They say there’s no such thing as bad ideas, only bad timing. 3M was clearly a little ahead of the curve when they launched augmented reality sticky notes in 2012. It was a huge moment for AR, not in the sense of being able to write virtual notes. The major development was their use of… Continue reading AR-based Messages Will Change the Way We Shop, Work, and Send Texts
Every day, millions of artists enter their studio and instead of picking up a brush, a pencil, or a can of spray paint, they power on their computers, tablets, and cameras. They are digital-native artists who, at the end of their creative process, have created a digital file. Does that digital file have value? Sentimental… Continue reading Why I Still Believe in Digital Art Investments
This behavior just isn’t sustainable. The entire world will be ruined if we keep this up. A decade from now, we’re all going to regret our actions. We’ll wish we’d done things differently. We’ll wish we hadn’t had such poor posture when using our phones and computers. If you don’t think that this is a… Continue reading Why Apple Should Fix Texter’s Neck with Posture Mode
What if in the next 5 years wireless, connected headphones had the same degree of impact on our lives as the smartphone? How would connected headphones, like the AirPods, change our lives? What does life look like when half the world walks around with headphones all day? Most people would say that’s a very isolating… Continue reading How the AirPods and Audio Augmentation Could Replace Our Smartphones
For a long time, the only way to get a job was through apprenticeship. To work in someone else’s shadow was a real honor. And it was the swiftest way to learn a trade, eventually getting a stamp of approval from a known master. Today, many of us vastly overlook the opportunity to be Digital… Continue reading Why You Should Seriously Consider Digital Apprenticeship
When I’m old, retired, and telling my grandkids what it was like to live in the early part of the 21st century, I’m going to describe it like this: “We all willingly deprived ourselves of healthy social interaction when we agreed to be digital citizens.” Now, I hope that by the time I get to… Continue reading Digital Life Has Deprived Us of Positive Community Building
The Internet brought us: Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Alibaba, PayPal, Salesforce, and many more. The mobile internet brought us Uber, Venmo, Instagram, etc. What will the Internet of DNA bring us? Although not directly in the line of succession, the Internet of DNA is going to be a major offshoot development from the Internet. What companies… Continue reading These Companies are Betting on the Internet of DNA
The greatest trick technology companies ever played was persuading society to surveil itself. Thompson & Warzel, NY Times In the matter of a couple decades, personal location data has gone from a record that no one ever knew existed to a public record that any company can get their hands on. Citizens would surely rise… Continue reading Your Location is Your Identity, Just as Much as Your DNA
There seems to be endless missions out there to teach kids STEM, enroll them in coding camps, and ensure they understand the language of technology. Meanwhile, kids are severely lacking in learning the language of humans. 64% of all eighth-grade students are unable to read proficiently. Further, 82% of black students and 77% of Hispanic… Continue reading Solving the Literacy Crisis with Music Lyrics
Any port in a storm. All press is good press. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Humans are obsessed with metaphors. We use them constantly. I even used one in the title “set the record straight.” Honestly, who can resist a juicy opportunity to use a metaphor? The tech industry definitely cannot. For many… Continue reading Is Data Really the New Oil? Let’s Set the Record Straight
You arrive in a new country and what’s the first thing you do? Exchange your currency, of course. Dollars to Pesos. Euros to Yen. Even when making international purchases from home – a designer Italian handbag or a Samsung TV – a currency exchange has taken place. Global markets and free flow of capital allow… Continue reading Fortnite is the 20th Largest Country by Population. Do They Need a Currency?
Who hasn’t Googled their health symptoms before only to find out that their lower back pain is scoliosis, their cough is meningitis, and their fever is swine flu? Our first reaction to health concerns is Google. But what if our first reaction was to FaceTime or video chat our doctor? Telehealth (virtual doctor’s visits) seems… Continue reading Why Don’t More People FaceTime Their Doctor?
30 days without food. 3 days without water. 3 minutes without air. These are the upper limits of the average human consumer. We must consume to survive. It’s a rule we cannot override. But how long can we go without consuming TV? How long can we go without consuming music, conversation, new clothing, gasoline? These… Continue reading Would You Trust An Algorithm to Choose Everything You Consume?
