Why Apple has to make inroads in the autonomous self-driving car space, and fast.

Autonomous vehicles; not wearables will be the new mobile platform. Autonomous self-driving vehicles (AVs) will be the new mobile platform, on top of which a host of new products and experiences will be developed. Like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile operating systems, on top of Read more [...]

Does it make sense for OEMs to be investing in AVs and urban mobility products?

TLDR: AVs and robot taxi services are not a near-term (3-7 year) threat to existing OEM business lines, but they are a longer-term (7+ year) threat to OEMs; and this is why they are investing so heavily in AV technology. Investments being made by large car manufacturer (OEMs) in self-driving Read more [...]

“Computers are already better than us at playing chess, but we are still better at recognizing a photo of our parents or children”

As I was leaving Tom Mitchell's office, he says to me in the kind of hurried speech of a brilliant individual who has perhaps made the statement before: "Computers are already better than us at playing chess, but we are still better at recognizing a photo of our parents or children." Many consider Tom Read more [...]

Will this technology replace 3D printing for design prototyping?

Maybe this technology could take a CADD file and quickly generate an interactive 3D model, which could be sent to colleagues over the internet!   ...I think it offers a compelling sense for spatial aesthetics of a 3D product design, and then we wouldn't have to wait for the 3D printer anymore. Read more [...]

Are Non-biodegradable plastics a thing of the past?!!!

Researchers have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR) for energy.   What a thought...that after all our destructive consumption of plastic has done to hurt mother nature, that she might hold the fix to this problem!!!?     Amazing! Read more [...]

One day, we will look forward to commercial breaks!

One day, an individual consumer watching TV any day of the week will be like watching the Super Bowl, when we look forward to the commercials; but it will actually be better. Right now, many people hate ads; but ads actually serve a very useful function of informing us about things we should know about. The problem with the current advertising system today is that ads annoy us more often then they inform us. In the future, ads will do a better job of informing us, and will hence be less annoying. Read more [...]