Adam Walford

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The terrifying rise of the political entrepreneur

In 1999, I decided to leave the headaches of entrepreneurship behind and get a regular Silicon Valley job in an attempt to ride the dot-com wave. My timing was terrible, and by 2001 I had started another company. In that time, however, I learned that the corporate world is comprised of two groups. …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees

Robert Wood says that medicine and agriculture could be transformed by micro and "soft" robots.<p><i>Editor's note: Robert Wood is one of National Geographic's 2014 emerging explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and inspiring people</i> …

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility

“You should presume that someday, we will be able to make machines that can reason, think and do things better than we can,” Google co-founder Sergey …

Why Advertisers Can't Wait to Get Their Hands on Your Selfies

"If I looked at two years of your photos, I could tell a lot about you," says Ditto Labs CEO David Rose. "I could see if you're a sports guy or a …

The World Trade Center Has A New, Very Confusing Logo

Cramming in a mind-melting series of visual allusions, the $3 million WTC logo is also an ad.<p>The World Trade Center has a new logo. Part of a $3.57 million branding endeavor, it’s a riff on space and negative space, presence and absence. It’s like a Rubin vase test, playing tricks on the eye and …

China Will Build A 'Superior Aviation Town' Near Beijing

The Shunyi District, eleven miles north of Beijing will soon be home to a community which will house a brand new airport with a 7,800 foot runway, …

Silicon Valley Isn't a Meritocracy. And It's Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs

In a cultural context where idealists have linked social media to democracy, egalitarianism, and participation, the tech scene in Silicon Valley …

Phone boxes turn green to charge mobiles

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1112000/1112918_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529301154_6fefc32b6e5acab9ed60faf0844c2f61<p><b>Disused phone boxes in London are being put to a novel use - as solar-powered charging stations for mobile phones.</b><p>The first of six boxes was …

London School of Economics

The Birth of the Time-Motion Human

In a darkened room, a woman lies watched by an infra-red camera as she sleeps. It monitors her breathing, her movements, the flicker of her eyelids. …

How zebrafish became the hottest animal in science

Most people think of zebrafish as little more than a cheap household pet. The fish are small — about an inch or two long — and easy to care for. Nothing special, it seems.<p>Zebrafish are becoming AS SCIENTIFICALLY IMPORTANT AS lab rats AND fruit flies<p>But inside laboratory aquariums, zebrafish are …

'We see ourselves as the vanguard': the police force using drones to fight crime

The video begins with a suspect in a red car screeching to a halt outside an abandoned farmhouse with two police vehicles, sirens blazing, in hot pursuit. The suspect makes off on foot, waving a large handgun in front of him.<p>Then something unusual happens. Out of the back of a police car, officers …

Us vs. Them: What’s Wrong With You People?

Internet, we need to talk. In a nuanced, thoughtful, intelligent way. I don’t want this to turn into some kind of knee-jerk confrontation. But it will, won’t it? You’ll end up citing the Nazis while frothing at the mouth, won’t you? That’s what you do. Every. Single. Time. What’s <i>wrong</i> with you, …

How Jules Verne Invented Astronautics

A lot is made of how prophetic SciFi is supposed to be. And it certainly has seemed to hit the mark pretty often and pretty remarkably. But some of …

Science Fiction

With 'The Machine,' HP May Have Invented a New Kind of Computer

If Hewlett-Packard founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard are spinning in their graves, they may be due for a break. Their namesake company is …

How Lasers Work and Who Invented Them

On May 16, 1960, Theodore Maiman shined a high-powered light at a ruby partially coated with silver and the result was the world’s first laser. This …

Why Did We Invent Pants?

These days, pants are our garment of choice. But for years, our ancestors draped themselves in tunics, robes, and gowns, until someone decided they …

How to Invent a Person Online

Is it possible to be truly anonymous in the digital world?<p>On April 8, 2013, I received an envelope in the mail from a nonexistent return address in Toledo, Ohio. Inside was a blank thank-you note and an Ohio state driver’s license. The ID belonged to a 28-year-old man called Aaron Brown—6 feet tall …

The Evolution of the Headphone

The <b>Evolution</b> of<br>the Headphone<p>120 Year History<p>1890s<p>Music To Your Ears<p>In a pre-broadcast age, music was something you experienced live. At the opera …

Can we design machines to make ethical decisions? – Tom Chatfield

For the French philosopher Paul Virilio, technological development is inextricable from the idea of the accident. As he put it, each accident is ‘an …

Physicist Invents Color-Changing Ice Cream

By Carl Engelking | August 1, 2014 12:27 pm<p>The color-changing flavor, Xamaleon. (Credit: Manual Linares, Cocinatis)<p>Believe it or not, it <i>is</i> possible …

Generations Are an Invention—Here's How They Came to Be

Europeans created the idea that individuals share something important with, as one lexicographer put it in 1863, "all men living more or less at the same time"<p>Soon, Millennials, we will be overtaken. The trend pieces have already started defining the upstarts, the next generation. As Millennials …

Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be … Paper

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 05.01.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Paper books were supposed to be dead by …

Why a stream of consciousness will kill off websites

Forget the website, the page and the visit – the dominant metaphor for the future of the internet is the time-based stream<p>The communications theorist Marshall McLuhan observed that "we look at the present through a rear-view mirror". And that "we march backwards into the future". Amen. Remember the …

Why Is It So Hard to Hire Great People?

Inside the messy art (and questionable science) of predicting stars at Google, the NFL, and the NBA<p>Wikimedia Commons<p>This week, Google admitted that its infamous brainteasers -- e.g.: "How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?" -- are awful at predicting who will be a good …