Right now it feels like an open secret that AirPods are more monumental than they seem. It's not another bluetooth gadget we'll forget about in 6 months. It's our first taste of transhumanism. I'll never forget showing a friend my pair for the first time. He sampled a song, shook his head like a madman, … Continue reading Why I’m Closely Watching (/Listening To) The Audio Space
[Note: I originally wrote this article for an audience of liberal arts students at Hamilton College, my alma mater] Like many others I know in the industry, I had a very circuitous route into technology. For most of my Hamilton education, I was pretty determined to work in media or on Capitol Hill. That is, … Continue reading How to Pursue A Career In Technology With A Liberal Arts Background
It's the stuff of Hunter Thompson novels. If you've ever been to CES, you know it's an absolute clusterflip. There's almost 150,000 people, 52 football fields of trade show glitz, with schlep after schlep just to get to the convention center. But as a tech industry analyst, I've found it invaluable to see how IoT … Continue reading The Updated Ultimate Guide To Hacking CES 2019
Over the summer, I've really enjoyed the work of Philip Auerswald, an academic who focuses on population trends, in addition to "firm learning," or the study of how companies improve. I first heard Auerswald on EconTalk discussing the reasons why populism is taking hold worldwide. Auerswald said that a "trend hidden in plain sight" is simply the population … Continue reading Hidden In Plain Sight: The Boring Truth Nobody Is Talking About
In addition to being a ludicrously well-funded game engine startup, there’s something conspicuous about what Improbable has in the works. In its Series B announcement, after mentioning the typical game engine applications (video games, VR), the company said it’s planning to simulate the real world: Over the longer term, we are also excited by the … Continue reading Recreating Reality: How the Final Chapter of ‘Software Eats the World’ Will Be IoT and Simulation
Back in 2012, I became obsessed with currency. Argentina's currency crisis was in full swing, and I had the good fortune to spend my college summer working in Buenos Aires. It was a firsthand economics lesson into how people's behavior changes when inflation is 40%. It was at that time in Argentina where I first encountered … Continue reading How I Applied For (And Failed To Get) A Fulbright To Study Crypto in Argentina
How Apple and others can make time better spent, beyond just nutrition facts For the last year or two, if you asked me the Contrarian Question — what is something I believe that most people don’t — I would have said that digital addiction is real and widespread. I realize this is hardly a contrarian take now that headline … Continue reading May I Have My Attention Please?