Has human communication become botifed?

How often do you receive a message and wonder, “Did a person really write this?” When receiving a message online, it can often be difficult to discern whether it came from a human or a chatbot. Given the rapid rise in automated forms of communication, it would be foolish to assume that words attached to […]

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Designing like you’re there: What I learned using VR for architecture

In 2013, I was working on the Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera in West Kowloon, China, with the architectural theater planning consultancy Fisher Dachs Associates alongside Bing Thom Architects. This space was curvy—curvy beyond nearly any project we had done, and changes were coming fast. Today the balcony railing swept, wave-like, seamlessly into the side […]

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How blockchain-based payment is changing the cannabis industry

Legal cannabis is a $7-billion business in the U.S.—and it’s almost all done in cash. That’s in the process of changing. The mental picture of people stuffing piles of $20 bills into their mattresses isn’t far off from the truth for some cannabis business owners. The drug may be legal in some states, but it’s still […]

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How to save your vision in a world of perpetual screen time

Ride the subway or hop on a plane, and most of the people around you will be staring at their phones. The odds are good, in fact, that you are one of them … and that your eyes hurt from too many hours on your device. Even though we’ve switched from old-fashioned CRT monitors to […]

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Culture and creativity with Kyle Wild, CEO of Keen IO

When I sat down with Kyle Wild, Co-founder and CEO of Keen IO, I wanted to start at the beginning of when he was first inspired to build a company with such a unique and powerful creative culture. He started by saying, “I was a Montessori kid.” I laughed, thinking this was a joke, but […]

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Should brands on Twitter talk like teenagers?

On May 28, a rogue account masquerading as the official Twitter presence of RC Cola (@OfficialRCCola) was suspended. The account joined Twitter in April of 2017, and had developed a following that surpassed the official RC Cola account. Recently, the account fooled its followers into believing that it was taking potshots at the Trump administration, […]

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Virtual Reality’s unlikely savior: How old school film festivals rescued the future

Film festivals are glamorous occasions for A-listers to walk the red carpet; places for independent filmmakers to get distribution deals; and, these days, they are one of the few venues for consumers to experience virtual reality films easily and in their best form. VR headsets have long been heralded as an impending revolution in interactive […]

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Can boutique streaming services survive alongside Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu?

Brick and mortar video stores are over, so what’s a cinephile to do on a lazy Friday night? Most of us turn to Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu, but film fans with obscure tastes are harder to please. Netflix and Amazon Prime have set their sights on prestigious original content, from stand-up to scripted series like […]

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The automat is our past, present and future

It’s well past noon, but it’s never a bad time to get a good lunch at Chowbotics—as long as your idea of a good lunch is a salad. A guest swipes through photos of bowls brimming with greens on the front of the vending machine affectionately known as Sally the Salad Robot, and selects the […]

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How brands can adapt to search on a user driven internet

Just two internet behemoths now command one-fifth of the global advertising market. Search results, and the ads that come along with them, matter for everyone: from loud, fast, uninhibited Silicon Valley companies like Uber, to humbler local businesses. The results platforms like Google and Facebook offer consumers are gaining trust, and often provide the final […]

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Addressing the mirrorocracy: Allyson Kapin on supporting women-led startups

What’s keeping women out of technology? It’s an issue that dogs the industry. Between 1985 and 2015, the number of women earning computer science degrees plummeted from 37% to 16%. And just 26% of professional computing jobs are held by women. To tackle this problem Allyson Kapin, a tech entrepreneur, is going straight for the […]

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Can upstart European contenders unseat Soylent?

Is anything more American than Soylent? Since it launched in 2013, the drink that seeks to meet the human body’s every nutritional need has come to serve as a shorthand for Silicon-Valley utopianism, in turn praised as an alternative to traditional “fast” foods and pilloried for taking an anachronistic view of the American food system. […]

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