When’s the last time you binged an entire book on a Saturday? Probably not in a long time. But I’ll bet you can tell me the last show you binged. And I’m sure it wasn’t long ago. Reading is the “not-so-secret” secret weapon of most high-achievers. Everyone knows they should read more, but rarely do… Continue reading The Instagram Bookstore: Reading Novels in 2020 and Beyond
At least a couple of times a month I’m hyping something new about the metaverse. How companies are preparing for life in the metaverse, restaurant menus in the metaverse, how workplaces are being uploaded to the metaverse. That’s because it’s one of the bets I continue to stand by. People frequently ask me what the… Continue reading Why Artists are the Key to Creating the Metaverse
In statistics, there’s a phenomenon where random variables will regress to the mean. In culinary conquests, there’s a phenomenon where humans will naturally regress to take-out food. We love ordering in and when our favorite options are less than five clicks away, it’s just too easy. However, this new abundance of take-out requires a better… Continue reading Why Ghost Kitchens and InstaChefs are the next great culinary business
Arguably, the pop-up ad was the single greatest and (simultaneously) the worst thing to happen to the Internet. It’s what birthed the Ad-Supported Internet – lending a simple default business model for new creators – keeping information free to users. But, it also created the wrong incentive system for Internet creators. As an independent content… Continue reading Can the Internet Exist Without Advertising?
What would happen if someone created an AI writer that could create at the rate of the entire staff of The New York Times? What if it were equivalent to that of 10 complete staff? Or 100? Naturally, we all fear the worst – a complete crumbling of public media. This belief is what led… Continue reading My AI co-founder is getting smarter
The very way in which we share our experiences and upload remnants of our lives online is going to completely change once the metaverse swallows up the Internet. (If you need a quick refresher on the metaverse, check out this video.) As we transition into the metaverse and change our digital lives, how we interact… Continue reading This hologram told me what to order at a restaurant
Back in April of 2019, we put out a piece declaring We’re Living in the Era of the Robopreneur, setting forth a guideline to being an ultra-productive entrepreneur with software and algorithms by one’s side. We told the story through relevant Robopreneurs such as Casey Neistat, Kylie Jenner, and even Casper mattresses. And then we… Continue reading This Real Estate Robopreneur Plans to Purchase More than a Million Homes
Nearly a year ago, Amazon launched The Subscription Box Store, which has steadily grown to offer a massive variety of more than 100 brand boxes – everything from Crayola packages to German Food samplers to beard treatment boxes. Amazon’s unique customer trust, proven Prime subscription service (with 100-million subscribers), access to nearly every product on… Continue reading Amazon won’t be the only one dominating the 2030 Subscription Economy
The Internet has evolved to the point where we can share and communicate almost anything we want across space and time. We find love through apps. We trust our digital neighbors to give us the best suggestions for food and housing. We place our most precious photographic memories in the hands of digital giants to… Continue reading How does the Internet evolve into the Metaverse?
Everything that we once considered essential to becoming an entrepreneur is now reversed. The standard “Entrepreneurial Checklist” used to go in this order: Identify a problem in the market Generate solutions and prototypes Sell and find product-market fit Create media, advertisements, partnerships, and promotions You can still do it the traditional way, however, you’re putting… Continue reading We’re Living in the Era of the Robopreneur
There will be a digital life after the Internet. Not in the sense that our digital infrastructure might collapse. Rather, there will come a social invention that outdoes the Internet, believe it or not. That invention, it appears, will be the Metaverse – a culmination of the Internet and the boundless possibilities in augmented and… Continue reading What is the Metaverse and how will it replace the Internet?
Why is your comment so important that thousands of strangers need to see it? This is the question I asked myself the other day after realizing I was one of the top comments on a YouTube video with over 300,000 views. It’s popular opinion to believe the Internet would be better off without comments sections.… Continue reading The complicated history and frightful future of the Internet comment section
“Imagine a world without fax machines”, is a talking point you’ve probably never encountered. Wedged somewhere in the timeline between the telephone and the personal computer, fax machines are a technology afterthought and are almost never referenced as an influential 20th-century technology among the ranks of the automobile, the radio, and the computer. However, fax… Continue reading The fax machine: A technological anomaly
Almost all companies using AI are deploying their AIs in an invisible way. Whether it’s the automatic playlist generation on Spotify or the suggested route on Google Maps, we as consumers are completely unaware when the AI is operating. Ignorance is bliss, right? Yes, it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right thing… Continue reading Who will be the first company to brand their AI algorithms?
