Innovating Experiences

By Michael Allenberg | Business Innovation Through UX

Elon Musk's masterplan for humanity's future is beyond your wildest sci-fi dreams

Elon Musk is about to become a CEO of another company. Yes, the guy who's already the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX will take on lead duty at a new company called Neuralink, which (ultimately) aims to merge the human brain with a computer.<p>We knew a tiny little bit about Musk's new venture thanks to last …

Elon Musk

Are we going from “Artificial Intelligence” to “Augmented Intelligence?”

Artificial Intelligence. I can’t think of a reference to the intellect that would feel more unauthentic and fake. It’s no wonder people turn to The Terminator or The Matrix to fathom what it’s all about. Fortunately, after 60 years of AI rumors fueled by academia and movies, we’re finally starting …

Artificial Intelligence

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Silicon Valley

Facebook enlists AI tech to help prevent suicide

Can Facebook use all that it knows about us to help stop someone from dying by suicide?<p>It's been more than a rhetorical question since January, after a video, pulled from the social media platform Live.Me and shared on Facebook, showed a 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis taking her own life. …

Facebook

Artificial intelligence makes shocking advance

Computers can already hold a massive amount of instantly retrievable data in a manner that puts most humans to shame, but getting them to actually …

Here's why those tech billionaires are throwing millions at ethical AI

Worried about a dystopian future in which AI rule the world and humans are enslaved to autonomous technology? You're not alone. So are billionaires (kind of).<p>First it was the Partnership on AI formed by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and IBM.<p>Then came Elon Musk and Peter Thiel's recent …

Artificial Intelligence

Doppler Labs wants to put two extra brains in your ears

I sit down across from Laura Cisneros, Doppler Labs’ resident Spanish speaker, and put in the company’s early-prototype earbuds. Between us is a landscape of open circuitry—Bluetooth transmitters and circuit boards. Under the table sits a suitcase packed with two computers and a nest of wiring. …

Customer Experience

Reminder: The Interfaces Of The Future Will Be Part Of Our Environment

A proof of concept by argodesign proves why we shouldn’t count out projected interfaces just yet.<p>Have you ever tried to cook with your tablet on the cutting board? It sounds like a great plan. And then you spill something. Or you nick it with your knife. Or your arms are elbow-deep in pork fat and …

Augmented Reality

Mind-Controlled Bionics: New Tech Translates Thoughts Into Motion

A Helping Hand<p>“The idea is that we’re able to translate thoughts into motion,” says Mike McLaughlin of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, …

Harvard Made the World's First All-Soft Robot. It's Autonomous and It's Adorable

A group of Harvard engineers were able to create a completely autonomous robot using soft robotics. Notably, this is the first robot created that …

Designing for voice differs from traditional UX

Two words: “all set.” People say them every day — after the waiter delivers food, when finishing a customer service call or before launching a rocket into space. (Or so I imagine.)<p>These two words are just fine in the context of real life, human-to-human interactions. They’re also covered as a …

UX Design

The Secret UX Issues That Will Make (Or Break) Self-Driving Cars

In an unassuming research lab, Volkswagen is solving problems that Tesla and Google haven’t come close to cracking.<p>We were rolling eastward across the San Mateo Bridge in an Audi A7 at a dutiful 55 miles per hour, and I was riding shotgun accompanied by two of the car’s engineers. With a sticker …

Driverless Cars

Snapchat’s Rumored Camera Glasses Could Be Hiding In Plain Sight

The joke is on us, apparently.<p>Snapchat's rumored camera glasses have already been out in the wild, worn by none other than co-founder and CEO Evan …

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that’s exactly the …

Emotions

Hyperloop Tech prepares for historic public test, changes name

Elon Musk’s dream of transforming yet another form of transportation is inching (or racing, if things go well) toward reality.<p>In 2014, Musk, of Tesla fame, outlined a potentially revolutionary transportation system called the Hyperloop, an above-ground, low-pressure tube with smallish pods inside …

Hyperloop

UX vs UI vs IA vs IxD : 4 Confusing Digital Design Terms Defined

Once upon a time, if you said the word “design”, the odds were overwhelmingly likely you were talking about graphic design. But nowadays, the digital …

Elon Musk Opens Up a Free Training Gym for Artificial Intelligence

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company backed by Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk, is building out a new kind of free training "gym" for computer …

35 Interfaces That Changed Our World

Why image recognition is about to transform business

At Facebook’s recent annual developer conference, Marc Zuckerberg outlined the social network’s artificial intelligence (AI) plans to “build systems that are better than people in perception.” He then demonstrated an impressive image recognition technology for the blind that can “see” what’s going …

Machine Learning

Facebook's vision for the year 2026 is scary and awesome

At last week's F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg showed off the company's 10-year roadmap.<p>Here's that slide, in case you missed it:<p>Zuckerberg's intention here was to show Facebook's three-stage game plan in action: First, you take a neat cutting-edge technology. Then you build a product …

Slack will soon start testing voice and video chat

Slack is gunning for Skype and Google Hangouts with the 2016 product roadmap it revealed today. The biggest change coming: the ability to seamlessly turn a text chat into a voice or video chat will begin testing “very soon”. This builds on Slack’s January 2015 acquisition of Screenhero, when it …

Enterprise

Complex Intelligence

A friend who works with Artificial Intelligence told me: “It is possible that there are highly context dependent and complex things about humans, but …

The Internet Will Become Self-Aware When Aliens Wake It Up - Motherboard

Most people agree the internet is not consciously alive (though my two-year old daughter, who's addicted to internet games, disagrees). Currently, the internet accepts inputs and is pretty good at producing outputs, depending on browser, apps, hardware, search engines, coding factors, and, of …

Singularity

What The Lowe’s Robot Will Do For You–And The Future Of Retail

The humble hardware store is getting a lot more high-tech.<p>One of the most well-known employees at the Orchard Supply Hardware store in downtown San Jose, California, is a 5-foot-tall autonomous robot. OSHbot, as he’s called, just recently celebrated his one-year anniversary at the store, which is …

Robotics

Here’s What Will Replace the iPhone, says Apple Analyst Gene Munster

In a note to clients Monday night, Piper Jaffrey analyst Gene Munster laid out a provocative theory about what Apple's growing cadre of virtual …

Your future contact lenses could double as electronic displays

Forget Google Glass. Contact lenses could be used to browse the web and even monitor your health in the future.<p>Scientists have a proof of concept of a conductive polymer film coating that can transform contact lenses into little computers, which could work as electronic displays right over your …

Cyborgs