21st-century living can be quite depressing. Most of us spend an overwhelming majority of our day interacting with phone, computer, and TV screens. It’s a lifestyle, unfortunately, that probably won’t change anytime soon. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t make it more enjoyable. What if each one of our devices had a personality? Your phone… Continue reading Why it makes sense for McDonald’s (and soon others) to give machines a personality
Mind over matter represents the triumph of will over physical hindrance. Our thoughts are our weapon against the world. David Adam, Author Athletes are all too familiar with this type of advice – that the mind creates all of our boundaries. However, who would’ve thought that this could be the basis for a new field… Continue reading Virtual Reality might be the next billion-dollar painkiller
In China, where families are limited to bearing one child, AI Toys play the role of friendly Robot Companion as much as they do educational aid. It may sound absurd that a robot could ever be a friend, however, this unexpected vertical for AI Toys is really taking off: …an estimated 30 million AI educational… Continue reading How AI-enabled toys are molding our children [PART 2]
The other day when I was walking through Target I witnessed the most shocking interaction between a mother and her toddler. Well, actually it was a lack of interaction. One of them was acting like the other didn’t even exist, completely immersed in their smartphone… and it wasn’t the mother. Here was a four- or… Continue reading How AI-enabled toys are molding our children [PART 1]
Photoshop and a little ingenuity are all it takes to create a celebrity these days. I’m not referring to the swaths of Instagram models that have gained notoriety by doctoring all of their photos (although that is a problem we need to discuss later). Rather, I’m referring to digital humans, which are created from scratch.… Continue reading Everything you need to know about Digital Humans
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
Last month, video game enthusiasts watched nearly 775 million hours of content on Twitch! To the outsider looking in, that’s 775 million hours that could’ve been used in far more productive ways. But this view of the gaming industry is a view that needs to be changed. Professional sport franchises are beginning hire gaming teams… Continue reading How can video games play a productive role in society?
Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri… Each of these companies want to create the standard by which home entertainment, home communications, and home automation evolve. The Home Operating System. Jorge Serna, Hackernoon But the simple fact is that we aren’t anywhere near seeing a true HomeOS (home operating system) that will bring our households into… Continue reading Do you want your home to be connected by software?