Along the treacherous journey from Africa and the Middle East, migrants have used their Internet-connected phones to communicate with each other and share real-time information. GPS and mapping applications have guided them to safety. Messaging apps have helped them find each other after arriving. And now those devices may also be the key to aiding them in setting up their new lives and getting them back on their feet.
For some years now, all the technology sector has heard about is the (eventual) coming of virtual reality. Then, out of nowhere, the focus changed. It's not virtual reality that's on its way down the pipeline — it's augmented reality. Before Google ploughed millions into the latest funding round of secretive augmented reality (AR) firm Magic Leap, before Microsoft unveiled HoloLens, no one outside the AR sector really knew much about what it is, and can be, capable of.
There are self-checkout lines and mobile apps that store our shopper cards, but supermarkets over the decades have largely stayed the same. Shelves are stocked, prices are posted manually, and shoppers escort their selections to a cash register — it's grocery shopping in 2015 or 1915. The process hasn't changed much.
The hack of infidelity website Ashley Madison was a shock on several levels. For starters, it was massive, seizing 300GB of data on the site's 37 million users. Secondly, it exposed Ashley Madison for (ironically) cheating users who paid $19 to have all of their account information wiped clean from their database — an action the website never took. Thirdly, the nature of this hack was unprecedented.
As a kick-off to the 10th edition of the Serpentine Marathon, DLD organized its annual London breakfast at the spectacular Zaha Hadid designed Magazine Restaurant. This year’s Marathon’s theme was introduced by directors of Serpentine Gallery, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones: “Transformation,” looking at how cultural and physical shifts are able to achieve significant change.
When Hans Ulrich Obrist thought as a teenager that he might want to work as an art curator, he knew of no schools that offered a straightforward curriculum on the subject. Undeterred, he designed his own, majoring in economics and social sciences, and when not in class, seeing as many shows as possible. The latter piece of his education continues today, though he's since taken an interdisciplinary approach, fueled by a belief that one must understand different aspects of contemporary life to know what's relevant in contemporary art.
In today's highly interactive and public Internet space, all content and individuals — even the most benign — are growing increasingly vulnerable to online abuse, or "Internet shaming." Whether it's hate speech, cyber-bullying, revenge porn, trolling, or a privacy hack, the incidence of Internet shaming is rising in tandem with the proliferation of social media activity on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Youtube, and more.
China's tech scene is a relatively young one with enormous potential. The talent pool is deep, and in a country whose burgeoning middle class is almost as big as the entire U.S. population, investor interest is high. Chinese tech giants are some of the most valuable companies in the world — Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu — giving entrepreneurs who hope to create the next big company a model to aspire to.
Israel has experienced an interesting phenomenon in its ecosystem in the last few years: startups have begun scaling up, instead of selling out, in the hopes of becoming the next multinational company worth $1 billion, or a “unicorn."
Power to the people. That's the promise of Olafur Eliasson's Little Sun Charge Kickstarter campaign, which has already more than tripled its funding goal of €50,000, with weeks left to go. The renowned Danish-Icelandic artist is working with engineer Frederik Ottesen, aiming to empower ...
From the outside, it may look like Esther Dyson is used to predicting the future. As an angel investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Dyson's career has rested on her ability to spot the next big innovation and then to invest her time and money into the company that's making it happen.