Mobile Devices, Technophobia and the Zombie Apocalypse

“We are losing our social skills due to social media!” “Our cell phones are robbing us of our  humanity!!” “Our screens have become prisons for our minds!!!” Does any of that sound familiar? Or what about cartoons like this? There is this notion, regurgitated with growing frequency, that our technology is turning us into isolated zombies…

Mindfulness/Meditation Apps: My Top 3

In a world where every glance at our electronic devices can send us into an inescapable endorphin loop of newsfeed scrolling, where every new Netflix series must be binged to completion the week it comes out, and where every online advertisement is memetically engineered to target our individual brainstems, we need a reliable way to snap ourselves…

My ice cream needs more Malto-Dextrin Alkalide…

We have a ton of questions about SCiO, but if it can do what it purports to do, then we are already amazed. The handheld gadget is a pocket spectral meter. Spectroscopy is a large field that measures interactions of matter and energy, most commonly to identify component elements and/or properties of a material. Depending on…

Illusory Monsters

It is hard to overstate how successful Pokemon Go has been. It is also hard to overstate how terrible the coverage of this phenomenon has been. Every media outlet has been trying to manufacture stories to capitalize on the huge popularity, often getting the details all wrong in the process. Sometimes these are innocent failures…

No Man’s Sky & The Power Of Procedural Generation

We are mere days away from the release of No Man’s Sky, one of the most anticipated games of the year. It is a supermassive space exploration game that might also be one of  the most ambitious game worlds ever created. When I say massive, I mean truly, unimaginably massive. According to the developer there…

Dave. Stop Trafficking, Dave.

Premptive TLDR: Use the TraffickCam website, or download the app (Android or iOS) to leverage new photo recognition technology and crowd-sourcing to fight sex trafficking. The thought that everything we do is being increasingly scrutinized is often terrifying. When we reference HAL spying on his human charges in 2001 Space Oddyssey, or 1984‘s Big Brother watching everything, it evokes fear…

Harnessing Energy

A quick collection of some of the most inspiring new technologies to help to energize our world. Note that these are being posted in a fit of techno-optimism, and you should probably be more cynical than I am being in presenting these as TOTALLY AWESOME WORLD-CHANGING AMAZE-BALLS! There are very real obstacles to realizing each…

Through the Mind’s Eye of A.I.

In the last year or so we’ve seen major leaps in the types of things that computers can do better than people. We’ve known for decades that they can crunch numbers faster, but today, neural networks and deep learning systems are beginning to perform more abstract and complex feats like winning at games like Chess, and…

Evil Genius Tech Want: Cornetto’s Commitment Rings

When two people love each other enough, they often make a very special commitment, a promise not to watch the latest episode of Walking Dead without the other present. Now there is a ring to seal this deal for all eternity. Cornetto’s Commitment rings use RFID technology pair with your streaming service of choice to…

Scissors of the Gods

In 1983, Kary Mullis had an inspiration for a tool, a simple chemical process that would allow DNA to be replicated. Tiny fragments of DNA could be copied over and over, allowing enough DNA to be generated to do other tests. Moreover, specific fragments of DNA could be targeted for replication!  He had invented PCR….

Next next-gen VR: TheVoid

A startup announced last year, The Void amusement park, is nearing completion. The project aims to create “hyper-reality”, a combination of AR, VR, haptic feedback, and traditional amusement park techniques that blur the boundaries between the artificial world and reality. They demoed the technology at TED 2016, and have allowed a few lucky people into…

VR Review

This article will be a continuously updated resource list of virtual reality apps, experiences, and related content. Some we have experienced with our new ViewMaster VR , and others we can only drool over in anticipation. First-gen (Google-Cardboard) VR   The official Google-Cardboard App is one of the most impressive initial VR experiences. The opening demo…