the way and reviewing on my YouTube channel. I wanted to do a round-up of some of the apps to watch in 2017 — there’s a range of new and distinguished apps, something for everyone I think.…

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3 big tech trends that will play out in 2017

We’re winding down 2016. That means it’s time for prognostications about what’s next for tech in 2017. I originally published the below as part of LinkedIn’s Top Voices collection of #bigideas2017. If you’re a loyal reader of my blog (thank you), you’ll recognize that I’ve discussed these topics before on my Medium. I’ve linked to…

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Nintendo Investors’ Futile Hunt for Pokémon Go Profits

Nintendo investors who thought they would score big returns after this summer’s successful launch of Pokémon Go found that actual profits were more elusive than the colorful characters. Nintendo last week made it painfully clear that The Pokémon Co. and Niantic — the developer of the popular mobile app that takes players off the couch…

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Instagram’s Stories Inspired by Snapchat

Everyone has a story to tell, and Instagram on Tuesday announced Stories, a new way for users to tell theirs. Stories allows Instagram users to string together images and videos for a dynamic slide show presentation that can be shared with friends or the entire Instagram community. Rather than sharing pictures and videos individually with…

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Salesforce Gets a Grip on Quip

Salesforce has agreed to acquire Quip, Quip CEO Bret Taylor and Head of Product Kevin Gibbs announced Monday. Quip lets users manage live documents throughout the collaboration process. The deal is worth about US$582 million, according to a Salesforce filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Quip provides a chat feature that’s built into…

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