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Our thoughts and forecasts on the trends happening in tech.

August 10, 2016

Crowdsourcing: Spotify's Secret Weapon for Curation at Scale

At first, Spotify's Discover Weekly seems no different than recommendation engines available through Apple's or Pandora's streaming platforms. But take a peek under the hood, and you'll notice the streaming giants have taken three distinct routes to serving up hits. Apple's newest streaming platform, Apple Music, offers tracks sorted by genre and curated by teams of internal editors. The recommendations, to be sure, are spot-on — but one has to wonder: Is the model viable for companies that, unlike Apple, can't afford to run at a perpetual loss?

July 13, 2016

Why The DMV Should Be Run By Chatbots

The Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s the dawdling sloth of civic systems, a poster child of institutional languor. Truly the great American equalizer, it tests patience and tempts fury across races, genders, ideologies, and social strata.

June 23, 2016

3 Strategies for Turning Your Product Into a Service

The United States is undoubtedly a service economy. In terms of total employment, manufacturing took the cake in 36 states in 1990; it dominates just seven state economies today. Unfortunately, that leaves struggling many product-based companies, which have had trouble breaking into the service sector. But the Internet of Things has changed the game. Now, thanks to smart technologies, it’s easy to see how a refrigerator, pair of shoes, or even a football helmet can provide a service.

May 16, 2016

Hey Siri, What's a Conversational User Interface?

“What’s the best steakhouse in Chicago? Could you make me a reservation for a date this evening?” “Certainly. I’ll find a great steakhouse near you and get a table for two.” This conversation was not between an out-of-town visitor and a hotel concierge, it was a conversation with a computer. Welcome to the future of product design: the conversational user interface.

May 10, 2016

I Spy... Tiny Eye! A Mobile VR App for Everyone

Virtual Reality Goes Retro with Tiny Eye, a New App from the Creators of Chelsea Handler: Gotta Go San Francisco, CA - May 10, 2016 - Today, San Francisco-based app maker Yeti introduced Tiny Eye, a retro-inspired, smartphone virtual reality game for everyone now available on iOS and Android. The 360-degree VR app is inspired by the classic childhood game, I-Spy, and was conceived as a way to make virtual reality accessible to anyone, with or without a headset.