Topic: Personal Technology
The very standards and conditions that made the Web a permissive, open environment have come under an attack from an onslaught of legal regulations and the monopolistic aspirations of bandwidth and software providers. Albert Wenger, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures, takes us on a journey of why the Web has proved successful for us, what made it interesting and open, how the very conditions that helped the Web flourish are under a threat, and what we can do about them.
What are the hidden motivations in all the decisions we make about technology? Pamela Rutledge, Co-Founder/Director, A Think Lab/Media Psychology Research Center, spells out why our intrinsic ability to get things done is really what gets us up in the morning. Hear in this talk what what drives creativity and innovation, what technology does with motivation, how this has implications at multiple levels, and how giving people more control over their lives increases commercial success.
Nokia Research teams up with Sesame Street to improve communications for dispersed families. "Would you like to be able to read Sesame Street books with your child when you are far away from home? Or have your child's grandparents or other loved ones read with your child from afar? The furry friends from Sesame Street have teamed up with Nokia Research Center to help children connect with their long distance loved ones." Jofish Kaye from Nokia describes the development and value of this project.
What if you didn't use multiple phone numbers or multiple SIM cards during international travel? What if you didn't have a phone number at all but a plain-text alias that people could dial into? Just like domain names in the place of IP addresses, what if human beings had unique aliases that could replace phone numbers, and these aliases were not tied to a carrier or a telephony operator? What if collect calls were possible on the Web? What if you could have a disposable phone that you used only for one phone call and never again? Tomaz Stolfa, the founder of Vox.io is working on making this a reality.
In the last decade, social media has changed the way we live our lives. We have all become high producers and consumers of social data. The data we generate is not just data, though. It tells our story. It is biographical. However, access to social data so far has been governed by APIs, and any API with a terms-of-service is restrictive. What if we could provide you a one-stop shop, an unrestricted, seamless, single point of access for all your social data; and you owned it all? Jeremie Miller, jabber/XMPP creator, has "Singly" to provide this.
President of StrangeLoop Networks Joshua Bixby guides us through what he calls the Mobile Revolution. He presents us with data his company has collected over the years in specific (though anonymous) case studies relating to the increase of mobile website traffic. The figures are compelling and the message even more. New entrepreneurs as well as internet-business veterans need to pay attention to the mobile market. It is already a non-negligible facet of internet commerce and will continue to grow in years to come.
From the first mobile phones in the 1970's to the "teleputers" we call smartphones today, we have continued to enhance our remote connections with each other and the world with these handheld devices. What will this trajectory look like by the year 2020? Futurist Szymon Slupik gives us a glimpse of what he thinks mobile phones will look like and offer us on their 50th birthday.
Dr. Moira Gunn sits down with Phil Stutz and Barry Michels, co-authors of The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity, about changing unwanted behaviors.
What is the digital Swiss Army knife that you grab along with your keys and wallet when starting out for the day? That device is your smart phone, and Rich Nespola says the other two things are irrelevant. In this talk he describes how the global app "hockey stick effect" is creating seismic changes in innovation, and why collaboration among separate companies will be essential to survive in the emerging mobile communications ecosystem.
Technometria co-host Scott Lemon discusses his new experiences with Wovyn, a company that is deeply involved in the Internet of Things. IoT allows users to control all aspects of their digital lives, including their personal devices, appliances, and utilities. He reviews a number of the technical aspects of IoT, beginning with the clear belief of its future importance to the consumer. He also talks about how Wovyn used Kickstarter as a way to help fund the company's projects.