The algorithmic office of the future

Posted by Mike Walsh

3/24/17 4:57 PM

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There was a time when the coolest office you could hope for was no office at all. Remote work was all the rage. Why commute when you could stay at home? Well, one good reason, turned out to be collaboration. Even tech companies discovered that the right kind of work environment helped build old-fashioned analogue connections between people. And, even more ironically, that the best way to do just that, was to use algorithms.

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CATEGORY: Culture

The rise of the nanofactory

Posted by Mike Walsh

10/13/16 8:45 AM

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The 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to a group of scientists for the creation of molecular machines with potential application from drug delivery to smart materials and even artificial life. By linking molecules together to design everything from miniature motors to tiny muscles, they opened the way to an even bigger idea — building structures one atom at a time.

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CATEGORY: Culture

People first

Posted by Mike Walsh

10/8/16 2:07 PM

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I hadn’t planned on watching the Oculus Connect 3 keynote — but half way through my lunch, when the live stream turned up on Facebook, I was hooked.

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CATEGORY: Culture

How to disrupt a meeting

Posted by Mike Walsh

9/20/16 11:49 AM

 

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Data is a curious thing. As consumers, we have an inkling that our daily activities — what we buy, what we do, and where we go — are analyzed and acted upon. But somehow, when it comes to wrangling a herd of humans into a room, we forget that the very same tools are available to us as well. You don’t have to be a software engineer from Google or Amazon to run a smarter meeting. You just need to think like one for a minute.

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CATEGORY: Culture

We have hit peak tech

Posted by Mike Walsh

9/20/16 11:46 AM

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Every year, we are rewarded with a new round of technology upgrades. Faster processors, bigger and brighter screens, better cameras — a bounty that promises more rapid selfies, status updates and streaming entertainments. Forget peak oil, we have hit peak tech. For the more enlightened, that means something needs to change.

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CATEGORY: Culture

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