Category: Meaning

Inspirations from Science Fiction

Elizabeth Case joins me this week as we talk about ideas from science fiction that have inspired us in our daily lives. Science fiction has been about “what happens if…” — but what we often forget is that it’s also about “what happens to people if…” We’d like to share some ideas from science fiction that …

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An Open Letter to the Democratic Party

Look, I know, you need money. The election was rough, you didn’t expect Hillary to lose. None of us did. But we need to discuss your penchant for sending out funding emails. I now get at least two or three a day, all of them alarmist. Hey, you don’t need to tell me it’s tough …

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2016 Favorites: Tools, Gear, & Fun

David, Eric, and I covered a lot of ground in 2016, so we look back on a year that seemed more evolutionary than revolutionary, but with some hints of possible tech revolution to come. Join us as we go over our favorites of the year in tech, gear, tools, and media. It’s not only a …

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Build Your Own Drone

Elizabeth Case is back for the holidays to talk about how she went about building a custom drone for her graduate work, the lessons she learn, and the problems she encountered. She and David Bryant have a great dialog about tools, 3D printing, software, controller types, and other drone-related issues. Elizabeth is now an FAA-licensed …

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Our Holiday Wishlist of Unicorns

This is totally not a holiday gift guide. Some of these things exist now, some will exist in the near future, and some may never exist. It’s really a wish list of tech we’d like to see, and soon… and have! Think of this as our “if wishes were ponies” episode about what we’d really …

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Whose Future Is It?

Who will shape the tech future? Which companies, NGOs, governmental organization, and other entities will shape how we use tech, view tech, and consume tech. The biggest impacts on daily lives may lie behind the scenes, not in our daily interactions. Eric and I have a spirited discussion about who will control and define the …

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Can Open Source Processors Thrive?

I recently attended part of the RISC-V workshop at the Google campus. RISC-V is a fully open source CPU instruction set developed at UC Berkeley developed by Krste Asanovic, Andrew Waterman, and Yunsup Lee. An academic instruction set is all well and good, but the RISC-V spawned SiFive, which plans on building commercial processors using …

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What’s Up With Apple?

Any new product launch from Cupertino generates both positive and negative buzz, Apple’s recent product launches have generated more than the usual amount of controversy. Longtime Apple fans have come out of the woodwork, grumbling more than usual at the changes wrought with the new iPhone and Macbook launches. Does the elevated level of discontent …

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