"Mars" is the title of a TV series that dramatizes the challenges of colonizing the Red Planet, mixed with true-to-life interviews with experts in the field. This is my review of National Geographic's "Mars".
"The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two" is a psychology paper by George Miller published in 1956. It contends that the human brain can only store up to seven chunks of information at a time. Therefore, says the theory, all information design must be based around this rule. Fact or fiction?
There are times that you really want technology to step in and improve your life. Bio-Hacking isn’t something new. In fact, augmenting the body with technology has been around for centuries: Captain Hook’s hook, for example, or prosthetic limbs, eyeglasses and pacemakers. But would I implant a chip into my body for something other than medical reasons?
What's next in text-to-speech? In December 2017, Google presented a paper that showed a new technological advance in text-to-speech. Until now, Google says, pre-recorded words stitched together doesn’t do the trick. The computerized voice comes off sounding fake. No kidding. The new approach that Google took resulted in Tacotron 2 - a new method of parsing text to speech that can replicate many of the nuances of human speech.
The problem with money is that it affects everything in our lives - from the food we eat, to the clothes w e wear, to the places we visit, and to the education we get. So I think that the truth is: Without a plan, you’re sunk. Here's a plan that just might help.
Months ago, researchers discovered two exploits that affect billions of computers, tablets, and mobile phones. These vulnerabilities were only recently announced. Find out about the two supervillains of hacks: Meltdown and Spectre.
Kodak announced at the recent CES exhibition that they are getting into the cryptocurrency game. It’s hard to know if this initiative by Kodak to ride the wave of cryptocurrency frenzy will drag the company back into the modern era, but they just might be getting some of their once-enviable mojo back. Here's the story of George Eastman, inventor, innovator, and founder of Kodak.
Do you stay up late? There’s always something interesting to do or important to take care of that you convince yourself has to be done right now. There’s that tweet that you have to read before it gets washed away. Facebook calls you to react to a post, and there are those videos of stupid people falling over that you need to watch so that you can be grateful that you aren’t one of them. All of these fascinating reasons for staying up far too late are seriously damaging to you and your brain.
Should we be polite to our digital assistants? It’s a question that has become more and more important to answer as artificial intelligence continues to become a large part of our daily lives. This episode features special contributions from some of our listeners!
Now that Bitcoin has reached astronomical value (over $19,000 per coin as of today) the entire idea of cryptocurrencies - decentralized digital currencies - is once again a hot topic. Here's a bit about the most famous of all cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin.
Which jobs will still be around in 50 to 100 years? It’s really hard to know. Almost every profession out there has a technological doppelganger. Writers, coders, technicians, drivers, construction workers, you name it. But what's the one profession that will absolutely never disappear?
Today I want to explore the idea of bringing modern technology into classrooms. It would seem that in the modern world, where Internet, computers, and connectedness are growing as important parts of our lives, we would want to give our children a head start and gear-up their schools with technology. Is that what we really want for our kids?
One of my favorite science fiction themes is time travel. There’s something fascinating about being able to travel through time. So, as a self-proclaimed expert in time-travel, basically, from watching way too many sci-fi flicks, here’s my community service to the entire timeline: 4 things you absolutely need to know about time travel.
Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have come out strongly in favor of regulating artificial intelligence R&D. Their main fear is that we’ll create autonomous weapons that will become self-aware and eventually destroy all of humanity. So today we are going to scratch the surface of the huge subject of AI and figure out whether or not this technology is going to kill us all.
If you are thinking of writing your own app, engaging a developer to write an app for you, or if you have ever used an app, you’ll love this super-interesting interview with app developer Gershon Kagan. Our conversation takes you on an inside look into developing apps for iOS and Android. We discuss the development process, the differences between developing for iOS and Android, tools, testing methods, how to get your app into the AppStore, and how to make money from your app.