Diary of a Madman, Page 22
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I. The Fountainhead Movement
- Critical Insights for Voice Interfaces: lessons learned from a 2012 voice startup, AR super hearing, and self-driving cars with ears.
- Dec 20, 2016: Snapchat’s the New Groupon, A16Z Caught up to the Edge
- Dec 21, 2016: Digital Transformation vs Software & Delta’s Discrimination
- Dec 22, 2016: Wabi Sabi & Lost Knowledge
- Dec 23, 2016: Old Coca-Cola Ads, Emotion & Virality
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- In 2016, we published 244 stories with 212,767 words written, equivalent in length to 2 novels
- In 2016, our stories were read by 75,107 unique readers
II. Preparing for 2017
New Humanizing Tech Public Content
- Energy: We take a walk down the wild side of Battery Technology to understand the various methods of how they work today and the potential for creating your own energy in the future.
- Corporations: One of our contributors writes a story defining Digital Transformation in a completely new way, using two emotions you might be intimately familiar with.
- AR Rings: One of our contributors wrote about a 3-dimensional product he is concepting and creating, that could play nice with Snap’s Spectacles.
- Review: As another perspective of AR Rings, another of our contributors wrote about his experience with the Oura Ring.
Thesis 1: Video as an App. A live video stream contains everything you’re interacting with in real-time.
- Twitter: they’re not doing so hot.
- YouTube: meanwhile, their Chief Product chap is doubling down on Live for 2017.
- Snapchat: they just bought a retail augmented reality company. Expect them to get into eCommerce from Spectacles in the future.
Thesis 2: Biologic Intelligence Disrupting AI. When intelligence no longer needs an adjective in front of it.
- Government: the White House published an updated report on AI, automation, and the economy.
- Quantum Computing: Intel is working on silicon for quantum computers. It would work great for the infinite number line between 0 and 1.
- Libraries: top 10 Python libraries that might be useful for folks working in the intelligence space.
Thesis 3: Space as a Platform. When “push to PROD” means “launch a rocket into space”.
- Time: a paper showing experimental illustrations on how Time could have developed from Quantum Entanglement.
- Exploration: space ship chips. That post we wrote on using the iPhone as an exploratory space craft isn’t so far fetched.
- Dark Matter: a picture showing a ring of dark matter surrounding a star.
Thesis 4: Health 2.0 Mega Trend
- Talented & Gifted: this study might just reshape your thoughts on how we identify, and encourage, the various gifts given to children.
Thesis 5: Music as a Control Mechanism
- Rumor: We’re seeing reports of bendable smart phone displays. Our guess is the return of flip phones from the StarTACK and Nokia days, only this time with super high res displays. Maybe it’s the iPad of the future. 1,000 songs in your pocket, music you can touch, and bend?
Thesis 6: The Base Code Personal Hedge Fund. Securing your own financial future, without having to pay the fees
- Investing: You have to find the answer for yourself. Otherwise, you’re giving away all your gains to somebody who does all the “managing” for you. Here’s one example.
Thesis 7: Personal Power Stations
- Wind Power: We put together a jet engine in our kitchen, inspired by a grandfather’s invention.
- Car Batteries: Swatch, the watch brand, is getting into car batteries using a different technology than the rest of the industry.
- Solar: prices fall below Wind power for the first time. Important for emerging markets where there is no grid.
Thesis 8: Self-Organizing Biorobotics. Building a machine indistinguishable from a human being.
- Hearing: What if Apple’s AirPods came in jet black? We’ve got a pic.
Thesis 9: Autonomous Internet of Things. Your objects move so you don’t have to.
- Self-Driving Data: Udacity released 1.5 hours of driving data with 165,000 annotations. It’s not unsupervised, but it’s a start towards that dream.
- Accounting Firms: everyone is getting on the self-driving research bandwagon these days, including my former Actuarial employer, PwC.
III. Thought of the Week
Could Uber be a commodity like a CDN’s bandwidth data? And what if Uber as a business will only make money as a going concern once they replace their drivers with self-driving cars? What does that mean for the most valuable startup of all time when margins are that razor thin that they’re still losing money? Feels vaguely similar to the payment processors that just take a small fraction of a payment that, at massive scale, builds a business. It’s like Amazon selling things, and taking a small cut of the transaction. So, eventually, does Uber become a service where it’s just a relationship with the consumer, taking a cut, and then going over-the-top of other car services (i.e., big auto) that supply that ride?
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