The Rundown: We’re in this legal limbo where Big Tech companies can employ people for mere pennies to qualify datasets and improve their AI – effectively creating Data Factories and Virtual Sweatshops. This cheap labor helps the Internet and AI research function. But the millions of workers in this unregulated territory are being sacrificed for… Continue reading The Data Factories and Virtual Sweatshops that make the Internet run smoothly
Just a few hours into the start of WWII, British troops loaded hundreds of hot air balloons with millions of leaflets of propaganda to be flown into Germany and dispersed behind enemy lines. At the time, airborne leaflet propaganda was the cleanest way of attacking enemy morale and was a major military tactic for both… Continue reading A meme you won’t laugh at: How culture suffers due to our addiction to virality
Finding time to read these days is tough. Between social media algorithms constantly flooding us with notifications and our tendency to choose more entertaining alternatives, it’s not uncommon to go long stretches without reading something meaningful, fulfilling, or impactful. Not for a lack of desire, though. We all want to be able to read that… Continue reading Today, Siri can read to you. Soon, Siri will read for you.
For over twenty years, parents have been prolonging their kids’ requests for a pet by buying them virtual pets. Released in 1997, Tamagotchi was the first virtual pet to hit store shelves. Trapped in a small egg-shaped toy, Tamagotchis were simple pets you fed snacks, played with, and mostly let sleep. From then on a… Continue reading Why robot dogs will replace phones, not real dogs
There’s a deep desire in us all to be remembered. If not by millions of fans, at least by our family and friends. But the ways in which we create memories are changing. The physical gesture is being replaced by the digital spectacle. Stories passed down through memory and at most, a picture or two,… Continue reading How will technology change the way we are remembered?
Google built a hundred-billion-dollar behemoth by giving us answers to all of our questions. Now, they may be able to give us an answer to the most worrisome question of all: When will I die? Predicting the Inevitable In some way or another we’ve all learned from the deceased. Whether it’s the family stories passed… Continue reading Google may soon know the day you’ll die
Due to the unfortunate circumstances, COVID-19 has had on our business, we’ve made the tough decision to discontinue the membership components of Inevitable/Human. We would like to thank all of our members for rocking with us these past few years. We’ve learned a lot and shared some incredible insights about the future amongst this community.… Continue reading Inevitable/Human is Discontinuing Memberships
When the game is on the line what great athlete (or aspiring great athlete) is found sitting on the sidelines? Jordan, Brady, Gretzky, Phelps, Ali. No matter the circumstance, they were in the game. In the past few days, Ryan and I have toiled with a tough decision. Do we add more stories to the… Continue reading Helping You Make Financial and Lifestyle Decisions in these Qualm Times
Future thinking is a luxury. Only once you’ve achieved Physiological and Safety Needs on Maslow’s Hierarchy, can you then get back to dreaming and pondering the future. That’s the conclusion that the Inevitable/Human team has come to during the current COVID-19 pandemic. We felt that as future-thinkers, the best foresight we could practice was in… Continue reading Why We’re Donating Our CPU to Folding COVID-19 Proteins
Apple is holding, in my opinion, the biggest hand in this entire pandemic situation. They’ve got pocket aces, at least here in the United States, for one very big reason. Apple has the ability to ping approximately 100 million Americans at the same time. It’s an extremely huge responsibility that no other media company or… Continue reading The Monumental Role that Apple News Plays in the COVID-19 Pandemic
The first thing I do when I hit the office is open Slack, Google Drive, and Asana. Three separate workplace software. Three augmentations of productivity. But how will the software that guides our work improve over time? Like anything, workplace software evolves. The three phases are: Siloed, singular work on one’s own software Collaborative work… Continue reading The Next Era of Workplace Software
I’m not going to lie, researching the state of consumer packaging and where it’s headed is very depressing. The enormity of the situation is too big for any one person to hypothesize solutions. And for every positive initiative, it seems like there’s lobbying to cancel its progress. We should be past the point of getting… Continue reading What is the Future of Consumer Packaging?
The cries of a cashless society have been ringing for many years. And while the number of cash purchases is slowly declining, making up 30% of all transactions in the US. This plan of pure efficiency seems about as likely as us reaching a utopia. Possible, but not for at least a couple of generational… Continue reading The Rocky Road to a Cashless Society
Who would’ve ever anticipated that one of the greatest impacts that facial recognition would have on society would be through Snapchat lenses? Face filters and AR lenses have become so much more than kitschy ways of spicing up how we communicate. AR filters have altered the way that people view themselves: Snapchat dysmorphia started to… Continue reading 3 Ways that AR Face Filters Changed the World. And 3 Ideas For How They’ll Do It Again
One of the great financial failures to this point in time is that 12 million Americans are still using payday loan stores and more than 10 million Americans use a check-cashing service. An instant paycheck deduction almost entirely because that person lacks a bank account. Tens of millions of Americans aren’t given the right financial… Continue reading How the Lottery Could Bank the UnBanked