Technology

New ideas and success stories for the CIO transforming business through tech

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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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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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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Meditation Apps Could Lower the Cost of Workplace Meditation

You can’t open up iTunes without stumbling across a new app or podcast promising to guide you through the brave old world of meditation. But can technology really augment this ancient technique? Moreover, is it something that executives should invest in for their employees? We talked to a number of developers, teachers, and ABC anchor […]

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Neurostimulation Could Optimize Our Brains — If It Can Overcome the Stigma

Dr. Brett Wingeier has thought of everything. In late April, he demonstrated the design functionality of Halo Sport, a pair of headphones that purports to stimulate the brain’s motor cortex to “prime” it for an optimized workout. Along the inside of the band is a plot of soft electrodes that sink into hair and press […]

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Fixing VR’s Accessibility Problem

When it comes to accessibility, virtual reality has huge potential. The immersive nature of VR enables all of us to see and experience things we may not be able to in real life, like climbing Mount Everest or touring the Oval Office. It gives us the power to shoot fireballs or fly like a bird, […]

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Few good men: Why is the growing population of AI voices predominantly female?

Why do all the robots of the future seem to be female? Siri. Alexa. Cortanae. The automated call center voice. From feminine AI reception attendants to Sophia, the android wandering among the Davos elite, the voice of the future is … female. One theory is that Siri, Alexa, help desk robo-voices and our GPS navigation […]

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More than just text-to-speech: Trint cracks open audio content for search

Trint CEO and co-founder Jeff Kofman worked with a team of developers to build the cloud-based transcription platform because, as he says, “I’ve lived the problem.” As a 30-year broadcast journalist and war correspondent (ABC, CBS, CBC), Kofman estimates that he’s manually transcribed thousands of hours of interviews. “I understood that there are a lot […]

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Upping their game: A glimpse of the next-generation in-stadium fan experience

It’s Sunday afternoon, halfway through the first quarter of the big game. All the yard work is done and I’m seated comfortably next to my son, food at our fingertips, phones in hand. We’re checking real-time fantasy stats, streaming games in other markets and watching highlights from across the league. It’s the way football was […]

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