Silicon Valley Watcher (FutureWatch)

2017
October
05,
2017
| 04:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
Gordon Moore’s Law describes the economics of innovation Demand for chips is huge with chip prices jumping higher every month and shortages of key components such as memory halting product manufacturing lines. The Semiconductor Industry Associ...
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August
01,
2017
| 09:02 PM America/Los_Angeles
Our voice is important for Democracy… and in getting more productivity from our technologies.The future sounds a little like Cold War Eastern Europe as the digital assistants try to listen-in and construct individual dossiers on each of us — to sell ...
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March
08,
2017
| 05:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
Successful technologies start life by being good enough to be useful. Could some technologies become unbelievably good at what they do—and become too good to be used?Todays marketing technologies have improved greatly thanks to all that personal data...
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January
26,
2017
| 04:50 PM America/Los_Angeles
The issue of fake news is extremely serious and it requires immediate attention.  Its proliferation will undermine trust in everything. Everything will look fake. Including the truth. Without reliable and trusted information: ...
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2015
January
25,
2015
| 01:05 PM America/Los_Angeles
[A Saturday Post... The future is already here — it just needs some connecting dots...]If we take our technologies of personalization and predictive business analytics to their ultimate conclusion, in the future we won't need marketing or consumers. ...
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January
07,
2015
| 04:12 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is featuring a lot of "wearables" reports Techcrunch (above) (which all seem to be smart watches).Foremski's Take: All the fuss over Apple Watch will certainly help sell a lot of watches - regular and smart....
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2014
October
05,
2014
| 03:39 PM America/Los_Angeles
In 2012, a 21 year old man was fatally injured in a drugs-related shooting near my home in San Francisco.A year ago the FBI shut down the online illegal drugs market Silk Road. Jake Swearingen at The Atlantic, reports that so far, there's no successo...
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2013
October
28,
2013
| 08:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Gastronomy at the San Francisco Exploratorium.The Atlantic’s columnist James Fallows recently listed the top 50 innovations by polling “a panel of 12 scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, historians of technology, and others.”Strangely, I counted onl...
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October
28,
2013
| 05:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
Historians will look back at the past 20 years as a unique period, a time when there was great opportunity to see deep into the collective soul of entire societies because people’s online behavior was largely naked of any fears of being judged or mon...
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September
20,
2013
| 05:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
Imagine if you had a choice: work at a company for a decent salary and benefits, or work at a company with decent salary, benefits, and the opportunity to live longer?The latter offer is the one that Google will eventually be able to make thanks to i...
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September
13,
2013
| 01:12 PM America/Los_Angeles
Superb interview here with Neil Postman about technology and the Faustian bargain we make with it. He manages to predict the issues that we face today with social networks, online education, and who benefits from technology.For example, he says that ...
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August
28,
2013
| 12:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
It won't be physics that sets the limits of Moore's Law but fiscal issues — as the chip industry's platform of exponential innovation grinds to a halt after a 50 year run in the face of mounting costs around 2020.Then it'll be up to software to take ...
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August
21,
2013
| 05:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
Mark Zuckerberg's call for an industry-wide effort to bring Internet connectivity to billions of the world's poorest is framed in the context of a great humanitarian crusade, he calls it "one of the greatest challenges of our generation."It seems lac...
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August
05,
2013
| 09:58 AM America/Los_Angeles
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has funded a project that grew strips of meat from stem cells, which were then collected to form a burger, cooked and eaten at a live event in London.Bloomberg reporter Makiko Kitamura: Brin's $332,000 Lab-Grown Burger H...
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July
27,
2013
| 11:36 PM America/Los_Angeles
 It was great to catch up with Aarti Shah from The Holmes Report, and Matthew Greeley, CEO of BrightIdea. Matt had a great take on 3D printers. He pointed out that when the time between thinking something up, and then physically having it - shrinks t...
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July
17,
2013
| 03:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
Competition for software engineers is incredibly intense and Silicon Valley firms are pulling out all the stops to recruit and retain top talent. A great software engineer is a very scalable asset.Every company can offer perks of free food and high s...
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July
17,
2013
| 01:56 PM America/Los_Angeles
Life imitating art – a building in San Francisco's SoMa district.Liz Ganes at All Things D reports:Google Glass security vulnerability that allowed an outsider to take control of the wearable computing device via QR code has been fixed…… since Glass ...
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April
28,
2013
| 04:04 AM America/Los_Angeles
With no handheld screen to look down into, Google Glass wearers will be walking around like blind men, staring off into a void of their own.  "Glassy-eyed stare" will have a more literal meaning in the near future.BTW,  here's a fascinating peek into...
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April
27,
2013
| 11:40 AM America/Los_Angeles
Google Glass has a promissing future -- although not in the markets that Google thinks it's targetting: urban early-tech adopters -- they are a fickle bunch at best.Where Google Glass will make its mark and find a large and loyal customer base is in ...
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April
22,
2013
| 02:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
Jaron Lanier, an early Internet pioneer, talks with FT Business about the new digital economies, and why free information is not a good idea.Mr. Lanier says he was one of the first in advocating digitizing the music industry and he used to argue that...
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April
09,
2013
| 09:47 AM America/Los_Angeles
Coming up on Thursday April 11, "The Second Annual Great Silicon Valley Oxford Union Debate" co-hosted by Santa Clara University and the Churchill Club.Motion: "This House believes that Silicon Valley innovation will solve the healthcare crisis."Spea...
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March
27,
2013
| 04:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Facebook users that click "like" on a variety of cultural subjects reveal a surprisingly large amount of information about themselves even if they've taken steps to tighten up their privacy settings.A recently published study by researchers at Cambri...
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March
26,
2013
| 01:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
This evening (March 26) The Churchill Club hosts Alan Kay (above), formerly of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Apple, and Hewlett-Packard in conversation with  SAP's technology and innovation leader Vishal Sikka,  hosted by analyst Paul Saffo.Ma...
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2012
September
05,
2012
| 05:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
Eric Berlow, an ecologist and network scientist, sketches a flowchart to illustrate what happens in the lifecycle of publicly shared data.By Intel Free PressEcologist turned network scientist Eric Berlow is tapping top experts to make public data mor...
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September
05,
2012
| 04:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
Andrew Keen is probably one of the best known techno-pessimists and his services as a speaker are in high demand. [I used to work with Mr Keen at Podtech where I was helping develop a range of tech-related video shows.] Mr Keen has spent many years...
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May
21,
2012
| 05:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
Chief Marketing Officer or VP of Marketing/Communications has to be one of the toughest jobs around these days. Why? Because of the massive fragmentation going on in media and communications....The good news about the new media and communications cha...
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April
17,
2012
| 08:11 PM America/Los_Angeles
Why has tech reporting become such tedious product journalism? Why are reporters trying to scoop each other on news that is essentially a spec sheet about a mass-produced product? Why are we reading about products as a news story and not in an ad?Whe...
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January
30,
2012
| 01:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
Should Apple buy Hollywood? Should Google buy the New York Times? Foremski's Take: People in the tech communities have long discussed the need for tech companies to buy media companies. More recently, there has been discussion about Apple using its $...
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January
09,
2012
| 12:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
Antonio Rodriguez, a successful serial entrepreneur and now a VC, is very pessimistic about the future of Android.In this post titled: Android as we know it will die in the next two years and what it means for you, he argues that the splintering of t...
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2011
May
18,
2011
| 04:01 PM America/Los_Angeles
A while ago I wrote that in the near future, we will have body video cameras that will act as security against attack or other threats:The Fly On The Wall And Its Social Effects - A Short Story From The Near Future...Brent Begin at SF Examiner report...
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