Tag: future

  • Service is down: The technology that connects us in an emergency.

    Your campsite has been swept away by a flood, and you’re left on the valley floor, several days from any road, without food, and only your day pack on you. What do you do? Until recently, your best and only hope, short of building your own lean-to and trying to make a go of it…

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  • Rural internet and the rise of gig cities

    At the corner of Market and 11th, a former power building is filled with the comings and goings of life in tech. The signs in the lobby list the sort of bland, upbeat names one might see in any major city: “the Company Lab,” “the Enterprise Center,” “Tech Town,” “Society of Work.” The surrounding blocks…

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  • The Internet of Things Touches Everything

    Take everything you own — your reading lamp, your toaster, the door of your home — and add wi-fi capability to each one, maybe add a few sensors as well. Imagine that instead of living in a world where you have to flip everything on and off, it’s all a coordinated network of gadgets and…

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  • New York Times Square

    Blockchain Explained For Everyone

    Let’s start with the hardest part of the technology known as blockchain: understanding just what the heck it is. Begin by stepping back and having a look at how you currently access and protect the most important information in your life. You put it away, right? It lives in a single place. Maybe you house…

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  • Internet access worldwide

    RESTRICTED ACCESS: Is access to the Internet a human right? Or is it something else?

    In the summer of 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution condemning countries that intentionally disrupt their citizens’ access to the Internet. The resolution was a show of international solidarity on something everyone can agree is vital to the future of any nation. The Internet changes lives. As of 2016, the Internet…

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  • Transparency, not digital trust busting

    Breaking up the big digital monopolies won’t really get us what we need. 

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