What the automation of telephone operators can tell us about future jobs

In the 1920s, AT&T employed hundreds of thousands of people as phone operators. The automation of these jobs affected incumbents and new entrants in different ways.

Trung T. Phan • November 19, 2020

What will sex robots do to society?

Sex robots have huge implications that we need to think harder about.

Trung T. Phan • November 12, 2020

Voting machines have transitioned from punch cards to scanning tech, but problems persist

The majority of today’s votes are counted via scanning and direct-recording electronics (DRE). How did this happen?

Trung T. Phan • November 6, 2020

One way to see the future? Track corporate patents (Pt. 2)

One sure way to see the future is by looking at corporate patents. Neer Sharma does so every week with Patent Drop. Check some out here.

Trung T. Phan • October 22, 2020

Waymo’s driverless cars are open to the public. And Elon’s not impressed.

You can now summon driverless rides in Phoenix with Waymo One. Elon Musk -- AKA Tesla’s PR Dept. -- thinks Tesla’s solution is better.

Trung T. Phan • October 12, 2020

Should we be skeptical of Amazon One?

Amazon One lets you buy things with your palm print. People have some privacy questions.

Trung T. Phan • October 1, 2020

Are Nikola’s electric semi trucks bullshit?

Nikola -- the electric truck company that is becoming the source of endless internet jokes -- is fighting charges of fraud. We pass our verdict based on the early evidence.

Bobby Durben • September 17, 2020

One way to see the future? Track corporate patents

One sure way to see the future is by looking at corporate patents. Neer Sharma does so every week with Patent Drop. Check some out here.

Trung T. Phan • September 16, 2020

AR glasses are coming… who will take the lead?

Robert Scoble tells us why Apple is positioned to be an early leader in AR technology and how Tesla could potentially enter the game.

Trung T. Phan • September 15, 2020

Roam Research could be the future of note-taking and knowledge management

Launched only last fall, Roam Research raised $9m at a $200m valuation. Will its software become the future of note-taking?

Trung T. Phan • September 14, 2020

Foldable screens are here. What’s next for ‘-able’ tech?

Microsoft released its dual-screen foldable smartphone, which got us thinking… what’s the next big thing in “-able” tech?

Bobby Durben • September 11, 2020

This AI chef is designing recipes based on your leftovers

Have a bunch of seemingly random ingredients for dinner? Plant Jammer can help.

Michael Waters • September 9, 2020

This AI startup is reading the entire internet non-stop. Why?

Diffbot is training its AI to be more trustworthy by reading the internet nonstop and creating a system that ensures the accuracy of its data.

Trung T. Phan • September 8, 2020

The best productivity software is a keyboard from 1993

A brief foray into the cult of the AlphaSmart.

Michael Waters • September 7, 2020

Ever wanted to own an NBA highlight? Now you can.

Dapper Labs, a blockchain company, has partnered with the NBA to make digital collectibles of in-game highlights a reality.

Trung T. Phan • September 4, 2020

Get ready for the shroom IPOs

Compass Pathways, a psychedelics healthcare company, is ready for your investments.

Michael Waters • September 3, 2020

The controversial business of private firefighting

A look inside the controversial industry.

Michael Waters • September 1, 2020

Infobip and the big business of sending corporate texts

Never heard of Infobip? You’ve probably used it.

Michael Waters • September 1, 2020

What exactly is Elon Musk’s Neuralink? Here are our 3 guesses.

In anticipation of Elon Musk’s Neuralink demo, we lay out the only three possible outcomes.

Bobby Durben • August 28, 2020

Startups latch onto breast milk — no boobs needed

Two labs aim to make a more natural alternative to baby formula.

Caroline Dohack • August 26, 2020

This company wants to empower creatives to branch off on their own

Subscriptions are old news. Enter “presubscriptions.”

Michael Waters • August 24, 2020

Hang on to your Tomatometers: Can algorithms direct movies?

Bots can write, direct, act, and generate sound effects. But Rotten Tomatoes won’t be giving them fresh scores quite yet.

Michael Waters • August 20, 2020

What are therapy apps doing with your data?

Talkspace, Crisis Text Line, and Better Help don’t keep things quite as private as you might think.

Michael Waters • August 19, 2020

A fusion future is getting closer to reality

International partners just broke ground on the largest fusion facility to date, and a fusion startup just got a big boost.

Belle Long • August 14, 2020

Can talking roads end car accidents?

V2X tech sounds like sci-fi — but several states are already trying it out.

Michael Waters • August 13, 2020

3D bioprinting could help with COVID research and organ transplants

This specialized equipment lets doctors and researchers print living tissues and organs.

Caroline Dohack • August 10, 2020

‘Cloaking’ is the new biz of hiding from facial recognition

Run your thirsty selfies through Fawkes, and facial recognition AI will never know it’s you.

Michael Waters • August 4, 2020

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